The Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Theological Seminary
invites you to join 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.
In our NEXT Steps graduate’s own words:
“I didn’t know what to expect, but it was beyond my expectations really. It was fabulous.”
“I’ve worked in the same field for four decades. There’s a certain mindset and way of looking at the world – this is the first time I’ve had conversations with adults who have no clue about my field. It really helped expand my thinking and looking at the world going forward. Isn’t that exciting?!”
“It took me down a path that I never would have considered before.”
“What I learned is that the earlier you start to think about this new phase, the more options you have available to you. It’s not too early to start thinking about this.”
“I’m really pleased at how things came together for me. I’m not sure how that happened. Between the leadership and the class, things began to gel for me and it became clearer and clearer what I wanted to do.”