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

Annual Topics, 2016-2020

Christian Formation (2016-2017)

Examine theoretical and practical approaches to all areas of Christian formation and meaningful life development by discussing faith in relation to storytelling and narrative.

Spiritual Disciplines (2017-2018)

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 (2018-2019)

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 (2019-2020)

Investigate new approaches to church leadership, worship, and education with an emphasis on the use of sustainability and global society.

Program Components

Class

CLC participants attend a class called Colloquium (Latin for "conversation") every Thursday evening. Each colloquium is designed to be a forum for students to converse about issues affecting the church today, to learn about different resources for effective ministry, and to share as a community in 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 annual topic of study, community building, and worship. (Oh, yeah....and fun on the lake!). The fall retreat is a requirement for all CLC participants.

Internships

During the academic term, students spend four hours per week for ten weeks (40 hours per semester) engaged in hands-on, practical ministry. Students are assigned a mentor from a local congregation or service organization who provides direction and encouragement. The student and mentor set learning goals and evaluate the internship experience twice a semester.

Small Groups

During small group sessions, students engage in discussions about the class 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. Students engage in both written and oral credos and complete one per semester. These meaningful Credo Exploration topics encourage students to articulate issues of spiritual formation, theology, and leadership.

Reflection papers

CLC participants write a five-page reflection paper each semester. The paper is designed to reflect 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, so we engage students in mission opportunities in several ways. Monthly mission projects help involve students in community service, and many CLC internships are with 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.

CLC Recognition

endorsement

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

Special Awards

CLC honors its students and alumni with special awards each year. 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.

Community Events

CLC offers several seminars throughout the year for students and church leaders, both in lecture and workshop format.

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