Chautauqua’s Programs for Clergy Development are designed to help sustain and enrich clergy leadership for congregational life. The two programs that give expression to this mission, the Interfaith New Clergy Program and the Chautauqua Leadership Program, are independently funded and are geared to two different groups of fellows based on their years of experience in ministry and the specific goals of each program.

Interfaith New Clergy Program

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The group with William Barber.

Interfaith New Clergy Program

2017 New Clergy Conferences

New Clergy Application


Week One: June 24–July 1 | Week Seven: Augusy 512

Chautauqua Institution’s Interfaith New Clergy Program is an intensive summer professional seminar for those new to congregational leadership within the three Abrahamic faiths, facilitating theological discussion that goes beyond a pastoral or congregational focus, and using the unique environment offered at CHQ to experience a broader view of religious community. In both structured and unstructured settings, program fellows engage in discussions focusing on issues and experiences of theological growth, leadership, shared community, social justice, and the dynamics specific to those clergy new to religious leadership and congregational work. Attention will also be given to fostering a cohesive, supportive clergy group, as relationships forged in this environment are intended to continue beyond the week’s experience.

Those who have been in congregational leadership between 2 and 5 years are invited to apply. The Institution will provide full accommodations (housing, meals, gate passes) for clergy and their spouse or partner, except for travel expenses to and from CHQ. Participants will reside on the Institution grounds, share meals, and enjoy the recreational and artistic setting of the Institution. Daily meetings with the program’s Director and distinguished Department of Religion lecturers will be a unique feature of the program.
For further information, contact Dr. Derek Austin, Program Director, at or click here for an application.