Complete these steps to apply for a Church Leadership Fellows Scholarship:
- Apply for Admission to Emory & Henry College
- RSVP for Church Leadership Fellows Open House & Interviews on Saturday, October 28
- Complete Church Leadership Fellows Scholarship Application
- Request for Pastor Recommendation Form to be completed by your selected pastor or spiritual reference
The Church Leadership Fellows program at Emory & Henry College is a renewable, four-year scholarship for incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate students who are enrolled in the B.A. in Religion program and/or who are discerning a call to professional ministry and/or seeking to develop their church leadership skills. In addition to receiving financial aid, Church Leadership Fellows will participate in on-going church leadership development training, intentional vocational discernment, service projects, and participating and leadership in Spiritual Life programs and ministries.
Each year, students that are selected through the interview process are awarded a renewable scholarship and a place as a Church Leadership Fellow. In order to maintain the scholarship, Fellows must do the following:
- maintain a 2.5 grade point average
- attend the annual Spiritual Life Retreat
- actively participate in E&H’s Spiritual Life community (attend Kergyma and one additional Spiritual Life group and one weekly worship experience)
- participate in one outreach event per semester
- attend the E&H Benefactors Luncheon each year and write a thank you note to the benefactors (and/or their families) thanking them for their scholarship and for making their participation in this program possible.
Each year, Fellows must also:
During Year One:
- Participate in the Church Leadership Forum
- Participate regularly (weekly) in the life of a local church.
- Write a spiritual identity statement – exploring central questions of your spiritual journey, areas of personal spiritual strengths and weaknesses, and what areas of church leadership in which the Fellow wishes to pursue.
- Keep a journal for reflection on Church Leadership Fellow experiences, religious understandings, spiritual growth, etc.
During Year Two:
- Identify a church or church-related organization where the Fellow will participate in a leadership role at least 5 hours per week.
- Assist in leading with the Spiritual Life Retreat (planning, activities, devotions, etc.) and lead one program/devotion/activity at a Spiritual Life event per semester.
- Assist in leading at least one component of the Church Leadership Forum
- Write a church leadership goals statement – exploring broader academic, professional, and/or avocational aspirations as a church leader and how the program can help accomplish them.
During Year Three:
- Work with church or church-related organizations to develop a project or ministry that will require the Fellow to conduct research, develop materials/resources, and train volunteers.
- Lead at least one section of the Spiritual Life Retreat.
- Assist in leadership in at least one component of Church Leadership Forum.
- Write a church leadership statement – exploring central ideas of church leadership, vocational/avocational aspirations, and plans for pursuing these goals.
During Year Four:
- Plan the Spiritual Life Retreat with other fourth-year students.
- Plan and lead at least one component of the Spiritual Life Retreat.
- Develop a major senior project for the campus community that will require intentional church leadership skills to plan, organize and execute. (Service Project, Mission Trip, Educational Event, Retreat, Leadership Training, etc.)
Church Leadership Retreat
Held annually for students of Emory & Henry College, this overnight retreat gives students, faculty and staff the chance to build Christian community, examine God’s call in their lives, begin identifying gifts and developing leadership skills necessary to be effective leaders in the church.
Church Leadership Forum
Held each month throughout the academic year to expose participants to a variety of ways that God calls people to serve as leaders in the church and to guide and reflect on their experiences in local churches, church-related organizations, spiritual life groups and worship experiences. Additionally, participants will be led in exploring together their personal spiritual formation and vocational discernment.