M.Div./M.Min. – Religious Leadership Emphasis

Even within a faith tradition that is egalitarian and community-focused, leadership is essential. Among Friends, this leadership takes many forms. It can be associated with an office, or it can be informal. It might be prophetic leadership that challenges organized structures and hierarchies. The call to service in ministry brings with it inevitable demands for leadership.

Preparation for responsible leadership demands an understanding of organizations, power dynamics, and the demands and responsibilities of leadership. This emphasis prepares students for leadership roles within religious and secular organizations.

Courses in the religious leadership emphasis include: Organizational Leadership; Religious Leadership Formation; Quaker Process in Matters of Leadership, Fiscal and Resource Stewardship.

Recent and Upcoming Religious Leadership Courses

2016 Fall LS 101-O Organizational Leadership online
2017 May LS 374-T Quaker Process for Leadership two-week intensive
2017 Fall LS 365-O Leadership Formation online
2018 January LS 390-T Topic TBD two-week intensive

See complete course listings at Student Academic Services web site.

Recent and Upcoming Leadership Conferences and Events

Students, prospective students and those interested in religious leadership ministry should plan to attend the 2017 Annual ESR Leadership Conference. 

Leadership Resources

Earlham School of Religion maintains the ESR Leadership Web Site, with resources, a leadership bibliography, and 37 video interviews with Quaker leaders who discuss leadership at all levels of the Religious Society of Friends.