Through conversations with leaders in the Episcopal Church and fellow Anglicans in many parts of the world, we have consistently heard that the two critical challenges for the church are the formation of leaders with practical skills for engaging 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 train, empower, and network future leaders for the Church and the world, Trinity will launch a leadership development initiative. The initiative will develop a global collaborative network of educators and innovators working at the intersection of faith and leadership. We expect the initiative, in collaboration with partners, 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 programs, each of which will focus on a specific area of leadership development supporting three key approaches:
- Identifying emerging ordained leaders, lay leaders, and people of faith leading in secular organizations;
- Training them to grow and empower spiritual communities to address the challenges of a changing world; and
- Networking them into a global cohort of learning
The work is likely to focus on three audiences/projects, supported primarily through grantmaking from Trinity, and guided by a diverse advisory group that may include church leaders, seminary faculty, and educators from secular institutions.
- Leadership Innovation in Theological Education: A grant-making program to promote and share innovations in practical, faith- and skills-based leadership development in theological education.
- Innovative trainings for established, mid-career leaders linking the inspiration of faith and values with practical leadership skills, to be developed by Trinity and partners from 2021 forward.
- A digital platform for sharing resources on faith and leadership widely with people of faith and educators worldwide. (With content to be developed by partners in the grantmaking programs described above.)
Prospective applicants should keep the following priorities under consideration:
- Applicants might be seminaries or divinity schools but might also be dioceses, Church organizations, or other institutions offering non-degree programs of theological education focused on leadership development.
- Proposals should advance innovation, taking new approaches to leadership development that develop practical skills, shaped by faith, for action in the world. Examples of these skills might be (but aren’t limited to) strategy, conflict resolution, team building, congregational development, financial decision making, communications, community engagement, and others, all shaped and exercised through faith and values.
- Proposals must link faith and theological education with mindsets or skills relevant to successful leadership of groups or institutions.
- Proposals should produce resources that can be shared with a broad collaborative community interested in faith and leadership formation, preferably shared digitally.
- Proposals should describe a project that has the potential for independent financial sustainability over time.
Access to the Trinity Church Wall Street grants portal is available here.