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Section I

Mission Statement and Philosophy of Education

Key Scripture

"The Lord shall make you the head and not the tail. You shall be above only, and you shall not be underneath."

Deuteronomy 28:13

CLU's Mission Statement

It is the mission of Christian Leadership University to raise up Spirit-anointed leaders who disciple nations.

CLU Affirms the Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated in the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [universal] Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Our View of the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Spirit

We believe the Bible is the inerrant, authoritative, divinely-inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16). Even as Jesus "opened the Scriptures" to the disciples on the Emmaus road (Lk. 24:32), so today, we need the Holy Spirit to assist us by opening the Scriptures to our understanding.

Unity and Diversity

We ask for unity in the above essentials and encourage diversity in the non-essentials, which we believe includes the rest of our growing, developing theology. We honor those who disagree without becoming disagreeable.

CLU's Statement of Purpose

The purpose of Christian Leadership University is to raise up Spirit-anointed leaders who can hear the voice of God, understand the principles of the Bible, and allow the Holy Spirit to apply these principles to the various disciplines of life. We will guide our students in building a broad-based paradigm for discovering truth. They will discern their God-given motivations and giftedness, and how to allow the voice, vision, and anointing of God to flow through these motivations and gifts to disciple the areas in which they work and minister. Students will become skilled at integrating the heart and the mind.

This will contribute to fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus, to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations..." (Matt. 28:19).

If Christians do not embrace the vision of becoming godly leaders and stretching to become such, unrighteous men and women will rule in many areas of society. Society is then hurt because the wisdom, revelation, anointing, and power of God are not sought by our leaders to solve society's dilemmas. Everyone in society suffers as a consequence. However, when the righteous rule, greater opportunity is given for a godly social order.

Ultimately, each person in society must make his or her own personal decision to follow Jesus. Spiritual servant-leadership does not and cannot force Christian commitment upon individual lives, but it can nurture an environment in which godliness is enhanced. The alternative is an ungodly environment in which wickedness flourishes. We ask you to join us in choosing righteous leadership, and in becoming one of these righteous leaders.

Becoming a leader will stretch you far beyond your wildest imagination, and make you a much larger person inwardly than you ever dreamed you could become. It is often a painful, yet exhilarating, process. It involves death and resurrection in area after area of your life, as you die to your own strength and the anointing of Jesus becomes alive in you. It is a road which must be walked over an extended period of your life. Those who do not quit achieve the reward of becoming Spirit-anointed leaders who help in discipling a sphere of influence. Our commitment at CLU is to guide you along a path to such a destination.

Christian Leadership University Utilizes "The Leader's Paradigm" for Decision-making and Discovering Truth

Becoming a Spirit-anointed leader demands the integration of knowledge, wisdom, and insight, along with other godly character traits and qualities. Coming to a broad-based knowledge and integration of the truth is no easy task, as is exemplified by the thousands of denominations as well as the many other philosophies which exist in the world.

Each institution embraces its own methodology for discovering truth. Most institutions do not state this methodology in their public literature. Currently embraced methodologies include rationalism, mysticism, humanism, empiricism, hedonism, and biblicism, among others.

The more sound your paradigm for discovering truth, the more truth you have the opportunity to discover. What is your system for discerning truth? Many have not thought theirs out. Many find theirs grows and changes as they grow and change. At CLU, we teach and utilize the "Leader's Paradigm for Discovering Truth" in each of our courses and in our entire curriculum structure. It is composed of six pillars.

The wise leader looks for all six of the pillars to line up before he assumes a direction.

The wiser leader understands how his God-given giftings (e.g., intuition, analysis, etc.) influence the weight he places on each of the six pillars. For example, the more intuitive individual will lean slightly more heavily toward the intuitive aspects of the Leader's Paradigm, and the more analytical individual toward the more analytical aspects. However, he will understand the need to integrate all six pillars.

The wisest leader has a strong foundation for these six pillars. He begins with an excellent working knowledge of the Bible. His motivation in all decisions is to glorify God. He has acquired this motivation because his heart and attitudes have been purified through a lifestyle of communing with God and abiding in Christ.

Then, of course, since the Bible says that we see through a glass darkly, one still may not have complete truth. However, he is as right as he knows to be at this particular point in his life. And that is all each of us can be. This is a wide-based, Spirit-enhanced paradigm for discovering truth, much stronger than any of the individual legs could be if they stood alone. In addition, each of the individual legs is enhanced by the fact that we have added the Holy Spirit as a factor.

