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COMMUNITAS: Pastoral Leadership Program

Pepperdine University is hosting the third cohort of the COMMUNITAS Pastoral Leadership Program. The program honors early career pastors and supports them in their development as leaders who can guide their congregations toward becoming significant agents for positive change in their communities. The goals of the program are to help pastors enhance their leadership skills, deepen their understanding of the significant issues facing their communities, build networks with civic, business, and political leaders in the Greater Los Angeles area, and develop a strong community of support with each other.

The program selects fifteen pastors from the greater Los Angeles area who have completed five to twelve years of full-time ministry and who have demonstrated high potential for significant leadership. They participate in a series of brief retreat-seminars over a two year period that brings them into conversation with business, political and community leaders and with Pepperdine faculty who have particular expertise related to pressing social and economic issues in the greater Los Angeles area. By encouraging the formation of networks with other pastors at a similar stage of career development, COMMUNITAS helps early career pastors find the support that will be crucial to their ongoing success as congregational and community leaders.

Communitas has been generously funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

The COMMUNITAS Application for Cohort Three is closed. Applications for Cohort Four will be available in Spring 2021. (see "Application and Nomination Materials"). If you would like to recommend a pastor for this or future cohorts, please click the "Recommend a Pastor" button below.

For questions regarding the program, please contact Stephanie Cupp, Program Coordinator, stephanie.cupp@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.4141.

"The local pastor and congregation is God's best idea for the mending of the entire universe." Reverend Dr. Peter Storey