The CLC program equips students to respond to the challenges of a changing world by deepening their faith as they discern their academic and professional goals. The program prepares students to lead by Christian principles based on scripture, tradition, experience and reason.  CLC develops leaders, not only within the institution of the church, but also as successful business and community leaders.  Full-time Centenary students who enroll in CLC examine a different topic of study each academic year on a rotational basis.


Colloquium Topics

(Rotates on a 4 year cycle)

  • Christian Ethics - What's so good about being good? How do you decide when faced with moral dilemmas? Christian Ethics will lead students through difficult conversations about pressing issues.
  • Christian Reasoning - Logical reasoning for Christian beliefs
  • Christian Advocacy - How can Christians effectively advocate for social justice in an increasingly secular world?
    Experiential Leadership - Integrating face-to-face interaction with business, government and military leaders who embrace their faith with their secular careers.
  • Christian Worship - Whether as clergy or as a lay leader, the elements of Christian worship will guide students in leading components of worship from a variety of perspectives & worship styles.
  • Spiritual Practices - 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.
  • Peacemaking - How to foster peace, reconciliation and resolve conflict in a wounded world where so many are at odds with one another throughout society.
  • Spiritual Direction - Students will learn the intentional practice of guiding others on their spiritual journey by discerning God's presence and practice in their lives.


Program Components


CLC participants attend a class called Colloquium (Latin for "conversation") every Thursday evening. Each colloquium is designed to be a discussion forum for students to converse about issues affecting the church and their spiritual lives, to learn about different resources for effective ministry and spiritual growth while sharing in community, worship and fellowship.

Fall Retreat

Fall Retreat is held the first weekend after the first week of school for all CLC participants. The weekend includes a two-day seminar on the topic of study, community building, and worship. (The retreat includes good food, great outdoors and free time to enjoy building friendships). The fall retreat is a requirement for all CLC participants

Small Groups

During small group sessions (called "Temenos", Greek for Sacred Space), students engage in discussions about the class reading materials, share personal insights and questions, and reflect on the implications of their shared spiritual growth journey. Small group experiences are led by dedicated community leaders in ministry who are trained in spiritual direction and are assisted by the CLC staff.

Credo Exploration

Credo, or "I believe," Exploration challenges students to think theologically and explore their Christian beliefs in order to develop their own self-identity and to formulate a theological perspective. Students engage in two credos per semester. These meaningful Credo Exploration topics encourage students to articulate issues of spiritual formation, theology, and leadership.

Pathways to Endorsement

Through CLC's Pathways, students who successfully complete six or more semesters of CLC and who also earn academic credit or field experience in the courses outlined in Pathways will receive an Honors Certificate from Centenary's Christian Leadership Center. An Honors Certificate of Endorsement is recognized by many regional faith communities and faith-based non-profits as proof of one's readiness for lay ministry, seminary training, interfaith outreach, non-profit leadership, and/or religious affiliated educational institutions.

Request information

Express your interest and learn more about CLC by filling out the Information Request Form. A CLC staff member will contact you.

Apply to CLC

When you're ready to apply to CLC, you'll complete an application form and submit a letter of recommendation. Current students must reapply each year.

Contact Info

Christian Leadership Center

2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, LA 71104

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