The Center for Transformational Leadership

The Center for Transformational Leadership

A New Initiative of the Southern New England Conference

The Center for Transformational Leadership equips clergy and lay leaders, congregations and covenantal partners of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ with resources, tools and support to create a new vision and do the transformative ministry they are called to do in the local church, local community and the world.

We believe God calls us to bring new life as agents of change and so  we embrace and encourage adaptive and transformative leadership wherever the Body of Christ is gathered.

PDF Download a flyer about the CTL here. 

We are here to help you:

  • Illuminate – assess the vitality of your congregation.
  • Innovate – define your vision for your future.
  • Inquire – clearly identify the challenges you face to realize that vision.
  • Implement – provide the resources you need to create the roadmap and pave the path forward.
  • Inspire - support you and your organization along this journey of transformation.

Programs in Development - what are we planning?

  • Church Vitality Assessment 
  • Discerning a New Vision for the Future 
  • Conflict Transformation 
  • Clergy of Color Affinity Group 
  •  LGBTQIA Clergy Affinity Group 
  • Technology & Worship 
  • Lay & Association Leadership Training 
  • Small Church Collaborative 
  • Retired Clergy Affinity Group 

Current Programs:

  • Communities of   Practice - Colleagues share best practices, discuss current topics in ministry, share the joys and challenges of ministry and support one another in a confidential setting that is led by a trained facilitator.

    The SNEUCC currently convenes over 40 Communities of Practice including: New Clergy Groups, Seasoned Pastors, University Chaplains.  To join a group, contact Karen Ziel at

  • Together We Thrive is an ecumenical clergy development initiative funded by the Thriving Ministry Grant from the Lilly Endowment. The program is in collaboration with the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the New England Synod ELCA, Lutheran. Programs funded through this grant include: 
    • Tending the Fire (a program that draws on family system theory)
    • Clergy Communities of Practice for Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran clergy
    • Clergy Affinity Groups
    • Clergy Coach Training - affordable Coaching services for leaders and congregations
    • Annual Educational Intensives  

Learn more at the Together We Thrive website

Grant Programs:

  • Faith In Our Future Together – a recoverable grant to help selected local churches respond effectively to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that the disruptions may be magnified by systemic racism in congregations of Black people, indigenous people and other people of color.


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