To use the paradigm, one must know himself, be humble, teachable, flexible, open, and changeable. "Blessed are the meek" (Matt. 5:5). There is a need to be a constant learner, to examine many different streams of thought on issues from many different perspectives. To refuse to do so condemns us to walk in ignorance and pride. This is truly one of the great misfortunes in life. We invite you to share in CLU's "Leader's Paradigm for Discovering Truth".

The Leader's Paradigm for Discovering Truth
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Pillar #

Key Verse

How Experienced

How Compared

Pillar One

Illumined Scriptures
And they said one to another, “Did not our hearts burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32 This pillar is experienced as the Holy Spirit illumines Scriptures to you — you sense them leaping off the page or just coming to your attention spontaneously. This pillar could be viewed as enhanced Biblicism; however, we go beyond studying the Bible with our intellects only, asking for the Holy Spirit to illumine Scriptures to our hearts and minds.

Pillar Two

Illumined Thoughts in One’s Mind
It seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus. Luke 1:3 NASB This pillar is experienced as the Holy Spirit guiding your reasoning process through spontaneous impressions. It is obvious that Luke’s gospel was more than simply investigative research of his own mind, as what he wrote has stood as the Word of God for 2000 years. This pillar could be viewed as enhanced rationalism; however, we go beyond simple rationalism to allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our thinking process (through combining intuition and reason) rather than guiding it ourselves.

Pillar Three

Illumined Witness in One’s Heart
And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, “Why reason ye these things in your hearts?” Mark 2:8 This pillar is experienced as an impression perceived in your spirit. Deep inner peace or unrest is often part of this experience. This pillar could be viewed as enhanced hedonism in that we are doing what “feels” good; however, in our case, we are going with the “feel” within our hearts, rather than the “feelings” of the flesh.

Pillar Four

Illumined Counsel of Others
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 This pillar is experienced as you ask your spiritual advisors to seek God for confirmation, additions, or adjustments in the guidance you sense God has given you. This pillar could be viewed as enhanced humanism, as we are receiving counsel through others; however, we go beyond people’s wisdom and ask them to impart the wisdom of God to us.

Pillar Five

Illumined Understanding of Life’s Experiences
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matthew 7:16 This pillar is experienced as you ask God to give you insight and understanding concerning the fruit life is demonstrating. God gives you revelation as to what has caused the fruit. This pillar could be viewed as enhanced empiricism, in that we are examining life carefully; however, we go beyond our own limited understanding of life and ask God to give us His understanding of what we are seeing.

Pillar Six

Illumined Revelation from God Through Dreams, Visions, Prophecy, and Journaling
“And it shall come to pass in the last days,” saith God, “I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17 This pillar is experienced as you receive direct revelation from God through dreams, visions, and journaling. Journaling is the writing out of your prayers and God’s answers. This pillar could be viewed as enhanced mysticism; however, we go beyond just “any” spirit-encounter as we pursue Holy Spirit-encounter.
The Objective: To have all six pillars in agreement before making a major decision.

CLU Utilizes the Lamad Method of Learning
Real life, biblically-grounded, revelation-based learning

Lamad Pronounciation
The Hebrew language uses one root (lamad) for the two words "to teach" and "to learn". In the Hebrew culture, the teacher has not taught unless the student has learned. All learning and teaching are ultimately to be found in the fear of the Lord. The goal of teaching is not the impartation of facts but the changing of lives. For the Hebrews, knowledge (yada) involves personal encounter and response to God's revelation. In the lamad method of learning, we are returning to the Hebraic concept of education, including this personal encounter and revelation. The classroom becomes a place of impassioned discussion and the sharing of real life experience. It is a place where we meet God and share in the life experiences of others. The classroom becomes a place where we practice truth. The classroom is not separated from life but is actually part of our lives.

