12Stone Church Champions Lifelong Learning at the John C. Maxwell Leadership Center

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Kindling a fire in the next generation is exactly what the congregation and leaders of 12Stone Church hope to accomplish through the programs offered at the Maxwell Leadership Center. Believing that education is a continuous endeavor, 12Stone will develop leaders through training and coaching.

“None of us grow without change, and change is inspired by great teaching and coaching,” says Dr. Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church.
12Stone”s leadership development objectives are achieved through three primary initiatives: a residency program, leadership coaching, and continuing education in partnership with Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and the Wesleyan Church.

All courses and programs are hosted at the Maxwell Center that features classrooms, residents” lounge and the Williams Auditorium, a 200-seat, state-of-the-art, broadcast-ready recording auditorium. Currently 12Stone offers:

  • A Master of Arts in Ministry degree with Leadership Concentration gives students a unique opportunity to gain wisdom from seminary professors, while experiencing the culture and leadership DNA of 12Stone Church.

  • The Biblical Studies Program is custom designed by Indiana Wesleyan University professors. Students who complete the program with passing grades willget a certificate in Biblical Studies.

  • The Wesleyan Leadership Intensive is a two-year program. Pastors Kevin Myers and Dan Reiland offer leadership mentoring to pastors who want to gain knowledge into church leadership, preaching and leading from the platform, prayer, leadership gravity, lean ministry model, the faith development
    cycle, best ministry practices, team building, and developing a leadership culture.

  • The Residency Program is a two-year, full time leadership training program designed to give hands on experience working with one of the staff teams of the church, personal mentoring, and leadership training to equip emerging leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.

“We value partnering with schools where students receive key foundational learning,” says Miles Welch, Pastor of Leadership Expansion. “Our residency program allows students to continue to build their lifelong learning portfolio in a live lab setting similar in concept to teaching hospitals.”

Socrates said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

The John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone® Church, located at the intersection of I-85 and Sugarloaf Parkway adjoins 12Stone”s Sugarloaf Campus – one of four campuses in the greater Gwinnett area. The leadership center”s name honors the life and impact of John C. Maxwell”s global and generational leadership legacy. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who sold over 22 million books. Dr. Maxwell also founded EQUIP and The John Maxwell Company – organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Maxwell will produce his digital leadership library for business and ministry at the Duluth facility, which also houses the international headquarters for EQUIP.

“I believe wholeheartedly in Maxwell”s statement that everything rises and falls on leadership,” shares Kevin Myers, Senior Pastor. “I am honored that 12Stone gets to be a part of continuing his rich leadership legacy by equipping and training the next generation of leaders.”

For information on the educational opportunities available at the John C. Maxwell Leadership Center, visit maxwellcenter.com. For more information on 12Stone® Church, visit 12Stone.com. For more information on Equip, visit iequip.org


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