Pursue your calling in a faith-based organization.


Sacred Sector Fellowship equips you with skills and experience to be an emerging leader in the faith-based nonprofit sector.

As a current or recently-graduated seminarian, you want to engage in innovative work in the faith-based sector and gain organizational leadership skills, but you may not know where to start. You want to understand the nuances of how faith-based nonprofits can fully exercise their freedom to live out their faith-based missions in public life.

Let us help you live out your calling in the faith-based nonprofit sector by participating in Sacred Sector Fellowship, which is a two-part program.


Part One: Participate in a 10-day intensive to gain knowledge and skills required to connect different elements of a faith-based organization to its sacred mission.

Part Two: For the following eight weeks, you will serve as a strategic consultant within a faith-based nonprofit organization where you can get hands-on experience in applying the skills and knowledge you’ve gained.


Fulfill your sacred call by empowering a faith-based organization to fulfill its sacred mission.

Sacred Sector Fellowship is an initiative, funded by Templeton Religion Trust, to equip seminarians for a meaningful career in the faith-based non-profit sector. The fellowship pairs participants with faith-based nonprofits in the Washington D.C. area to provide hands-on experience and apply concepts learned through a ten-day intensive. Sacred Sector Fellowship is designed so that seminarians can empower faith-based organizations to advance their freedom to embody their sacred missions in every area of organizational life. Click here to download a printable version of our overview and agenda.

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Learn skills

Acquire a working knowledge of all the ins-and-outs of faith-based organizations.

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Develop confidence

Know the unique skills you can offer to the faith-based nonprofit world.


Become a leader

Navigate an increasingly complex legal, political and social environment.


What makes Sacred Sector Fellowship different?


Participating Sacred Sector Fellows will learn and apply a holistic framework for guiding a faith-based organization to embody its religious freedom by living out its faith-based mission. This learning community equips seminarians to adopt a holistic framework called the Three P’s to integrate and fully embody their sacred mission in every area of their organization, including:

  • Engage in Public Policy: Understand how faith-based organizations can fully live out their faith-based identities by understanding public policies that impact their work on a local, state and federal level.

  • Adopt Organizational Best Practices: Gain the knowledge and tools necessary to equip faith-based organizations to adopt organizational best practices in every area of their organizational lives — from human resources, to fundraising, to cultivating a positive culture.  

  • Develop Strategic Public Positioning: Learn how to equip faith-based organizations to communicate strategically and intentionally to diverse communities about how everything they do is an expression of their faith-based missions.

Participants will learn to apply this framework in six key areas through Sacred Sector Toolboxes, which offer a deep-dive on topics that include religious staffing, government partnerships, positive engagement in the public square, nondiscrimination laws, advocacy and lobbying and family-supportive policies.

Fellows will also learn from the Standards for Excellence® code, a national initiative that promotes ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations. The Standards for Excellence® code covers the following areas of nonprofit operations: Mission, Strategy, and Evaluation; Leadership: Board, Staff, and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development; and Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy.

Based on fundamental values of honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability, the Standards describe how nonprofits should act to be ethical and accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management, and fundraising.