Clergy encouraged to apply for the ICHNOS Project


Clergy under appointment are encouraged to apply for participation in ICHNOS — a year-long project designed to help laity and clergy map the way forward for their church. Whether clergy are being appointed to a new congregation in July or returning to serve another year in their present appointment this experience can help clergy and a congregation’s core leaders work together to successfully navigate uncharted pathways.

ICHNOS — which means steps or paths (see Romans 4:12; 2 Corinthians 12:18; and I Peter 2:21) — is about finding the new steps and new paths successful churches will need to travel in this new, post-pandemic world that all of us are learning about in real-time.

Other continuing education opportunities offered in North Alabama over the last several years such as the Foundation Leadership Series and EVOLVE  have helped clergy gain helpful insights for leading churches. Yet, too often those insights fall by the wayside as clergy struggle to attend to daily congregational needs and convince laity to try something new. ICHNOS partners clergy and core lay leadership in a journey with consistent coaching as insights are developed and implemented and leadership habits and mindsets are transformed.

This opportunity is time-critical.  Applications are due Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Below is the application process:


  • Complete the application and return it to Rev. Ron Schultz at by May 5, 2021.

    If you are a clergy moving into a new appointment, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to answer all application questions from the perspective of the existing lay leadership in your new appointment.  However, because you have a heart for, and a great desire for, change in your new situation, please answer questions from your personal perspective assuming your vision for change will be embraced by your new core leaders.


  • Based on the responses in the written application some applicants will be invited to a follow-up interview.


  • Five to eight clergy/laity teams will be selected to participate in ICHNOS based on the results of the interviews.

    The start date for the first ICHNOS team meetings will be July 15, 2021.

If you have questions please contact Ron Schultz by email at


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