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comparable academic aptitude nationally in developing

intellectual skills, including proficiency in written and oral

communication, problem solving, and clarifying values.

Graduating students should demonstrate improved

achievement and proficiency parallel to that of students of

comparable academic aptitude nationally in general

educational content areas, including functioning within

social institutions, using mathematical data, using science

and technology, and using the arts. Graduating students

should evidence commitment to the practice of lifelong


Leadership Skill Development

Principles for leadership, spiritual transformation, and

ministry formation are not found within a single discipline

or course at CIU. Leadership development for believers is

inter-disciplinary and requires balance between

knowledge, skill development, and life experiences.

All servant-leaders need to know the Lord, themselves,

and how to relate positively to others, understand and

appreciate the uniqueness of others and their cultures,

understand Scripture (including the creation mandate and

the Great Commission) understand the nature of Christ’s

Church, love one another, appreciate and steward God’s

creation, and do business ethically with others.

Leadership is expressed in multiple settings. Each

graduate will face differing leadership responsibilities in

the home, local churches, vocational settings, and the

community where the student lives. In the context of

Scripture, each servant-leader can live and lead

victoriously because “His divine power has given us

everything we need for life and godliness through our

knowledge of Him” (2 Peter 1:3). To this end, the focus of

the first two years of a student’s bachelor’s degree

program emphasizes biblical studies, general education

courses, and CSL opportunities.

CIU encourages churches to utilize students in a variety

of ways. Local churches will encourage students to

participate in evangelism-related opportunities, age-

graded discipleship and Bible teaching-related

opportunities, mission outreach, and other areas as well.

Our commitment is to encourage students to build faithful

relationships within a local body of Christ. We encourage

students to develop a long-term relationship with a church.

The second-year goal is for students to continue a

relationship within the local church and, if appropriate to

the student’s gifting and goals, allow students greater

freedom to choose a CSL opportunity within the broader


During the final two years of a bachelor’s degree program,

the focus will emphasize knowledge and practical skill

development associated with the professional major

and/or minors the student selects. This knowledge is

applied in practicum, internship, and other practical skill

development opportunities within the community. Each

servant-leader has opportunities to participate in student-

led leadership on campus and within the community,

including practical opportunities within small groups

among peers, chapel, student organizations, and local


Chapel, Conferences, and Local Church Experience

The faculty requires every undergraduate student to

regularly attend a local church. We encourage serious

commitment and involvement as a college student in

order to develop the habits and commitments necessary

to function as a servant-leader in a church setting. Local

churches provide opportunities for students to gain

leadership experience.

The faculty requires each undergraduate student to

regularly attend and participate in campus chapel.

Chapels provide opportunities for students to gain

leadership experience. Chapel attendance is a non-credit

degree requirement and is documented each semester as

a Pass or Fail.

Special conferences, prayer days, and other events are

scheduled throughout the school year to help integrate

faith and practice. These events also provide

opportunities for students to gain leadership experience.

Christian Service Learning (CSL)

Christian aspect:

Students will express their worldview

and values as a Christian serving within a local church.

The student may also serve their local church through

service in the community. Students should regularly

attend and participate with other believers within a local


Service aspect:

Students will become a servant of others.

Jesus is our role model for service. He selflessly provided

and cared for those in need without any expectation of

reward or benefit to Himself. Each student should grow in

the ability to serve 1) following the Lord’s instruction (Mark

10:35-45), 2) following our Lord’s example (John 13:1-

17), and 3) following our Lord’s attitude (Philippians 2:1-


Learning aspect:

Students will be intentional in this hands-

on approach to learning, preparing a learning contract,

practicing self-reflection, and seeking constructive advice

from others. Students should mature in their competence,

confidence, and character, expressing a commitment to

glorify God by serving God in and through the local


CSL objectives include: regularly attending and

participating in a local church, growing in the ability to

serve following the example of our Lord, and maturing in

competence, confidence, and character by serving

through the church. Students who transfer in at least 63

hours are normally exempt from CSL.