In today’s mid-size and large churches, the pastor is also expected to run a multi-million dollar business.  
How does a young pastor prepare for these very different challenges?

Advancing Pastoral Leadership (APL) is a transformational experiences of leadership development for young pastors who demonstrate the highest potential. The five year program is designed to expand and accelerate the leadership capacity of these young pastors in order to appoint them to strategic congregations early in their careers.

As participants in APL, young pastors learn and practice leading congregational change.  They develop skills in
• Preaching in multiple styles and settings
• Cultivating a culture of generosity
• Engaging in ministry in the public square
• Developing administrative capacities

Since its inception in 2009,  117 young pastors have participated in the program, and 56 have completed its requirements.  


"Going to seminary shaped me theologically as a pastor, but the five years I spent in the program sculpted me into the leader I am today. The time developed my skills in staff leadership, vision casting, and planning and implementation. The Endowment ensures that my experience will be shared by the next generation of United Methodist leaders."  —Rev. Daniel Irving

If you are a Texas Conference elder with 30 potential years of remaining service to the church, you can apply to the program. 

The next class of Advancing Pastoral Leadership will begin in October 2019. 

Applications are now available for the 9th class of Advancing Pastoral Leadership, a five year leadership development program through the Texas Annual Conference Center for Clergy Excellence.  Clergy members who have at least 30 years of potential remaining service to the church are eligible to apply.

Program Description



For more information, contact:

Lauren Burnham,