Disciples News Service

Disciples Leadership Institute for 23-40 year olds seeks applicants by May 15

The Disciples Leadership Institute is looking for 20 Disciples leaders between 23 and 40 years old who are willing to spend a week this summer exploring personal faith and Christian community across the lines of race, language and culture.

The fourth DLI conference, August 20-24, at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, will gather 30 younger leaders (20 new members with 10 previous participants) from African-American, Anglo, Asian/Pacific Island, Hispanic, and Haitian congregations for intentional and structured conversation about our personal faith journeys and the faith communities that nurtured us.

DLI seeks to create friendship and deepened understanding, and set the stage for life-long networking among Disciples leaders.

DLI is sponsored by Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) and Disciples Reconciliation Ministries.  The conference pays all expenses for all first-year participants, including food, lodging and travel to and from Nashville.

We invite anyone with leadership responsibilities in a local congregation—lay people or clergy—to complete and return the Expression of Interest Form available at http://www.helmdisciples.org/dli/DLI_Expression_of_Interest_2012.pdf

The expressions of interest must be received at the HELM offices by May15, 2012.

Because the program requires diverse participants, and only 20 places are available, the DLI planning committee cannot invite everyone who expresses interest.  Invitations will be issued by June 1, 2012.

Information about previous DLI conferences is at http://helmdisciples.org/dli/.   Questions about DLI may be directed to the Steering Committee and Staff:

Yvonne Gilmore-Essig

Sara Steenhouse

Daniel Lee Kyung-Min

Eli Rolon

Dennis Landon