This application is for clergy interested in the Non-Profit Church Leadership Certificate Program, a collaborative partnership between Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) and the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of the United Methodist Church with support from the Lilly Initiative. Clergy approved through this application will be required to formally register with DWU. The program will begin in July 2019.
The four competency areasthat the program explores via online learning are:
- Financial Stewardship: 21st Century Resource Development and Management
- Stewarding Human Resources: Governance, Personnel, and Volunteer Management
- Stewarding Vision: Strategy Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
- Stewarding the Church: Leadership and Management
Additionally, each participant will complete two applied projects (useful to church ministry and current role) and be part of a cohort group that meets three times in person at various locations across the area. The program consists of four quarterly sessions, and participants will earn 21 credits that may be applied to an MBA or graduate degree at DWU.
District superintendents must recommend clergy in order for them to be accepted into the program, so make sure to talk with your DS before applying. The cost of this program is $5,000, $4,000 of which will be provided by the Lilly Initiative. Of the remaining $1,000, $500 would be provided from personal funds of the clergyperson and $500 must be provided by the clergyperson's church(es).Lodging and meals for the three required gatherings are funded by the Lilly Initiative. Travel costs to the location and any books/materials are paid by the participating pastors.
*Please note that your SPRC chair (or chairs, for multi-point charges) must submit a separate form indicating their approval to contribute $500 toward the cost of the program. Applying clergy should direct their SPRC chair(s) to the form, which can be accessed by clicking here.