We are the Center for Faithful Leadership (Development)
We aren’t in the knowledge business; we’re in the development business. Our mission is to enable students to experience their faithful leadership potential by engaging them in projects that help them apply in the real world what they learn on campus.
We seek to transform students into purpose-centered and others-focused adults and prepare them for their transition out of college as faithful leaders. To put it another way, we help students enhance their personal leadership and organizational leadershipcapacities.
To develop leaders, we focus on developing students’ entrepreneurial and complementing skills, including:
To polish students’ skills, we practice in the following venues:
- Integrated Learning –Upon declaring the minor, students are assigned a coach, provided a list of mentors, and expected to mentor others. In LDRS 201, students put into practice servant leadership. In LDRS 291, students learn four perspectives on leading change; in LDRS 391 they apply those perspectives by engaging in a consulting project for a local organization. In LDRS 399, students leverage a work experience to further enhance their skills and self-knowledge. (Students also choose two courses from other disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skill in different areas.) Finally, in LDRS 401, students reflect on their CFL experiences and work with Hope’s Career Development Center to better tell their story to future employers.
- Student Consulting –Students apply to be “Consulting Associate” on our CFL Consulting Team through a rigorous interview process and, if accepted, attend “boot camp” before being assigned to a project team. Students then work with coaches and advisers on complex problems for real companies. They not only have significant impact on the community, they also learn how to network, gain practical leadership experience, and discover and polish their gifts. And students grow.
- Entrepreneurial Development –In LDRS 231: Entrepreneurial Leadership, students learn how to validate and sell business ideas. In pitch competitions, they network and have a chance to supplement their bootstrapping efforts. Given their LDRS 231 experience and track record of entrepreneurship, they may apply to be“Startup Initiator” in our CFL Incubator. If accepted, they work with coaches and subject matter experts on their own company.
- At the Edges — Think of Integrated Learning, Student Consulting, and Entrepreneurial Development as three partially overlapping circles (a Venn diagram). What happens at the edges is very exciting, from curricular problem-solving projects to curricular and co-curricular social enterprise creation.