Last fall, CHHSM’s inaugural Nollau Institute class began a yearlong process of formation. The 18-member class has explored the relationship between spirituality and vocation through intensive study, personalized training, special retreats, site visits, online discussions and peer mentoring. The result: A group of equipped and engaged leaders who are bound together in a community of practice.
Now, it’s time for that community to grow. Applications for next year’s Nollau Class of 2013 will be accepted through Oct. 1, 2012. Candidates are encouraged to view the new course schedule, review tuition details, submit an application and pay tuition online via the CHHSM website.
For Christie Munson, Nollau class of 2012, the institute has been a life-changing experience so far.
“When I decided to participate in the Nollau Institute, my main goal was to bring a deeper meaning to my work,” says Munson, Beatitudes Campus communications and grants manager. “What I didn’t know is that this program would not only benefit my professional world but would create opportunity to be fully transformed at a personal and spiritual level.
“I don’t think I’ve experienced such deep change and personal growth in any other leadership or adult learning program I’ve done in the past."
Munson’s story of growth is similar to those of many Nollau class participants who shared their journeys during a presentation at the CHHSM Annual Meeting in March.
It was during this presentation that Ellen Kvalheim, director of Park’s Edge Preschool in Hales Corners, Wis., realized that she wanted to experience Nollau for herself.
“The personal testimonials given at the annual meeting were awe-inspiring and spoke to my heart," says Kvalheim, who was attending her first annual meeting. "I am goal-oriented and have been searching for the next step in fulfilling my vocational journey. I believe the Nollau Institute will be challenging and rewarding and I am truly looking forward to the opportunity to experience the Nollau Institute for myself."
The highly interactive institute combines the best in adult education and leadership training, and is grounded in a fundamental appreciation of faith heritage and spiritual formation. The institute is named after Louis Edward Nollau, a 19th-century missionary and preacher, and founder of several CHHSM ministries.
The Nollau 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.
To learn more, candidates can contact CHHSM Vice President Bill Johnson at 866-822-8224 ext. 2256 or by e-mail at email@example.com. For more details, please visit http://www.chhsm.org/leaders/nollau.