Written by Jarrett Meek, Founder/Pastor/Executive Director
The Hope Center, Freedom Fire, and Mission Adelante have teamed up to develop emerging leaders for urban ministry! The collaborative project, called "KC Emerging Leaders," creates a cohort learning environment in addition to the ongoing mentoring and practical training that each young leader experiences in their respective ministry contexts. The program exposes our apprentices to experienced leaders from other ministries while giving them meaningful peer interactions with each other.
Our opening retreat, which took place at Shalom Retreat Center near La Cygne, Kansas, served to introduce the apprentices to one another, build a sense of community, and initiate discussions on leadership. The executive directors from each ministry and a few staff were present to lead worship, teach seminars, and guide simulation activities for the apprentices. It was exciting to observe as the apprentices from each ministry interacted with one another and learned from great leaders like Marvin Daniels, Bruce McGregor, Yanelis López, and Gissell Vázquez.
Over the year, we will participate together in five joint training events for our KC Emerging Leaders. The next one on the docket is the Christian Community Development Association's national conference. When vision and values align and relationships of trust exist between organizations and leaders, it's powerful see the Kingdom impact. The opportunities and challenges that face our urban communities are God-sized, and it takes partnerships that begin with relationships and trust and move toward collaboration to meet them!
- Our Leaders In Training program is in need of volunteers for the fall trimester beginning September 20th. For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website at www.missionadelante.org/kids.