The Urban Arrow focuses on leadership and organizational development/capacity building for urban ministry practitioners in the Memphis area. Whether you are an executive director, program manager or front line staff, you will benefit from this professional development ministry. It is advisable, however, that you have at least three years of experience in urban ministry to take full advantage of this opportunity
The program is comprehensive, covering areas of personal leadership styles/aptitude, organizational leadership skill training, avoiding burnout in ministry, team leadership principles, situational leadership training, scenario planning, systems thinking, nonprofit and personal finance, outcome measurement, empowerment vs. betterment and breakthrough planning. Each participant also receives a personal coach who is an urban ministry leader who has either completed the Urban Arrow or similar training. Dr. Larry Lloyd, President of the Memphis Leadership Foundation and a 40-year urban ministry practitioner serves as facilitator and ‘consultant’ along the way.
What sets this apart from other leadership type programs? Several things come to mind: 1) one is the consulting/coaching that reinforces the workshop learning. Ken Blanchard states that workshops without coaching often result in workbooks sitting on a shelf. 2) The presenters are actively involved urban practitioners or have worked closely with urban ministry leaders so the training is contextualized to the urban milieu and is Christ-centered and biblically based. 3) The training is comprehensive over an extended period of time (nine months) versus an occasional workshop. 4) You are working with like-minded urban ‘warriors’ in our city. We’ve seen some really creative collaborations come out of previous cohorts.
Other questions many have are relative to time commitment, amount of work, time away from ministry, etc.
- Workshops begin in September and go through May. Each workshop lasts for one full day (breakfast and lunch provided) except for the first workshop which lasts two days.
- Each workshop has a pre-assignment to maximize the learning taking place. Time necessary for pre-assignment varies but we’ve found them to be very valuable to the experience.
- There are no post assignments, but each workshop builds on the other so that the breakthrough plan at the end should be applicable to your ministry and personal development.
- Coaches are assigned to each participant. Monthly meeting are expected with the coach but can vary depending on schedules.
The price tag for this comprehensive program is $2,500. We have a great faculty to help us develop as urban leaders. Because we know that even this modest tuition can be a stretch, we will be offering some scholarships on a case by case basis as funds are made available from outside sources.
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