The ITOWN Leadership Academy (ITLA) offers you a unique leadership and ministry training experience. ITLA offers two programs, one designed for anyone who wants to grow as a leader, and a second for those who wish to pursue full-time ministry.
With a mix of classroom learning, hands-on ministry experience and a vibrant community of believers, you really will be set up for a life of leadership and purpose wherever God sends you.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2021
LEADERSHIP TRACK ONLY: $1,000 ($500/SEMESTER)
MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP TRACK: $1,500 ($750/SEMESTER)
WE BELIEVE IN YOUR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL
We invite you to prayerfully consider how investing into yourself at the ITOWN Leadership Academy can prepare you for your God-given purpose. We passionately believe in the potential of all people, so we invite you to come and embark upon a life-changing time of preparation.
We exist to help you move from where you are to where God wants you to be. We look forward to having you join us for what will be an amazing journey.
Dave & Kate Senior Pastors, ITOWN Church
Location: ITOWN Church
Leadership Track: Thursdays from 12:00-1:15PM
Ministry & Leadership Track: Thursdays from 12:00-2:45PM + Directed Weekends (Either Saturday from 2:00-7:30PM or Sunday from 7:00AM-2:30PM)
Location: The Lounge
Leadership Track: Thursdays from 6:00-7:15PM
Ministry & Leadership Track: Thursdays from 6:00-8:45PM + Directed Weekends (Sunday from 6:00AM-1:00PM)
IS ITLA RIGHT FOR ME?
ITLA has tracks designed for anyone who wants to pursue full-time ministry, or simply wants to discover how to apply biblical leadership principles to their life. These programs will help the adult learner identify who they are in Christ and equip them to become the leader God has designed them to be.
LEADERSHIP TRACK PROGRAMMING
During the ITLA Leadership Track, you will be trained in leadership directly from Pastors Dave & Kate Sumrall, along with many other top leaders.Some of the topics will include:
Creating and Maintaining Healthy Culture
Setting and Casting Vision
Creating Systems of Excellence
Customer Journey and User Experience
Corporate and Personal Discipline
Team Development and Structure
Creating a Culture of Honor
MINISTRY & LEADERSHIP TRACK PROGRAMMING
The Ministry and Leadership Track includes the same great leadership principles and opportunities as the leadership track, but is also designed to help prepare you for a life of full-time ministry.This is accomplished through the following:
A unique experience to hear from our staff and pastors where we will be encouraged to grow in our faith and encounter the presence of God.In order to be successful in ministry, it’s important to continually grow our relationship with God.
Designed for you to receive the hands-on training needed for full-time ministry. These labs are lead by our pastors and staff and cover different areas of the local church to prepare and accelerate your leadership development.
An important aspect of full-time ministry is learning to become a “self-feeder.” Students will be assigned regular Bible reading as well as assigned reading from The Bible Handbook, and will discuss the reading as a group.
Each weekend, students will be directed to a specific area of serving with the Go Team, to learn about each area of ministry leadership.
WHAT IS THE ITOWN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY? ITLA is a leadership program designed for anyone who feels a calling on their life to pursue full-time ministry or simply wants to grow as a leader. We will help you take necessary steps to help you move from where you are to where God wants you to be.
HOW LONG IS ITLA? The first semester of ITLA is 13 weeks long, excluding a break for Thanksgiving. Details on second semester of ITLA will be coming soon.
WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM START? Open enrollment for the year ends in August with the semester beginning September 16th.
SHOULD I JUST DO THE LEADERSHIP TRACK OR THE MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP TRACK? The Ministry and Leadership track includes everything ITLA has to offer, so if you’ve ever considered a career in full-time ministry, we encourage you to do the full program. If you are only looking to grow as a leader, and not interested in vocational ministry, then the Leadership Track is perfect for you.
WILL I GET A JOB AT ITOWN CHURCH? Participants in the Ministry and Leadership Track are among the very first candidates we consider for new career openings. While placement is not guaranteed, students that excel through ITLA often go on to a career in full-time ministry.
WHAT DOES THE COST OF ITLA TUITION COVER? Tuition covers the cost of all in-person and video instruction, all books and reading materials, as well as exclusive ITLA merch. For those in the Leadership and Ministry track, tuition also covers registration fees for ITOWN conferences during his/her enrollment (Chosen, Men’s Night, United).
IS THERE ITLA IN BLUFFTON? Yes! We are excited to offer ITLA at our Bluffton campus. Please contact Pastor Caleb for more information.
CAN I BE PUT ON A PAYMENT PLAN? Payment plan options are available, however, complete tuition payment is required in order to graduate and receive certificate of completion from the program. Please contact the ITLA Director, at ITLA@itownchurch.com, for more information regarding payment plan options.