Learning is to be lifelong. It is impossible to cram education into the early years of our lives. Learning, transformation, assimilation, and creativity are lifelong matters, with extended periods of time being given to first one topic and then another, until one’s giftedness has been multiplied manifold (Matt. 25:20).
The Greeks emphasized "detached information," while the Hebrews stressed "personal encounter". It was important to the Hebrews that each learner personally encounter and be transformed by what was before them. Spiritual encounter and response to the revelation of God are the central dynamic of Scripture. The classroom is life. If we offer classes, we must make sure they are life encounters in which we practice truth.
Lamad learning recognizes the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5). You will notice that all of these are heart realities. The mind is made to serve the heart. All training is to be heart focused. Mankind has been forbidden to eat from the "tree of knowledge of good and evil". Instead, we are to eat from the "Tree of Life," Jesus Christ!
Personal encounter demands a teaching style of guided self-discovery, where the student is guided in his own uncovering of the truth. Lamad learning encourages the flow of revelation within the hearts of the students. Discovery often happens best in a lively interchange within the classroom. Therefore, effective group interaction must be promoted and guided by the lamad teacher.
"Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (1 Cor. 13:13). Certain things are central to life and eternity; others are not. Anger, fear, and doubt are temporary and will be swallowed up by the realities that abide forever: faith, hope, and love. The Lamad curriculum constantly emphasizes the abiding realities, instilling them in the lives of its students.
Man is to live caught in the flow of God. This is accomplished by lifting up our eyes in worship to the King, becoming consumed by His presence. While we are in the Lord's presence, we acknowledge that we no longer live, but that Christ is our life, and the life we now live is by faith (Gal. 2:20). We live out of daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit, recognizing that everything done outside of divine flow is a dead work.


The Lamad Educational Format Offers the Following Unique Emphases:

  1. We value the principle of hiding the Word in our hearts (Ps. 119:11) so highly that we require CLU students to memorize a life-changing verse from the Bible in nearly every lesson of every course.

  2. We value the principle of acting only according to the Father’s initiative (Jn. 5:30; 8:26; 14:10) so highly that we require CLU students to hear from God personally in every lesson, and to record what He is saying to them.

  3. We value the principle of writing for ourselves a copy of Scripture (Deut. 17:18,19) so highly that we require our students to write out Scriptures in nearly every lesson.

Memorization of the Bible, hearing from the Holy Spirit and writing out Scriptures are central to CLU’s training process.

Related article: Revelation Knowledge Versus Reasoned Knowledge and the Implications for Bible Colleges


Restoring the Historical Roots of American Education

Two hundred years after the American Revolution, America is still governed by its first Constitution. We are now the longest-running constitutional republic in the history of the world. To give some perspective, France has had eight constitutions in the same 200 years. Italy has had 54 constitutions in 200 years. Why have we survived so long? It is because our founding fathers built our Constitution according to a set of ideals that are unparalleled in the history of the world.

Abraham Lincoln said, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." If our founding fathers had a successful philosophy of government, which obviously they did, then it is very fair that we look back to the classroom to see what they taught.

Harvard is the oldest ongoing university in the United States. Harvard produced a number of our founding fathers, including John Quincy Adams, John Hancock, John Adams, and Samuel Adams.

Harvard's original stated purpose for its students was: "To be plainly instructed and consider well that the main end of your life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ...." One requirement of students was that "Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be able to give an account of his proficiency therein."

Yale also produced many founding fathers, men like Noah Webster, William Samuel Johnson, Abraham Baldwin. One of Yale's requirements for its students read as follows: "Seeing that God is the giver of all wisdom, every student, besides his private and secret prayer, will be present morning and evening for public prayer."

Princeton, founded in 1746, produced people like James Madison, Benjamin Rush and John Witherspoon. John Witherspoon became an ordained minister and was president of Princeton University (1768-1776) until New Jersey sent him to Congress. During those years at Princeton, the average graduating class was between 17 and 28 students per year. In the nine years that Witherspoon taught at Princeton, the school graduated one President, one Vice President, three Supreme Court Justices, ten Cabinet members, twelve Governors, twenty-one U.S. Senators, and thirty-nine U.S. Congressmen, plus many who held state offices. A full one-third of the founding fathers were trained at Princeton University.

What was the philosophy of an institution that produced so many national leaders? Princeton's founding statement was, "Cursed is all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."

May Christian Leadership University turn out students who are ordained ministers, become presidents of universities and serve in Congress! It has been many years since we have seen this kind of vision of godly leadership within society set before us.

There are four documents which are considered the organic laws of the United States (i.e., the laws upon which all other laws are built): The Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and The Northwest Ordinance.

