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The Foundation of SLA (Student Leadership Academy)


“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  - Matthew 20:26-28

Mission Statement

SLA's mission is to assist young people in the development of their leadership philosophy and skills by exposing them to a Biblically-based, practical, multi-faceted, year-long program.

Core Principles
  • A Kingdom student leader will be driven by the three biblical leadership principles shown below. All three principles must be advanced in order to develop a balanced Kingdom student leader.
  • Serving Others: Jesus modeled this biblical leadership principle by focusing more on others than on Himself. True leadership is fully realized only when one becomes aware of the needs of others. Mentoring, discipleship and evangelism are natural responses when students truly devote their lives to serving others.
  • Evangelism/Engaging the Culture: Jesus instructed His disciples to employ this Biblical leadership by sharing the good news of salvation. Active participation in Kingdom work includes a strong commitment to share the Gospel with others. Lifestyle evangelism occurs when students internalize God’s call on their lives.
  • Serving in a Local Church: Jesus designed our bodies to operate most effectively when all the individual parts work together. The church reaches its maximum potential only when the individuals become one body. Students must utilize their spiritual gifts within the framework of the local church to truly live as "Kingdom" student leaders.
Program Components

This program is built on four major components, all of which relate to the program’s purpose and goals.

Leadership Courses: Leadership courses will provide the “theory” and skills training necessary for a strong biblically based, philosophical foundation. Students will have a variety of seminars to select from as well as a planned training scope and sequence on special issues. The ultimate goal is for students to develop a biblically-based worldview; not succumbing to being politically correct.

Leadership Opportunities: These opportunities will bring SLA out of the classroom lecture phase and into a real hands-on application. Opportunities to serve include off-campus service projects, mission trips, ambassador programs, Bible studies, mentoring, chapel program and other school-related activities. This component emphasizes the leadership quality of being “others-centered.” Investing one’s life into the lives of others and building strong relationships is certainly the biblical principle that we want internalized.

Leadership Skill Development: Specific skills training is deliberately integrated into every aspect of SLA. Emphasis is placed on the following characteristics of the biblical leadership model.

  • A lifestyle of serving others.
  • An understanding and practice of the biblical principle of replicating yourself and investing yourself into the lives of others (mentoring/discipleship).
  • Large and small group speaking skills.
  • The ability to facilitate small group discussions with an emphasis on team building and conflict management.
  • A sense of style, vision, organizational skill and follow-through.


Leadership Conferences: SLA students are given the opportunity to attend a Student Leadership University winter conference, sponsored by Dr. Jay Strack. This conference will offer a rich experience with some of the nation’s most respected instructors.