The mission of Central Leadership Forum is to equip racially diverse teens to view themselves and others as image-bearers of God by fostering a passion for God, a love of truth, and a zeal to serve in order to engage their generation for Jesus Christ.
Started in 2015, Central Leadership Forum brings together a group of 20 diverse Christian eighth graders each year in St. Louis to better understand the great need of viewing themselves and others as image-bearers of God.
The program consists of 12 classes that meet from February through May. The two hour sessions recognize and discuss images, media worldviews, and history that omits, misrepresents, distorts and/or undermines the essentials of the Christian faith and the biblical view of men and women. The classes also applaud images, media, and history that accurately present the Gospel and the value of viewing others as fellow image-bearers. As students get to know one another and wrestle with these various issues, our prayer is that they will begin to understand each other’s backgrounds and perspectives to better equip them to be a light for Christ in their respective schools.
Central Leadership Forum culminates with a weeklong leadership retreat to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. in early June, followed by a graduation ceremony and reception in August.