Program Description

The CLC program equips students to address the 21st century global challenges through their faith as they discern their academic and professional goals. Full-time Centenary students who enroll in the program examine a different topic of study each academic year on a rotational basis.

Annual Topics

  • Spiritual Disciplines (2013-14)
    Study and experience Christian practices such as prayer, meditation, reading, reflection, and service as practices to help students discern how to live simply and intentionally in an expanding and complex world.

  • Servant Leadership (2014-15)
    Explore the Christian response to issues of peace, justice, and reconciliation in an age of finite resources and a more global economy.

  • Church of the 21st Century (2015-16)
    Investigate new approaches to church leadership, worship and education with an emphasis on the use of sustainability and global society.

  • Christian Formation (2016-17)
    Examine theoretical and practical approaches to all areas of Christian formation and meaningful life development by discussing faith in relation to storytelling and narrative.

Academic and Relational Components

Fall Retreat

Fall Retreat is held the first weekend after the first week of school for all CLC participants. The weekend is comprised of a two-day seminar on the annual topic of study, community building, and worship (oh, yeah...and fun on the lake!). The Fall Retreat is a requirement for all participants.

Class

Every Thursday evening, CLC participants attend our class called Colloquium (Latin for "conversation"). Each colloquium is designed to be a forum for students to converse about issues affecting the church today, learn about different resources for effective ministry, and share as a community in worship and fellowship.

Internships

During the academic term, students spend four hours per week for ten weeks (forty hours per semester) engaged in hands-on, practical ministry. Students are assigned a mentor from a local congregation or service organization who gives direction and encouragement to the student. Together, student and mentor set learning goals, and twice a semester, student and mentor evaluate the internship experience. Mentors may view request an intern at their church or organization.

Small Groups

During these sessions, students engage in discussions about the reading materials, share personal insights and questions, and reflect on the implications of their experiences for professional ministry. Small group experiences are led by dedicated community leaders in ministry who are trained and assisted by the CLC staff.

Credo Exploration

Credo, or "I believe," Exploration enables the student to integrate academic learning and field experience into self-identity and to formulate theological perspective. Student engage in both written and oral credos and complete per semester. These meaningful Credo Exploration topics encourage students to articulate issues of spiritual formation, theology, and leadership.

Reflection Papers

CLC participants are asked to write a five-page reflection paper on a topic of the Director's choosing each semester. The paper is designed to be reflective on the annual topic of study and provide a time for the personal expression of theological thought.

Missions

We believe that meeting people where they are suffering is at the core of Jesus' teachings; therefore, we engage students in mission opportunities in several ways. Monthly mission projects are coordinated through the Mission Coordinator to involve students in community service. Many CLC internships are through service related agencies where students are involved in hands on faith in action each week. Each semester CLC partners with the Chaplain's office to coordinate two five-day mission experiences. These trips are during Centenary's Fall and Spring breaks and are open to all Centenary students.

Community Education Events

The Christian Leadership Center offers several seminars throughout the year for students and church leaders to attend. Some seminars are held in the lecture format, while others are workshops with hands-on experiences. Seminars provide training and education to current and aspiring church leaders to develop and improve the skills needed for ministry in our world today.

Christian Leadership Center Recognition

If a CLC participant completes three annual topics and demonstrates knowledge of their particular religious tradition, they will be endorsed. Endorsement has been recognized as a declaration of Christian maturity, faith development, and preparedness for Christian ministry and/or continued study.

Certificate of Completion

Each person who completes all CLC requirements for both academic semesters receives a Certificate of Completion during a special service to be held at the end of the spring semester.

Special Awards

Each year, the Christian Leadership Center honors its students and alumni with special awards. Awards are given out each spring at Honors Convocation and the Endorsement Service to recognize outstanding CLC students and alumni who have demonstrated significant ability in their ministry and ministry preparation.

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