At its November 2017 meeting, the Board of Directors of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA) discussed the future of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI) in response to its recent program evaluation. UCBMA Directors overwhelmingly affirmed NGLI and gave thanks for the vitality and vigor that pastors are stirring in the United Church of Christ from the mix of coursework, field trips, and cohort engagement.
NGLI began in September 2008 with UCBMA’s funding of 10 cohorts to become transformative leaders in the United Church of Christ. Currently, there are eight cohorts with 115 pastors actively participating.
“NGLI has moved beyond a program with informative classes and interesting field trips, it has become one of the movements of the Spirit that is bringing energy, creativity, and vitality to congregations,” said the Rev. Krista L. Betz, Director of Ministerial Assistance.
The following program enhancements were approved by the UCBMA Directors. These changes will be effective with the new cohort chosen in 2018 and following, while agreements with prior cohorts will remain.
Applications Now Open!
The application process for NGLI9 cohort is now open and information is available on the Pension Boards website at: http://bit.ly/PB_NGLI_PROG. UCC clergy who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply themselves, and to encourage eligible colleagues to also apply. "NGLI continues to be an opportunity that is relevant and responsive as clergy expand their faithfulness and fruitfulness in ministry and life," said Rev. Betz, “we encourage all who are eligible to apply and join this movement of transformative leadership.”