The Bishop Melvin George Talbert Leadership Institute is accepting applicants for its initial event, to be held January 7-9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Institute offers a multi-disciplinary approach to engage young lay and clergy to enhance their leadership potential.
The application is available on the website of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) at www.bmcrumc.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 8, 2010.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, a member of The United Methodist Church for at least two years, and provide an essay, video/DVD, or writings sharing their background, future goals, and why they are interested in the Talbert Leadership Institute.
Bishop Talbert has given leadership in The United Methodist Church in many capacities since his ordination 50 years ago. He was bishop for the California-Nevada Annual Conference from 1988 to 2000. The Institute was conceived by the National BMCR in recognition of Bishop Talbert's outstanding leadership.
The mission of the Institute is to identify, select, and engage young leaders in meaningful learning experiences and mentorship. The curriculum is based on Bishop Talbert's values including ecumenism, courage, and radical inclusivity.