The Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative (RCLI) believes God yearns for Richmond to reflect His heart, so it inspires, equips, and releases emerging Christian leaders to serve in their professional, personal,and public places of leadership.
In the 2016-2017 program year, RCLI goals include:
RCLI’s origins date to 2003, when eventual founder Fritz Kling first convened a diverse group of Christians to simply pray for Richmond and how God might be calling them to respond. Inspired by Jeremiah 29:7, the group sought to seek the “peace and prosperity” in their city.
The group’s earnest prayers, extensive discussions, and site visits to other cities ultimately produced the vision of equipping and launching Christian leaders with a heart for the Richmond region. They then promptly set about sharing the vision and building the base required to establish what is now RCLI. The first meeting of the inaugural Class was held in September 2007. An executive director was hired in 2009.
RCLI believes God yearns for Richmond to reflect His heart. Therefore, we exist to inspire and equip emerging Christian leaders and to send them out to join in God’s redemptive work across their personal, professional, and public places of service.
Specifically, RCLI conducts its work through an annual 10-month experience that engages a Class of participants drawn from area Richmond churches. Alongside the Richmond-based content of the readings, experiences, etc., Class members are guided to develop and apply their personal Christian leadership practices. This process is supported through the use of The Servant Leader (Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges) and an RCLI-developed Christian Leadership Profile.
RCLI provides a unique opportunity to engage and advance the leadership of our region’s next generation of Christian leaders.
Tim brings extensive professional experience to RCLI: eight years in nonprofit management (incl. Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity) and nine years in private sector community relations (Genworth Financial and Wachovia Securities). He earned a B.A. in Sociology, Urban Studies, and Religion (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Richmond and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from VCU. He is an active member of Atlee Community Church, a 2005 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, and an alumnus of the RCLI '09 class.
Program approach Annually, RCLI selects an average of 30 participants from an array of denominations and churches that reflect the rich diversity and talent of the region’s thriving Christian community. These Class members then enjoy provocative experiences and insightful presenters that bring the region’s issues to life and explore what it is to consider and act upon the values of Jesus.
Each of the ten-monthly sessions are held on a Friday evening and Saturday at varying church locations to expose students to Richmond's healthy spectrum of churches and their respective pastors (who each take time to present to our students).
The goal is to equip and commission these students for Christ-centered service to the Richmond region.
Class member selection Admission to RCLI is competitive. Applicants are weighed against these primary characteristics:
The first nine Classes yielded an impressive array of participants--262 in total--with the following characteristics:
Session Topics from Past Classes
RCLI was founded on and currently focuses almost exclusively on its Christian leadership development program. With nine Classes of "alumni" and a tenth Class underway, RCLI recognizes the caliber of person that has been prepared for service to the region . . . thereby leading this ministry to 1) explore how to tap and apply the full potential of the alumni and 2) find ways to apply its network of contacts/leaders to a model that targets and benefits a demographically different audience, using a likely different delivery format (e.g., clergy/pastors).
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