Grounding. Experiences. Tools.
Student-focued. Community-engaged. Consequential.
CFL's Mission is engage students in integrated, transformational, and transitional learning to provide them with the grounding, experiences, and tools they need to live lives of leadership and service to the glory of God.
- Integrated: connecting with others from across disciplines, faith and work, theory and practice, community and college.
- Grounding: understanding whose we are, created in the image of God, who prepared for us in advance good works to do (Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:10).
- Experience: learning by doing.
- Tools: gaining experience in listening, interviewing, learning, presenting, writing, critical thinking, problem-solving, knowing oneself and empathizing with others (emotional and social intelligence).
- Transformational: being engaged in challenging, reflecting, and coaching experience to gain a deeper sense of who we are and what we can do.
- Transitional: moving, in the hope of God's promises "as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure" (Hebrews 6:19) beyond college to the world.
CFL’s Vision is to become the recognized leader in student-focused, community-engaged, consequential learning--not because of what we say, but because of what our students do.
- Student-focused: All we do is directed toward creating experiential leadership opportunities.
- Community-engaged: In all we do, we seek to learn from our community: they come in and we go out.
- Consequential: We believe the word "academic" has negative connotations. We give our students the opportunity to impact lives in a positive way as a way to realize their potential.
- Faithful: Responding to God's invitation to love Him and our neighbor as ourselves and "make all things new" for His glory.
- Challenging: Polishing students' emotional/social intelligence, critical thinking/problem-solving, innovation, and servant leadership gifts.
- Holistic: Integrating theory and practice, faith and leadership, college and community, calling and career.
- Interdisciplinary: Welcoming students from all academic programs and age levels to work together.
- Relational: Networking and building relationships with faculty, staff, peers, and practitioners from around the world.
Opportunities for Learning and Experience:
Results and Assessment:
"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." -- Max DePree