Certificate Program for Leadership in Lifelong Christian Formation


Cohort 1 2014

2014 Cohort (First CLLCF Class)

The Certificate in Leadership in Lifelong Christian Formation (CLLCF) is a program designed for those who have demonstrated on-the-ground experience in a congregation (or other context) in the area of Christian Formation. Participants are required to have completed five years of full-time (or equivalent) ministry.


Certificates are awarded by Forma in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary. The program cost for 2016 is $1750. This fee covers room and board for both residencies, program instruction, mentoring, and online resources. The fee also includes a $100 discount to the Forma Conference and a one year Forma membership.

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs. Participants are also expected to have sustained access to the internet and digital proficiency to facilitate active participation in an online learning community.


You can earn a certificate in one year that includes:

Two Residencies


Brinton House @ Pendle Hill

Each cohort meets for 2.5 days during a week in August to begin and end the certificate program.  The week is designed so that the returning cohort has time at the beginning of the week.  They are joined by the new cohort for shared work, including Capstone Project presentations by the returning cohort.  The new cohort ends the week by themselves, sharing case studies to introduce themselves and their contexts and using the Anglican Communion Competency Grid to help discern learning goals.

The next residencies will be August 8-12 at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center located about 25 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport. You can learn more about Pendle Hill from their website by clicking here.

  • 2015 Cohort (RETURNING) reconvenes at 7 pm ET on August 8, 2016 and concludes about 2:30 pm on August 11, 2016
  • 2016 Cohort (INCOMING) convenes at 7 pm ET on August 9, 2016 and concludes about 2:30 pm on August 12.

Communal Reading and Personal Reflection

booksEach year, the faculty select seminal readings for the cohort to read. This enables us to develop community reference points and shared language.

Monthly Web Conferences

2015Cohort_091715_WebCallCohort and faculty members meet each month to discuss texts, guide progress toward learning goals, support capstone project progress and encourage courageous leadership.

Independent Study

The certificate program is designed to customize learning to individual needs. After discerning personal goals, participants will develop a learning contract that specifies the research and resources to achieve them.

Monthly Meetings with Mentor and

Individual Time with Faculty as Requested

Certificates are awarded at the annual Forma Conference to participants who demonstrate proficiency in theology & practice of Christian formation by successfully completing and presenting capstone project at the second residency.


  • July 1, 2016 Application Deadline. Note, applications are processed as they are received until the cohort is filled.
  • July 15, 2016 Letters of acceptance mailed/emailed
  • July 15 – Aug 10 Preparation for first residency as assigned, includes Case Study and competency self assessment using the Anglican Communion Competency Grids
  • Aug 1, 2016 At least half of program fee paid to Forma. Mail to Forma Secretary, Laurie Bailey at 1406 University Drive, Hammond LA 70401
  • Aug 8-11, 2016 2015 Cohort reconvenes at 7 pm ET
    Aug 9-12, 2016 2016 Cohort convenes at 7 pm ET
    Residency will be held at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center located about 25 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport. Check their website for more info: http://www.pendlehill.org
  • Aug 31, 2016 Learning Covenant Due
  • Sept 2016 Monthly web conferences begin on a jointly determined day/time.
    Begin monthly meetings with mentor.
    Begin personal reading and research
  • Dec 2016 Preliminary Capstone Project Ideas presented at monthly web conference
  • Jan 5, 2017 Capstone Proposal Due
  • Jan 26-28, 2017 Forma Conference in Anaheim, CA Certificate presentation to 2015 Cohort
  • Jan-July Continue individual work with mentor
    Continue monthly web conferences with cohort learning community
    Continue personal reading research and reflection and
    Work to complete capstone project,
  • Aug 2017 Final Residency and Capstone Project presentation (location TBD)
  • January 24-27, 2018, Forma Conference. Certificate presentation to 2016 Cohort

Questions? Contact Julie Lytle, CLLCF Program Coordinator, jlytle0214@comcast.net