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What is BTLI?

BTLI is a weeklong intensive continuing education event for clergy and laity for training, worship, and fellowship. The institute is designed for clergy and lay leaders who would like to deepen their thinking and preaching by learning from preeminent scholars of theology and religion. In 2023, Searching for the Soul of Black Preaching.


All interested leaders are urged to apply, including those who may not have formal theological training. BTLI is limited to 50 fellows. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

What to expect

BTLI fellows, faculty, and staff gather on the Princeton Theological Seminary campus to think deeply about theology and leadership through robust academics and thoughtful discernment. BTLI is known for its thoughtful and inspiring daily worship. The demanding schedule includes:

  • In-depth orientation
  • Plenaries on key theological doctrines, social justice, and leadership
  • A half-day Wednesday immersion on wellness
  • Annual Betsey Stockton Lecture
  • Access to Princeton Seminary’s world-renowned library and generous study time
  • Daily Q&A
  • Daily worship
  • Guided cohort group discussions
  • Mentorship
BTLI began on Sunday, July 16, 2023 and concluded on Friday, July 21, 2023.