Confidence Born of Competence
Executive Leadership for Women Clergy

Iron Sharpening Iron equips women to embrace and build upon the capacities, agency and savvy they possess to negotiate challenging leadership contexts with a confidence born of competence. Drawing on best practices from leaders in church, business, public service and beyond, the program’s interdisciplinary approach serves the fundamental goal of promoting capable women to thrive in God’s calling in a way that has theological integrity and a sophisticated philosophy and practice.

Each year, Iron Sharpening Iron selects women to participate in the 18-month program, at the end of which they will receive an Executive Certificate in Leadership. Intentionally gathering women at different places in their call—Associate Pastors, Solo Pastors, Senior Pastors and Heads of Staff—Iron Sharpening Iron is a commitment that leads to a credential that will open doors for longterm leadership goals.



  • Curriculum
    Experts from diverse sectors of leadership deliver rigorous, innovative curriculum grounded in cutting edge research and practice
  • Coaching
    Coaches committed to translating best practices into meaningful action for your specific ministry context
  • Community
    A network of women in different stages of their call, committed to personal development and a celebration of the unique, God-given leadership gifts each participant brings to the program

We are taking nominations and applications for the next cohort of extraordinary women. Tell us who you think should be a part of this unique program. If you have any questions, please contact our Associate Director, Thais Carter.

Iron Sharpening Iron is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc, and is headquartered at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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