CFL Center for Faithful Leadership
Leadership Development via Consulting, Entrepreneurship, and Academic opportunities.
Hope College’s mission is to “educate students for lives of leadership and service…in the context of the historic Christian faith.” However, Max DePree, former CEO of Herman Miller and author to Leadership is an Art, Leadership Jazz, and other great leadership books, says:
“Preparation for leadership does not come from books. Books sometimes give you an insight or an outline, but real preparation consists of hard work and wandering in the desert, much feedback, much forgiveness, and the yeast of failure.”
The point is that theory and practice, books and experience, must complement each other. Therefore:
- We don’t teach leadership.
- We enable students to experience their faithful leadership potential.
Why? So that we can help students discover who they are, whose they are, what they can do, what they can't do, who they need, and what the world needs so that when students graduate, they are job-ready and already making an impact.
Our strategy, then, is to engage students in project teams, guided by coaches, subject matter experts, and mentors, to serve the community by engaging others in solving complex social and organizational problems—to the glory of God.
We do this through three primary programs:
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