The Northwest Ordinance tells a territory specifically what it has to do in order to become a state in the United States. Article Three requires that no territory could become a state unless the schools in that territory were teaching religion and morality as well as knowledge. As a result, many state constitutions contain the following: "Forever in the schools of this state, religion and morality will be taught as well as knowledge." You may want to check your state constitution.

Look at Fisher Ames' philosophy of education: (He was the author of the First Amendment of the Constitution, which today is mis-interpreted to mean we must separate God and government.)

"Why, then, if these new books for children must be retained, as they will be, why should not the Bible regain the place it held as a school book? Its morals are pure. Its examples are captivating and noble. And the reverence for the sacred book that is thus early impressed lasts long and probably, if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind."

However, today under our interpretation of Fisher Ames' amendment, the Bible is not allowed to be studied in schools. The Bible will not drift to the back of the classroom at Christian Leadership University. Bible Survey is required of all our students for the first three years. The Bible will be the central Book of our university.

The freshman project of each of the founding universities in America was that the student be given a copy of the Greek New Testament and from it make a handwritten translation into English!

The standard age for entering our nation's founding universities was 13 years old! At Christian Leadership University, we have decided to restore this policy from America's heritage and allow students probationary university entrance at age 15.

Outstanding homeschool curriculum is available for parents considering teaching their children at home. A list of homeschooling resources is available at www.cwgministries.org/freebooks.

Look What Happened When God Was Removed from American Education

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In 1962, prayer was removed from American education and the following charts show what has happened to our nation as a result. (One chart is shown full size below, and there are three more that you may view individually by clicking on them at the right.)

These charts show that if God is not central to the educational process, the students self-destruct and never become leaders in their communities, nations or world, never fulfilling their destinies. Christian Leadership University ensures that biblical principles, prayer and the voice of God are central to each and every course.

The only hope of America is for Christ-centered leaders to be trained and to rise to positions of influence throughout society. Many of the signers of our Constitution were ordained ministers. Once again, ministers must take the lead in our culture. All our students will have the opportunity to be ordained and to function in their ministry/vocation as ordained ministers.

Restoring Whole-brain Learning

God has created our brains with both left and right hemispheres. Left-hemisphere brain functions include reasoning, reading, written language, number skills and spoken language. Right-hemisphere brain functions include imagination, intuition, art awareness, three-dimensional forms and music awareness.

In America today, our worship of the left hemisphere is so complete that when we graduate from high school, the left hemispheres of our brains actually weigh slightly more than the right hemispheres!

Christian Leadership University seeks to go beyond simply training the left hemisphere. We seek to offer training that involves both left- and right-hemisphere brain functions. Plus, we seek to train our students to present both hemispheres of their brains to God to fill and flow through and guide. For example, "Without a parable, Jesus taught them not" (Matt. 13:34). Parables are picture stories. They utilize the right side of the brain. The most powerful teaching comes from following the educational methodology of the world's most powerful Teacher, Jesus Christ, and learning to combine both right and left hemispheres with the anointing and flow of the Holy Spirit. That is what CLU is committed to training you to do.

A Summary of the Foundation of CLU's Educational Philosophy

Philosophically, we incorporate, add to, and expand six current philosophies of knowing in our Leader's Paradigm.

Theologically, we have moved from the Greek methodology of teaching to the Hebrew method, as we practice Lamad Learning.

Historically, we have restored the roots of American education as we require the Bible, prayer and the Cross to be the center of our educational process.

Scientifically, we have embraced the contemporary style of teaching with the ancient, as we utilize whole-brain learning rather than single-hemisphere learning.

We have chosen to honor each of the following:
  • The Bible
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The unique gifts, call and destiny of every single student.
We believe this makes Christian Leadership University unique and in a class of its own.


Our Training Objectives

In the fulfillment of its stated mission, CLU seeks to achieve the following specific objectives:


Training You to Sense God

The focus of our university program is to train you to sense the Spirit of God within your heart. Moses learned this in his burning bush experience in the wilderness. Paul learned it on the road to Damascus and in the subsequent three years in the Arabian desert. Jesus, Himself, after going to the desert, returned in the power of the Spirit and began a miracle-filled ministry. We will focus our training on releasing the revelation of God within the heart. We will use our minds and books to help us clarify, understand, and validate the revelation that is flowing within us.

Out of the heart come the issues of life. The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart, and life and death are in the power of the tongue. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you fully understand your heart, and know how to sense the movement of God within your heart.

