University of Southern California

CRCC Passing the Mantle


The Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute trained church leaders to change governmental policies and the neighborhood ethos within Southern California. The economic and social problems facing communities of color are complex and deeply rooted in racism, apathetic governmental representation, and a lack of understanding of the civic engagement process by clergy and lay leaders.

Therefore, faith-based civic engagement professionals must address issues related to gang violence, prison reform, government policies, health, criminal justice, and social services. This more complex environment demands that clergy and lay leaders develop new approaches, greater expertise, and improved institutional operations. The Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute (PTM) addressed these challenges through a learning program for enhancing leadership and building the institutions needed to tackle emerging civic issues.

PTM equipped pastors, clergy, faith based non-profit leaders, and church board members for better mission conceptualization, civic engagement models, strategic planning, and partnership building with the public and private sector. The course created a learning environment with leading practitioners, politicians, and professors who are engaged in areas related to civic engagement and community development.

201 1 Program

PTM held three phases consisting of residential and non-residential programs.

  • Session I: July 14-15, 2011 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Non-Residential
  • Session II: July 24-29, 2011 (Residential: Fellows will be housed in apartments on the USC campus)
  • Session III: September 8, October 7 and 8, 2011 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Non-Residential. This session concluded with graduation ceremony.

Eligible Participants

PTM involved pastors, lay leaders, and community development professionals. Special consideration was given to clergy and lay leaders who engaged in civic programs, community development or other related projects.