Research shows that students learn more from their peers than from anyone else. Elevate 2017 applies this principle with its unique leadership coaching model, which assembles interdisciplinary student work groups, each coached by a current Gordon College student leader. Together, each diverse group of 8 to 10 participants will develop a year-long strategy aimed at addressing a real community need.
During the weeklong institute, Elevate students will work in small groups on a handful of student-generated projects. Each group will be coached by a current Gordon student who has excelled in leadership while in college. These peer mentors will be trained to identify students' strengths and challenge them to take their leadership to the next level.
Elevate also emphasizes a broader educational goal of Gordon College: faithful leadership for the common good. Whereas power and prestige can carry negative connotations, President Lindsay’s focus in leadership studies envisions Christians stewarding power in redemptive ways that lead to the flourishing of the world around us. Elevate embodies this philosophy by rooting the educational experience in confrontation of a problem facing a local community. Students will learn to leverage their talents and influence to make a difference for those around them.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. "
—John Calvin Maxwell