MISSION - it tells us what an organization does. Sounds simple, but often times the mission is nothing more than a nice statement that no one knows, remembers, or even cares about. More often, even when people know it, they seldom live it out.
I am proud to announce that Concordia University Texas lives out its mission of developing Christian leaders. I had the chance on Saturday, February 28, 2009, to witness this happening in three different venues:
1. Four of our students were at the Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference hosted by the UT Center for Ethical Leadership in the LBJ School of Public Affairs. They heard great speakers, did some self-reflection, worked in teams, and palnned for their own leadership development. Concordia made it possible for these four students to attend this great conference and develop as Christian leaders.
2. I watched the Concordia baseball team win yet another game. As I was talking with our athletic director, we both commented that our coach, Mike Gardner, is a class act that cares more about student development than winning (and by the way, he also does win). It struck me that as these young men learn about baseball, they are also developing into Christian leaders.
3. CTX's music department hosted a one-day conference on contemporary worship on Saturday. I sat in on a couple of sessions, and they were crowded with students and other adults from the community (and even from as far away as Dallas). The thought struck me that through this event, Concordia was - you guessed it - developing Christian leaders (both its students and others from the community).
So how cool is all of that? That's one day - a weekend day at that. Imagine what happens at Concordia in a week's time? We really do live out our mission...because we do what we say we do!