Date of Award


Document Type

Project Portfolio

Degree Name

Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives (DLd)



First Advisor

Diane Zemke, PhD

Second Advisor

Rebecca Jeong, PhD

Third Advisor

Jason Swan Clark, DMin, PhD


Through the research process, the identified NPO was that vulnerable communities have the opportunity to flourish when individuals experience healthy, holistic relationships. The critical insights gained from the research process were that healthy relationships are essential for any individual or community to flourish, there is a notable element of hope and whole-life transformation when individuals from vulnerable communities experience healthy relationships, and those who have suffered trauma can overcome challenging circumstances and thrive. For over twenty years, I have lived and worked in low-income neighborhoods as a neighbor, church planter, and nonprofit leader to seek the flourishing of the community through the gospel of Jesus. Since 2010, I have served with a Christian nonprofit, Community Leadership Development, Inc. (CLDI) focused on holistic community development in Billings, Montana. The work of CLDI includes working with at-risk youth, a recovery home for women, economic development and job skill training, and long-term housing solutions for low-income persons. The target neighborhood, the South Side, is the oldest, most marginalized, isolated, and ethnically diverse neighborhood in Billings. To address the NPO, I developed a Leadership Development Curriculum (LDC) specifically designed to equip facilitators and develop individuals from a low-income community. This was in response to stakeholders expressed desire for personal and leadership growth opportunities to mature untapped talents, skills, gifts, and abilities. I created the LDC using a values-based approach to be utilized within a range of contexts. It consists of four modules and eighteen lessons to be taught weekly over several months and incorporate a rhythm of teaching, discussion, fellowship, and celebration. The hope is that participants will grow in their personal development through various discussions and assessments, broaden their relational network through community building and mentoring, and receive applicable leadership skills for their place of engagement.