Our Mission

Forming Church Leaders to lead
faithful change in a rapidly changing and disruptive world.

Who we are

Under the direction of Executive Director Dr. Tod Bolsinger, the Church Leadership Institute (CLI) is a coaching group (through cohort based learning) and research center for church leadership. While there are a number of good resources and consulting groups at work in the larger church today, the De Pree Center Church Leadership Institute brings four distinct aspects to this work:

  • Convene: Through our alumni and partner organizations, we bring the diverse church together across denominational and cultural lines to address the largest questions and challenges for the widest possible learning. “We talk to people who don’t talk to each other.”
  • Research: Nested in a graduate school, our resources and experiences are grounded and will continually be grounded in research. Ongoing research will enable us to continually learn and offer those learnings to the larger church.
  • Reach: As a non-profit institution with a technology platform and international reach, we can raise money and serve churches that could never afford the expertise of consultant agencies and pour the money from our consulting services back into other congregations, thus strengthening the larger body of Christ
  • Formation: As an institution of formational education, our experience and expertise is on the formation of the inner life, character, resilience, and wisdom necessary for leadership—both individuals and congregations as a whole.

What we offer

Church Leadership Resources

Resources from the Church Leadership Institute

Explore what it means to be adaptive leaders who can go into uncharted territory when everybody has been thrust into it at the same time.

Tempered Resilience

Resources about Tod Bolsinger’s Book: Tempered Resilience

What type of leadership is needed in a moment that demands adaptive change? Explore the qualities of adaptive leadership in contexts ranging from churches to nonprofit organizations.

CLI Podcasts

Podcasts from the Church Leadership Institute

The Church Leadership Institute partners with the Spiritual Life and Leadership podcast, hosted by Markus Watson.

Who we serve

The Church Leadership Institute primarily serves Pastors and Christian leaders seeking to bring change to their community. CLI comes along side those who have said, “Seminary didn’t prepare me for this” and “I’m not sure I can survive this.”

Pastors and Christian leaders are mostly trained to be teachers and chaplains, but a rapidly-changing, continually disruptive world requires that they also become skilled at leading change in their organizations where there are few best practices. CLI exists to come alongside those Pastors and Christian leaders who are attempting to lead faithful change.

To contact CLI, please email CLI@fuller.edu.

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