Pohly Leadership Center

Value-Centered Leaders

The Pohly Leadership Center celebrates the ability of value-based leaders to transform both people and institutions. Value-centered leaders know that we need one another to be most effective in our work and ministries. They embrace differences and diversity even as they lift up shared commitments.

Covenantal supervision engages accountability and oversight with life affirming conversations that build up leaders and communities for fruitful discipleship. This 21st century process establishes authentic relationships, promotes mutuality and inclusiveness, and reveals meaning behind work and ministry.

Seminars, workshops and courses extend resources to pastors and laity as well as non-profits, judicatory leaders and seminaries who desire excellence in areas of supervision, leadership and faith-based conflict management. Small groups and clergy clusters discover covenantal supervision processes that help them uncover and encourage faithful evolving ministry. Attention to the formation of leaders and their spiritual refreshment is a key component embodied in all events. Programs are tailored to meet the needs of various settings and denominations.

The Center’s certification program in supervision emphasizes Pohly’s framework for supervisory conversations as central to a leader’s growth in self-awareness, ministering competence and theological depth.

Covenantal Supervision

The Pohly Center provides two signature courses on supervision in a 30-hour format taught in a small group setting both online and face-to-face. Three-hour CEU Certificates are available for each course.


Building Leaders: A Conversational Model

This course utilizes a group setting and real cases to help you learn how to become a more effective supervisor, how to frame effective supervisory conversations (through questioning, listening, giving feedback) and how to bring theological and spiritual insights to light in your workplace.


Building Leaders: Theological Reflection Models

This course focuses on expanding your ability to think theologically. You will refine the use of theological reflection in supervisory conversations introduced in Principles and Practice of Supervision (a prerequisite for this course). Through engaging theological reflection models you will become familiar with a variety of methods and models of theological reflection.

Associate in Supervision Certificate

The Associate in Supervision Certificate (ASC) from the Pohly Leadership Center uses the biblical model of covenantal relationships as a guide for developing skills of management and self-supervision for the 21st century. Through the process of covenantal supervision, leaders can emphasize accountability, promote mutuality and inclusivity, and reveal meaning behind work and ministry.

This program emphasizes a five-stage process and framework for supervisory conversations, which are central to helping leaders reflect on the challenges that arise in their work. Students complete the following courses, which may be taken for graduate credit or for continuing education units (CEUs):

  • AD512 Building Leaders: A Conversational Model
  • AD612 Building Leaders: Theological Reflection Models


Requirements for Certification in Supervision

To become eligible for certification by the Pohly Center, an individual must complete the following process:

  • Two Pohly Center courses: “Building Leaders: A Conversational Model” (formerly “Principles and Practice of Supervision”) and “Building Leaders: Theological Reflection Models” (formerly “Theological Reflection in Supervisory Practice”).
  • Minimum 50 hours of peer supervision and 25 hours of individual supervision with Pohly staff.
  • Exhibit attitudes, qualities, and skills of effective supervision based on 48 criteria of excellence.
  • Write integrative paper and complete satisfactory interview with Teaching Supervisors.
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