Welcome to the Academy of Religious Leadership website.

The Academy of Religious Leadership (ARL) exists to:

  • enhance religious leadership education;
  • convene a scholarly roundtable of leadership educators and professional practitioners for the purpose of faculty development and community; and
  • foster and disseminate leadership education and research.

What began as a grant funded conversation formally became the Academy of Religious Leadership, a 501 (c)(3), in 2006. Membership includes graduate-level teachers and students of leadership, administration, and finance, as well as professional practitioners of leadership who seek to engage faith, scholarship, and the practice of ministry. Officers, elected by the membership, oversee the workings of the ARL, the annual meeting, and the Journal of Religious Leadership. For more on ARL and/or to see the current officers, see the officers tab.

2017 Annual Meeting

April 20-22, 2017 (with a Thursday evening reception) at the Chicago, Hyatt Magnificent Mile ($189/night). More information will follow.

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