On behalf of the executive leadership team at Focus on the Family, we want to notify you of the decision to suspend the Focus Leadership Institute's (FLI) summer semester program and general operations, effective February 27, 2015. Although our hearts are heavy over this necessary course of action, we are thankful to the Lord for what He accomplished through FLI over the course of its almost 20-year run.
Since FLI started in the fall of 1995, an amazing 3,277 students have graduated from the program, representing 750 institutions in 13 countries and all 50 states. Many of those young men and women went on to become gifted leaders and innovators in their fields, equipped to “engage their calling with biblical conviction,” as stated in FLI’s mission statement.
This decision has been carefully and prayerfully made. FLI has had the privilege of influencing young minds for Christ for 20 years, and you have played a significant part in the process of helping those students become the leaders of the future. Thank you for your time, effort and partnership these past two decades. Though this news is difficult, it does not diminish the gratitude that all of us at Focus on the Family feel toward you. We firmly believe that God will continue to work through the efforts of the students who journeyed here.
The closing of FLI chapter does not mean that Focus will cease to engage with college students, however! We are currently working on a more robust internship program for undergraduate students here at the ministry. In addition, we are exploring ways to expand the online presence of valuable FLI content through our partner colleges and universities across the country. Topics specifically related to marriage and parenting have already gained interest with several institutions. We’ll have more information on these initiatives once the details have been ironed out.
Thanks once more for your partnership with FLI in shaping the hearts and minds of the next generation. Although we’re sad to see this season end, we’re grateful to the Lord that it was such a productive endeavor. God bless you!
Ken Windebank Dr. Robert Thomason Chief Operating Officer Professor, Leadership Studies
Focus Leadership Institute 8605 Explorer Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80920