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CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE OVERVIEW

The Center for Leadership and Service advances the formation of pastors and Christian faith leaders for ministries of Word and witness through

  • a rigorous, non-traditional cohort-based, 5-year accelerated dual degree program in Judeo Christian Heritage/ Theology (B.A.) and Business Leadership (M.S.);
  • one-on-one mentoring from Pastors and Christian faith leaders;
  • two 135-hour field work studies;
  • a 270-hour professional internship;
  • and weekly seminars with Center for Leadership and Service cohort.

Enrolled students are required to:

  • maintain at least a 3.0 GPA;
  • be an active member of a church throughout their formation process;
  • embody the mission, vision and values of the Center for Leadership and Service and Concordia College New York;
  • successfully complete field work and internship assignments;
  • meet regularly (once a month) with their mentor and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Service to discuss personal goals, achievements and growing edges;
  • submit quarterly progress reports to the Director of the Center for Leadership and Service;
  • attend Center for Leadership and Service monthly meetings with their cohort;
  • plan and lead Morning Reflection once a semester (Fall and Spring);
  • and be an active member of Concordia’s spiritual life community.

MISSION

Concordia College New York’s Center for Leadership and Service reinforces the formation of identity, leadership, integrity and collaboration, to form pastors and Christian leaders for ministries of Word and witness so that the whole people of God experience the grace of the Gospel. 

VALUES

Christian Identity | We are anchored in a living Lutheran heritage as we strive to follow Jesus Christ. We express this identity with an ethics-infused curriculum and a faith-informed community life.

Vocation | We reinforce the formation of identity, leadership, integrity, and collaboration so that students, faculty, staff, and alumni may realize God’s calling in every life they touch.

Mutuality | We stand in solidarity with the whole people of God, for in ministry we receive more than we give, learn more than we teach and see the face of God in every person we serve.

Service | We believe that all are created in the image of God. Living through the example of Jesus, we are called to advocate for individuals living on the margins, expose economic and social injustice and oppression, and recall the Church to do the same.

Field work is intended to give students the opportunity to “try on” a ministry identity, to work with people one-on-one and in groups, to lead devotions or worship, and to explore new aspects of Word and Witness ministry.  Students are required to complete two 120-hour field work assignments. One field work experience must be in a church setting. The second experience can include work in prison ministry, chaplaincy, or a Christian-based non-profit. Students may identify their own field work settings, or Concordia College New York may assign an appropriate site. All field work settings must be approved by the Director of Center for Leadership and Service. An agreement and application will be completed by the field work supervisor and the student, and submitted to the Director of the Center for Leadership and Service for approval. Field work hours will not begin until the agreement and application have been approved by the Center for Leadership and Service and Concordia College New York.

 SUPERVISION

  • Supervision will be provided by a professional onsite.
  • Supervisor helps field work students set goals, plan and evaluate student work, and reflect on student’s understanding of field work as Word and Witness ministry.
  • The Supervisor will provide evaluations and feedback to both the field work student and Director of Center for Leadership and Service through midway and final reports.

REPORTS

The supervisor will complete three reports:

  • Within the first two months of start date, to include goals and general direction of the field work;
  • Mid-way;
  • Prior to completion.

It is the responsibility of the field work student to provide the supervisor with the appropriate forms and then make sure they get turned in to the Director of Center for Leadership and Service and Concordia College.

In addition to supervisor reports, students are required to complete the following reports and papers in order to meet internship requirements:

  • Application
  • Initial report, within first two months of start dates, to reflect on goals, direction of field work, and how field work relates to Word and Witness ministry
  • Mid-way report
  • Final report and paper

Internship is an opportunity for the Center for Leadership and Service student to integrate academic learning and experience with needs and expectations in a ministry setting. The intern is there to learn and serve, seen both as a student and as someone engaging in Word and witness ministry. Internship is an opportunity to test out new avenues of ministry or to refine skills already present. Internship begins in the student’s senior year of undergrad at Concordia College New York. Students may identify their own internship settings, or Concordia College New York may assign an appropriate site. All intern settings must be approved by the Director of Center for Leadership and Service. An intern agreement and application will be completed by the internship supervisor, the intern, and submitted to the Director of the Center for Leadership and Service for approval. Internship hours will not begin until the agreement and application have been approved by the Center for Leadership and Service and Concordia College New York.

 

SUPERVISON

The internship site will provide supervision, training, and evaluations.  

  • Intern and supervisor meet for at least one hour on a regular basis.
  • Both take responsibility for the meeting. Both will bring items for discussion.
  • Meeting time is protected (free of interruptions, barring a true emergency).
  • Supervisor helps the intern set goals for work/ministry and personal growth.
  • Supervisor offers appropriate feedback.

