The SLi Story
As a teacher, coach, administrator, and now school head, Larry Taylor, founder of Student Leadership Institute, is passionate about training the next generation of Christian servant-leaders. Through observation and research over many years, Larry Taylor concluded that few schools or churches had deliberate plans to train student leaders. He saw an opportunity to develop a strategic program by which schools and youth groups reinforce what students were learning at church camps, summer leadership programs and on mission trips. Thus, Student Leadership Institute was born. The vision of Student Leadership Institute is to implement this program in hundreds of schools and churches around the world in an effort to create and equip an army of Biblically-trained and Christ-centered student leaders.
Student Leadership Institute’s mission is to assist young people in the development of their leadership philosophy and skills by exposing them to a Biblically-based, practical, multifaceted, year-long program. Students are trained in the Biblical model and definition of leadership with a core emphasis on three operating principles: service, evangelism/engaging the culture and church involvement. This model, founded from God’s Word, focuses on individual and institutional commitments to becoming selfless and others-centered. It is SLi’s goal that students connect these principles to their campus, community and church. Students will be challenged to become more like Christ as they seek a higher level of leadership training.
SLi Core Principles
Student Leadership Institute teaches that a Kingdom student leader will be driven by three core Biblical-leadership principles. All three principles must be advanced in order to develop a balanced Kingdom student leader. Serving Others - Jesus modeled this Biblical leadership principle by focusing more on others than on Himself. True leadership is fully realized only when one becomes aware of the needs of others. Mentoring, discipleship and evangelism are natural responses when students truly devote their lives to serving others. Evangelism / Engaging the Culture - Jesus instructed His disciples to employ this Biblical leadership principle by sharing the good news of salvation. Active participation in Kingdom work includes a strong commitment to share the Gospel with others. Lifestyle evangelism occurs when students internalize God’s call on their lives. Serving in a Local Church - Jesus designed our bodies to operate most effectively when all of the individual parts work together. The church reaches its maximum potential only when the individuals become one body. Students must utilize their spiritual gifts within the framework of the local church to truly live as Kingdom student leaders.