Emerging Leader Award

Wheat Ridge Ministries is searching for an inspired, young leader to be honored with The Richard E. Herman Emerging Leader Award.

The Emerging Leader Award is an opportunity intended to lift up the innovative, creative and committed work of emerging leaders, encouraging and honoring them through a monetary award and support resources.

This year, we want to recognize the commitment and service of one leader changing the systems that perpetuate poverty, whether through their professional work or as a volunteer. This focus is driven by an understanding that Jesus’ life, ministry and teachings involved deep engagement with and love for those on the margins of society, particularly those in poverty.

Emerging Leader AwardAbout the Award

In recognition of their leadership related to poverty reduction efforts, the honoree will receive the following from Wheat Ridge Ministries:

  • A cash award of $4,000
  • Invitation to The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Conference, October 4-7, 2017 (registration, travel, and lodging covered by Wheat Ridge Ministries)
  • Invitation to Wheat Ridge Ministries’ Emerging Leader Convening, a gathering of inspired emerging leaders to network, learn and reflect (hosted and paid for by Wheat Ridge Ministries)

Who Are We Looking For

The honoree will be between 18 and 35 years of age whose professional or volunteer efforts are challenging the systems that perpetuate poverty. The honoree will be chosen by a panel of ministry practitioners who have professional experience recognizing effective leadership as well as an understanding of the challenges of systemic poverty. Collectively, the panel will value realistic and authentic approaches to poverty reduction that incorporate the wisdom and experience of those who live with this daily reality.

How to Apply

Applications are due August 1, 2017. Wheat Ridge Ministries will inform the winner at the end of August. All other applicants will be notified early September.

Nominate a Candidate

Do you know someone who should apply? Nominate them here.

Questions? Please contact our Program Department via email at   or call 800.762.6748 

More Information

WRM-logoWho is Wheat Ridge Ministries? Wheat Ridge has a long history of equipping bold ministry leaders as they serve the needs of their community. The primary way we do this is through our two grant programs. Our Emerging Leader Grant program, which is specifically focused on ministries led by young adults, has awarded 60 grants in excess of $320,000 in the past five years.

Who is Richard E. Herman?  Dr. Richard E. Herman served as the fourth president of Wheat Ridge Ministries from 2006-2015. He joined Wheat Ridge in 1992 as Vice President and was appointed Vice President/Chief Operating Officer in 2002. Rick’s enthusiasm for and commitment to emerging leaders in his work continues on through this award.

What is The Christian Community Development Association? The Christian Community Development Association’s mission is to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. Learn more about CCDA at ccda.org. Learn about the CCDA Conference here.