At Milligan we talk a lot about servant leadership and helping our students determine their vocational calling. It is part of our mission and vision. It drives everything we do. At Milligan when we speak of vocation (which comes from the Latin root meaning “to call”), we point to the One who called us. We seek to find our place as a servant doing His work. Our goal at Milligan is to help students explore their vocational choices from the perspective of a calling to ministry. This is built on a strong academic curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and a Christian worldview.
Our Institute for Servant Leadership, directed by Beth Anderson, serves to encourage and champion the college’s mission of servant leadership throughout the college’s activities — both in and out of the classroom. Everything we do at Milligan is designed to encourage students to reflect on how their faith is related to their career choices and what it means to be “called” to lives of service.
Whether it’s teaching, inventing, or writing, God has a vision for each student’s life. And Milligan College is committed to helping students explore and develop their gifts and talents in order to fulfill that vision. We call it the Servant-Leader Experience, and it drives everything we do.
Freshman Experience – Seeking God’s call
For traditional undergraduate students, the first year of college is typically a time to explore the world around them and consider what their role is. In Milligan’s Introduction to College & Calling class, new students participate in small group discussion about vocation and service. The class offers a personality assessment and gift inventory to help students further determine where their talents and skills may be leading them. Students also explore some of these issues in your core classes, such as Bible and Humanities, which emphasize the Christian faith and explore the concepts of vocation and calling. And throughout the year, student mentors are there to provide encouragement and guidance as the students move forward in their academic studies.
Sophomore Experience – Answering the call
Declaring a major is a critical turning point in the life of a college student and usually happens by the end of the sophomore year. Milligan encourages students to focus specifically on vocational discernment during this time, with a special sophomore summit, special class nights, and residence life and spiritual life programs focusing on “answering the call.” The sophomore summit is a pinnacle opportunity for students to reflect on experiences in the College & Calling, Bible and Humanities courses. Students are encouraged to review their assessment inventories and possible professions, as well as voluntary service opportunities.
Junior Experience – Changing lives
As individuals develop an understanding of their calling to servant leadership, they move from an inward focus of personal discernment to an external view of how to impact the world. At Milligan, we think it’s important for students to be engaged in service alongside fellow students, faculty and staff members. If students are to come to see a life of service as an expression of their love of God and neighbor, we believe they need to see this modeled outside the classroom. A special junior service project in the community will challenge students to put their faith in action and develop a passion for mission, ministry and service.
Senior Experience – Shaping culture
The senior year at Milligan includes the college’s unique capstone course, Christ & Culture. This course examines how contemporary Western culture shapes how Christians understand and embody their faith and how they might respond to these challenges. A new senior forum on Christ and Culture will be an important extension of this course and help seniors examine their faith perspectives in light of the challenges of modern societal expectations and cultural trends.