December 31 Deadline to Enter Leadership Harvest Program

Dec 12, 2002 01:29 PM EST

ST. LOUIS -- The deadline for congregations to submit entries describing their innovative programs to help develop young leaders is December 31, 2002.

The Leadership Harvest contest will award six $500 grants to youth groups or congregations to support future leadership development programs. Congregations will be categorized by their average worship attendance: up to 100, 101 to 200, and above 200, with two recipients in each category.

Groups wishing to apply for the grant program must have celebrated their leadership development programs during each worship service on November 3, 2002, which was Higher Education Sunday, or another Sunday during November. Entries must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2002, to be considered. Grant recipients will be announced in January.

Activities included in the project must have started or taken place in the year prior to November 3. Projects may have started prior to 2001 and may continue into 2003, but a significant activity must have occurred between these dates since DHE intends "Leadership Harvest" to be an annual celebration. Activities must focus on students in grades 6 through 12 but may involve additional ages.

Each entry will be included in a booklet highlighting new ways to nurture young leaders. This booklet will then be available from DHE.

"Because the whole church will benefit from learning the ways congregations nurture young leaders, we hope congregations will take a moment to show how they help develop these leaders," said DHE President Dennis Landon. "We hope we can heighten awareness throughout the church of all the ways we can raise up leaders for the work of Christ."

DHE works to nurture transforming leadership for the church in partnership with the 14 universities and seven theological institutions in covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition, three schools and three theological institutions maintain historical or associate ties with the denomination. DHE is also affiliated with more than 80 campus ministries programs across the country. Including cooperative efforts with local congregations, individual donors, and other organizations, DHE has helped distribute more than $269,000 in scholarships in 2002.

For complete details visit the web.

By Albert H. Lee
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