The Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Theological Seminary
introduces NEXT Steps, a program for professionals who have recently or are planning to retire and are exploring new, purpose-filled engagement with their communities. All program activities are designed to stimulate your individual self-discovery and develop a personal plan for your new and meaningful chapter of work and service. The NEXT Steps participants will follow a 14-week process of self-discovery through small group discussions, guest speakers and career and volunteer guidance.
Two programs are offered, one tailored to Laity and one for Clergy. Choose the one best suited to you.
NEXT Steps is a structured program that includes:
- Personal development
- Small group engagement
- Career or volunteer guidance
All program activities are designed to stimulate your individual
self-discovery and develop a personal plan for your new and
meaningful chapter of work and service. Plus, you will receive
individual assistance in actually shadowing or volunteering in a
nonprofit that matches your passions and interests.
You should take NEXT Steps if:
- You are age 55 or up.
- You are a person of faith.
- You want to transition your career experiences and talents to benefit causes of personal importance.
- You want to explore combining your professional skills, the needs of the world and your own beliefs and convictions.
“Across the country, Baby Boomers closing in on their retirement years increasingly seek new social purpose in their lives, with studies showing more than 25 percent interested in starting their own businesses or nonprofit organizations and nearly half of those saying their priority is to focus on solving community problems” (source: 2013 MetLife Foundation Study)