Academy of Religious Leadership

Is excited to announce the

2020 Annual Meeting

Theme: Engaging the Prophetic Dimension of Christian Leadership

April 23-25, 2020

Columbia Theological Seminary
701 S. Columbia Drive
Decatur Georgia
Broyles Leadership Center

Cost: $150 for ARL Members, $200 for non-ARL Members


There are a limited number of rooms available on campus at the Harrington Center:

8- guestrooms with queen bed, room rate $89.64/night (includes tax)

7-guestrooms with twin bed, room rate $79.62/night (includes tax)

These rooms include linen, private bathroom, TV, and wireless internet access

To reserve and make payment: Call Miguel Chavez, Facilities Coordinator—404-687-4510—and identify yourself as a participant in the Academy of Religious Leadership Meeting.

There is a reserved block of hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn& Suites by Hilton

116 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030 (downtown Decatur).

  • King Standard  Size Bed Rate: $149 (plus applicable taxes and fees)
  • Double Queen Size Bed Rate: $159 (plus applicable taxes and fees)

Rooms with microwave and refrigerator

Covered Parking for $12/ night

Complimentary full hot breakfast included. Breakfast tickets issued upon check-in. Each guest must present breakfast ticket each morning.

Free Shuttle service to/ from Hotel to Columbia Theological Seminary for group.

Reserve room by calling the reservation department at 1-800-445-8667 and request the group rate for the Academy of Religious Leadership. Reservation and Payment with Major Credit Card.

Cut-off date for reservations is 3/23/2020. Reservations made after that time only on a space and available rate basis.

Theme Details

In a national context of partisan political leadership, what do we understand as prophetic leadership, given our foundational sources and our current context? How do Christian leaders speak and lead with authority in a situation of flux which has been characterized as post-modern, post-Christian, and even post truth?

The prophets in ancient Israel drew upon norms in their religious tradition to critique popular and official ideologies that were viewed as false and misleading. The prophet spoke truth to power while interpreting theologically the social events, conditions, and decisions facing communities “in season and out of season.”

ARL invites you to join us in our annual meeting as we engage the prophetic dimension of Christian leadership.  Among the questions we will explore:

Call for Papers

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.

The Steering Committee issues a call for papers to present at our annual meeting. Proposals for papers should integrate scholarship and praxis, relate to the theme of engaging the prophetic dimension of Christian leadership and align with ARL’s mission. Leaders and practitioners from various organizational and social locations are encouraged to submit proposals. Past presenters have included professors of leadership, pastors, and researchers, directors of field education, denominational leaders, and doctoral students.

Proposals should include a proposed title, your thesis, the basis for your argument, your perspective in approaching the topic, and the discipline and/or authors you intend to engage. Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and include a brief bio. 

Proposals for papers are being accepted until March 15. Email proposals as an attachment to  with the subject line: ARL Proposal. 

Proposals will be considered by the ARL Steering Team and decisions made by March 20, 2020. All presenters will have the opportunity to turn their presentations into essays which will be considered for publication in the fall 2020 issue of the JRL.

If accepted, a draft of the essay or outline with references must be submitted for electronic posting on the ARL website by April 20, 2020.