Leadership Development Workshop

Leadership Development Workshop
January 12-13, 2018
Friday 7pm – Saturday 8pm

This is an open invitation to benefit you, your staff and/or key volunteers through their active participation in BENCHMARK’s Leadership Development Workshop. This annual weekend training event, scheduled for January 12-13, 2018 will stimulate spiritual growth and leadership development with hands on use of your skills with a middle school group at Hillmont Camp, White Bluff, TN.

Our Friday night prep with an overnight stay will begin about 7pm.

BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries’ Leadership Development Workshop is for people interested in thoughtful leadership geared toward an educational ministry setting. Learn applicable skills through hands-on experiences.

Thoughtful leaders seek improvement.

  • Improve your leadership skills through experience.
  • Deepen your understanding of leadership.
  • Expand your teaching methods and specialize your technique.

Join this active learning event guided by BENCHMARK’s Founder James H. Evans.

What does BENCHMARK get in return? We hope that you, your staff or key volunteers will expand their leadership potential and build on the skills they already have. Maybe they will simply step back into their more normal role thinking differently about how to engage those they serve. If you are interested and your schedule allows, perhaps you would consider staffing a future BENCHMARK ministry event. It is that simple.

This retreat is valued at $200, but is offered at no cost to you!

Allow wise planning, please RSVP with your intentions by December 31, 2017.

Commitment needed by January 8, 2018

For More Information

For More Information

Contact James Evans, BENCHMARK’s founder. Mobile: 615-972-9033 • james@BENCHMARK.org

2017 BENCHMARK’s Leadership Development Workshop & Brentwood United Methodist Church 6th Grade Confirmation Retreat
Rough schedule

Friday, January 13th
7:00pm – Meet at Hillmont Camp (975 Hillmont Camp Road, White Bluff, TN 37187)
Leadership development BENCHMARK style (staff relationship development, problem solving / initiatives, spiritual formation and reflection.) This schedule is vague on purpose.
+/-11:55pm Let’s get some sleep – You’ll have a mattress and a roof so bring your sleeping bags or sheets / blanket /pillow.

Saturday, January 14th
+/-7:00am Let’s Get Going – Breakfast for Leadership Development Workshop, Morning Devotional / Quiet Time
9:30am – Setup and Prep at Hillmont Camp (975 Hillmont Camp Road, White Bluff, TN 37187) ready to go, final packing, final coordination of activities. Please eat before you arrive, if at all possible.
12 noonish – Lunch with the group
1pm – James’ whole group briefing begins.  Staff should be in the room unless some detail has not yet been done
+/- 1:20p – 4:20pm – confirmation groups with adult mentors with BENCHMARK instructors leading team building activities.
4:30pm – everyone in the meeting room for large group debrief, +/- 30 minutes
5:30pm – supper with the group, BENCHMARK staff debrief (a high priority)
+/- 8:00pm – travel safely home


Being involved with BENCHMARK for several years as a student, I have come to really appreciate the ministry. It is an awesome opportunity and privilege for me to be a part of the staff, and be involved in the ministry that has been a direct influence on my life, so I can hopefully have that influence on the lives of others.

The weekend turned out to be great. It was fun and challenging, but in the end, I gained a lot of experience and confidence, which will not only help me for future BENCHMARK events, but also for my future ministry on the mission field.

David Gibson, originally from Florence, SC

Six years ago I showed up at staff training, 18 years old and clueless about what was in store. To put things into perspective; I packed hot-pink stilettos. I know I was not James’ ideal new staff member. I didn’t have any outdoor experience other than family camping trips and a few Girl Scout hikes. But, I had worked with BENCHMARK while I took part in a denominational short-term missions program as a high schooled and felt like BENCHMARK changed my perspective on my faith and my interactions with others. 

Since I have been able to work with BENCHMARK, I have learned the value in reflection. I have learned how to tie a bowline, a [water] knot, and a figure 8; although, they don’t always look great…I have been challenged physically as I hiked, camped, climbed, and rafted, as well as mentally as I have acted as an instructor.

I say these things to publicly show my appreciation for James, the other Instructors, and BENCHMARK in general. I also wanted to emphasize that this upcoming weekend could be the opportunity for you to learn many new things, as I have.

Shelly B. Greer,, public school teacher
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