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The Center for Pastoral Leadership is a Christian ministry resource committed to the support, encouragement, and development of pastors and congregational leaders. 

Building Relationships

  • Between pastors in cohort groups
  • Between scholars and ministry leaders 
  • Between PLNU and the Church

Equipping for Lifelong Ministry

  • Through care-giving 
  • Through peer learning and coaching
  • Through continuing education and training

Developing Strategies for Ministry

  • Drawing on Wesleyan missional theology
  • Drawing on organizational, psychological and sociological research
  • Drawing on the experience of experts in the field

The CPL serves pastors and church leaders across the Southwest, both those in the Church of the Nazarene and in the larger Body of Christ.  Resources are currently available in English and Spanish. 

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2021/2022 Center for Pastoral Leadership Calendar



Quizzing - May 13 to 15, 2022***
L.O.V.E. apartments begin 

June L.O.V.E. apartments continue 
MCI Development Training - June 9 to 11, 2022

Ministerial Candidate Workshop - July 15 to 17, 2022
Moral Integration Gathering - July 18 to 20, 2022
L.O.V.E. apartments end


Latino DS and Coordinator Gathering
Church Fair


Latino Wesleyan Conference - October 7 to October 9, 2022

NovemberSpanish Ministerial Candidate Workshop in Bakersfield - November 18 to 20, 2022

Year Round

Youth Pastor Coaching Program**


* Southwest Field NYI led - CPL supported
** In partnership with Southwest Field NYI
*** Southwest Field SSDMI led - CPL supported


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Hotel Partnerships

Several local hotels have partnered with PLNU to offer special discounted rates to all attendees of CPL events. In addition, the hotel donates a percentage of the cost of your reservation to PLNU, providing scholarships and other resources.

See Participating Hotels

Contact Us

Center for Pastoral Leadership
Kelley Klassen
Program Coordinator
(619) 849-2410

Smee Hall, Lower Hall 
Main Campus 

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.