Executive Development Program

Our vision is to be the most effective, influential leaders in substance abuse recovery.

Developing executive leaders with a passion for learning, a love for people, and a heart for the mission who are spiritually invested, visionary, strategic thinkers with a relentless commitment to achieve missional goals.

Application Timeline

July 7, 2022

Accepting Nomination & Application Forms

July 7, 2022
August 28, 2022

Deadline for Nomination & Application Forms (both required)

August 28, 2022
September 1-10, 2022

Candidate Interviews with Regional Representative

September 1-10, 2022
September 11-21, 2022

Candidate Interviews with ATC Executive

September 11-21, 2022
September 23, 2022

Official Notifications

($350 fee paid at this time)

September 23, 2022
October 7, 2022

Cohort Start Date

October 7, 2022

What is the FORGE Executive Development Program?

A year-long intensive training program for future or new executive level leaders.

Engage with and learn from executive leaders across the globe as you join a virtual cohort.

New targeted leadership competencies covered each month through weekly online sessions, assigned monthly readings, and practical individual and group projects.

Earn 6 credits toward a master’s of organizational leadership degree at Evangel University upon program completion.

Dive deeper into spiritual disciplines and focus on the spiritual responsibilities of leadership.

Monthly Zoom calls with the president of Adult & Teen Challenge USA and a wide range of leadership experts.


The National Office views this program as an essential investment in the future of ATC.  As a result, we have committed to invest $1,500 to offset the cost of this program for each approved applicant. 

We do, however, ask that nominating organizations commit to pay for the following items:

  • Cost of books (14 in total)
  • $350 EDP online course fee
  • Travel and lodging costs for live Capstone/Graduation event September 2023  

DNA of a Leader

  • Founded on biblical principles, DNA of a Leader is an educational tool on God’s design for leadership and structure for discipleship
  • Integrates private spiritual life with public ministry life
  • Curriculum includes 28 videos, stewardship map, and personal diagnostic

Targeted Leadership Competencies

  • Leading organizations and teams
  • Leading vision, mission, and values
  • Strategy development and execution
  • The power of engagement
  • Measuring what matters
  • Leading through crisis
  • Strategic financial stewardship
  • The culture of problem solving

Spiritual Disciplines & Leadership

  • Deeper prayer and fasting
  • Studying the Word of God
  • Practicing solitude and silence
  • Generosity: why it matters
  • The freedom of simplicity

To graduate from FORGE EDP, a participant must complete:

  • all individual assignments given,
  • maintain an 75% attendance rate at bi-monthly sessions,
  • finish all required readings,
  • full participation in a capstone project with other members of their cohort and,
  • travel to the capstone/graduation event (location TBD)

The time commitment is, at a minimum, 25 hours per month throughout the year-long cohort. 

Next Cohort Start Date

October 2022 – September 2023

Application Deadline

August 28


ATC Bridge Online Platform

How can I nominate or apply today?

Two forms are required for each applicant.

Nomination Form

(Completed and signed by the nominating party)

Application Form

(Completed and signed by the nominee)