Emerging Leaders FAQ

What are the dates of the program?

August 8th – May 5th

How much does the Emerging Leaders program cost?

$250 Non-Refundable Deposit due with commitment letter
$800 Fall Tuition
$800 Spring Tuition
($1,850 total)

What are the options for paying the tuition?

Students are encouraged to raised support for their tuition. Downline is a 501(c)3 and all gifts are tax deductible. Students may pay their tuition balance in one lump sum before each semester or set up a monthly payment plan.

Are Scholarships available?

Yes, there are a select number of scholarships available that students can apply for after committing to the program.

Where do Emerging Leaders Live?

Downline provides Men’s and Women’s housing throughout the city of Memphis. Students should expect to pay between $300-$350 a month in rent and utilities.

What kind of Jobs do Emerging Leaders work?

All kinds! Emerging Leaders work a full array of jobs; again, our goal is for students to grow in their professional career during the Emerging Leaders program. Our students have worked jobs in marketing, communication, insurance, web development, sales, nursing, logistics, social work, teaching, banking, real estate, administration, construction, nannying, engineering, fundraising, in churches, in urban ministry, in the service industry and more!

What is life in Memphis like?

Memphis is a great city, and a real city with real people, churches, jobs, social scene, opportunities and problems. Memphis was recently named a top three city for Millennials, and we completely agree! Memphis is undergoing city-wide renewal and is a small enough city where Millennials can easily connect with leaders and each other, create businesses and nonprofits, and bring about reform. The city is also a blast. As a group, we will go to Grizzlies games, Redbird games, concerts, museums, parties and more. We believe being in the city of Memphis sets the Emerging Leaders program apart. This is not a gap year: Emerging Leaders live in a real city, working a real job, are in a local churches, are discipled by older, godly people from their community, and live around and among real people who need the gospel. The Emerging Leaders program does not simply mirror “real life”, it is real life, and the goal is to help young adults transition well into gospel-centered adulthood.

Can I get seminary credit through Downline?

Yes, students can obtain up to 30 hours of credit at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for participation in the Downline Institute. Students can also receive an advance degree standing at Dallas Theological Seminary. You can learn more about seminary opportunity here.

Do you have any more questions? Email Robby or Betsy, the Memphis Emerging Leaders Directors to get more information!

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