Chautauqua’s Programs for Clergy Development are designed to help sustain and enrich clergy leadership for congregational life. The two programs that give expression to this mission, the Interfaith New Clergy Program and the Chautauqua Leadership Program, are independently funded and are geared to two different groups of fellows based on their years of experience in ministry and the specific goals of each program.

Interfaith New Clergy Program

Interfaith New Clergy Program

2016 New Clergy Conferences

New Clergy Application



Week One: June 25–July 2 | Week Six: July 30–August 6

Chautauqua's Interfaith New Clergy Program is an intensive summer professional seminar for those new to ministry or congregational work, and offers 2 one-week Conferences each year, inviting applications from interested clergy in Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other faith traditions and communities.

The Institution provides full accommodations for clergy and their spouses/partners, with participants residing on the campus grounds, sharing meals, and meeting daily with the Program's directors, faculty, and distinguished chaplains and lecturers. Group discussions focus on issues and experiences relevant to theological growth, leadership, renewal, and issues specific to the dynamics of those new to ministry. As this program is not a vacation week, it is designed for adult professional interest, interaction and development, maintaining a rigorous schedule.

Fellowship grants are awarded to clergy who have been in congregational ministry or leadership between 2 and 5 years, made possible through the support of various Foundations. These grants cover residency, meals, gate pass, and access to the full Chautauqua Amphitheater program. Participants are responsible for their own transportation arrangements and expenses.

For further information, contact Dr. Derek Austin, Program Director, at, or refer to the Application form (click link on the right of this page).