Vital and Effective Leadership Institute: Connecting Parish Leadership With the Resources to Serve the Church Now and in the Future



The Vital and Effective Leadership Institute provides an opportunity for newly ordained priests and priests new to their cures to come together to learn and grow in faithful leadership. At its core the Vital and Effective Leadership Institute (VELI) recognizes that:

  1. Being a leader differs from understanding how to lead.
  2. Effective theological education and spiritual growth takes place in an incarnational manner.
  3. Transformational community often involves:
    1. Challenging institutional complacency
    2. Developing gospel-based vision,
    3. Uncovering and overcoming hidden assumptions,
    4. Mobilizing commitment in others, and
    5. Creating effective planning mechanisms.

We have designed VELI to assist clergy and participating lay leadership in making congregations stronger, healthier, and more deeply rooted in Anglican spirituality by seeking to:

  1. Equip leaders to serve their respective congregations through integrated learning and training experiences,
  2. Strengthen the spiritual community and organizational life of participating congregations, and
  3. Encourage congregations to engage with and deepen service to the wider community.

VELI offers:

  1. A collegial learning environment,
  2. Resources for engaging engaged in models of shared ministry, parallel development and adaptive leadership,
  3. Strategic coaching in leadership development, and
  4. Continuing spiritual formation.


VELI employs a modular approach where each module is a self-contained unit of content or technique. Each module will articulate its objectives, a sequence of learning activities, and provide a means for assessing whether or not the objectives were attained. Each module hopes to assist participants in internalizing specific concepts in service to the overall purpose of VELI.

Each module will be conducted over a four-week period:

  1. Week 1: 3-4 hour in-person session
  2. Weeks 2-4: online work.

Each module will employ a variety of techniques including but not limited to readings, instructional presentations, and face-to-face and online discussions. Participants will receive an established, well-defined syllabus that sets student expectations for a three-four hour face to face session, with three weeks of online follow up.

Each module will specify:

  1. Desired outcomes/learning objectives.
  2. Clear expectations concerning time frames for completion of module components.
  3. Faculty availability and contact information.
  4. Checklists or assignment roadmaps.

Online Components

VELI currently uses Moodle for its online components. VELI will provide guidelines and instructions for effective use of the Moodle platform to all participants throughout the course of participation.

Learning Strategies

Depending on the nature of the specific module, learning strategies may include:

  1.  Asynchronous discussions—use of threads, and blogs on Moodle
    1. Application of theory to personal and professional experiences
    2. Case studies
    3. Sharing news items for peer review of work
  2. Group work
    1. Private group discussion board
    2. Group synchronous chat tool
    3. Application/file sharing area or tool (e.g. Dropbox)
  3. Wikis designed to collectively compile knowledge

Instructional Personnel

In the modular system, the role of module instructor is better understood as a facilitator that coordinates, evaluates, counsels, guides, and helps with logistical requirements. Presenters with specialized knowledge in covered areas may be employed.