GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN LEADERSHIP STUDIES
The John Leland Center has opened enrollment to a Graduate Certificate of Christian Leadership (GCLS). The program is ideal for ministers and lay persons who wish to enhance their leadership skills in order to exercise theologically integrated leadership in congregational and other public life settings. The program is taught on the Masters level and requires a student to have finished their Bachelor's degree. The GCLS has two tracks: congregational (C) for students who exercise leadership in churches, and public life (PL) for students who lead in other public settings. The program consists of twenty credits (ten classes) and is designed to be completed in two years part-time or one year full-time studies. Like the other degree programs at the John Leland Center, GCLS courses are scheduled so that students who are working full-time may pursue their studies without significantly compromising their family life and employment.
A CONTINUED SEASON OF GENEROSITY
Equipping Transformational Leaders for Global Ministry is the mission that motivates us here at Leland. As the Director of Admissions and Development, I personally count it all joy to represent a place where women and men are trained to lead in various forms of ministry and service to God. Daily, lives are being transformed. Randel Everett, First President of Leland, describes Leland "as a place with an engaging learning community for both faculty and students which boasts a rich ethnic and cultural diversity where students are prepared to communicate Christ within a multicultural community." Leland students share a love for Jesus Christ and a commitment to His kingdom work, and we need you to support us in continuing to carry out our mission.
With the generous support of committed donors like you, Leland will continue to lead the way in transforming the lives of others through service. Leland needs you and your gifts, as your generosity allows us to prepare new leaders for the global ministry of Jesus Christ. Leland students and alums lead with competence, clarity and conviction. Help us continue to develop and train future leaders. If you have already given to our annual campaign, please accept my warmest thanks and if you have yet to do so, kindly accept my invitation to give right now. You matter to us and so does your gift. We welcome all gifts, so please give as generously as you can.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what you give." - Winston Churchill
Blessings and Thanks,
Debbie McCain Wesley
Director of Admissions and Development
LELAND SIGNS AGREEMENT TO ACECPT BETHEL STUDENTS
Leland has signed an agreement with Bethel Seminary of Minnesota to accept all the students in their Washington, D.C. satellite campus, which they will close in May 2014. The "Teach Out" agreement will allow all the Bethel students to be admitted to any of Leland's Masters degree programs without filling out individual applications and without paying for the $100 application fee.
Bethel's main seminary is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is part of Bethel University, a flagship school of Converge Worldwide, a Baptist denomination strongest in the upper Midwest. They are, "characterized by an irenic spirit - united on core doctrines but tolerant of differing evangelical viewpoints on lesser issues," which sounds a lot like Leland.
Their D.C. satellite is located in Prince Georges County and currently has 31 students enrolled. We hope that most of those students will enroll at Leland next fall. The agreement is subject to approval by the appropriate agencies for both schools.
LELAND ESTABLISHES PARTNERSHIP WITH BAPTIST JOINT COMMITTEE FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
The John Leland Center has resolved a partnership agreement with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJCRL). According to the agreement, BJCRL will provide a setting for Leadership Practicum for Leland students, permit Leland to conduct classes related to theology and public life on BJCRL premises with the purpose of immersing the students in the environment where public policy matters are deliberated, and participate in student orientation and other Leland activities to raise awareness about public policy issues and their relevance to various expressions of ministry. In addition, BJCRL staff will assist in instruction of Leland students about leadership in the context of public policy. Leland will assist BJCRL in developing awareness about issues pertinent to faith and public policy among clergy and various groups of lay professionals. The agreement stipulates that BJCRL and Leland will explore the possibility of joint events related to mutual areas of interest and expertise.
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES SYMPOSIUM
On January 11, 7:00pm at the Church at Clarendon (immediately adjacent to the Leland Center) our school will honor Dr. Bill O'Brien for his many years of outstanding teaching and leadership in a Symposium on Globalization, Ministry, and Mission. The Symposium guest speaker will be the internationally recognized Urban Missiologist, Ray Bakke. Ray will speak and then these two venerable servants of God will reflect together on their respective journeys in ministry and posit their hopes for the future. Everyone is invited to attend this wonderful celebration of Bill's ministry. A reception will follow immediately after the Symposium.