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This six month leadership symposium will prepare youth to lead in local congregations and support them in designing and implementing their own project for their home Church. This is not a leadership team, but rather a leadership lab where High School age leaders can explore their gifts, receive wisdom from other leaders, and imagine new possibilities for  their local congregation. Participants can attend in person at Chapman University, through "Pod" locations in their geographic area, or via Zoom where participants will form their own cohorts. 

Symposium Schedule

In Person and for Zoom

February 3, 2024

Session 1

We will explore some leadership basics, learn about the Churches we serve, and begin imagining final leadership projects. 

          *Please bring copies of Church bylaws.

April 6, 2024

Session 2

We will wrestle with the challenges of change, learn about how faith is formed and how different generations approach life and leadership. Final project plans will be shared at this time. 

          *Pre-reading and video watching required. 

June 1, 2024

Session 3

Time to share the stoires and celebrate the work that has been done in all our various congregations. Each participant will have a chance to present. 

Symposium Participants

Along with our youth leaders, we are excited to have a wonderful team of seasoned Church leaders


Lee Yates

Symposium Director


Kari Kempf

Symposium Host

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Dr. Mica Stewart

Guest Speaker

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Fiyori Kidane

Guest Speaker


Nancy Brink

Symposium Host


Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson

Guest Speaker

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Rev. Kris Bergstrom

Guest Speaker

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David Ruby

Guest Speaker


Cisa Payuyo

Symposium Host


Rev. Chris Dorsey

Guest Speaker


Rev. April Lewton

Guest Speaker


Rev. Eddie Anderson

Guest Speaker

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Rev. Jose Martinez

Guest Speaker

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Sara Critchfield

Guest Speaker

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Rev. Brandon Johnson

Guest Speaker

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