At Messiah University, students have unique opportunities not only to serve in leadership positions, but to also receive leadership development as they grow in Christian character, clarify their callingand cultivate the competenciesnecessary to be faithful leaders in church and society. Getting involved in a leadership role in one or more of the many student-run organizations or as a Resident Assistant (RA) through the Office of Residence Life is the best way to experience this intentional development.
Our Leadership Development Model
We are committed to preparing students for Christ-like leadership. This type of leadership—best defined as benevolent, mission-minded, purposeful influence—includes service, as we seek to care for others as Jesus cares for us. We are to share ourselves as Jesus shared Himself. We are to lead others with compassion, respect and love as Jesus, by example, leads us. As such, our leadership development model focuses on three particular dimensions—character, calling and competencies.
Three Dimensions of Leadership Development
Character (“Who Am I?”)
We desire to develop students who believe that lasting positive influence depends on the kind of person they are becoming. The goal of character development is to shape the intention of the heart and mind and for students to become like Christ in their actions.
Calling (“Where Am I Going?”)
We desire for all Messiah students to have a vision and passion for the practice of Christ-like leadership. Central to understanding leadership as calling is the belief that Christ-like leadership is possible for ordinary human beings through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Competencies (“How Do I Get There?”)
We intend to develop students who will successfully lead in a complex global world. Leadership competencies are knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics that are observable and measurable. Leadership competencies are not all-inclusive or job or task specific, but rather they are more general and transcend context and role.