Clergy Leadership Training Institute

The CLTI engages and teaches clergy at certain moments in their careers: beginning clergy, mid-career clergy, and clergy at the end of their careers.

CLTI engages clergy through 4-day teaching retreats. Along with career-point appropriate sessions, every retreat seeks to engage clergy in a Covenant Care group or Ministry Skills cohort as well as a coaching relationship. Since 2012, CLTI retreats have averaged 17 participants. Each day includes teaching sessions, meditations, small group reflection, quiet time, “fireside chats”, and worship. The topics of the three CLTI’s are:

Foundations in Leadership

For all clergy who have been in ministry between 1 and 5 years. CLTI #1 helps newly ordained leaders learn foundational leadership principles and practices that will set them up for a lifetime of successful ministry. A wide range of topics are addressed including spiritual disciplines, integrity, communication, conflict management and leading change well. Ministry Skills cohorts and coaching are offered following CLTI #1.

The next Foundations in Leadership CLTI will be held October 22-24, 2019 in Thomasville, GA. Find out more about this CLTI and register here.

Fortifying Your Leadership

For leaders in ministry for five or more years. CLTI #2 addresses the development of the leader in better understanding their strengths and weaknesses and how to lead based on who God made them to be. The focus is more character based rather than skills based, as compared to CLTI #1. Each participant is encouraged to join a Clergy Covenant Care group. These covenant groups initially last 5 months with an option for them to continue another two years or more.

The next Fortifying Your Leadership CLTI will be held November 11-14, 2019 in Asheville, NC. Find out more about this CLTI and register here.

Finishing Well in Leadership

For leaders at or near the end of their full-time ministry. This training helps clergy end well where they are and transition to the next stage of their life and set their congregation up for success through succession planning. As in CLTI #2, each participant is encouraged to join a Clergy Covenant Care group.

Find out when the next CLTI is being held, contact The Rev. Canon Mark Eldredge at 904-608-0047 or