Memphis Region
Equipping Leaders For Life

Life Leadership


To develop Christian leaders for the marketplace and ministry.

Program Description

Life Leadership is a 12-month immersive leadership development experience at The Life Church for young adults and working professionals committing to grow in leadership and build God’s House. Through weekly classes and practicum, you will learn Biblical leadership principles, strengthen your God-given gifts and develop skills as a Christian leader for life, ministry and the marketplace. In addition, the environment provides opportunities to establish lasting relationships within The Life Church community with other aspiring and committed leaders.


  • Receive teaching from The Life Church team through 36 Tuesday-night sessions
  • Go on a short-term mission trip
  • Serve and lead in weekly worship services and other events
  • Participate in weekly group discussions, projects and team exercises
  • Complete individual assignments and projects related to the leadership lessons
  • Participate in a group Bible Reading Plan
  • Read books related to the leadership lessons
  • Participate in a weekend retreat (Friday Evening-Saturday Morning)
  • Participate in fitness challenges
  • Memorize Life Leadership key scriptures
  • Celebrate with a year-end graduation ceremony


Character Development

Participants receive teaching, read books and facilitate discussions to elevate and deepen their character. A strong foundation of integrity and self-leadership unlocks new iterations of calling and seasons of growth.

Spiritual Growth

Participants grow deeper in their relationship with God through placement in environments to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and relationally. Participants prioritize soul health while being challenged and stretched to allow themselves to grow.

Ministry Focus

Life Leadership is all about the local church! Participants grow in understanding and appreciation of a healthy local church environment. Those who plant themselves in a local church like The Life Church will flourish in every area of life. (Psalm 92:2-4)

Leadership Experience

Participants will lead and serve in various ministry opportunities in all different areas of the church. Participants apply leadership principles and develop their leadership skills through practical, hands-on experience in the local church, which translates to the home, the marketplace and all areas of life.


One of the core values of The Life Church is excellence. Therefore, we encourage Life Leadership participants to aspire to excellence in every area of their lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Life Leadership runs from August to August each year. Weekly classes are from 6:30-9:00p on Tuesday evenings. The Life Church is blessed with a diverse staff team with a wide variety of ministry backgrounds and practical skills. Pastors, staff members and a few guest speakers will teach most of the lessons.

Participants learn through a concentric curriculum that focuses on the “5 Cs” of Leadership: leading ourselves (Character) and leading others (Competency, Chemistry, Culture and Calling).

  • Spiritual Leadership – Character, Competencies and Calling
  • Leading with a Healthy Soul
  • Stewarding your Physical Health, Finances, Time and Talents
  • People Skills and Chemistry
  • The Life Church Culture
  • Other topics include Discipleship, Biblical Foundations, Public Communication and more.

The basic requirements to qualify for Life Leadership are: currently serving, tithing and completing Leadership Foundations. As you pray through the decision to apply, examples of some questions to can ask yourself are:

  • Am I passionate about building God’s House and being more involved in church?
  • Do I desire to grow in my leadership to make a difference in my city, the nation and the world?
  • Do I sense a call to church leadership or ministry?
  • Am I currently leading, or do I desire to be a leader in the marketplace?

Non-refundable Application Fee: $50

Tuition: $1,450 per person / $2,500 per couple

The cost includes books, class materials, a t-shirt, a retreat, special speakers and other program-related expenses. To complete enrollment, participants must pay the full tuition or commit to a payment plan by the fourth week of class. To request a tuition payment plan, please use the application to schedule an appointment to meet with a member of our team to review and agree upon a financial stewardship and tuition plan. 

Mission Trip: $3,000-$4,000 (approximate, prices will vary by trip)

Participants go on a national or international short-term mission trip. Participants are responsible for raising all the funds for this trip to finalize their training in Life Leadership. Mission teams organize fundraising events. This trip will occur sometime in the second half of the spring semester or during the summer.

Jesus set the example for us as leaders by becoming a servant to all. Participating in Life Leadership at The Life Church means you feel called to follow His example and wholeheartedly support and agree with our Vision, Values, Statement of Faith and Community Standards, and commit to the following to fulfill the requirements for graduation:

  • Arrive at least one hour early for services and events.
  • Attend a weekend retreat on Friday night and Saturday morning, September 13 and 14, 2024.
  • Attend class from 6:30-9p on Tuesday nights.
  • Be involved in projects and events that may require time outside class.
  • Be involved in the daily ministry activities of the church by completing at least three leadership service hours per week. (special events, Axis, outreach, office support, leading a life group, worship etc.)
  • Complete all assigned reading and other assignments on time and with excellence.
  • Continually look for ways to make room for others and invite/bring people to church.
  • Do not miss more than two weekends and two classes each semester.
  • Go on a mission trip.
  • Maintain a commitment to physical fitness through weekly fitness points and completing fitness challenges.
  • Maintain a daily devotion and Bible reading.
  • Make Life Leadership commitments and schedule a priority in your calendar and be on time for everything.
  • Make The Life Church your church home where you worship, serve and do life.
  • Memorize one assigned scripture each week and be tested on them.
  • Participate in a graduation ceremony.
  • Pay tuition and raise mission trip funds as described in the program cost section of the application.
  • Serve at all special events.
  • Serve weekly on a ministry team during worship services.
  • Value and obey the Biblical principles of tithing, stewardship and generosity.

We do not offer childcare nor can participants leave their children, supervised or unsupervised, on the church premises during class time.

We strongly encourage spouses to attend Life Leadership together. We want this to be a life-changing experience for you. We believe it will benefit you and your spouse to go through this experience together. With that in mind, we have a discounted tuition rate for couples.

The application deadline for the 2024-2025 year is July 31, 2024. To apply, you must meet the basic requirements, have a resume and obtain three letters of recommendation before applying. Complete the application form by clicking HERE.

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