Certificate in Executive Leadership 2014-2015

For space availability, contact Jeff Japinga
at 773-947-6332.

This highly acclaimed Certificate in Executive Leadership program equips pastors and other key leaders of Christian institutions, both congregations and broader church or non-profit systems, with the skills and abilities vital for effective leadership in today’s rapidly changing landscape.  The program emphasizes the development of adaptive and transformational skills, and draws on contemporary leadership theory and practice, as well as McCormick’s recognized excellence in providing theological education and its thirty-five years of experience in organizational development and leadership education.

Who Will Benefit: 

Pastors (head-of-staff,  APs, solo, or executive) interested in transformational leadership skills
Executives and staff of denominational structures experiencing change
Clergy and Lay Leaders and staff of church-based community ministries


Course Work: 

Session I:  Foundations for Leadership: What is Leadership?  Who Are You as a Leader?
September 25 - 27, 2014
(note: change from orignally published date)
Instructor: Jeanne Porter King

Subject matter will include the rapidly changing environment of leadership and the student’s context; cultural considerations; and the imperative that any kind of transformational leadership must begin with the transformation of self.

Session II:  Systems and Contexts:  You’re Not in This Alone
November 13 - 15, 2014
Instructor: Carol McDonald

Subject matter will include organizational culture; group dynamics; systems theory; and how to step outside systems in order to view them objectively.

Session III:  Leadership in Perilous Times: Where Are We Going, and How Will We Get There?
Febrary 5 - 7, 2015
Instructor: Jeff Japinga

Subject matter will include identification of values; vision development; strategic planning; and an exploration of emerging models and practices in adaptive leadership.

Session IV:  Change, Collaboration, and Conflict:  Addressing the Challenge
April 16 - 18, 2015
Instructors: Virstan Choy and Sarah Moore-Nokes

Subject matter will include: leadership in adaptive change, collaborative leadership in voluntary-association types of organizations in times of change, and transformation-oriented approaches to managing conflict.


Rev. Dr. Virstan Choy, Director of Advanced Pastoral Studies and Associate Professor of Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Japinga, Associate Dean, Doctor of Ministry Program, and assistant professor of leadership and ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL.

Rev. Carol McDonald, Executive, the Synod of Lincoln Trails, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rev. Sarah Moore-Nokes, General Presbyter, Presbytery of Winnebago, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rev. Jeanne Porter King, PhD, Pastor, Christ Community Church, South Holland, IL and an experienced organizational consultant.

Benefits: Students will

Strengthen their knowledge and sharpen their critical thinking skills through an examination of foundational leadership theory and practice in culturally-attentive ways.

Apply knowledge and evaluate results through collaboration with faculty and peers both in the classroom and in between-session work applicable to each student's place of ministry..

Will explore transformational leadership skills --  the ability to address current pressing issues as well as to meet unknown challenges yet to come.

Acquire insights into who they are, how God has gifted them as a leader, and their roles in relationship to others, through self-assessment and feedback from faculty and peers.

Develop an interactive peer network of colleagues through their classroom and between-session discussions and work.

Admissions Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree is highly recommended; an M.Div. or other advanced degree is not required. 

Applicants must hold active leadership responsibility at a place of ministry at the time of enrollment.

Applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from the pastor, other person in leadership in the place of ministry, or from the board that oversees the particular ministry.     

Tuition: $1,950.00.  A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application; the full tuition may be paid in two installments. Housing, meals and transportation are additional costs. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2014. Application deadline in July 1, 2014 or when all space are filled.   

For more information, please contact Jeff Japinga, 773-947-6332. 




Con Ed Events

Certificate in Executive Leadership 2014 - 2015, (Cohort VIII) Registration will open on January 1, 2014. Discounted tuition is available to those whose applications are postmarked on or before June 1, 2014.