Because we were created to work and do good works…
We are a co-curricular resource for Hope students.
Our WHY is to prepare students for work by helping them discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling, and transition from college.
Our HOW is to hire students and put them on interdisciplinary teams to develop and validate ideas for themselves and for others and to engage experienced practitioners with proven track records to coach and mentor them over a period of months and even years.
God created us to work and to do good works. To work and do good works requires discerning, developing, and deploying our gifts and calling so that in whatever we do, we are light and salt in the world. Those are work experiences that matter!
Because we will all work, CFL is an effectual, inductive learning resource to all Hope students. CFL sponsors leadership courses and unique co-curricular and interdisciplinary programs, among them: CFL Consulting and CFL Incubator. Our goal is to Co-Create Faithful Leaders by co-creating work experiences that matter. Our mission is to help students prepare for work by helping them discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling, and transition from college.
Our “Why?” is to help students holistically flourish. Flourishing, work, and college experiences are related: people who are engaged in a career are 4.6x more likely to experience well-being, and people who engage their strengths are 6.0x more likely to be engaged in a career. (See below.)
Our “How?” is that we invest in students. We uniquely combine action learning with coaching and mentoring focused on knowing as we are known and students’ long-term fulfillment and well-being. With clients and community partners, we co-create work experiences that matter!
We complement Hope’s high quality liberal arts-oriented academic program by providing co-creative, community-based, effectual, impacting, inductive, inspiring, integrative, inter-disciplinary, and inter-generational work experiences.
(See Kingdom Paradigm.)
We strive to be a revolving door between the classroom and the community. We go out and the community comes in.
We begin with who we are, who we know, and what we collectively know. (Read more here.)
(See Songs Against Slavery.)
We do things to be light and salt. The hope of shalom is fundamental to our faith. This motivates us to be world-changers one relationship at a time, beginning with our students.
We start learning when we try to solve relevant real-world problems, instead of beginning with memorizing general principles and theories and abstract concepts. (Read more here.)
(See Ring Cam.)
We seek to be light and salt by seeking our holy discontent and leveraging it.
Without vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18).
We desire to be an authentic, growing community of people who help others live holistically fulfilling lives of leadership and service — to be light and salt. We want students not only to remain part of our community by becoming coaches, clients, donors, mentors, and subject matter experts, but also to help us expand our community by helping others discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling through the work we do and connections we make.
How does this feel? There are few experiences as fulfilling as seeing a person excited about who they are and what they can do.
What does this look like? Imagine filling the largest ballroom at the Amway Grand Hotel or all of 8th Street in Holland on a summer Thursday night or some other large venue to showcase and encourage young people being salt and light in whatever roles and challenges they are gifted for and called to! Or imagine CFL Consulting and CFL Incubator project leader meetings filled with CFL Consulting and CFL alums!
See our coaches:
Our metrics are authentic relationships with our alums, clients, coaches, staff, and students. We pay in meaning.
We provide students with experiences that bring together not only faith and life but work and life, because we were created to work and do good works.
We offer students from all disciplines opportunities to work on inter-disciplinary teams to help people solve relevant problems and launch ideas.
Inter-generational — coaching and mentoring!
This is the heart of what we do. We provide students with coaches and mentors to help them discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling while they are working in teams and cohorts. Why?
“The odds of thriving in all areas of well-being are 4.6x higher if [we are] engaged at work” (Gallup).
The odds of being engaged at work are…
2.6x higher if college prepared students well for life outside of college
2.2x higher if students had mentors who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams
2.0x higher if at least one professor made them excited about learning
1.9x higher if professors cared about students as people
1.8x higher if students worked on a project that took a semester or more to complete (Gallup)
CFL Consulting — Helping students help organizations test and develop their ideas. Selected students work as employees in small groups with coaches and subject matter experts for real organizations. To prepare, students enroll in LDRS 291: Becoming an Influential Leader (recommended) and LDRS 292: The Trusted Adviser (required) and, depending on their performance, are invited to continue. One result of CFL Consulting is that employers invest in our alums.
CFL Incubator — Helping students test and develop their own ideas. Selected students work as employees surrounded with coaching and mentoring for their own organizations. To prepare, students enroll in LDRS 201: Introduction to Inspirational Leadership (recommended) and LDRS 231: Leading the Start-Up Process (required) and, depending on their performance, are invited to continue. One result of CFL Incubator is that investors invest in our students.
CFL Mentoring — Helping students discern, deploy, and develop their gifts and calling offering student the opportunities to informally meet one-on-one and in small groups of students and practitioners.
We do not sponsor an academic major or minor. But we are a resource for all Hope College students regardless of major or minor. In addition to the above co-curricular work experiences, we offer the following courses:
CFL Integrated Learning — Experiential coursework and mentoring for all interested students to help them discern their gifts and calling.
LDRS 201: Introduction to Inspirational Leadership (2 credits)
LDRS 231: Leading the Start-Up Process (4 credits)
LDRS 291: Becoming an Influential Leader (2 credits)
LDRS 292: The Trusted Adviser (2 credits)
(Photo credit: Eaglecrest Alaska Missions)
For a brief history of CFL, click here.
To God be the glory!
Because we were created to work and do good works…
41 Graves Place, VanZoeren Hall 182