College of Fellows

The College of Fellows is comprised of Academy members who have pursued an extensive study of their skills in ministry.

Who may become a fellow?

  1. The designation of "Fellow" of the Academy of Parish Clergy may be conferred on a candidate upon recommendation of the "College of Fellows" and by the election of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Parish Clergy after:
    1. The completion by the candidate of three triennia of membership in the Academy of Parish Clergy.
    2. A review of his or her work in fulfilling the requirements of the Academy of Parish Clergy.
    3. The presentation of evidence of the utilization of the Guide for Clergy Development of the Academy of Parish Clergy, and
    4. Certification from the "Consultant" of the candidate's proper use of that instrument.
  2. The designation of "Fellow" of the Academy of Parish Clergy may be conferred upon a candidate upon recommendation of the "College of Fellows" and by election by the Board of Directors of the Academy of Parish Clergy if the candidate:
    1. Is a member of the Academy of Parish Clergy who has enrolled after 1974.
    2. Has completed at least one triennium of membership in the Academy of Parish Clergy.
    3. Has completed at least twenty years in congregational leadership,
    4. Presents evidence of the utilization of the Guide for Clergy Development of the Academy of Parish Clergy, and
    5. Presents certification from the "Consultant" of the candidate's proper use of that instrument.
  3. Special consideration may be given by the College of Fellows and the Board of Directors of the Academy of Parish Clergy to a candidate who has entered the congregational ministry late in chronologic age and who has fulfilled at least one triennium in the Academy of Parish Clergy (and is in good standing) and who applies to the College of Fellows for such consideration.

Requirements for Becoming a Fellow

When a candidate wants to apply for "Fellow" in one of the above appropriate categories, he or she should make this known to the Dean of Studies of the Academy of Parish Clergy. The Dean of Studies then notifies the Dean of the College of Fellows indicating under which category the candidate is applicable, and notifies the Dean of the College of Fellows as to whether all the Academy of Parish Clergy credentials of the applicant are in order.

The Dean of the College of Fellows will then notify the applicant immediately, welcoming him or her to the program and assigning him or her a Supervising "Fellow" with whom the applicant will continue the relationship. The applicant will provide his or her supervising Fellow with the following:

  1. A written article reflecting what he or she has learned in using the Guide for Clergy Development.
  2. A copy of the Consultant's evaluation of the candidate's use of the Guide for Clergy Development.
  3. A copy of the White Form III in the Guide for Clergy Development reflecting the collation of self, peer and lay ratings.
  4. A brief autobiographical sketch of the candidate along with a brief article on where he or she sees himself or herself across the next five years and what the level of "Fellow" means to him or her.

The Supervising Fellow will, in turn, ask the other current Fellows to review with him or her the applicant's materials along with the recommendation to the Dean of the College of Fellows. The Dean of the College of Fellows will then recommend to the Board of Directors the findings of the Supervising Fellow and his or her two colleagues for the candidate's final approval and election by the Board of Directors.

To receive the conferral of "Fellow" at the annual meeting in any given year, the candidates requirements must all be met and submitted to the Supervising Fellow by January 15th of that year. The Dean of the College of Fellows must receive the recommendation by January 31st of that year. The conferral of "Fellow" will be made with appropriate ceremony at the annual meeting.

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