How’d it all start?
In 2016, Kathy Beechum, a strong leader and advocate in Crossroads, felt convicted to establish a pipeline program for diverse young leaders in ministry. With the funding in place, she gave full authority to an original Crossroads founders and current Crossroads Spiritual Board member, Brian Wells. After extensive research and content creation, Brian and his wife, Nancy, launched the Uptown and Oxford hubs in the fall of 2017. Ross and Heidi Mallaley stepped up locally in Oxford and have been caring well for that crew over the years.
What’s the timeline for the application through the rest of the program?
April: Applications go live
April-June: Rolling applications accepted followed by reference checks and interviews
July: Offers extended, internship and mentor matching begins
August: All onboarding completed for the end of August for the Kick-Off event
September-December: First semester of content, groups, mentoring, Visiting Fellows, service opportunities and adventure
Winter Break: Leader Check-ins, Solitude Reflection and rest
January-April: Second semester of content, groups, mentoring, Visiting Fellows, service opportunities and adventure
May: Conclusion of the program with celebration and debrief
May-July: Optional additional content during smaller summer track
Is everyone accepted into the program?
The short answer is no. Really, we take the admission process and our discernment very seriously. This program requires maturity, discipline, availability and a personal relationship with Christ. We want to set Scholars up for success in this demanding program. We also encourage individuals to reapply in future years with feedback.
How many scholars are enrolled in the program?
Around thirty but that’s all up to God.
What is the attendance policy for Scholars?
We work hard to support every scholar and collaborate for optimal time management. However, more than two unexcused absences is grounds for dismissal from the program.
Can I invite my friend to be part of Scholars?
Great question, you absolutely can! Please first consider a couple things. Do they fit the criteria listed? Would you personally go to bat for them?
How can I help support this amazing program?
So glad you asked! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org- our needs vary from season to season but we always welcome the support!
Is Scholars a Crossroads thing?
Yes, Scholars is a part of Crossroads Church, submits to its leadership and serves as a pipeline for young leaders to staff.
Do you have to attend Crossroads to apply for Scholars?
Not to apply. All are welcome to apply. We ask folks new to Crossroads to explore who we are and check out the Seven Hills We Die On before applying. If you like what you see, great! Please apply and then during the interview, we will dig into the commitment to the program and engaging with Crossroads during it.
Are there scholarships available?
We strive to eliminate financial barriers for potential leaders. If you have concerns, please still apply and express this in the Financial Need section of the application. We will be able to explore what support could look like in the course of the interview.