NLN offers a uniquely powerful three-year experience that helps pastors deepen their self-understanding, develop new and potent skills for leading human systems, increase emotional intelligence, and find healthly life-balance.
How can our churches move and adapt to a rapidly-changing world?
There is no shortage of books, theories, and techniques that claim to provide the answer. But no matter what program or technique is used, if a church is going to move to new and renewed vibrancy there is one consistently necessary factor — the ability of the pastor to function as a "change leader."
Since 2002 the Nehemiah leadership Network has been committed to equipping the best pastors to be more effective change leaders.
The Nehemiah Leadership Network was founded in 2002 as a ministry of American Baptist Churches USA partners. NLN was created as a highly cooperative effort to help equip the best pastors to be more effective change-leaders in and with their congregations.
Since 2005 NLN has graduated over 100 pastors, many of whom credit the NLN experience for enriching and empowering their pastoral ministry.
For details on requirements and application procedures, see various documents in the Resources section.
|Rev. Tom Wiles (chair)||Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island|
|Rev. David Anderson||Pastor, First Baptist Church of North Adams Massachusetts|
|Rev. Tom Beers||Program Coordinator, Nehemiah Leadership Network, and Pastoral Partner of Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA|
|Rev. Tom Hiltsley||ABCVNH|
|Rev. Perry Hopper||Associate Executive Director and Director of denominational relations of MMBB|
|James Kelsey||Executive Minister for American Baptist Churches of New York State|
|Rev. Maggie Lewis||Executive Director of the Center for Career Development and Ministry|
|Dr. Ross Peterson|
|Dr. Leon Runner||Admin. Coordinator-NLN; Pastor, Lowville Baptist Church, Lowville, NY|
The Nehemial Leadership Network is a three-year intensive journey that is built around three elements: an individualized learning plan, the colleague group experience, and the annual conference learning event. These three experiences combine to provide a powerful tranformational experience that has significantly impacted the ministry and lives of participating pastors.
NLN is not a scripted program! Participating pastors draft their own three-year learning goals and yearly action plans. Pastors choose individualized learning goals for four key areas. Pastors receive valuable input from a visit to the Center for Careen Development in the Ministry to deepen their learning plans.
Colleague groups are the heart of the NLN experience. All incoming pastors are formed into colleague groups of three to five pastors, with a skilled mentor/coach/facilitaor. Colleague groups meet at least five times each year. It is in this intimate, confidential, and collegial setting that pastors work out how to get movement on their learning goals. The colleague group is a powerful experience that combines collegial support, accountability, and peer coaching.
Each pastor attends 4 learning events in the course of her/his time with NLN. The four-day conference, in early February of each year at the Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center. These gatherings feature prominent speakers on themes related to leading change. The conference is an invigorating time of learning, group sharing, collegial bonding, and worship.
Some of our past conference themes:
Although many pastors, with varieties of backgrounds and experiences, are in the Nehemiah Leadership Network, participation is not automatic. Pastors must be nominated by their regional Executive Minister (of a NLN participating region) and go through an application and selection process.
Additionally, the pastor's church must officially approve the participation, sign a congregational covenant, and agree to an annual financial commitment of $400.
Several items that give more detail about the Network, as well as more application information are available in the Documents and Downloads section of this website.
Rev. Leon Runner is the Network Adminstrative Coordinator. Please feel free to contact Leon:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 484-614-5728
The Nehemiah Leadership Network receives financial support from Regions, Home Mission Societies of ABCUSA, the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board, congregations and Pastors
If you would like to join in investing in pastoral excellence, will you consider making a financial contribution to NLN?
Make checks payable to "American Baptist Churches of New York State", with "Nehemiah Leadership Network" on the memo line.
Send contributions to:Rev. Leon Runner
We have a few informational items available to view and/or download. Any avaialable to the general public are listed in the section below.
If there are any questions or you want information that does not seem to be available, please contact the NLN Administrative Coordinator, Leon Runner:Email: Leon Runner Telephone: 484-614-5728
Note: Materials for pastors already in the Network are listed and available in the Members section of this website.