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Princeton Seminary’s 5th Annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute


Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute scheduled for July 16-22, 2017. The application process will begin on Monday, January 16, 2017. Our theme this year is “For Such a Time as This (Esther 4:14): Faith and Politics.”

The Black Theology and Leadership Institute (BTLI) is a weeklong intensive continuing education event for clergy and laity for training, worship, and fellowship. The institute is designed for clergy and lay leaders who would like to deepen their thinking and preaching by learning from preeminent scholars of theology and religion. All are urged to apply, including those who may not have formal theological training. The Institute is limited to 50 fellows.

Fellows will have a week to think deeply about theology and leadership through robust academics and thoughtful discernment. The demanding schedule includes:

  • In-depth Orientation of the week
  • Plenaries on key theological doctrines on biblical interpretation
  • A one-day immersion on Leadership
  • Access to Princeton Seminary’s world-renowned libraries and generous study time
  • Daily Q&A
  • Guided discussions in cohort groups
  • Worship and intimate mentorship experiences

Particular to the Black Theology and Leadership Institute is an emphasis on direct mentorship from outstanding church, civic, and academic experts. Time will be set aside for one-on-one appointments as well as deliberate moments in the schedule for networking and fellowship.

Application Process

BTLI welcomes applications from clergy and lay leaders with or without an MDiv degree; current students in an M.Div. or other graduate program in religious studies (broad definition); and nonprofit leaders in faith-­‐based organizations.

Eligible applicants must hold clearly identified vocational goals relevant to the Institute and be able to clearly state how BTLI would be helpful in the applicant’s ministry/work.

How do I apply?
The application must be completed and submitted online. We require one personal reference. You may save your work and return to finish the application as needed. Only applications that are completed applications will be reviewed for admission to the program. Applications are due by April 7, 2017. Decisions will be made and emailed by mid-April 2017.

The total cost for the Black Theology and Leadership Institute is $745 and includes program and meals. On-­‐campus residence is required during the duration in the Institute and is paid separately. Partial scholarships are available by application. Please request a financial aid application by email at btli@ptsem.edu.


For more information or for questions, please contact:
Sushama Austin-Connor
Program Director, Black Theology and Theology Leadership Institute (BTLI)
Program Administrator for Continuing Education
Princeton Theological Seminary
(e) btli@ptsem.edu


Jul 16 2017 - Jul 22 2017


08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 16 2017 - Jul 22 2017
  • Time: 08:00 - 14:00


Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, New Jersey
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