Spiritual Academy for Leading Transformation

Rationale:     The UMC Call to Action report noted that effective lay leadership is one of the four key drivers of vitality in local congregations. More specifically, the researchers found that healthy churches tend to have “effective and spiritually engaged lay leaders, rotating lay leadership, and pastors who work at developing and mentoring lay leaders.” Consequently, this program is designed to identify, inspire, train, and support a new cohort of spiritually-mature lay people able to partner with clergy to lead effective change in congregations and communities.


SALT is an eight-month program consisting of five pieces: retreats, evening sessions, a leadership project, collaboration with clergy, and small groups.

  • Four Retreats

The cohort will gather four times for a retreat experience: 2 one-night retreats at Caraway Conference Center near Asheboro and 2 full day (Saturday) retreats at a local church site. The purpose of these gatherings will be to inspire excitement and commitment while exposing participants to excellent training around leadership principles and practices. Each meeting will include worship, teaching, and reflection. The retreats will explore topics like Leading in the Kingdom of God, leading self, leading others, leading change, etc.

  • 10 evening sessions

Participants will gather regionally for 10 evening sessions for the purpose of unpacking and processing content presented at retreats and to actively engage and build relationships while interacting around new learning. The purpose of these gatherings will be to establish a community of peers who can help each other translate leadership principles into their particular contexts.

  • Planning and implementing a Leadership Project

During the program, participants will covenant to identify a leadership challenge, or pathway for impact, around which they are being called to make a difference. This could be the launching of a brand new ministry or the development of something already in place. Throughout the SALT process, projects are presented as Case Studies for group input and shared learning.

  • Ongoing collaboration with pastor or clergy mentor

Each participant will engage and collaborate with his/her local church pastor or another clergy mentor (if/when the project is not church specific). Clergy will be invited to attend specific sessions, and outside-of-class collaboration will be encouraged.

  • Small Groups

Participants will be assigned to a 3-4 person coaching group for smaller group discussion and support. These groups will primarily meet within the context of the retreats and evening sessions, but could also meet outside of scheduled meetings.

2017-2018 CALENDAR
Spiritual Academy for Leading Transformation (SALT)
Yadkin Valley, Northern Piedmont, Uwharrie Districts


September 16 8:30a-3:00p
September 28 6:30p-8:30p
October 12 6:30p-8:30p
October 26 6:30p-8:30p
November 3-4 6-9p, 8:30a-3:00p
November 16 6:30p-8:30p
December Flex Meet in coaching groups
Jan 4 6:30p-8:30p
Jan 18 6:30p-8:30p
February 2-3 6-9p, 8:30a-3:30p
February 22 6:30p-8:30p
March 8 6:30p-8:30p
March 22 6:30p-8:30p
April 14 8:30a-3:30p  

Participant’s Application

(Please fill out this form completely and accurately. Please create an account before filling out this application.  You will not be able to save any data unless you open an account prior to filling out the form.)

Pastor’s Form

(Please fill out this form completely and accurately. One application is needed for each applicant. You will not be able to save information in this form, so it must be completed in one sitting.)