Diploma in Missional Leadership: Pilot Cohort

Diploma in Missional Leadership: Pilot Cohort

Opening/Closing Date: 
October 15, 2019 to March 31, 2020

Logo: Atlantic School of TheologyThis diploma provides lifelong learning opportunities to people in leadership positions with a passion for mission. The focus will be on developing practical leadership skills and attributes while learning about the nature and practices of mission-oriented leadership, especially within the Canadian context. The diploma is offered in partnership with the Atlantic School of Theology (AST).

The Diploma in Missional Leadership program is open for expressions of interest (EOI) at this time. By completing the online EOI form, you are not required to commit to participating.

About the Pilot Cohort

The Diploma in Missional Leadership program

  • is intended for people already serving in leadership positions in the United Church
  • will be conducted in English
  • requires reliable internet access and comfort with online learning platforms
  • will be cohort-based. Up to 25 participants will be admitted at a time as a single group of learners who will “travel” together through the two years of the program.
  • requires a commitment to learning and sharing together with others over the two-year period. You will be asked to sign a group covenant to keep this as a high priority during the program’s duration.

The United Church particularly encourages expressions of interest for this opportunity from persons who identify as racialized.

Location of Learning

The bulk of this diploma can be completed online. Onsite components in Halifax and Toronto (see Program of Study, below) will take place once per year and will be three to five days in duration.


The initial cohort of students (pilot cohort) will commence studies in summer or fall 2020, with graduation in 2022.

Cost and Funding

The program cost over two years will be about $1,000 (about $500 per year). Program fees and associated expenses (for example, travel and accommodation for on-site program components) are the responsibility of the participant. If available, you may wish to plan to use your continuing education funds for this program.

Admitted participants may be eligible for bursaries to offset some of the program and related costs, thanks to the generosity of the United Church Foundation. Details regarding bursaries, including eligibility, amounts, and how to apply, will be available at a later date.

Program of Study

Component 1: Leaders as Learners

Focus: spiritual disciplines and nourishing habits of self-care and continuous spiritual growth
Other themes: self-awareness and leadership skills; introduction to modes of missional leadership and worldview; establishing peer accountability groups and patterns
Location: onsite at AST, Halifax

Component 2: Leaders in Context

Focus: Canadian contexts of leadership, including the realities of language, culture, ethnicities, history, religion, secularization, geography, demographics, and economics
Other themes: Canada’s ecumenical landscape within a global context; continuing to learn about missional leadership.
Location: online

Component 3: Leaders within a Tradition

Focus: the cohort’s specific denominational realities, including culture, polity, practices, theology, and ethos
Other themes: developing intercultural competencies; inspiring and managing change; balancing life and ministry
Location: onsite in Toronto (exact location TBA)

Component 4: Leaders Developing Leaders

Focus: personal coaching and leadership mentoring—both as a mentor and mentee
Other themes: learning needs and goals identified by participants
Location: online

Program Conclusion

An optional retreat and reunion in Halifax followed by convocation at AST.

To Express Your Interest

Express your interest in this opportunity by March 31, 2020 by completing this online form.

Contact Information

For more information about this opportunity, contact
Chris PullenayegemProgram Coordinator, Faith Formation and Missioncpullenayegem [at] united-church.ca416-231-7680 ext. 4129
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4129