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Certificate in Resilient Service: Online

Cultivate a good life that supports
your good work.

7 months

3 multi-day learning modules

6 member small groups

You care about people, your community, and the world. So you do good work, work that’s for the common good. The work is meaningful—but it’s also demanding of your time, energy, and your very self. It may feel like doing good work infringes on having a good life.

It’s not just that you deserve a good life. Your vocation and community rely on more than what you do. Who you are matters. Spending time on your own personal growth is not only a gift to your body and spirit but a gift to your work and those you serve. You are not simply making a commitment for your formation, but also the formation of your community. That kind of cultivation is what makes Christian leaders and their communities resilient.

Resilience is not just the ability to get through challenges, but to actively become more healthy, whole, and holy because of those challenges.

We’ve designed a 7-month program that focuses on three elements that build resilience: People, Practice, and Purpose. This certificate trains pastors, ministry volunteers, changemakers in non-profits, social entrepreneurs — leaders doing good work on behalf of their community — to restore their inner resilience and live into their purpose regeneratively.

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Learning Modules

People: Learning Module I

Identity is both gifted from God and formed through relationship. This four-day workshop will invite you to a deeper understanding of how your life experiences have shaped you and your leadership, and to understand the story that God is writing in and through your life. In this module, you will begin to build relationships with your small group, who will grow with you and support your journey throughout the program.

Practice: Learning Module II

What practices support or compromise our well-being? Why do we continue to engage practices that we know aren’t serving us well? Practices are the day-to-day components of our lives–spiritual, physical, relational, emotional–that support or compromise our well-being. Together, we are curious and compassionate about our formation and our choices. Discussion-oriented teaching sessions focus on the impact of stress; coping strategies and the addictive cycle; and how “self-care” is compromised by resistance and ultimately fails. You’ll leave with a personalized plan to develop your well-being holistically, regeneratively, and flexibly.

Purpose: Learning Module III

A strong sense of purpose that makes meaning of hardship is essential to long-term resilience. The People Module looked to the past formation of your leadership and what has brought you to this point in life. In the Purpose Module, you will discern how those themes guide you forward in relationship to God and neighbor. Sessions look at myths of call and better ways to think about vocation; redemptive narratives; differentiation in leadership; and the interplay between you, God, and your community in the creation of call.


Participation in the Certificate in Resilient Service will help you to:

  • Grow in how you live into and lead from your identity as loved by God
  • Narrate how your story impacts your leadership style
  • Plan intentional changes to support your spiritual, physical, and psychological health
  • Explore practices that heal the negative impact of stress and increase capacity to manage stress effectively
  • Articulate your call and life’s purpose with flexibility to adapt to each new stage of life and ministry
  • Discern how to love God, neighbor, self, and world authentically
  • Examine how theology, care for yourself, and your cultural context interrelate
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“Resilient leaders don’t just 'bounce back,' they grow stronger from their experiences, and their crises become a crucible of formation. They make meaning from hardship and suffering in ways that better equip them to face future difficulties. Resilient leaders are realistic, but hopeful; they hold deep beliefs, but they also are flexible and able to improvise. Resilience is an essential quality for leaders and their organizations if they are to succeed at their mission.”

Kate Davis, Director of Resilient Leaders Project Meet the resilient leaders team

Commitment: Time

The multi-month design allows you time and space to integrate each learning into your daily life. You will be asked to engage your full self—body, mind, soul—through engaging your past story, current practices, and future call.

You will begin receiving online content to engage with starting on April 12, 2021.

Weekly online components will demand about 1-2 hours per week, at a time of your own choosing.

Live Days will be from 8:00am to 2:00pm (with regular breaks) Pacific Time on:

May 17-19, 2021: People
August 9-11, 2021: Practices
October 25-27, 2021: Purpose

Commitment: Finances

If the cost of the certificate is a barrier, we encourage you to invite your community or employer to consider sponsoring you. Payment plans are available to make this program accessible to you and your unique financial needs.

The cost of the total program is $4,000. Tuition is not eligible for a charitable tax deduction.

We believe that the impact of this program 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

Please note that there are a limited number of reduced-tuition seats available. If you need to enroll at a reduced rate, we recommend you apply early. If you have access to professional development funds, please pursue them to preserve reduced-tuition seats for those who do not have such access.

Admissions Deadlines & Review Process

Each annual cohort limited to 24 participants, so we recommend applying early. The final deadline to apply 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 Format

There will be a variety of engaging lectures, personal reflection times, group discussion, as well as a consistent rhythm of meeting with your small group.

Resilient Leaders Project formed the styles of teaching and learning with intention, keeping in mind that we all learn in different ways. Your small group will be the peers who understand the joys and challenges of leadership as you reflect on teachings and experiences, and as you integrate them into your daily life.

Expectations for Live days and Circle Group Meetings:

  1. Have your video on throughout the meeting.
  2. Be present for all Circles (dates will be scheduled with your group).
  3. Arrange for childcare during the live days so that you can be fully present with the group.

Recommendations for Live Days and Circle Group Meetings:

  1. Plan to be off work during these days, as you would if you were attending in person.
  2. If you are able, consider planning to take off the rest of the week following live days to give yourself a chance to sit with the content, to rest, and recover.

“This project started from the idea that the church and its leadership needed support. It’s a reconnecting with the church for us. We are not just an institution that is criticizing or critiquing the church, but one that is engaged and loves the church”

Dr. J. Derek McNeil, Acting President of The Seattle School
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Ready for the next step?

Connect with us! Request more information or apply today, and we’ll send you everything you need to know to begin your journey.