Messiah University and Rising Sun Consultants partner to offer Certificate in Influential Leadership

Messiah University partners with Rising Sun Consultants to offer Certificate in Influential Leadership

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The Bridge Center for Continuing Education at Messiah University and Rising Sun Consultants have partnered to offer a non-credit bearing Certificate in Influential Leadership through the Bridge Center for Continuing Education. The Certificate in Influential Leadership has been designed from a biblical perspective for leaders who desire to have significant influence and impact in people’s lives.

Participants will engage in a series of six sessions designed to not only broaden and expand the influence leaders have but also to strengthen the positive impact through their influence. The series will explore the following: Servant Leadership; Change and Transition; Emotional Intelligence; Dealing with Difficult Conversations, Decision-Making and Delegation; and Influence, Persuasion and Trust. The sessions are intended to be interactive and engaging and will include open discussions where participants can wrestle together on how to be more influential and impactful leaders. Servant leadership is a specific style of leadership that prioritizes treating all people with respect and dignity. During this series, participants will explore a variety of perspectives on how to implement the principles and strategies of Servant Leadership to care for a diverse population in the workforce.

“Messiah is known for developing influential, high-impact servant leaders. When I ask organizational leaders how The Bridge Center may support their continuing education needs, one consistent theme has emerged: How can Messiah support their efforts in developing their employees?” said Dr. Rob Pepper, Messiah University’s executive director and assistant to the president for innovation and university partnerships.

"A servant leader's heart beats in harmony with values anchored deeply in the profound act of serving others," said Ray Chung, senior consultant of Rising Sun Consultants.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Rising Sun as they have a stellar reputation with regional business, non-profit, and ministry leaders when it comes to developing servant leaders. In fact, Rising Sun has engaged with leaders and departments at Messiah for over two decades. I am most excited that this unique cohort model will bring together leaders from a variety of backgrounds and contexts, resulting in a supportive and engaging community of learners who can learn from one another,” Pepper added.

The first session begins March 5, 2024. Learn more and register by visiting

About Messiah University

Founded in 1909 and located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences that enrolls nearly 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students. This partnership is facilitated through The Bridge Center for Continuing Education and the Office of University Partnerships at Messiah University. Learn more at

About Rising Sun Consultants

Rising Sun Consultants is a leadership and organizational consulting firm committed to the development of servant leaders, engaged employees, and healthy organizational cultures. Learn more at