Leadership Development


Ada Bible Church offers the Leadership Development Program utilizing Cornerstone University instructors. This two-year program helps local church leaders identify, and effectively use, seven “lenses” as we aim to become the best servant leaders we can be. As a leader, co-leader or potential leader, this program will help prepare you for the leadership challenges of today and tomorrow. 

LDP consists of eight courses over two years. Each course is eight sessions long with each session being two hours in length. You can join at the start of any course. See each course description below for more information.

Courses will use a “hybrid” model of instruction. Students will be asked their preference for (1) in-person instruction or (2) virtual instruction using an Internet group platform. Courses will be taught at the Knapp Street Campus.

Cost: $200 per student per course. Ada Bible will pay for half ($100) for Ada Bible elders/deacons, staff and volunteer leaders. Students will be responsible for the remaining $100 and the cost of the textbook. 

Registration opens 4 weeks prior to each course.

Introduction to Leadership - Tentatively Scheduled for Fall 2025

This course explores what it means to be a servant leader. It looks at the Biblical requirements for leadership and the characteristics of a Spirit-led leader. It also explores the goal of missional wisdom as we lead and serve. It will also discuss how prayer and spiritual discernment are key for responding to the challenges of life and ministry.

The Biblical Lens - Tentatively Scheduled for Fall 2025

This course looks at the “arc” of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. In addition to looking at the Bible’s big picture narrative, it will also introduce the main sections of Scripture: the Law, History, Wisdom Literature, the Prophets, the Gospels/Acts, the Epistles and Revelation. Each section will be discussed as to how it contributes to effective leadership.

The Theological Lens - Tentatively Scheduled for Winter 2025

This course in the first year introduces some of the major doctrines of the church. These doctrines, contained in the Ada Bible Church document We Believe, have been the foundational doctrines of the Church since its inception. Each doctrine will be explored as to its importance in developing the theological framework of the leader. 


The Cultural Lens

This looks at eight major culture issues facing the church today. These issues, complex in nature and often with no easy answers, need to be answered from a Biblical perspective. In addition to introducing the issues, this course will offer responses that are based in both grace and truth.

March 14 - May 16, 2024 (No Classes on March 28 and April 4)


Thursdays 5:30-7:30

The Organizational Leadership Lens

This course unpacks organizational leadership, particularly in the context of a local church environment. It looks at how to lead well, especially when challenged by different groups, opinions, and beliefs. It also examines key elements of leading organizational change.

August 15 - October 3, 2024

The Spiritual Formation Lens

This course explores classical spiritual practices as ways of receiving and responding to God’s love in Jesus Christ. These practices, which include prayer, meditation, and Bible reading, will help us to listen well and discern wisely as we serve in the body of Christ.

October 17 - December 12, 2024 (No Classes on November 21)

The Ministerial Care Lens

This course explores a Biblical definition of Ministerial Care, how we can serve well in various care situations, and direction on how to handle serious care issues. It will also discuss our limitations as lay care leaders and how we can best serve those in our care.

January 2 - February 20, 2025

The Professional Care Lens

This course looks at how we as lay leaders interact with those who provide professional care. It looks at how and when to refer to a professional, how we interact well with those who provide this care, and how to know when we have reached our limits.

March 13 - May 15, 2025 (No Classes March 27 & April 3)

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