We will make our University a destination of first choice for an increasing number of students from around the state, from across the region, and beyond.
We will intensify our efforts to promote the church-matching and
ministers’ dependent scholarships as well as the Christian Service Organization
by creating opportunities for the President and strategic employees to visit with
pastors and youth ministers and by sending related recruitment materials with
FOCUS and mission teams.
We will measure increases in support for Christian Service Organization scholarships and in the recruitment yield from church matching and ministers’ dependent scholarships.
We will annually track the President’s visits with pastors and
youth ministers and the number of FOCUS and mission teams sent out.
We will attract and retain students through the expansion and
strengthening of local, regional, national and international mission opportunities.
We will measure the percentage of GWU students who
participate annually in mission opportunities.
We will increase and diversify the sources of revenue needed to sustain the growth and strengthening of our vibrant, comprehensive University.
We will collaborate with the Advancement team to increase
endowment opportunities and secure private grant and individual donor funding
that will support Christian programming, especially as it relates to the Dimensions
program, University lecture series, and the mission endowment.
We will measure the number of proposals submitted, the
number of awards received, and the total dollars granted and/or added to
Gardner-Webb University is a private university with a very public
mission. We will increase our positive impact in the broader community and in the
region by partnering with those who share our interest in improving the quality of life
in Cleveland County and beyond.
We will grow participation in community partnerships with the
Shelby Mission Camp, Rutherford Housing Project, Cleveland County Schools,
and/or local churches.
We will measure the increase in the annual number of
engagements with community partners and the number of students
We will develop a new community partnership with Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church’s Community Life Center aimed at improving the lives of people in
Shelby and Cleveland County.
We will document our progress in establishing this partnership
and measure the annual number of engagements and the number of
We will increase our community engagement efforts in
We will document annual increases in the number of
community engagement events in regional markets.
We will achieve and sustain a reputation as North Carolina’s leader in
Christian higher education.
We will increase the frequency of programming (especially on
Sundays) in one of our University’s greatest structural assets, Dover Chapel.
We will document efforts by the Office of Christian Life and
Service, the School of Divinity, the Department of Religious Studies and
Philosophy, the Music Department, etc. to support initiatives to increase
the frequency of programming in Dover Chapel.
We will document annual increases in the number of events
hosted at Dover Chapel and in attendance, making special note of worship
events held on Sundays.
We will establish and underwrite a major new “Religion and Culture”
public lecture series that attracts scholars, theologians, and the general public to
engage in dialogue about timely topics.
The President’s Council on Christian Mission and Identity will
evaluate the Mary Washburn Wilson Lecture Series in collaboration with
the School of Divinity and recommend either aligning this objective within
the existing lecture series or developing the framework for a new “Religion
and Culture” public lecture in preparation for a successful launch once
We will commit to making University-produced Christian content as
a resource for all Gardner-Webb University students (including DCP and
Graduate students) via learning management systems. Components of this
content might also be included as part of the Office of Christian Life and Service
web page for external audiences to access.
We will identify content (i.e. Monday Morning Devotionals,
Advent Devotionals, etc.) and monitor the posting of content to learning
management systems and the Office of Christian Life and Service
We will increase the foot traffic of ministerial and lay leaders at
Gardner-Webb University through events such as established lecture series
(i.e. C.O. And Eliza Greene Lectures, Mary Washburn Wilson Lectures), the
annual Winter Bible Study Preview, the Pastor’s School, the Community Prayer
Gathering, GWU Youth Days, and the University’s partnership with the Center
for Healthy Churches.
We will measure increases in the attendance at events which
attract the participation of ministerial and lay leaders.
We will support the University’s Christ-centered focus by
recommending a weekly verse of Scripture or inspirational quote, utilizing digital
signage/TV monitors on campus.
We will document the 52 verses/quotes chosen, designate
one for each week, and evaluate annually.