As a spiritual family, Destiny Worship Center, is committed to seeing the destiny of young leaders fulfilled. Malachi 4:6 says, "And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." Our passion to help the next generation discover clarity, develop character, and deploy calling has caused the "turn" of our hearts to occur. Emerge is our expression of this "turn." We believe that God is up to something special in this generation. As you explore our site, we hope that you find all the information and inspiration that you are looking to discover.

ABOUT US

 

The Emerge Leadership Academy exists to cultivate the leadership capacity of the next generation minister and leader.

Emerge is a nine-month intensive training program designed to disciple, train, equip, and launch single young leaders into the ministry to which they have been called. A residential program in nature, students live and work together in an environment that challenges them to examine and embrace their gifts while seeking specific spiritual life direction. Students may apply for the program following high school, during college or as post-graduates. Emerge is designed to bring forth the next generation of worship and creative arts leaders, pastors, teachers, missionaries, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. If you are uncertain as to your future direction as a follower of Christ, consider the Emerge leadership program.

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ADMISSIONS

 

CURRICULUM 

The mission of the Emerge Leadership Academy is to help students Discover Clarity, Develop Character, and Deploy Calling. Our curriculum includes: spiritual formation, life skills, and biblical studies. Spiritual formation classes include reading from several books, personality testing, and scripture memory. Life skills studies practical ways to be a leader including time and finance management, interview techniques, and building integrity. The biblical studies class will provide an in-depth look into God’s Word and how to understand, apply, and reproduce it in your life. All classes encourage public speaking and writing skills. These classes will be taught by staff pastors and other church, community, or business leaders.

FINISH AND IT'S FREE!

The heart of our Lead Pastor Steve Vaggalis and our Destiny Worship Center family is that finances never hinder one from walking out their calling. Emerge Leadership Academy is happy to offer the “Finish and It’s Free” program to all students! Initially tuition will be paid, and upon successful completion of the program by the student, tuition will be reimbursed. Any student receiving sponsorship money will not receive a tuition reimbursement. 

Destiny Worship Center Member: Tuition - $1,000

Non-Member: Tuition - $2,500

Base Tuition Includes:

  • Housing
  • Books
  • Retreat
  • Breakfast and Lunch meals (Tuesday through Friday)
  • Apparel
  • Special Events and Activities

Global Mission Trip: $1,500

Tuition does not cover the cost of the mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

Tuition Payments

Online Payments: Click the Pay Online button if you would like to make a secure online payment for the student's tuition.

Checks: Checks should be made out to Emerge Leadership Academy with the student’s name in the memo.

Due to the rigorous schedule of Emerge, there is not an opportunity to have an outside job. Therefore, it is very important for students to have a sufficient source of funds for their personal needs, auto insurance, gas, and have no outstanding debts. We recommend that students start the internship with $1,000 to $1,500 of personal savings for support.

Frequently asked questions


STAFF

 

PASTOR STEVE & JACKIE VAGGALIS
FOUNDER
 

STEVEN VAGGALIS
EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS PASTOR
steven@destinyworship.com

HEATHER TARDO
DIRECTOR
heather@destinyworship.com

BEN LOWRIMORE
RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT
ben@destinyworship.com

MEAGAN SELLINGER
RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT
meagan@destinyworship.com

 

LEAD TEAM

 

GREG & PATTI CROSSLIN

TODD & AMANDA BIERBAUM

MATT & KRISTI RUCKEL

 

ROBB & LESLIE SCHIEFER

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APPLY

Thank you for your interest in Emerge. 

If you have any questions concerning the application process or the Academy, please contact our church office at 850.650.6800 or email our Residential Director at jenny@destinyworship.com.  Our application process seeks to select potential students who will flourish in Emerge.  We will focus on each individual applicant and prayerfully consider their application and potential enrollment in the program.

For a students application to be complete, one must submit ALL of the following:

  • Complete Online Application
  • 200 word personal testimony essay (typed)
  • A recent photo
  • $50 non-refundable application processing fee
  • Pastoral reference form

Once we have received your completed application, someone from our leadership team will contact you to set up an opportunity to conduct an interview. Interviews in person are preferred. However, out of state accommodations can be made.

Following the series of interviews, a representative from our Admissions staff will contact the prospective student via email concerning their placement in the Academy.

Submitting the Application:

Emerge is a nine month program beginning in September and finishing in May.  We accept and review applications year round, but all inquiring students must submit their application for the current year by May 1st. Please apply online via the link below.