EXPERIENTIAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Most people never dive deeply into who God created them to be and how God created them to lead. ELI is specifically designed to be that deep dive.
It’s not a Bible study, or a Sunday school class, or a passion-packed worship event. It’s a guided tour of who God created you to be, how God created you to lead, what it means to be a servant leader, and what it means to live in Christian community.
ELI is a multi-week, immersive leadership development experience. Highly trained coaches guide rising 11-12th graders to discover their God-given gifts, reflect on what it means to function as a Christian community, and practice servant leadership while making a difference as day camp counselors.
During ELI Leader Week, participants focus on discovering their natural strengths followed by learning servant leadership theory, small group dynamics, and how to cast a vision. Then, during Practicum Weeks, participants put to practice what they’ve learned as volunteer counselors at Grow Day Camps while continuing to receive guidance from ELI coaches.
“I have learned to have a deeper understanding of myself and how I operate, and that has immensely helped me in school, work, and anywhere else where I am working with other people. I have learned to cooperate and get along with everyone, not just the people that I share the same views with.”
– ELI Participant
Become an ELI Leader
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SPONSORS & COSTS
The first 100 accepted ELI participants receive an automatic $500 leadership award toward the actual cost of ELI ($795 in 2018) reducing the ELI fee to just $295 for a summer of leadership coaching and experience.
Special thanks to our 2018 program sponsors who made last summer’s leadership awards possible:
LaGrange College (Host Sponsor) , North Georgia Conference Board of Laity (Gold Sponsor), and Young Harris College (Bronze Sponsor).
“What I’ve taken from ELI has allowed me to thrive in my school, my community and my church these past few months, and I am so excited to see where else it takes me!”
– ELI Participant
For questions about ELI, contact Stephanie or Cameron. For questions about the application or registration, contact Will. To reach Stephanie or Will by phone, call the North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries office at (706) 864-6181.