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Center for Excellence for Spiritual Leadership

Center for Excellence for Spiritual Leadership

The College of Biblical Studies has a Center of Excellence for Spiritual Leadership. Below is some basic information:

The CESL exists to edify, encourage, train, and support excellence in spiritual leadership.

Generous donors provided endowed funds to FHU to provide for the center to serve as a resource to churches. The Center seeks to encourage spiritual leadership development to enrich, strength, and grow the church of our Lord. The Center provides resources for FHU faculty, church leadership enrichment opportunities, and the training of future leaders. The Center carries forth its mission through leadership training workshops, quality Biblical online content, and church consulting services. Currently the Center’s primary leadership workshop is held the last weekend of September each year at Mid-South Youth Camp. The Center also produces the FHU Leadership Podcast which offers high quality content to educate and encourage church leaders. The Center desires to make the resources of FHU available to church leaders to assist and encourage them in their essential work for the kingdom.


The Center hosts workshops and seminars throughout the year.

The Church Leadership Workshop is held the last weekend of September each year. It is located at Mid-South Youth Camp. The workshop is open to all Christians, though a focus is upon elders, deacons, and ministers who are involved in church leadership. We are excited about this year’s workshop.


Church Leadership Workshop 2024

Ministry Essentials

MSYC – Sept. 27-28

Meals are included and housing is available at MSYC. There is no cost to attend.




The Center seeks to offer the expertise and counsel of the College of Biblical studies to local congregations. We offer consulting services in the following areas:

Church Growth

Church Vision and Planning

Congregational Assessment and Survey

Conflict Resolution

Contact Josh Ketchum regarding your congregations specific needs and learn how the Center could possibly help your local church grow in your service to God.


The Center hosts the FHU Leadership Podcast. The podcast is dedicated to the developing and encouraging spiritual leaders for the kingdom. Dr. Josh Ketchum hosts the podcast with various invited guests which discuss leadership principles and practices. The podcast covers a wide range of topics relating to church leaders. The podcast features a new season each semester which includes 10 episodes. The show started the Spring Semester of 2023 with season 1.



We encourage you to subscribe and listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and Amazon Music. Also please rate and review the podcast to help increase our ratings.