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Building Leadership & Ministry Capacity

The purpose of the professional formation curriculum is to cultivate the habits and practices for critical reflection, skills development, and the capacity to work across diversity and difference towards social justice and peace, including:

Professional Formation

Developing a professional identity, along with practices and ethics in relationship to diverse others within institutions and communities.

Personal Formation

Deepening how one understands self and how they relate to others in ethical, effective, and healthy ways; and intentional focus on character development and self-care.

Spiritual Formation

Embodying one’s faith, ethics, and values through habits of practice, relationship, and curiosity, which ground the self and affirm the value of diverse spiritual/religious identities and traditions.

Cultural Capacity

Ability to understand and ethically participate within complex communities of intersectional identities and institutional cultures in order to co-create more just communities and institutions.

Relational Capacity

Ability to cultivate and navigate the diverse public relationships needed to equitably share power and effectively engage in ministry and leadership.

Masters of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics (MASJE) students complete a nine-month part-time Internship as part of their professional formation curriculum degree requirement.

Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care (MAPSC) students complete one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as part of their professional formation curriculum degree requirement.


Professional (In)Formation Network

Visit the the Professional (In)Formation Network to create or view community partner profiles, potential internships, job postings, and volunteer opportunities.

If you are a church or community leader interested in working with an Iliff Intern, learn more about Iliff’s graduate-level Internship structures and supervisory expectations.

Office of Professional Formation Staff and Faculty


Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Director of the Office of Professional Formation, 303-765-3116
Rev. Dr. Jason Whitehead, Director of Consultation and Formation, 303-765-3162
Camilla Raymond Belfon, Contextual Education Coordinator, 303-765-3115




Learn About Iliff Internships


Visit the Professional (in)Formation Network (PIFN)