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Student Leadership Council

Leadership is a call to serve.

The Student Leadership Council is composed of applicants to the Program who have expressed an interest in being part of the design, planning, marketing, and implementation of program events and activities that will be fun, engaging, and spiritually strengthening.

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Student Leadership Council Applicants


As a council member, you will work closely with the Program Director and other council members to design, create, and implement a program that will inspire, uplift, educate, enhance, and contribute in a significant way to both the program participants as well as to the Nauvoo community. Council members will be given specific stewardships and responsibilities based on their interests, abilities, and talents. By design, these responsibilities will necessitate growth and will require humility, vision, strength, and compassion. Council members will serve as both a spokesperson and advocate for program participants.


You will also assist in designing and creating digital and other materials to be displayed and distributed to current and future program participants. As part of the marketing responsibilities, each council member will be encouraged to recruit five or more program participants as either council members or as non-council participants.


Once an application is received, all Leadership Council applicants will be interviewed by the Program Director who will then meet with others on the administrative team to review each applicant. Though a resume is requested, a lengthy list of accomplishments is not the primary reason for selection. 


The cost of room and board for Leadership Council members will be covered by the Nauvoo Discovery Program. (The room is double occupancy. However, single occupancy rooms are available for an additional cost.)

Program Duration:

The program is roughly the same duration as a regular college semester (Fall: September through December, Winter: January through April. There is no summer program). In addition, council members will meet together weekly via Zoom beginning four weeks prior to the start of the semester program. You will be required to arrive in Nauvoo one week prior to the start of the program for the Leadership Council Orientation and Training Retreat.

Training and Supervision:

Council members will receive supervision and training from the Program Director, who will also be responsible for evaluating those involved in an internship if required. Others from the administrative team may also be involved with training.

Leadership Council Outcomes:

It is anticipated that each council member will achieve the following during the course of the semester:

  • Council members will gain a solid understanding of the importance of servant leadership as taught by Jesus Christ: “And whosever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” Matthew 20:27

  • Members will exhibit charity in dealing with sensitive and tense situations.

  • Members will lead with humility and compassion, strength and confidence in performing their council responsibilities as they plan, organize, and implement program events and activities.

  • Members will develop an increased knowledge of the tremendous sacrifice exhibited by the early saints as well as the significant good that can happen when communities serve and unite in a righteous cause.

  • Members will demonstrate increased confidence in leading out, leading up, and leading united in their service leadership.

Your contribution as a member of the Nauvoo Leadership Council will make a lasting impact on the Nauvoo Discovery Program as you work with other council members, program participants, community members, and potential future students to guide and inspire by building a vibrant and ongoing Nauvoo Discovery Program.

To The Student Leadership Council via
The Nauvoo Discovery Program application
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