REPORTS

The supervisor will complete three reports:

  • Within the first two months of start date, to include goals and general direction of the internship;
  • Mid-way
  • Prior to completion.

It is the responsibility of the intern to provide the supervisor with the appropriate forms and then make sure they get turned in to the Director of Center for Leadership and Service and Concordia College.

 

In addition to supervisor reports, students are required to complete the following reports and papers in order to meet internship requirements:

  • Application
  • Initial report, within first two months of start dates, to reflect on goals, direction of internship, and how internship relates to Word and witness ministry
  • Mid-way report
  • Final report and paper

In addition to academic student outcomes, students in the Center for Leadership and Service will be assessed on the following:

 

VOCATION

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Basic work skills | Able to handle responsibilities as assigned

 

a.      practices flexibility and patience

 

b.     able to make (or work toward) improvements as suggested

 

c.      self-motivated

 

d.     shows initiative

 

e.     accountable to person(s) and structure of the work/ministry context

2.

Professional skills | Can access, evaluate, and use resources

 

a.      makes effective use of supervision

 

b.     provides leadership

 

c.      communicates effectively

 

d.     builds a professional resume

3.

Personal growth | Open to personal growth

 

a.      aware of how personal qualities affect functioning at work;

 

b.     manages time appropriately

4.

Working with others | shows respect toward co-workers and people being served

 

a.      shows basic working knowledge for pastoral service to others (shows consideration for the social environment, gender, age, race, and abilities of people being served); shows awareness of human behavior differences

 

b.     respects the gifts and talents of others; practices team work

 

c.      understands mutuality in ministry (shares ministry with and receives ministry from others; open to learning from those served)

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Cultural understanding | adapts leadership for individuals from various cultures

 

a.      demonstrates an awareness of cultural difference; awareness that there are cultural differences and what they mean for human interaction

 

b.     understand differences in meanings in various cultures

 

c.      awareness of the basics of what it means to be a minority/majority

WORK/MINISTRY

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Work and Ministry attitudes | Expresses a sense of God’s call to their work and ministry

 

a.      values those who are marginalized in church and society

 

b.     open to self-understanding and personal growth

 

c.      demonstrates Christian ethics in work and lifestyle

 

d.     respects the gifts and talents of others; practices team work

 

e.     maintains compassion within their professionalism

2.

Work and Ministry knowledge | Has basic knowledge of pastoral and ministership

 

a.      shows understanding of human behavior and diversity (gender, age, race, abilities)

 

b.     shows understanding of theology about ministry, pastoral care, human injustice or suffering and healing

 

c.      able to access, evaluate, and use resources

3.

Work and Ministry skills | demonstrates skills necessary for ministries of Word and witness

 

a.      has skills and options for many types of Word and witness ministries; comfortable and confident in seeking employment.

 

b.     can lead a Bible study, groups or committees

 

c.      can work with people one-on-one

FAITH/SPIRITUALITY

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Faith connection and theology skills | lives out faith and theology in work setting

 

a.      practices basic pastoral care of listening and responding; can articulate biblical or theological principles to daily life and ministry setting; uses faith to strengthen self and others

 

b.     able to proclaim the Gospel through devotions, homilies and sermons, worship, prayer etc.

 

c.      demonstrates the ability to provide leadership in worship; has practice developing or leading devotions; able to support the faith of others in a variety of settings

 

d.     has the ability to teach and lead in theological education or Bible study; preach the Gospel; able to write or develop devotional materials

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Public ministry, theology knowledge and attitudes | uses theological knowledge in ministries of Word and witness

 

a.      exhibits basic knowledge of Scripture

 

b.     open to other faith traditions by respecting differences and similarities; willing to learn from other traditions; values and respects the integrity of other faith traditions

 

c.      able to articulate theology; shows an ability to teach Christian doctrine; works well in ecumenical settings

 

d.     exhibits awareness of church polity, structure and leadership

APPLICATION

In order to apply for the Center for Leadership and Service, a student must be an admitted Concordia student majoring in Judeo Christian Heritage with the intent to pursue a Master of Science in Business Leadership at Concordia College New York, and submit the following materials in their application to the Center for Leadership and Service:

  • Center for Leadership and Service application and application essays;
  • Provide four references, including a reference from your pastors
  • copies of official transcripts and standardized test scores;
  • a sample of work (academic, creative or service) that shows you at your best; pick something you are proud of!

Program Application

Download the program application.

Pastoral Sponsor

Download the reference form for your Pastoral Reference.

Ministry Sponsor

Download the reference form for your Ministry Reference.

General Reference

Download the reference form to send to someone who knows you well. (You need two of these.)

APPLICATION DEADLINES

SPRING 2020 |      April 3 | June 5 | August 7

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