The Center: Inputs, Outputs, and Impact
Inputs: what is produced by the resources that go into our programs
- Experiences – We will come along side and encourage students to separate themselves from the familiar, “stretching” them into a faithful servant leadership experience. These experiences will involve working with and through others and leading and following those in the community. (The community will not only serve us as advisers and as part of the educational process, we will serve the community by working along side of community members to address needs and solve complex problems.
- Coaching – We will engage students to assess emotional, social, and cultural-intelligence skills; learn how to be vulnerable and give and receive feedback; build teams and develop others; think critically, communicate (listen, present visually, write, speak), discern gifts, challenge others to excel; and integrate “voice” and “touch” (Max DePree).
- Mentoring – We will help students see that life is a series of transitions, and we will assist them through the transition from college life to life beyond college by helping them reflect on their current and past experiences.
In summary, our resources are used to create complementary (to academics and scholarship) and exceptional “team and project-based learning+” experiences involving objective coaches, mentors, and experts from the community. We create those team and project-based learning experiences in our primary programs: Integrated Learning, Student Consulting, Entrepreneurial Development.
Guiding Values: Guideposts that help us decide what to do or what not to do with our resources.
- Applied and Consequential – to engage in real challenges with real clients.
- Community-focused — to learn by serving and serve by learning with others.
- Entrepreneurial — to be innovative, seeking to be more efficient and effective with what God has graciously given us.
- Integrative and Interdisciplinary — to involve students from multiple disciplines and perspectives and to connect theory and practice and faith and action.
- Transformational and Transitional — to help people lead extraordinary God-centered lives.
Outputs: what is produced by the experiences created by our programs (adapted from Robert Quinn’s Building the Bridge As You Walk Across It) — a set of behaviors.
- Adaptive Confidence – Our goal is for CFL alums to be “adaptable and flexible while being confident and secure,” willing to enter uncertain situations because of a higher purpose and a confidence that we can learn and adapt as we move forward.
- Appreciative Inquiry – Our goal is for CFL alums to be “optimistic and constructive while also being realistic and questioning,” seeing the good and the possible in others an in the world.
- Authentic Engagement – Our goal is for CFL alums to be“principled and ethical while involved and engaged,” being in the world, devoted, with a sense of calling and purpose.
- Detached Interdependence – Our goal is for CFL alums to “combine independence and strength with humility and openness,” becoming both effective team members and a change agents.
- Grounded Vision – Our goal is for CFL alums to be “grounded and factual while also hopeful and visionary,” having a vision that engages others that connects our realities and our hopes, a vision of significance — grounded in the anchor of our hope: God promises to us.
- Reflective Action – Our goal is for CFL alums to be “spend time in reflect contemplation” while being “deeply engaged in the world,” in meditation and prayer with God.
- Tough Love – Our goal is for CFL alums to be “assertive and bold yet compassionate and concerned,” able to “call others to higher objectives and standards while also showing empathetic, relational support” — holding themselves and others accountable.
In summary, our programs result in students experiencing the “fundamental state of leadership” — others-focused, purpose-centered, internally-directed, externally-open — and their faithful leadership potential to the glory of God.
Impact: what long-term changes result from of our program
- With God’s help, lives of leadership and service…to God’s glory.
- With God’s help, a moment of participation in God’s “divine nature” (I Peter 2:4).
- With God’s help, a significant contribution to God’s coming kingdom of “shalom,” a state in which all people flourish. That is our ultimate vision!