Registration Now Open

May 17-20, 2016
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center

Nomination Process

All interested students must be nominated by a member of the clergy, a university faculty or staff member or a leader in your community. You need not be a member of any of those denominations, but your nominator will serve as your reference.

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This flyer gives some information you can share with your parents or anyone who is interested.

Sponsors & Supporters

The Lilly Endowment, YCI, Austin Seminary, Duke University Divinity School, Mercer University Divinity School, Lutheran Southern Seminary, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Earlham School of Religion, Emory University Candler School of Theology, Luther Seminary, and Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Location

St. Francis Springs Prayer Center is located an hour and fifty minutes north of Charlotte (45 minutes north of Greensboro) in Stoneville, NC. It is a wonderful location (see pictures below). The rooms are excellent with all hotel style amenities. The grounds are wooded with walking and jogging trails, a labyrinth, two chapels, and wonderful meals.

Leadership Specialization
Become a more effective leader as you concentrate on developing key leadership skills and learn about areas where leadership matters most. Learning labs on change leadership, visionary leadership,managing for sustainability, ethics and social responsibility and decision making will be offered.

Theology Specialization
Learn more about the Bible and Christian Theology as you explore key theological themes like the Cross, resurrection, suffering, and politics. Also dive into key approaches on how to make sense of the Bible, lead people of faith, and think theologically.

Style
2015 featured 3 hour introduction classes. Participants loved Immersion 2015, but we thought 3 hour classes were crazy long. So we have revamped Immersion 2016. We will feature Forums which are twenty-five minute speeches followed by 30 minute q&a. We also are featuring Leadership Labs which are times to actually put the forums into action. We are also including small groups and discernment times (to talk with leaders about your own journey and concerns).

Cost

  • $75 Early Bird (on or before May 1)
  • $100 (after May 1)

The actual cost is $875 per student. However, because we are committed to affordability, those individuals who are nominated and accepted will receive a significant scholarship. The total amount of the program will cost $75 (on or before May 1) or $150 (after May 1), plus a nominal Eventbrite fee. This covers food, excellent lodging accommodations (shared room), program expenses, and materials.

 

  • 2:00-4:00pm – Checkin
  • 4:00-5:00pm – Program Orientation
  • 5:00-6:00pm – Forum 1: The Leadership Challenge (exploring the work of Kouzes & Posner)
  • 6:00-7:00pm – Dinner
  • 7:30-9:00pm – Forum 2: The Leadership Challenge Part 2 & Leadership Lab
  • 9:00-10:00pm – Small Groups
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Breakfast
  • 9:15-10:15pm – Forum 3: TBA
  • 10:30-11:30pm – Forum 4: The Cross in Context (exploring the work of Douglas John Hall, check out this podcast)
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:15-2:00pm – Small Groups
  • 2:15-4:00pm – Discernment Time (mostly free time, but some guided prayer offerings, and time to have one-on-one conversations with leaders and others).
  • 4:00-5:00pm – Forum 5: TBA
  • 5:00-6:00pm – Forum 5b (possible free time)
  • 6:00-7:00pm – Dinner
  • 7:30-9:00pm – Leadership Lab
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Breakfast
  • 9:15-10:15pm – Forum 6: Leading with a Prophetic Christian Voice
  • 10:30-11:30pm – Forum 7: TBA
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:15-2:00pm – Small Groups
  • 2:15-4:00pm – Discernment Time (mostly free time, but some guided prayer offerings, and time to have one-on-one conversations with leaders and others).
  • 4:00-5:00pm – Forum 8: TBA
  • 5:00-6:00pm – Forum 8b (possible free time)
  • 6:00-7:00pm – Dinner
  • 7:30-9:00pm – Leadership Lab
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Breakfast
  • 9:15-10:15pm – Forum 9: TBA
  • 10:15-11:00pm – Pack and checkout of rooms
  • 11:00-12:00pm – Closing Worship
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Depart

A Little More

Check out our Immersion 2015 video. You can visit the full site with a video from all 15 classes. Immersion 2015 featured hour and a half sessions. Immersion 2016 will have a different format with 30 minute crash courses – like a TED talk, followed by thirty minutes of questions and conversation. Additionally, you will have plenty of time to practice new spiritual disciplines and one on one time with both seminary representatives and vocational discernment specialist.