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About the Program

FlameBuilders is a global faith-based lay leadership development institute for young adults. In their 2011 book, The Millenials, Thom and Jess Rainer reveal that while today’s young adults are leaving the church in record numbers, “these young people may well turn the world upside down with their commitments and causes.” FlameBuilders is a program through which passionate and creative young adults can encounter authentic spirituality and leadership training that will guide them through their own God-led commitments and causes.

The institute consists of nine monthly sessions beginning in September 2016 through May 2017. Each session will run from Saturday morning through Sunday lunch and the locations will rotate around the Piedmont Triad, Charlotte and mountain regions.  Most sessions will begin by 10:00 am on Saturday, include experiential leadership training and exercises, dinner, leadership profiles and worship experience. Sessions will conclude no later than 1:30 pm on Sunday.


  • September 10-11, 2016 (Greensboro):

    Introductions and Team-Building: Social Identity, Values, Life Journey Map

  • October 15-16, 2016 (Winston Salem):

    Understanding Self: Personalities, Preferences, Perspectives, Growth Mindset

  • November 12-13, 2016 (Asheville):

    Spiritual Formation: Faith Journey, Spiritual Practices, Faith Community, UMC

  • December 10-11, 2016 (Charlotte):

    Understanding Others: Leadership 101, Leadership Styles, Communication, Empathy

  • January 14-15, 2017 (Greensboro):

    Servant Leadership: Vision/Passion, Mission/Purpose, Spiritual Gifts, Strengths Finder

  • February 11-12, 2017 (Statesville):

    Leading Self: Priorities, Goal Setting, Decision Making, Finding Resources
    Global Citizenship: Global Perspectives and Issues

  • March 11-12, 2017 (Hickory/Salisbury/Gastonia):

    Leading with Others: Managing Conflict, Working in Teams, Giving Feedback, Influence

  • April 8-9, 2017 (Blowing Rock):

    Boundary Spanning Leadership: Understanding Boundaries, Managing Boundaries, Generational Differences, Forging Common Ground, Innovation and Collaboration

  • May 6-7, 2017 (Winston Salem):

    Graduation: Pathways for Impact

Program Fees

The participant fee for the nine sessions is $500, a little less than $60 per session. In addition to the participant fee, our partners and funders are investing over $3,000 per participant. Participants will be responsible for securing their own overnight accommodations during weekends in which they will be traveling. We will provide a form letter for participants to seek additional funding from family and friends to help offset the participant costs. For those seeking financial aid, we will make every effort to ensure that participation is not limited by affordability.

Schedule of Payments Due

  • July 31, 2016:

    $100 deposit due upon acceptance

  • August 31, 2016:

    $200 installment

  • September 30, 2016:

    $200 balance

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