MISSION, VISION AND INSTITUTES
To equip individuals for leadership and service through the development of a biblical
To become a leading voice of Christian thought that is biblical in content, transformational
in nature, universal in scope and applicable in the marketplace.
I. Biblical Worldview
At the foundation of the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership rests a commitment
to articulate a clear understanding of the biblical worldview. The Biblical Worldview
Institute hosts two conferences per year, led by CSU faculty, that demonstrate the
relevance of the biblical worldview for one’s vocation. Conferences also provide opportunities
for businesses, organizations and institutions to connect with CSU faculty, staff
II. Faith Integration
Understanding what the Bible teaches is foundational, but living out that understanding
is transformational. The world expects hypocrisy but is disarmed by men and women
who actually integrate their faith into every area of their lives how they teach,
how they learn, how they work, how they live their lives.
- CSU's faculty and staff are committed to integrating faith and a biblical worldview
into every aspect of the university, and the Whitfield Center is designed to be a
resource to support them as they become increasingly effective in accomplishing that
- The Whitfield Center is a resource to assure that every CSU student has the opportunity
to be challenged and equipped to move into the next stage of their lives as men and
women who will make an impact on their world, an impact that will reflect the image
and leadership of Jesus Christ integrated through their lives as they have experienced
it in classes, campus organizations, athletics, relationships with peers and professors.
- God has placed Charleston Southern and the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership
in Charleston at a most opportune time. The city has a significant number of Christian
leaders, especially in the marketplace and professions. Those leaders are looking
for CSU and the Whitfield Center to be a resource and equipping station as they learn
to increasingly integrate faith into an area where the characteristics of a Christian
leader, integrity, honesty, serving, prioritizing people, balance in life, etc., are
too often avoided rather than embraced.
- The Whitfield Center provides opportunities for men and women students, faculty, business
and professional leaders to engage with leaders around the world, and to become part
of all that God is doing to build His Kingdom through His Ambassadors in the marketplace.
- The Whitfield Center has developed ongoing relationships with Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries (RZIM) and the Colson Center for Worldview to support both the Worldview
and Faith Integration Institutes.
Because of its proximity to the Charleston regional business community, the Whitfield
Center for Christian Leadership is uniquely positioned to serve as a resource for
Christian leaders called to marketplace ministry. The Marketplace Institute hosts
events throughout the year that provide opportunities for collaboration and leadership
development. Partnering organizations include God in the Workplace, Lifeworks of Charleston, C12 and the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce. The Marketplace Institute
hosts an annual conference related to marketplace ministry, planned and coordinated
by CSU’s Director of Operations and the Marketplace Ministry Advisory Committee.