Artful Leadership

In this Artful Leadership course, you will explore the power of introducing art-based spiritual formation practices into your life and ministry.

Takes approximately 15 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Art & Creativity, Church, Faith & Everyday Life, Ministry Leadership, Spiritual Practices, and Worship

Course Description

As pastors and leaders in the church, we’re most effective when we ourselves are continually growing spiritually while refining the skills needed to shepherd the communities that have been entrusted to us. Leadership development resources are abundant, but what if we look for wisdom in a different place? For centuries, art has had a particular way of awakening creativity, curiosity, and courage. All three of these are vital to a flourishing ministry, especially when considering the convergence of worship, preaching, and justice. In this Artful Leadership course, join Jennifer Ackerman as she introduces the power of art-based spiritual formation practices into your life and ministry.

This course will count towards the upcoming Brehm Center Certificate in Theology and the Arts. 

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Meet Your Instructors

Jennifer Ackerman

Since 2017, Dr. Ackerman has been directing the efforts of Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Preaching—A Lloyd John Ogilvie Initiative, where she has worked to catalyze a movement of empowered, wise preachers who live and lead at the convergence of worship, preaching, and justice. In 2022, she joined Fuller’s faculty as an assistant professor of preaching in the School of Mission and Theology. Dr. Ackerman has nearly 30 years of experience facilitating the worship and preaching efforts of churches in multiple denominations across the US, and is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She holds an MDiv and a PhD in Theology and Culture from Fuller and has experience as a professional musician where she performed in theaters around the country while serving churches as a worship and music director.

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