Nollau Institute


What difference does it make to be a leader with faith? Do our beliefs shape our actions? Do our religious convictions and traditions simply soften the hard edges of leadership as commonly understood, or does our faith compel a profound reorientation to what it means to lead?

If you are curious about a different way of leading, CHHSM invites you to consider the Nollau Institute – a yearlong process of formation. Through retreats, site visits, online dialogue and peer mentoring, the program helps participants explore their vocation as leaders with the support of a community of practice.

Named after Louis Edward Nollau, a 19th century missionary, preacher and founder of several St. Louis-area CHHSM ministries, the Institute emphasizes the kind of integrated leadership that its namesake modeled – professional excellence rooted in faith-based purpose. Learn more about the Institute's three major themes here.

The Institute builds upon CHHSM’s nearly 20 years of formal leadership training that began with the Transformational Leadership Program and continued with the ecumenical Faith-Based Leadership Institute. Led by a core team of four faculty members, the Nollau Institute draws upon the best in adult education and leadership training, grounded in a fundamental appreciation of faith heritage and spiritual formation. Learn more about the faculty here.

As adult education, the program is highly interactive. Participants help design their program, assist in the facilitation of sessions, and mentor each other. As spiritual formation, the program invites participants into certain practices and disciplines in the context of a community of leaders who encourage and hold each participant accountable.

The Institute gives participants the opportunity to discern their calling as Diakonal Ministers, a special vocation for leaders within CHHSM. Completion of the Institute is required for commissioning as a Diakonal Minister, but additional discernment is encouraged.

The Institute is open to leaders from CHHSM ministries and partnering organizations, such as colleges, seminaries, conferences and other institutions related to the United Church of Christ. Participants must be able to fully participate in all sessions as well as the online forum. To enhance learning and community-building, class members are expected to stay overnight at the retreat center.

Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2015-2016. Interested candidates should follow these next steps:

1. View the schedule.
2. Read about the themes and learn about the faculty.
3. Review the tuition information.
4. Apply online.
5. Pay tuition here.

To learn more or to be placed on the mailing list, contact CHHSM Program Associate Danielle Bartz at 216-736-2252 or bartzd@chhsm.org.