May 2017

Elizabeth Beck

“I love the opportunity CWLC has given me to not only grow in Christ, but also the flexibility to take courses at my own pace from the comfort of my own home. In each course I've taken from CWLC, I have come away blessed and have gleaned so much from the videos, textbook, and discussion questions that really make me stop and think. Thank you, CWLC for doing such a great job of putting together these courses!”

Why

We believe that today’s Christian women have a unique opportunity to lead this next generation of women and our nation back to God.

What

We exist to equip women to discover and develop their leadership gifts and skills so that they may serve effectively as God calls them in life, the marketplace, and the church.

Core Values

Christian

We believe Jesus Christ, God’s Son, gave His life as a sacrifice for the salvation of all people of the world, fulfilling God’s plan for the ages as revealed in the Bible, God’s Holy Word. Seeking to reflect God’s character in all we do, we believe we are called to be active participants in God’s kingdom on earth through the various roles and responsibilities entrusted to us.

CWLC Mission

CWLC Mission Christian Women’s Leadership Center exists to engage Christian women in discovering and developing their leadership gifts and skills through holistic learning experiences so they may serve effectively as God calls them in life, the marketplace, and the church.

We are an online community of Christian women who learn together through affordable, interactive, leadership courses, who share leadership information through social media, and who actively influence others to turn to God. 

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History

WMU and Samford University began the Christian Women’s Leadership Center (CWLC) in 2000 for the purpose of engaging Christian women in discovering and developing their leadership gifts and skills. Over the years, Samford has offered a minor in Christian Women’s Leadership Studies, hosted monthly CWLC luncheons, and made several attempts to build leadership training opportunities for the community at large. 

Online Community

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  • Develop your leadership skills by taking an interactive online leadership course with us.
What if I don’t finish my course?

Christian Women’s Leadership Center hopes that participants will finish each course. Once participants have paid for a course, we will make every effort to help them finish. Should a participant be unable to finish within the 4 weeks, we can extend the time for a few days. If a participant needs more time, we can reactivate the participant with the next group of cohorts at no additional cost.

How long does it take to complete the Leadership Certificate Program?

It is possible to complete all nine courses in three months by taking three courses each month; however, most participants take one course at a time and can finish within a year.

How many courses should I take at a time?

Most participants take one course at a time. While participants may take up to three courses at a time (one from each of the three categories: Leadership Formation, Leadership Skills, and Leadership Foundations), we recommend that participants take the first course by itself. This allows participants to understand the amount of time required to complete a course.

Where should I start? Is there a course I should do first?

None of the courses have pre-requisites. A participant may begin any course based on the course schedule.

Do I need to buy a course textbook?

No. While most textbooks can be bought at New Hope Publishers, a PDF file of the course textbook is embedded within each course. You will find this PDF file in the Introduction and Materials module as a resource.

Why do the courses have a start date and a stop date? Shouldn’t they be self-paced?

A goal of Christian Women’s Leadership Center is for participants to connect with one another and to learn from one another throughout each course. We pace assignments so that participants will have talking points for discussions and forums. For this reason, participants start each course together with a group of cohorts who sign up at the same time. They work through assignments and get to know one another as they discuss course topics each week.

Is there a specific time that I need to be online to do my course and to connect with other participants?

No. Participants can be online at any time of the day or night. Discussion boards and forums are open once the assignments are given but can be accessed at any time. We recommend that participants try to complete each week’s assignments within the week they are assigned in order for participants to pace themselves to complete the course on time; however, the schedule is flexible.

How much time does it take to complete each week’s assignments?

Each course is four weeks long. Most participants report that the courses takes between 3-5 hours per week. Usually, the first week takes a bit longer than the other three weeks. Some people complete the course faster and some take longer as they process the reading assignments.Each course is four weeks long. Most participants report that the courses takes between 3-5 hours per week. Usually, the first week takes a bit longer than the other three weeks. Some people complete the course faster and some take longer as they process the reading assignments.

Eleanor Terry

Dr. Eleanor Ruth Foster Terry

Dr. Terry’s earthly life ended on July 20, 1998, of complications resulting from an automobile accident on July 11 while she and her husband were attending a meeting of the Baptist World Alliance in Durban, South Africa.

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History

WMU and Samford University began the Christian Women’s Leadership Center (CWLC) in 2000 for the purpose of engaging Christian women in discovering and developing their leadership gifts and skills. Over the years, Samford has offered a minor in Christian Women’s Leadership Studies, hosted monthly CWLC luncheons, and made several attempts to build leadership training opportunities for the community at large.

Three Don’ts and One Do: Building a Foundation for Leadership

Foundations matter. When a child throws a temper tantrum we may watch in judgement, but a leader doing the same disturbs us. Whether we call them principles or foundations for leading, we expect leaders to know how to exhibit leadership traits that promote excellence.

We expect even more of Christian leaders. Yet, many have not focused on biblical and theological foundations.