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Students spend winter break developing Christian leadership, Jan. 3-9

By Lynne Bruton - director of public relations Abilene Christian University



For a group of 100 Abilene Christian University students, winter break will be spent in Colorado, earning credit hours in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The College of Business Administration is hosting its 10th annual Leadership Summit, a short course designed to help students discover their calling from God.This weeklong course, {{more}} held at Frontier Ranch, utilizes teaching sessions, films, guided periods of reflection and journaling, question and answer sessions and small group discussions to teach students about Christian leadership, especially in the world of business.”The Summit has become a favorite among students because it is a spiritual mountain-top experience that strategically integrates faith, learning and leadership development for the Christian,” said Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration at ACU and a coordinator for this event. “The paradigm of Summit is that God has called each of us to add value and provide leadership in the lives of those we love and lead.”Students also benefit from a group of Christian men and women in business leadership roles who volunteer to speak at Leadership Summit, serving as mentors and inspirational speakers. The business leaders demonstrate how competence, character, community and calling are crucial in the lives of those called to business.This year’s speakers include John Aden, senior vice president of Wal-Mart International; Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard MBA who founded and serves as executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, an organization that works for opportunities for the poor and people of color; Melinda Gales, a marketing and branding expert in the Christian music industry; Wendy and Kai Soderquist of the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics, which serves the leadership and organizational development needs of companies; Mike Haley, an author and speaker for Focus on the Family; and Carlos Sepulveda, CEO of Interstate Batteries.Participants in the Leadership Summit will earn three semester hours of upper-division college credit from ACU upon course completion.”How often do you get a chance to sit at the feet of kingdom catalysts…people that are making a difference? People that are impacting the culture around them?” said Mike Winegeart, assistant professor of management sciences and a coordinator of Leadership Summit. “When you listen to how God is at work in their lives, it inspires, challenges and transforms. That is what the Summit is about: lasting transformation.”

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