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Charleston Southern University > Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership


Charleston Southern University has developed a leadership center to build the next generation of Christian men and women who will lead our businesses, our government, our churches and our homes from the foundation of a distinctively biblical worldview; a center that would equip Christian leaders to integrate their faith into every area of life and culture; that would reach into the marketplace locally and globally to engage and challenge men and women whom God has placed there to live out their calling as Ambassadors for Christ in the 9 to 5 Window.

At Charleston Southern University we are committed to being at the forefront of the movement to develop the next generation of Kingdom-minded leaders, and to being a world-class resource both for that next generation and for the current generation of leaders whom God has called to live out a biblical worldview wherever that call may take them.


To equip individuals for leadership and service through the development of a biblical worldview.


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 Institute

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 and students.

II. Faith Integration Institute

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. 

III. Marketplace Institute

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.