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Iron Sharpening Iron - Women's Leadership Program

Confidence Born of Competence

Iron Sharpening Iron equips women to embrace and build upon the capacities, agency and savvy they possess to negotiate challenging leadership contexts with a confidence born of competence. Drawing on best practices from leaders in church, business, public service and beyond, the program's interdisciplinary approach serves the fundamental goal of promoting capable women to thrive in God’s calling in a way that has theological integrity and a sophisticated philosophy and practice.

Nomination Form

Each year, Iron Sharpening Iron selects women to participate in the 2-year program, at the end of which they will receive an Executive Certificate in Leadership. Intentionally gathering women at different places in their call—Associate Pastors, Solo Pastors, Senior Pastors and Heads of Staff—Iron Sharpening Iron is a commitment that leads to a credential that will open doors for longterm leadership goals.


What makes Iron Sharpening Iron unique?

  • Curriculum
    Experts from diverse sectors of leadership deliver rigorous, innovative curriculum grounded in cutting edge research and practice
  • Coaching
    Coaches committed to translating best practices into meaningful action for your specific ministry context
  • Community
    A network of women in different stages of their call, committed to personal development and a celebration of the unique, God-given leadership gifts each participant brings to the program

We are taking nominations for the next cohort of extraordinary women. Tell us who you think should be a part of this unique program.

Nomination Form

Iron Sharpening Iron is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc, and is headquartered at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Special Advisor & Founding Director, IJM Institute

Bethany Hoang, Class of 2004

“The rooting of justice in our spiritual formation in Christ requires careful thought and teaching. I was equipped to lead in this way through my time at PTS.”