Jesse C. Swanigan Scholars


The Swanigan Scholars program is a one year, educational fellowship program designed to nurture and support women and men of color in order that they might obtain mid-council executive leadership education in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

All costs associated with the program will be covered by the Synod of Mid-America.

The Swanigan Scholars program is named for Ruling Elder Jesse C. Swanigan, longtime commissioner to the SoMA from the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. In 2014, Mr. Swanigan served the SoMA as it's Moderator. Mr. Swanigan has also served the broader church as President and Treasurer of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus.


Program Details

Session 1: The Identity of a Leader - October 25-27, 2018

Transformed leaders transform systems. Scholars will explore their own identity as leaders, including their natural personality tendencies and default leadership styles.

Session 2: Identifying Systems and Cultures - February 7-9, 2019

Scholars will explore the interrelated nature of organizational systems, the role a leader plays in a system, and how a leader's personality impacts a system's functioning.

Session 3: Developing a Theology and Praxis of Leadership - April 25-27, 2019

Scholars will write and present an in-depth case study for group discussion. The session will culminate with students writing an action plan for future leadership, including a description of their personal understanding of leadership.

Session 4: Catalyzing and Managing Change - June 13-15, 2019

Scholars will learn frameworks for instigating and shepherding a change process, while synthesizing lessons learned in previous sessions


Application must be submitted by July 30, 2018.

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