ARL – Academy of Religious Leadership

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Welcome to ARL, The Academy of Religious Leadership

We are a group of scholars and students who collaborate in order to:

  • Enhance leadership education in theological institutions; 
  • Convene a scholarly roundtable of leadership educators for the purpose of faculty development and community; and 
  • Foster and disseminate leadership education and research in institutions of theological education.

The Academy works toward these three goals through its annual meetings and its semi-annual, peer-review publication the Journal of Religious Leadership. Graduate-level teachers and students of leadership, administration, and finance who seek to engage faith, scholarship, and the practice of ministry are invited to join.

Come join us for our 2015 conference!

Theme: Innovation and Leadership

Dates: Friday, April 17th – Saturday, April 18th, with a welcome reception Thursday, April 16th.

The agenda will include a keynote presentation by Dwight Zscheile on his forthcoming book, The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age.  With leadership from editors Sharon Callahan and Kyle Small, we will also work with chapters related to innovation in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Our agenda will also include presentations on this topic.

We are hereby inviting proposals (including an 80-100 word abstract), which will be accepted through October 1. Notification of acceptance will be sent by October 29. Proposals will be reviewed by the ARL steering team and JRL co-editors.  Accepted presenters will be required to send electronically a first, full draft to the JRL co-editors by April 1, 2015. Following the annual meeting, authors are assigned a JRL board member to serve as a peer reviewer to help finalize the piece for publication. Final articles will be due August 15, 2015. For more information about ARL, our annual meeting, and the JRL, please go to

Please email proposals to with the subject line: ARL Presentation Proposal.

Location: To be held in downtown Chicago. For more information, click on ‘Annual Meeting‘.

  • To download PDF copies of JRL articles and book reviews, click on JRL.
  • To join the Academy and/or register for ARL’s Annual Conference, click on Registration.
  • Information about the next annual meeting, click on Annual Meeting.