What We Do

Our Vision

To increase hope and transform lives through education, collaboration, innovation, and service.

Our Mission

To foster justice, empower the poor, promote peace and care for the earth through applications of our academic and professional disciplines. 

To increase the academic and professional abilities of participants, their vocational vision for lifelong servant-leadership and their courage to act on convictions.

How We Work

Our Identity

The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research is a center for service, scholarship, and project-based learning at Messiah College that enables participants to apply academic knowledge and live out their Christian faith through imaginative, hands-on problem solving with non-profit organizations, governments, and business partners in our region and around the world.

Partners of the Collaboratory invest in the educational mission of the College through their interactions with students. Project team members produce professional and sustainable results for them by leveraging long-term partnerships and inter-generational volunteerism that enables projects to span multiple generations of students. Collaboratory projects enable students to engage classroom fundamentals in an authentic client-centered environment. Students lead and manage the Collaboratory in partnership with the educators and volunteer professionals who mentor them.

We are Christians who aspire to obey the instructions of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to love neighbors as ourselves and to share his good news in life, word, action, and deed. As God enables us to serve others today, we seek to grow as disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, serve as God's stewards over the resources of our academic disciplines, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Leadership is Influence

This involves instilling an inspiring vision, a direction, and keeping people moving in that direction together.

Disciplinary application is Taking What You Learn, and Putting it Into Practice.

This involves learning by doing.

Management is Providing Systems to Get Things Accomplished.

This involves systems and processes that help foster efficiency and effectiveness in working with others towards a common vision.

Spiritual Formation is Growing in Love, Strength, and Integrity From the Inside Out.

This involves following Jesus of Nazareth in life, word, and deed. 

We believe that all people are valued and loved by God, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or any other qualities that make all people diverse.

We follow all federal, state and local laws governing access and discrimination avoidance in the operation of our programs and services. Students attending the College and join the the Collaboratory are not required to be Christian, but all students and employees of the College and Collaboratory are expected to respect and honor the Community Covenant.

The Collaboratory engages frequently with partner staff and beneficiaries from various worldviews and faith backgrounds.  We do not demand that people hear any faith-based message or adhere to Christian principles before, during or after receiving assistance. The Collaboratory respects the worldviews, religious beliefs, and practices in the countries where we operate and seeks mutual understanding with all people.