Huntingdon Summer Program Focuses on Building Student Leaders in Churches
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College will host the third annual Student Leadership Institute (SLI), a program of the College’s Duffey Institute for Church Leadership, July 6–10, 2009. The program is open to one or two high school student leaders from a church youth group of any denomination. The cost is $250 per student, which covers all direct expenses, including lodging in the residence halls, meals, social programs, field trips, and program materials. Enrollment is limited to 75 students, representing as many different youth ministries as possible.
The Student Leadership Institute was created to challenge students to become leaders and to reward those who have already begun that process in their local youth ministries. SLI welcomes one or two promising leaders from a given youth group (rising 9–12 graders) for a week of intensive leadership training on the Huntingdon campus. Participants are challenged by teachers, motivated by speakers, and inspired by worship as they learn why their leadership is important in their churches and communities. The program is a partnership between Huntingdon College and the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Students will be housed in Huntingdon residence halls. Sessions will be held on campus, with field trips in the Montgomery community.
This year’s leaders will include the Rev. Rurel Ausley, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Niceville, Fla., as SLI chaplain for the week. Worship will be led by Brad Miles of First United Methodist Church, Tulsa, Okla., and Trey Carey of Brentwood United Methodist Church, Brentwood, Tenn., both youth ministry veterans. The musical artist is Jimmy Needham, a Texas native whose latest single is “Forgiven and Loved,” from the CD, “Not Without Love.” Local business, political, and spiritual leaders will also share insight on the qualities of good leadership.
To register, learn more, or contact the organizers of SLI, students and churches may visit the Web site at http://www.sli09.com. The registration deadline is June 22.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service,” is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Celebrating its centennial year in Montgomery this year, the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.