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The Academy of Church Leadership



Where pastors and lay leaders
develop managerial and leadership skills
for the good of their churches.

Funded by the Lilly Endowment, The Academy of Church Leadership at North Park University is dedicated to equipping religious leaders with the skills needed for effective congregational growth. Programs focus on professional development in finance, management, and leadership for religious leaders.

Why Study Church Leadership?

Being a pastor or church leader is more demanding than ever, and includes far more than spiritual leadership. The Academy helps you develop the skills necessary to ensure the continued health and growth of your church.

Professional Development

The Academy provides custom-designed workshops and webinars for church leaders. Topics will include financial management, fundraising, board development, communications, information technology, and much more.


Please join us, Friday, January 12th, 2018
Johnson Center, Room 314, 3225 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

We welcome pastors, church staff, and lay leaders of all denominations to attend our inaugural conference focusing on church communications. Come listen to expert workshop leaders and our Keynote Speaker, world-renowned theologian, priest, and author Donald Senior!

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Conferences & Workshops

Professional development in finance, management, and leadership.

Event Calendar

Contact Us

Timothy O’Brien, Project Director

Roman Motley, Project Assistant
Email or call: (773) 244-5286

About the Lilly Grant

Awarded to North Park to provide programming for church leaders.

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Scholarships & Tuition Discounts

As part of a long-standing commitment to keep education affordable, North Park University offers funds to qualified pastors, church staff, and lay leaders, plus non-profit and alumni tuition discounts. This includes a 50% tuition scholarship for students enrolled in the Certificate in Church Administration program.

Tuition & Aid

Explore Programs

The Academy offers academic programs, including a certificate in church administration and a joint MDiv/MBA or MNA.

Master’s Program

Certificate Program

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