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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 in non-profits, and social entrepreneurs through engaging intentional cycles of rest and engagement in order to build generative communities.

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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 24 participants, so we recommend applying early. The final application deadline for this year’s cohort is March 28, 2021. Upon completion of your application, you will hear back from our Review Committee within one month of your submission. For those applying to a lower tuition 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 form. 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:

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.


Resilience is comprised of three major streams of health: 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?


In 5-10 minutes, using a computer or phone camera, please:

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

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.


The cost of the total program (3 cohort gatherings, 5 additional facilitated community groups) is $4,000. Tuition is not eligible for a charitable tax deduction.

We believe that the impact this program will have on leaders and their organizations is worth the investment of your time, energy, and resources. However, we don’t want costs to be a barrier, so tuition is available at four tiers:

Employer-Supported Registration
$4,000, recommended or those receiving tuition support from a large or for-profit employer

Nonprofit-Supported Registration
$3,000, recommended for those receiving tuition support from a non-profit employer

Self-Supported Registration
$2,000, recommended for participants relying solely on personal funds

Clergy Registration
$1,000, for clergy and church staff relying on personal funds

If you are accepted in the program, a $300 tuition deposit is due upon enrollment. You may pay the remainder of your tuition in one payment, or you can elect to pay in four equal installments.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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.

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