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Meet the 2015 Class of the Kairos Leadership Initiative

The 2015 Participants of the Kairos Leadership Initiative
The 2015 Participants of the Kairos Leadership Initiative.

By BGAV Staff

Earlier this month the Kairos Initiative launched its 2015 Kairos Leadership Initiative (KLI) program with a weekend retreat at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center.

The Kairos Leadership Initiative is a yearlong leadership development program for high potential young adult leaders between the ages of 18-25 from around our Virginia Baptist communities and ministries.

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KLI participants study together.

In its third year, this year’s class is made up of 13 emerging leaders from all over the state, representing six different college campuses.

The mission of the Kairos Leadership Initiative is, through teaching, mentoring, coaching and team building, to facilitate each participant’s discovery of his or her unique identity in Christ and how to live out of their special gifts and strengths in their vocation and ministries as an expression of a complete missional life.

During the kick-off weekend the group participated in team building exercises, several teaching sessions, corporate worship and times of personal devotion and reflection.

The teaching sessions explored:

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Jeff Noble, Lead Pastor of Northstar Church, leads a teaching session.
  • what the Bible says about their identity in Christ
  • what their strengths are (according to the StrengthsFinders® assessment)
  • how their family of origin is formative in their sense of identity and understanding of mission and leadership
  • and the importance of mentoring, coaching and personal devotional practices to the continued growth of the Christian leader.

Over the course of the year KLI participants will meet monthly with a mentor and monthly with a professional coach in order to process and apply what they are learning through the program.

The 2015 participants are:

  • Nathan Bracewell, Old Dominion
  • Margo Deihl, James Madison
  • Kadeem Gittens, Mary Washington
  • Emily Hall, James Madison
  • Andrea Haubner, Virginia Tech
  • David Hunt, Virginia Tech
  • Michaela Leatherwood, Virginia Tech
  • Ellen Lester, Virginia Tech
  • Tiffany Manning, Radford
  • Evan Rogerson, VCU
  • Taylor Terrill, Virginia Tech/Post-grad
  • Emma Tilley, VCU
  • Rebecca Wheeler, Radford/post-grad
KLI participants play a game together.
KLI participants play a game together.

The Kairos Initiative, through the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), is uniquely positioned to provide a one of a kind leadership development and vocational discernment program for the students who participate in our Baptist Collegiate Ministries.

The BGAV’s expansive network of churches, theological institutions, non-profits and philanthropic organizations, businesses and global missions partners open channels for us to create opportunities for KLI participants to pursue their vocational goals in any field they feel called.

Please pray for these emerging leaders and their leaders as they begin this yearlong journey.