"The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds persuasiveness to his lips." (Proverbs16:23)

Training You to Live in the Spirit

The Bible commands us to walk in the Spirit, to pray in the Spirit, and to live in the Spirit. To do this effectively, we must learn, as Jesus did, how to see vision and how to hear God's voice. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice." Therefore, the continuous training emphasis of CLU will be to bring you daily into interaction with the voice and vision of God. The course "REN103 Communion With God" will guide you in detail how to do this. You will want this to be your very first course.

Providing You with a Biblical Foundation

A thorough acquaintance with the Bible is foundational, so that God can speak to you through the Logos and so that you can test all revelation you receive against the Scriptures. At all times we will go back to Scripture in prayer, saying, "Show me, Lord, if what I have experienced is compatible or comparable to Your Holy Word." Therefore, we provide you with an extensive "Through the Bible Series" that will give you an outstanding experience with and knowledge of the Scriptures.

Training You to Eat from the Tree of Life

We have a choice when we come to learning: We can eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or we can eat from the tree of life. Both trees were present in the Garden of Eden. One was forbidden and one was allowed. We were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and encouraged to eat from the tree of life.

What is the tree of knowledge? What is the tree of life? May I suggest that the tree of knowledge is the independent use of our minds, where we try to figure out for ourselves what is good and what is evil. Even if we use the Holy Scriptures in our pursuit of this knowledge, we can still run amuck. The Pharisees did. Paul did. But then he learned that he needed the revelation of the Holy Spirit to help him interpret Scriptures, and he prayed in Ephesians 1:17,18:

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints...."

The tree of life is in our hearts. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches (Jn. 15). There is a life flow (revelation) through the Vine to our hearts which nourishes us and sustains us and allows us to bear fruit. And that fruit remains. Our program focuses on training you to eat from the Tree of Life. Because of this, our curriculum package is very unique. We believe it is important to obey the biblical injunction that forbids us to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Training You for All of Life

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" (Ps. 24:1). Therefore, we train people for all areas of life. We do not recognize a sacred/secular split. Whether your vocation/ministry is within or outside structured church positions, our training is for you. And you may find that you work both inside and outside structured church positions at the same time. Paul was a tentmaker. Jesus was a carpenter. Abraham was a wealthy businessman as well as a great spiritual and political leader. Multiplying talents under the leading of the Spirit of God is surely biblical, even commanded (Matt. 25:14-30). We need fully trained spiritual men and women serving and leading in each and every job and vocation. This is God's plan for you: to be seated with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus and rule with Him through the gifts and graces He has given to you.

Helping You Discern Your Basic Heart Motivation

We believe God has placed within each person at least one basic heart motivation which helps guide his ministry and vocational development and placement. In the course "Gifted to Succeed," you will study about these basic heart motivations and take profiles to help you discern the motivation(s) and giftedness God has placed within you. You will interact with the Dean of Students and your faculty advisor to explore and to clarify what these gifts and callings are.

Restoring the Paradigm of "Delight-centered Education"

We will help you develop a specialized training experience consisting of courses and practica built around the love and delights of your heart. We believe that if you delight yourself in the Lord and operate in the arena of your heart's desire, God will raise you into leadership and His anointing will flow. Your education will continue while you grow in leadership because you will discover more and more gifts which you must cultivate in order to take the next step in your life. As you cultivate these gifts by studying appropriate courses in conjunction with the rigors of real-life learning, you will acquire multiplied talents. They will be honed through the interaction of life's pressures, the call within you to fulfill your destiny, and the academic instruction you receive as a student.

On the other hand, when students are pushed through a program which was designed to meet the lowest common standard of the masses and which does not take into account the students' special gifts, motivations, and callings, they seldom become successful, fulfilled, anointed leaders. Instead they struggle against the God-given inclinations of their own particular life's destiny.

Using the Leader's Paradigm, each student should solidify the current call of God upon his life and intensely pursue training and experiences that prepare and equip him for the next step (or next several steps) he must take. His call and direction are likely to change as he goes through life. The Apostle Paul first served as a teacher or prophet (Acts 13:1) and later as an apostle (Gal. 1:1). Be prepared for your call to grow and change as you grow and change.

CLU encourages all students to take courses at the time they have high interest in them. When either the pressures of life or the call of your heart require that you grow in a certain area, you are most apt to integrate the truths of that area. So we encourage you to let the stimuli of life and the desires of your heart (confirmed through the six pillars of the Leader's Paradigm) lead you in your course sequence and selection.

