THE LEADER INSTITUTE

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For more information about the Leader Institute, contact yaministries@cofchrist.org.

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If you’re interested in applying, begin thinking about what project you might like to work on over the course of the year (can be individual or team projects). You will need to describe your project intentions in your application. If you have questions – contact us!

Individual (or Team) Projects

Each participant will choose and lead a project in their local jurisdiction during the course of the institute. This project is the “laboratory” in which you will try new skills, and examine your current leadership abilities. To be effective, a project should meet several criteria:

  • The project should be new, or new to you. In order to be an effective learning tool, this project should stretch you. This means it should not be something you are already doing. It should be a new idea, or a new responsibility for you, or a new team to lead.
  • It should be something you care about implementing – not just a made up task
  • It should provide value to your congregation or mission center.
  • It should be something you can start and finish in the time period of the institute.
  • It should require the contribution and coordination of others. Leading a project on your own will help you refine your project management skills, but not your leadership skills.
  • It should have the support and approval of your pastor or mission center president.

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This following material is written by Kelly Phipps and is copyrighted information:

WHAT IS THE LEADER INSTITUTE?

This Leader Institute is designed to address a very particular need: the need for current and future leaders in the church. The format of the institute is a product of two very specific approaches to leader development.

1)      Leadership is learned by doing. While there are many ways to teach leadership, we believe the best way to learn it is by doing. Because of this belief, participants in this institute will work on a local project of their choosing, and interpret their experiences together with their peers. This project will provide immediate value to the participant’s local church or mission center, but will also act as training ground for to test assumptions, and refine skills as a leader.

2)      Participant’s will learn leader skills, not just for church leadership. Even though this institute is being offered by the Community of Christ, the leader skills learnt are not unique to the church. The reason for this is simple: the church needs leaders who understand the challenges of their time, have the skills to lead in various settings, and are committed to the mission of the church. If we focused only on how to lead the church as it currently is, neither the participants nor the church would be ready for the challenges that lie ahead. So participants will learn leader skills that will benefit them in various fields, and practice them in a Community of Christ setting.

THE LEADER INSTITUTE MODEL

The design of this Leader Institute is intended to provide participants with a challenging experience (the individual project), paired with the resources needed to meet that challenge. This method, based on research in the field of leadership development, will help participants not only learn about leadership, but learn to be a more effective leader.  To accomplish this goal, the Leader institute includes many elements, as shown below:

Leader Institute Model

Individual (or Team) Projects

Each participant will choose and lead a project in their local jurisdiction during the course of the institute. This project is the “laboratory” in which you will try new skills, and examine your current leadership abilities. To be effective, a project should meet several criteria:

  • The project should be new, or new to you. In order to be an effective learning tool, this project should stretch you. This means it should not be something you are already doing. It should be a new idea, or a new responsibility for you, or a new team to lead.
  • It should be something you care about implementing – not just a made up task
  • It should provide value to your congregation or mission center.
  • It should be something you can start and finish in the time period of the institute.
  • It should require the contribution and coordination of others. Leading a project on your own will help you refine your project management skills, but not your leadership skills.
  • It should have the support and approval of your pastor or mission center president.

Mentoring

In addition to the support received from colleagues, participants will also need to find a local mentor who can help them on their local project. This mentor should be someone who is knowledgeable about the project being implemented, and someone whose leadership ability the participant admires. This mentor will serve as a local source for consultation and assistance during the project, and hopefully in the future.

Leader Observations

While our sessions will not focus exclusively on leadership in the church, we will take time to look at what effective church leadership looks like in practice. To help us paint that portrait, each participant will have the chance to observe a church leader they believe is effective, and report back to the group in Retreat 2.

Coaching Between Sessions

Between the retreats, each participant will schedule an individual coaching session. This session will focus on helping participants identify the challenges they are facing in their projects, strategize how to address those challenges, and identify the lessons they are learning about themselves as leaders.

Assigned Readings

Participants will occasionally be assigned a short reading and/or activity to review between sessions to keep the learning process active between our face-to-face meetings.

Individual Leader Development Plan

Since leadership development is a life-long project, we will conclude our institute by reflecting on what participants learned about themselves, and how they intend to continue that learning into the future.

Participant Commitment

The primary time commitment for this institute involves attending 3 retreats over 12 months, completing the project and development plan as described above. Attendance at all three retreats is necessary and important to success in the Leader Institute.

RETREATS

During our three retreats together, we will explore what participants are learning about themselves as a leader, and begin to support each other in our developmental journey. The retreat sessions will include presentations, team activities, and plenty of time for socializing and building community. We believe participants will find the retreats to be a useful and enjoyable experience, and look forward to your participation.

– ©2014 Kelly Phipps, Ph.D. Used with permission.

LI Cohort 1

Leader Institute 2014 Pilot Program Cohort

4 thoughts on “THE LEADER INSTITUTE

  1. Liane Bastion says:

    This is so exciting! I hope to be able to be a part of this in the near future. This is a great answer to the question “How do we provide training to our young adult leaders?” I can’t wait to hear what the outcome of the pilot program is. Praying for all involved!

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