Student Leadership Group


Mission:  Raising up students who will lead, change, and impact their world.

The Element Student Leadership Group is a group designed to provide Element students the opportunity to increase leadership development. At The Woods Church, we believe leadership is an essential component to effecting change in communities, schools, and people’s lives. The Element Student Leadership (SL) Group exists to move students into a place of influence in their groups, schools, teams, and families. Motivated by God’s love for them, we want to see students whose hearts are passionate about making an impact. It also exists to create ownership of ESM by speaking into the vision of the ministry as you give feedback, and help plan future events.



We want your involvement in this team to spring from your understanding that God loves you unconditionally and that serving Him isn’t about following a list of rules on a check-list. However, we also believe that the life God has called all of us into is characterized by selflessness, love, and humility. That means you will need to be open to the wisdom and correction of element’s leaders, and realize that leaders will be held to a higher standard.

We are not looking for students that view SL as an extension of their social life or an event to attend.  We are looking for students who are serving in all aspects of their life and who are willing to be spiritual leaders to those around them. We want students who are motivated by the fact that Christ loves us and set the ultimate example of service.



SL will happen in two semesters (Fall/Winter-Spring). This will give flexibility to those who cannot commit year round, due to extracurricular activities, to be involved. This will also provide us an opportunity to give students an off-ramp, as well as an on-ramp during the middle of the year.



There will be a registration cost for each semester which will include two meetings a month, a t-shirt, and book.



Attendance at scheduled ESM SL meetings and activities is required for continued participation in the program. Absences must be communicated to Pastor Matt Ciaramitaro.  Absences in excess of 3, will result in evaluation of continued participation within SL.



Each student must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the church. Element staff will not be able to provide transportation.

Start your journey on the path to leadership


Application Process

Students must fill out and return the application by no later than September 18th (Semester 1) / January 10th (Semester 2).

Students must currently serve on a Dream Team somewhere within the Church.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Students must have a good standing relationship with an Element Grow Group Leader.


Application Deadline – Semester 1: September 18th | Semester 2: January 10th

Please fill out the online application.  After it is submitted, ESM staff will contact you to let you know if you have been accepted.  At that time you will be given payment instructions.

If you filled out the application last year, please complete the personal information section only.

*Registration for the Winter Semester has closed. Please continue to check back for more information on when Fall 2017 registration will open.*



Meeting Schedule

2018 Winter/Spring (January-April) $40 (new leaders); $30 (returning leaders)

Meeting Dates

January 14
January 28
February 11
February 25
March 11
March 25
April 15
April 29

May 30 - Special Off-site Event

Leadership Retreat – Mar. 9-11 for an additional cost.