Education Is to Serve the Student

Remember, you are not created to serve the educational system; the educational process is to serve you. Do not become confused about this. You do what releases God's anointed destiny for you.

Delight-centered education asks that you:

  1. Begin with a clear vision of what God is developing in your life (confirmed through the six pillars of the Leader's Paradigm).
  2. Pursue the fulfillment of that vision, beginning to work and gain experience in the areas set before you.
  3. Add to this formal training and education that expands your consciousness and understanding of the areas.
  4. Be constantly open to ongoing re-direction and/or confirmation, by listening to God's voice through the six pillars of the Leader's Paradigm.
This, then, becomes an example of delight-centered education. All six pillars of the Leader's Paradigm are used to guide you in the process of your educational career. This is a shift in thinking for many people. If it is for you, stop and think and pray about the ramifications that the paradigm of delight-centered education will have upon you. Let the significance of this adjustment sink deep into your consciousness so it transforms your approach to education.

You generally will not see the whole of your life's destiny until you have lived a good many years. It will be an unfolding drama and revelation. God's lamp lights the path before our feet, not the entire highway for thousands of miles to come. So begin where you are, and let the mastery of one delight after another develop you into a multi-gifted, Spirit-anointed leader in the area(s) to which God is calling you.

Use of Practica

To our academic program, we add individualized practica because we believe this is the example set by Jesus. As a child, He was apprenticed by His earthly father in carpentry. As an adult, He discipled the twelve whom He gathered around Himself. Being discipled is the fastest and surest way to develop skill in a particular area. It is also called apprenticeship, mentoring, or internship. I find that other countries use apprenticeship more than America does at this time. For example, in Switzerland about 80% of the 16- to 18-year-olds are apprenticed into the trade of their choice. They spend half the week in the classroom and half the week working in the vocational area for which they are being trained. I think it is time we return to the proven method which Jesus used. We offer a course on mentoring, which describes what it is and how it is to be worked out in practical settings. CLU requires practica throughout your college career.

Christian Leadership University espouses the non-traditional educational approach and philosophy

Differences between


Traditional Education


Non-traditional Education

1. Awards degrees on the basis of time served and credit earned.   1. Awards degrees on the basis of competencies and performance skills.
2. Bases degree requirements on the medieval formula of some generalized education and some specialized education.   2. Bases degree requirements on an agreement between the student and the faculty, aimed at helping the student achieve his or her career, personal, or professional goals.
3. Awards the degree when the student meets certain numerical requirements.
  3. Awards the degree when the student’s actual work and learning reach agreed-upon levels.
4. Considers the years from age 18 to 22 as the period when a first degree should be earned.
  4. Assumes learning desirable at any age, and that degrees should be available to people of all ages.
5. Considers the classroom as the primary source of information and the campus as the center of learning.
  5. Sees any part of the world as appropriate for some learning.
6. Believes in printed text materials as the principal learning resource.
  6. Believes the range of learning resources is limitless, from the daily newspaper to personal interviews; from videocassettes to microcomputers to world travel.
7. Faculty must have appropriate credentials and degrees.
  7. Faculty are judged on competency and personal qualities, in addition to credentials and degrees (take note: a non-traditional faculty must still be academically qualified).
8. Credits and degrees are based primarily on mastery of course content.
  8. Credits and degrees also take into consideration learning how to learn and the integration of diverse fields of knowledge.
9. Cultivates dependence on authority through prescribed curricula, required campus residence, and required classes.
  9. Cultivates self-direction and independence through planned independent study, both on and off campus.
10. Curricula are generally oriented toward traditional disciplines and well-established professions.
  10. Curricula reflect the student’s individual needs and goals and are likely to be problem-oriented, issue-oriented, and world-oriented.
11. Aims at producing “finished products” – students who are done with their education and ready for the job market.
  11. Aims at producing lifelong learners, capable of responding all through their lives to their own evolving needs and those of society.
12. To adapt the old Chinese saying, gives you a fish and feeds you for a day.
  12. Teaches you how to fish, and feeds you for life.
Rick L. Walston, Walston’s Guide to Earning Religious Degrees Non-Traditionally (Longview, WA: Persuasion Press, 1997). pp 8,9

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