SEPTEMBER 15–16: Two-day Fundamentals of Ministry Retreat, often in partnership with various denominations. This is a yearly event for new enrollees and those interested in learning more about MLI programming. Interested participants who are not enrolled in the two-year Instructional Cohort Program may register for this retreat as a continuing education experience.
OCTOBER 10–12: Optional participation in a Kansas Leadership Center training event in Wichita, Kansas. Your Leadership Edge is a program designed to equip participants with adaptive leadership skills. Registration, lodging, and meals are included.
NOVEMBER 9–11: Two-day Instructional Retreat, with an introductory session for the Bible intensive. Lodging and meals are included.
DECEMBER: Online instruction is provided in December. In-person retreats are not typically scheduled in Early Winter to accommodate for weather and health changes, common in the Midwest.
JANUARY 18–20: Gathering in Nashville for MLI cohort participants and residents from the Center for Youth Ministry Training. Registration, lodging in Nashville, and meals are included. Special travel accommodations will be provided for those farther than 350 miles from Nashville.
EARLY FEBRUARY: DECEMBER: Online instruction is provided in early February. In-person retreats are not typically scheduled in Early Winter to accommodate for weather and health changes, common in the Midwest.
FEBRUARY 22–24: Three-day Instructional Retreat, including a second session in the Bible intensive (this event is typically held late in the month to avoid Winter travel). Lodging and meals are included.
APRIL: Online instruction is provided in April. Topic and schedule will be announced in Spring 2024.
MAY 2–4: Three-day Final Instructional Retreat. Lodging and meals are included. This is the final retreat of the academic year and includes a certification event for second-year cohort participants. First-year cohort participants will return in the Fall.
SUMMER: Coaching and additional consulting support continues through the summer. The academic calendar begins again in September.