Everything you need to know about applying for the Certificate in Resilient Service
The Certificate in Resilient Service is a seven-month program that strengthens the resilience of pastors, changemakers, and social entrepreneurs to restore their inner resilience and live into their purpose regeneratively.
The purpose of the application process is to help us get a sense of you as a person and as a leader, as well as to spark conversations with those who can invest in your personal resilience and your community’s generativity.
Application Deadlines & Review Process
Each annual cohort is limited to 30 participants, so we recommend applying early. The final application deadline for the next cohort is Sunday, April 3, 2022. Upon completion of your application, you will hear back from our Review Committee within one month of your submission. For those applying to a discounted registration tier, we recommend applying as soon as possible as those seats are limited and fill quickly.
Certificate in Resilient Service Application Process
Step 1: Complete the Online Application
The first step in the application process is completing the online application. This gives us more context about who you are and what you are hoping to achieve in the program. The application form requires 20-30 minutes and must be completed in one sitting. You will be asked to name two references. A $25 application fee is required to submit your application.
Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents
Letters of Recommendation
In the application form you will be asked for the names and email addresses for two references. Please select references who are able to answer the following three questions:
- What is your sense of the applicant’s self-awareness: their character, motives, and desires?
- What is your experience of the applicant in relationship: with yourself and those whom they lead?
- In what ways has the applicant shown capacity and desire to engage with others who hold differing theological beliefs?
We will send a request for recommendation to the email addresses you list for each of your references.
Statement of Purpose Essay
The purpose of the essay requirement is to create an opportunity for us to experience you, learn more about your calling, and discern your understanding of and resonance with the goals and outcomes of the Certificate in Resilient Service.
We believe resilience is comprised of three major streams: relationships with people and especially with peers; practices that support spiritual, physical, and mental health; and purpose that makes meaning of hardship.
In response to your desire to strengthen your resilience, explore the intersection of who you are, the work you feel called to do, and why you feel the Certificate in Resilient Service would be a benefit to you and your work. What streams of resilience do you robustly have? What needs support?
- Your essay must be typed, double-spaced, and 400-600 words in length (approximately 2 pages)
- Once complete, please ensure that your name is in the header of the document, save it as a .pdf file with the title “Essay – Last Name, First Name”, and submit it electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
In 5-10 minutes, using a computer or phone camera, please:
- Introduce yourself! State your name, organization, and a bit about who you are and the work that you do.
- Address the following question: What is drawing you to participate in the Certificate in Resilient Service, and why are you applying now?
Using the record feature in Google Meet or Zoom is also an option for recording this video. When you are finished, please upload the video to YouTube (click here for step-by-step instructions) and send the video link via email to email@example.com.
Step 3: Discernment Conversation
You will be assigned to an Admissions Counselor once your application has been submitted. They will schedule a phone call with you to learn more about you, your current work, and what is drawing you to participate in the Certificate in Resilient Service.
We believe that the impact of this program on leaders and their organizations is worth the investment of your time, energy, and resources. Because we don’t want finances to be a barrier, we offer 4 registration tiers and invite you to select the one that most closely matches your employment and abilities:
Thanks to a generous grant, we are able to offer this steeply discounted rate for pastors of faith communities and parachurch ministries, whether full-time, part-time, or volunteer.
$395 deposit + $195/month for 7 months
Non-Profit Employee Registration
This discounted rate is available for those who work in non-profit settings and relying on personal funds. If your employer is contributing to your program cost, we ask that you consider paying the Employer-Subsidized Registration rate, below, so that we can continue offering this discount for those with limited financial resources.
$395 deposit + $295/month for 7 months
For-Profit Employee or Employer-Subsidized Registration
This rate represents the true program cost. In addition to for-profit employees, we ask that non-profit employees whose employers contribute to program cost consider this rate. Paying at this rate contributes to program sustainability.
$395 deposit + $395/month for 7 months
Registration at this level allows us to offer program discounts for others in need. If you want to support leadership development for those in under-resourced communities and ministries, we invite you to opt in to this higher rate. One-time gifts are also welcome!
$395 deposit + $495/month for 7 months
Please note that discounted rates may cease to be available, in order to preserve our financial sustainability. If you need to enroll at a reduced rate, we recommend you apply early. If you have access to professional development funds through your employer, please pursue them to preserve discounted seats for those who do not have such access.
Registration is not eligible for a charitable tax deduction. Please note that lodging, transit, and most meals are not provided.
We are committed to diversity in every sphere of faith and life. We receive applications without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, military status, or denomination.