Central Leadership Forum

"The mission of the Central Leadership Forum is to equip racially diverse teens to view themselves and others as image-bearers of God by fostering a passion for God, a love of truth, and a zeal to serve in order to engage their generation for Jesus Christ."  

Each spring, the Central Leadership Forum (CLF) program brings together approximately 20 Christian eighth graders to better understand the need of viewing themselves and others as image-bearers of God. CLF was founded in 2015 by our former Head of School, John Murray, and utilizes his textbook, In Whose Image? Image-bearers of God vs. The Image-makers of Our Time.

CLF classes are balanced according to gender and race, as well as middle school and church representation. Participants are often Central Christian School alumni, but many are not. Each February through May, they meet with
Mr. Murray for 12 weekly classes. The two-hour sessions cover media worldviews and also examine history 
that omits, misrepresents, distorts
and/or undermines the essentials of the Christian faith and the biblical view of men and women. The teaching also gives students the opportunity to consider various backgrounds and perspectives, better equipping them to be a light for Christ in high school.

“We were so happy to have Jordon in a Christian program like this,” shared Shuntae Ryan, mother of a sophomore at John Burroughs School. “He learned so much, including very practical tips to assist him on his journey to becoming the godly leader we know that he is destined to be.”

Each CLF program culminates with a weeklong leadership retreat to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. While in Gettysburg,
students examine different leadership styles of Union and Confederate leaders and ponder how the Battle of Gettysburg was a major turning point in the Civil War. While in Washington, D.C., the group meets with various leaders, many of whom speak directly about how their Christian faith impacts their work.

While in Washington, DC, the CLF Class of 2017 met with:
Robert Aderholt, U.S. Representative (R), Alabama
Barry Black, U.S. Senate Chaplain
Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator (R), Missouri
W. Lacey Clay, U.S. Representative (D) Missouri
Tim Goeglein, Focus on the Family
Jennifer Marshall, Heritage Foundation
Susan Scola, Teacher/Former Docent for the National Gallery
Cal Thomas, Syndicated Political Columnist
DeDe Winkfield, Teacher/Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King's Assistant
Bob Woodson, The Woodson Center