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Empowerment Plus is an interfaith action program for young adults. Empowerment Plus shows young adults how to apply spiritual principles in their personal and professional lives, helping them develop a faith-centered framework with a focus on giving back – the key to a meaningful life.

The giving-back portion of Empowerment Plus is not just theory, but practical interfaith action projects, including helping others in need – including immigrants and refugees – get better jobs or start a business.

The inspiration for Empowerment Plus comes from the famous story about loving our neighbors – The Good Samaritan.

Although the Good Samaritan was a foreigner with a foreign religion, his care for the man left to die by the side of the road is the example of the loving faith-in-action we are called to show to others regardless of their faith or background.

Indeed, the interfaith Launching Leaders 12-week course is the cornerstone of Empowerment Plus. The course is packed with well-done videos and interactive exercises that help young adults answer important questions, including:

  • — Where am I finding meaning and purpose? 
  • — Am I living true to myself and being authentic? 
  • — Am I discovering my potential? 
  • — Should I make a plan for my life?
  • — What does financial self-reliance mean to me?
  • — Can I succeed alone?
  • — How can I give back?
  • — Where does spirituality fit in?

You can be part of the solution to problems that divide us today by starting or joining an Empowerment plus program at a university, congregation, or community organization in your area.

The interfaith Launching Leaders online course is $99 per person, which includes 12 modules and the electronic version of the companion book Leadership by LIGHT: Principles That Empower (a paperback version of the book is available for separate purchase).

For groups participating in the Empowerment Plus program, the price is less at $79 per person, and the local organizers will keep $39.50 of the per person tuition, which they can use to help facilitate the weekly Empowerment Plus meetings.

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Interfaith Action, Service, Self-Development

The key to making Empowerment Plus more than just a one-time course is to establish an Empowerment Plus steering group in your community. The steering group should be people from different faith backgrounds willing to serve as mentors to young adults.

As an integral part of Empowerment Plus, young adults from different faith groups partner together to carry out practical interfaith action projects ranging from jobs programs to service projects.

Indeed, many economic and social problems are overcome when people of different religions and beliefs work together in faith and action. For example, the second component of Empowerment+ is an interfaith action toolkit including Find a Better Job (see more below).

The action also involves self-development as the interfaith Launching Leaders 12-module course gives you tools that open doors to a life of fulfillment.

It does this by helping people learn universal leadership and personal development principles, while drawing on spiritual principles from within their own faith tradition.

It also does this by intentionally recruiting and bringing together people from different faiths in weekly live meetings to discuss the principles they are learning, and helping them design their interfaith action projects.


What to Expect With Launching Leaders


First Video in the First Class of the Course


What Graduates Are Saying


An Interfaith Approach and Action Tool

RFBF President Brian Grim (an active Catholic) first encountered this program in Latin America and saw its effectiveness in helping people. Even more, Grim saw that the approach would be a new way to advance religious freedom by utilizing the freedom people of faith have to do good and address some of the pressing issues of today. These issues range from poverty alleviation to countering radicalisation.

One of the first partners in the Empowerment+ initiative was Mohammed Ullah, the honorary Muslim Chaplain at Manchester University. Mohammed has been part of helping to pilot Find a Better Job. In the video below hear his reflections on the interfaith action tool of Empowerment Plus.

The Empowerment+ interfaith toolkit helps build social cohesion through facilitated interfaith groups (eliminating isolation), that provide practical results (overcoming desperation), and demonstrate acceptance (ending rejection), and model the radical spiritual power of serving others (replacing spiritual anomie with spiritual groundedness).

Indeed, the social and spiritual power of the approach is that it gives those facing challenges and problems the opportunity to constructively help others in the group process. By helping others we become more empowered, contributing members of society.

Many economic and social problems are overcome when people of different religions and beliefs work together in faith and action.

The second component of Empowerment+ is an interfaith toolkit containing several 12-unit courses. Find a Better Job (see Table of Contents).

This second component is made possible by a license granted to the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to help produce and distribute an interfaith version of a successful self-reliance and empowerment program they have successfully pioneered worldwide.

The original denominational version has already helped nearly a million of their own members in all parts of the globe move from poverty and/or economic hardship to living more spiritually and temporally empowered lives.* 

A key component of the Empowerment+ interfaith toolkit is the Interfaith My Foundation resource designed to accompany each of the content courses.

Interfaith My Foundation draws on scriptures from multiple faith traditions, including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and others to address practical — yet spiritual — issues that relate to living a more abundant life. These include the following lessons:

  • 1: The Lord Has the Power to Bless Your Life
  • 2: How to Manage Money
  • 3: Being Obedient, Do Right
  • 4: Use Time Wisely
  • 5: Work: Take Responsibility
  • 6: Solve Problems
  • 7: Become One, Serve Together
  • 8: Communication: Ask and Listen
  • 9: Show Integrity
  • 10: Be Determined
  • 11: Focus on Learning and Education
  • 12: Stay on Task, Grow Spiritually, Become Empowered.

Meet Launching Leaders Executive Director, Michael Leonard, and here comments from Bishop John Arnold, Catholic Diocese of Salford: