The Eleven:6 Learning Community Network

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The Eleven:6 Learning Community Network

The ELEVEN:6 Learning Community Network is a free resource that offers learning and training opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. The network’s mission is to improve education by developing a supportive learning environment that inspires and engages learners. In addition, the ELEVEN6 Learning Community Network is committed to providing a learning platform that fosters a culture of lifelong learning and a spirit of community.

Our mission

At Eleven:6, we are committed to building the capacity of frontline ministries to reach their next generation of leaders. We do this through our education initiative. Founded by Ben Wilhite, our mission is to reinvest the DNA of wilderness learning into the global gospel mission. With a focus on learning, we want to cultivate the next generation of leaders to build the Kingdom of God around the globe.

Our team has experience with active ministry environments, developing next gen leaders, and mobilizing teams. As an alumnus of Pilgrimage, a ministry that launched out of a local church wilderness program, we believe that people can be developed anywhere. Whether it’s a college campus, an inner city church, or a remote wilderness, our goal is to help individuals and groups experience the transformational power of God’s presence. Developing a deeper understanding of the design of God for community and leadership is one of the main objectives of our education initiative.

Our values

The Eleven:6 Learning Community Network is committed to advancing the highest quality learning experiences for students, while maximizing the potential of their teachers and leaders. Through our partnership with local communities, we have been able to make a positive impact in hundreds of schools. Our values are grounded in a passion for educating students, and a desire to create a systemic impact that transforms the lives of thousands of youth and adults. We invite you to learn more about our values, and how you can partner with us in our mission to create a community of leaders who inspire others to live the lives they were created to live.

Our team is grateful for the continued support of the communities that have joined us to make a difference. We have seen the benefits of our partnership, and we are excited to continue to develop our network’s capacity for transformation and growth.

Our vision

Our vision for ELEVEN6 is to develop impact communities that bring together key stakeholders and measure results. This will accelerate progress towards impact at scale and facilitate fast cycle learning. The ELEVEN6 Learning Community Network will also provide a platform for sharing best practices and learning from each other’s success. In order to accomplish this, we will work with local church leaders to identify opportunities to leverage the unique dynamics within their ministry. By doing so, we hope to see the world transformed.

We want to develop the next generation of leaders and equip them with the tools they need to make a lasting impact on their community. One of the ways we do this is through a new learning initiative, the ELEVEN6 Education Initiative.

Our team

The ELEVEN6 Learning Community Network (LCN) is a team of leaders whose passion is developing young leaders for ministry. It is the goal of the LCN to create a platform for training, education, and community development through a combination of online learning and local, face-to-face experiences. One of the ways that we accomplish this is through the partnership with Hidden Acres Christian Center, a large Christian camp in central Iowa.

Eric Ross is the Higher Education Director at Hidden Acres. He holds a BS in Human and Educational Services from Illinois State University and an MA in Christian Leadership from Corban University. As the Higher Education Director at Hidden Acres, Eric developed a gap year program, called Ministry School, that teaches undergraduate college students about Christian ministry. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership at Anderson University.


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