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Mission Statement and Philosophy of Education
"The Lord shall make you the head and not the tail. You shall be above only, and you shall not be underneath."
CLU's Mission StatementIt is the mission of Christian Leadership University to raise up Spirit-anointed leaders who disciple nations.
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 SpiritWe 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 DiversityWe 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 PurposeThe 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
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
The Lamad Educational Format Offers the Following Unique Emphases:
Memorization of the Bible, hearing from the Holy Spirit and writing
out Scriptures are central to CLU’s training process.
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
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 LearningGod 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.
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:
In the fulfillment of its stated mission, CLU seeks to achieve the following specific objectives:
Training You to Sense GodThe 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.
Training You to Live in the SpiritThe 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 FoundationA 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 LifeWe 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:
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 MotivationWe 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.
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 StudentRemember, 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:
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 PracticaTo 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.
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