Leadership Programs serves to train and equip student leaders to effectively use their talents, gifts, and abilities to serve in the Kingdom of God. This program emphasizes whole-person education, Christ centered leadership, and expansion of a student’s global perspective. Leadership Programs is directed by Cathy Weatherspoon who works with a student Leadership Cabinet to plan and coordinate various events and opportunities for students to develop and flourish as servant leaders.
The opportunities sponsored by Leadership Programs include the following:
- Pursuit Lecture Series – The Pursuit Lecture Series provides students with an opportunity to engage with leaders serving in the Kingdom. Speakers include Taylor community members and many others from around the globe.
- Dinner with the Habeckers – Every month Community Life Scholars get an opportunity to have dinner and explore leadership principles found in Scripture with President Habecker and his wife MaryLou.
- National Student Leadership Conference – The conference is the largest event Leadership Programs sponsors. Leaders from around the nation and globe gather at Taylor University to share their wisdom and insights with student leaders. This conference, typically held early Spring semester, is open to not only the entire Taylor community, but any other college that wishes to discover what it means to be a Christian leader and serve the world.
- ICHTHUS Mentoring Program - This mentoring program provides Community Life Scholars with the opportunity to explore what leadership looks like in the context of community. Scholars are mentored in clusters based on their residence life location, and then those groups are matched with one experienced adult affiliated with Taylor.
- Beyond the Wal-Mart Run - Incoming freshman scholars get the unique opportunity to experience the neighboring city of Marion and discover the history, story, and needs of the community they will be part of for the next four years.
- Leadership Networking Night - At the end of every fall semester, Leadership Programs sponsors an event where students interested in leadership positions can connect with current student leaders and supervisors. This evening gives students a chance to discover all the ways to serve the Taylor community in a leadership capacity.
- Reframing Leadership (IAS-252) - This class, offered every J-term and Spring semester, is designed to engage students in personal exploration of these questions along the themes of Congruence, Power, Imagination, Hospitality, Failure, and Self-Awareness. Students explore each of these themes through reading, seminars, reflection, discussion in small groups, and assignments.