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The Christian Leadership Certificate Program captures the Wisconsin Lutheran College mission of preparing students for lives of Christian Leadership. Questions? Contact Jeremy Bock, Executive Director of the Center for Christian Leadership, at 414.443.8935 or by email.
We want to celebrate what WLC students are doing with leadership while helping them take the next step with their skills. We celebrate academic excellence with honors, we celebrate athletic excellence with awards, and we want to celebrate leadership excellence
with this certificate. The program is an exciting opportunity for students to develop and strengthen their leadership skills. It also provides students with tangible evidence of their leadership experiences to use out in the world.
The Christian Leadership Certificate Program consists of five activity areas: Academic, Leadership Learning, Commitment to Service, Mentorship, and Independent Leadership Initiatives. Each activity area has its own requirements as detailed below.
Two courses from WLC's academic catalog are required. For each course, students will submit a one-page reflective essay OR approved creative project demonstrating how their perspective on leadership has been impacted by the course's curriculum and assignments.
(10 hours/year minimum; total of 30 hours for certification)
* Hours must be logged in the Leadership Portfolio within seven days of the date of completion of the workshop, seminar, etc.
(20 hours/year minimum; total of 60 hours for certification)
Jesus was the consummate example of the "Servant Leader." Jesus' words to his disciples give us a clear picture of this teaching: "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." - Mark 10:45
An integral component of Christian leadership is service to others. In this activity area, students are asked to put those ideals into practice. Students will be required to complete service opportunities both on and off campus.
Examples of service opportunities students could take part in are available in the Commitment to Service Ideas. Students who participate in other service opportunities need to get approval from the Certificate Coordinator.
* A maximum of 20 hours of service may take place on campus.
** 10 hours of off-campus service must be dedicated to serving a church or Christian organization.
*** Hours of service are exclusive of activities that fulfill other requirements for certification.
Mentors are experienced people who provide information, advice, support, and encouragement to less experienced people, often leading and guiding by example.
Students will select a mentor from outside the Wisconsin Lutheran College community, whom they identify as a leader, and cultivate a relationship with this individual throughout their college career. Students will include a reflective essay on the lessons learned from their mentor, and how they plan to apply these lessons in their lives as Christian leaders. Contact the Certficate Coordinator for a current list of available mentors.
Students are required to complete two Leadership Initiatives. One initiative should be done individually and the other in a team format of two to three students. To successfully complete each Independent Leadership Initiative, a student must:
Each Leadership Initiative requires documentation of the effectiveness of the initiative according to the categories listed above and reflection on the process. The student will use a variety of media (photos, video, website, etc.) to present the results of one of the initiatives to a campus/community group.
* A minimum of one Leadership Initiative must address an off-campus problem or need.
As students complete the different activity areas, they will update their Christian Leadership Development Portfolio (CLDP) and continue to build it throughout program.
Upon completion of the program, students will submit their updated CLDP, write a brief reflective essay, submit three letters of recommendation, and complete a final portfolio presentation.
Once the final stages of program are completed and approved by the Leadership Committee, students will be recognized for all of their leadership work by being presented with their Certificate in Christian Leadership.
The application deadline is March 26 of a student's freshman year. Accepted applicants will be granted provisional enrollment that is contingent on the applicant completing 30 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and completing one semester of study at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The non-credit certificate program consists of a minimum of five semesters beginning in the fall of the applicant's sophomore year.
Students must also be held to the highest standard of behavior and exhibit strong Christian character. Final acceptance to the Christian Leadership Certificate Program will be granted by the Executive Director of the Center for Christian Leadership. After acceptance, any violations of the WLC Code of Conduct could result in removal from program.