This summer I had the opportunity to attend the NACCAP 2016 Conference. The theme of this conference was “Cultivating Wisdom—Bringing Life to Knowledge” and the conference was for Enrollment Management professionals. Although the conference had several dynamics to enrollment management, the challenge was to be intentional by cultivating wisdom when serving students.
While being intentional by cultivating wisdom serving students in a Christian college, we must also be intentional with one another as faculty and staff. Cultivating wisdom in the Christian workplace is essential to building relationships with the students. The faculty and staff are vital to the students’ lives while they attend the school. We must communicate with one another, trust one another, be accountable to one another, and lastly, we must speak truth to one another.
Cultivating in the dictionary is to “prepare and use for crops or gardening (till, plow, dig, hoe, farm, etc). It also denotes to “acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill). Cultivating takes action, time, and commitment in which the faculty and staff at Crossroads have been challenged to do. The mission of Crossroads Bible College is to glorify God by training Christian leaders to reach a multi-ethnic urban world for Christ. We do this in a number of ways.
God has given to each of us “everything we need for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). When a student enters the doors of the school, we should exemplify godly character, godly speech, and godly discipline in order to meet the need of the student. We have been given the power to do all of these.
“A gentle word turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1). When a student has issues of any sort, gently guide them with the words of wisdom to help teach, rebuke, correct, or train, so when they leave our presence they are better.
Challenge to Grow
We are called to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). It is our duty as Christian college faculty and staff to challenge the students to do all they can to stay in school, finish each course, and persevere through all trials.
We realize that each time a student shows interest in enrollment at our school, it’s normally a call or a desire to learn more about Christ. Once they become a student, it’s CBC’s responsibility to provide a promising Christian education for the Kingdom’s sake.
In order to succeed with this mission, the faculty and staff must cohesively work together. We must be able to reach students in the classroom, in the halls, on social media, during their times of trial, and when it seems everything is working well. We must also be able to exemplify the same with one another.
We must evaluate ourselves as faculty and staff, reflect, respond, and react to one another in ways that when students leave our school, they will know they have interacted with the extended feet and hands of Christ. They will then understand that Crossroads is not here to only help them obtain their degree, but we have been called to train Christian leaders for eternity!