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 ($20-$25) 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.


leadership retreat:

Mar. 8-10, Cost is $25

We will depart the church Friday afternoon, staying at the lake home of one of our church members.  During the weekend we will have times of teaching, team building, and worship.

Start your journey on the path to leadership


Application Process

Students must fill out and return the application by no later than January 20th.

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 2: January 20th

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.



Meeting Schedule

2019 winter/spring (jan-april) $25

Meeting Dates

Jan. 27

Feb. 10

Feb. 24

March 8-10: Leadership Retreat

March 24

April 14

April 28