National Collaborative Institute of Leadership's History & Journey
The path to the development of National Collaborative Institute of Leadership began in 2012 as Maryland Christian College (M.C.C.), on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in a township called Easton, Maryland. In a series of conversations commending their pastor of his works in serving the church, participating on local Boards, and holding leadership conferences, a few members of a small Methodist church alongside their "specially appointed" Baptist Pastor, Rev. Troy L. M. Denson, noticed the need for the vocational training of ministers and clergy across their Maryland Eastern Shore region. While these clergy/ministers surely possessed giftedness in articulating inspiring Bible sermons, the changes in their local region and broader society calls for church leaders' increased entrepreneurial, non-profit business, financial, as well as fundraising capacities, for providing their organizations with continuity, increased forms of community outreach efforts, as well as lifting the effectiveness of their congregations' ministries/humanitarian services in their local contexts. Therefore, M.C.C. was organized and opened for training leaders.
Maryland Christian College, Easton, Maryland
Interestingly, after 2 years of opening M.C.C., the pastor was increasingly called upon to respond to the demand of training/catechizing ministers and deacons for their ordinations alongside the need for instructing in the indigent African American Bible Colleges and Seminaries in the Baltimore City and Howard County region. This need gave birth to Denson & Denson Ministries and Publishing, whereas books and training manuals were authored and published solely for training ministers and deacons, and teaching in colleges such as Sojourner Douglass College, which had campuses across the state of Maryland (Baltimore, Annapolis, Cambridge, and Salisbury). Some of the indigent seminaries included United Baptist College & Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Washington Baptist Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. In reflection, the stationary M.C.C. had transformed to an itinerant Church Leadership Training/Christian Education movement.
Sojourner Douglass College, Baltimore, Maryland
Then during the most recent 3 years approaching the year 2020, conversations with fellow pastors and Christian business colleagues across the United States regarding upgrading church leaders' ministry to include executive leadership perspectives, non-profit organization works, as well as cross-cultural church leadership in historic churches, all came into fruition in the month of early March, 2020. This conversation highlighted how many pastoral, ecumenical business leaders, and Christian School leaders, whom are credentialed and have served their churches and businesses for numbers of years, but as the postmodern and globalized society emerge, topics of cross-cultural populations and social diversity began surfacing, as well as how younger generations not of African descent and cultures have increasingly populated into Black peoples' traditional communities and began affecting the normal attendances and participation in their in their organizations. So, these leaders continually stressed the need for professional development on an experienced/ executive level. Consequently, these conversations gave birth to National Collaborative Institute of Leadership in March 2020, and became a named "Institute" in the District of Columbia in April, 2020, with Rev. Troy L. M. Denson as its leading Executive Director. Part of the name "Collaborative" came about due to the cross-denominational as well as secular leaders' desires to engage in Christian-based professional development and continuing education that will increase their capacities in leading their organizations as the 21st Century's postmodern and globalized communities rise across the U.S.
Troy L. M. Denson is leading the National Collaborative Institute of Leadership's Board of Directors through its final stages of the applicant process for the non-profit organization's status for providing professional development and vocational seminars through its online formats and in its in-person seminars in the District of Columbia facility. At the moment, N.C.I.L. is not seeking the status of degree granting institution. Rather, N.C.I.L. is following the mission of "providing a more excellent way" by development of an Institute for re-tooling organizations' Executive Leaders, and by following the Institute's initial vision of making available the "Certificate in Executive Leadership Program", the "Leadership Professional Development Seminars", and the "Leadership Program Management Consulting Services".
His Professional Narrative
As a lover of providing transformational leadership for organizations seeking "change for the better", Troy L. M. Denson has done so in the roles of pastor and executive minister advising church leaders, former seminary faculty, entrepreneurial author/publisher and, former president of Maryland Christian College. In addition, Troy L. M. Denson has served 15+ years as an educator, which included 6+ years as a secondary teacher, 7+ years of collegiate instructor-ship, and 6 years as seminary instructor. Within his college instructorship, Denson authored two books which are available on Amazon: "Globalization Through the Eyes of Suffering Children" and "Churchin': The Acts of the Apostles Workbook" (3 Volumes). Denson testifies that his works are upheld by God's calling accompanied with Divine Grace in using the trainings from the Bachelor of Science in Ministry/Bible from Southern Christian University; the Master of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary; the Master of Divinity from Howard University; the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from American Public University; and presently, in the candidacy from the Doctor of Ministry at Boston University's School of Theology, with a focus in Transformational Leadership. Based on these evidences, Troy L. M. Denson has accepted the challenge and role of C.E.O./ Executive Dir. of National Collaborative Institute of Leadership, in Washington, D.C.