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Freshmen Leadership Program (Freshmen Leadership Development)

Belmont’s leadership-training program is designed for freshmen who desire a Christ-centered, dynamic learning experience that prepares them to humbly accept the challenge to be servant leaders.  During this program participants will enhance and nurture essential leadership skills (identity development, team management skills, ethical decision-making and more) through interactive activities, self-reflection, case studies and group projects that will fully allow them to engage and transform the world.

Time Commitment

There are two phases to the program.  Phase one occurs during the fall semester when the cohort of students participates in weekly meetings choosing from Wednesdays or Fridays from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and a weekend retreat over the university’s Fall Break.  During these meetings and the retreat students will explore the concepts of servant leadership and develop an understanding of their own strengths, values, and leadership style. 

Phase two occurs in January and serves as a consulting role to the cohort of students as they prepare to apply for student leadership positions. The cohort will participate in resume reviews, mock interviews, and hear from panels of current student leaders.

By completion of the end of the program, students will:
  • Assess his/her leadership tendencies
  • Identify how their passions intersect with the needs of the world
  • Express and develop a leadership vision
  • Identify the connections between leadership and the university community, and ways to become engaged in campus activities and organizations
  • Obtain knowledge and skills for assuming leadership roles
  • Describe techniques for establishing relationships with team members
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of different leadership styles
  • Recognize powerful motivators beyond financial rewards
  • Explain the art of delegation
  • Identify ways in which a leader can deal with conflict
  • Identify ways to lead and encourage more participation in meetings
Students will participate in:
  • Retreats that enhance teamwork and leadership development
  • Weekly meetings and ongoing leadership training
  • Innovative speakers presenting on time management, conflict resolution, creative leadership techniques and much more

Successful completion of the leadership-training program sets students apart as top qualified candidates for student leadership positions.  Historically, FLP cohort members who complete the program have secured on-campus leadership positions for the following year as Resident Assistants (RAs), Tower Team Leaders, and Spiritual Life Assistants as well as other leadership positions in the Student Government Association and Greek organizations.

  • Candidates are viewed highly by Belmont staff who hire student leader positions
  • Receive special designation on some student leadership applications in the Division of Student Affairs
  • Receive special letters of recommendation for on-campus leadership opportunities
  • Receive priority application status for student leader positions such as resident assistant, orientation council and tower team leader
  • Develop life-long leadership skills
  • Engaging in challenging and interactive leadership initiatives
  • Participate in networking opportunities with community leaders
Application Process

This highly selective program has 40 openings. 

"Be shepherds of God's flock, the believers who are under your care. Serve as their leaders. Don't serve them because you have to. Instead, do it because you want to. That's what God wants you to do. Don't do it because you want to get more and more money. Do it because you really want to serve." 1 Peter 5:2 (NIRV)

"The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve." – John Stott