Purpose

The Cliff Childers Christian Scholar program (CSP) provides four years of activities, retreats, academic courses and contacts to encourage the “theological exploration of vocation.” Vocation is the work and life we choose following God’s call. Discerning vocation is a lifelong adventure, and the program for CSP students is intended to encourage, motivate, and prepare students for this adventure. The program is co-directed by  Dr. Jonathan Sands Wise, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Dr. Sheila Klopfer, Associate Professor of Religion.

The Four Year Map

First Year

Cliff childers christion leadersThe first year program is an introduction to CSP and to the theme of vocation through retreats, courses, and reading.

  • CSP Directions (Required): Incoming CSP freshmen are required to sign up for one of two CSP Directions Pre-Orientation camps. CSP will partially pay for the camp.
  • CSP Fall Break Retreat (Required): CSP freshmen are required to attend the fall break retreat to Hilton Head, where they will spend time at the beach, eat good food, worship together, and reflect on vocation.
  • FDN 112 Discovering Vocation (Required): This course is offered in the spring semester and focuses on reading, discussing, and writing about vocation. (If students are unable to enroll in this course, they may choose one of two other vocational courses as upper class students – see below.)
  • CSP Freshmen Seminar (Opportunity): Students may enroll in this one-hour GSC 101 course during the fall semester of their freshmen year.
  • CSP Pizza Parties and Gatherings (Opportunity): Periodically CSP directors will notify students of a CSP fellowship or gathering.

Second Year

Fall break second yearThe second year of the program focuses on learning about vocation and reflecting on one’s call through reading, service, and travel.

  • CSP Fall Break Retreat (Opportunity):  This fall break retreat allows students to spend time at the beach, eat good food, worship together, and reflect on vocation
  • PHI 395 Seminar on Vocation or REL 357 Theology and Vocation of the Cross (Opportunity): These 3 hour courses are offered in the spring by the Philosophy and Religion departments and focus on the meaning of calling and vocation. A spring break mission trip is required in the course.
  • Spring Break Trip (Opportunity):  Students may choose from several travel options for service or mission work.
  • CSP Pizza Parties and Gatherings (Opportunity): Periodically CSP directors will notify students of a CSP fellowship or gathering.

Third Year

The third year focuses on international travel and deepening the student’s reflection on vocation. Honduras photo2

  • CSP Fall Break Retreat (Opportunity):  This fall break retreat allows students to spend time at the beach, eat good food, worship together, and reflect on vocation
  • PHI 395 Seminar on Vocation or REL 357 Theology and Vocation of the Cross (Opportunity): These 3 hour courses are offered in the spring by the Philosophy and Religion departments and focus on the meaning of calling and vocation. A spring break mission trip is required in the course.
  • International Travel (Opportunity): Students are encouraged to travel internationally for the purpose of academic study, ministry, or service activities.
  • Benediction Meal (Opportunity): Late in the spring semester, juniors and seniors will gather for a benediction meal to celebrate and share reflections on their vocational journeys.

Fourth Year

In the final year of the program students will reflect on their vocational journey and plan for continuing it after college.hilton head 2012 jumping

  • CSP Fall Break Retreat (Opportunity):  This fall break retreat allows students to spend time at the beach, eat good food, worship together, and reflect on vocation
  • PHI 395 Seminar on Vocation or REL 357 Theology and Vocation of the Cross (Opportunity): These 3 hour courses are offered in the spring by the Philosophy and Religion departments and focus on the meaning of calling and vocation. A spring break mission trip is required in the course.
  • Senior Seminar (Opportunity): This is a one-hour independent study course with a faculty mentor to bring all the pieces of vocation discernment together.
  • International Travel (Opportunity): Students are encouraged to travel internationally for the purpose of academic study, ministry, or service activities.
  • Benediction Meal (Opportunity): Late in the spring semester, juniors and seniors will gather for a benediction meal to celebrate and share reflections on their vocational journeys. Seniors will be honored as they prepare to graduate.


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