Over several years, Trinity Church Wall Street leadership and staff have convened Anglican leaders around the world to learn about the hopes, dreams, and challenges they face in growing their ministries. Through these conversations, we have learned that the two critical challenges are the formation of leaders for a changing world, and the financial capacity to sustain their ministries. Reflecting on this over a period of discernment, Trinity has identified leadership development as one of its five strategic priorities.
In response to the need to gather, train, and network future leaders for the Church and the world, Trinity has partnered with Church Divinity School of the Pacific and will establish a Leadership Institute. The Trinity Leadership Institute will be a network, both physical and virtual, with locations around the world that will provide educational resources to build excellence in the current and traditional divinity categories, as well as add substantial learning from business and other sectors. We expect the Institute to equip lay and ordained leaders in the Church and leaders in values-aligned secular organizations to respond to emerging challenges and work together in dynamic partnerships that honor and activate the ministry of all believers and those who share our values.
Trinity plans to work with partners around the world to establish Institute programs, each of which will focus on a specific area of leadership development. Strategy development is in process and will be shared publicly by the summer of 2020.
Among the programs under consideration are:
- Innovative trainings for emerging leaders linking the inspiration of faith and values with practical skills.
- An advisory group of established clergy and academic experts in leadership development.
- A digital platform for sharing resources and networking, and close programming partnerships with seminaries and other institutes of leadership development.
Each location will work from the same principles and toward the same goals. They will:
- Gather emerging clergy and lay leaders;
- Train them to gather and empower spiritual communities to address the challenges of a changing world;
- And network them into a global cohort of learning.
We anticipate accepting Letters of Inquiry for the Leadership Development initiative as part of the second grants cycle of 2020. These LOIs are due Monday, June 1, 2020.