Leadership development remains a critical need for our churches, despite all that has been written, conferences that have been attended, and our best efforts. Over claims of either relevancy or expediency, some churches have abandoned higher education and have started training leaders from their own ranks of volunteers. This three-part series suggests that the academy can assist the local church with this need by taking a holistic approach to developing emerging leaders and finding new ways to partner with the local church in the process. The first article (Fall 2009) will briefly review the academy's relationship with the church and address ways to increase a leader's capacity to lead, focusing on the first domain, the leader's heart or character development. The second article (Spring 2010) will examine the next domain of holistic development, the leader's knowledge. It will seek to answer the question, "What do ministry leaders need to know and where should it be learned?" The third article focuses on the final domain-skills. The expected abilities of ministry leaders will be discussed. All three articles will consider the implications to the curriculum and suggested church involvement.