Welcome to Impact 360 Masters

On behalf of the entire team here at Impact 360 Institute, I want to welcome you to the Impact 360 Masters page. Our goal in this program is to equip young professionals to be culture-shaping, Christ-centered servant leaders in their various vocations.

Now, more than ever, there is a need for courageous yet humble leaders who follow Jesus. Specifically, there is a need for Christ-following servant leaders who are called to be change agents in companies, nonprofits, churches, and schools. More is required of leaders today than in years past because our culture is changing at lightning speed. The command and control leadership approach is long gone. Young professionals, in general, want to lead and be led, more collaboratively than just a decade ago. They also want more in the way of intrinsic rewards from their work than in the past. They want their work to have lasting value. They want their life purpose to connect to their daily work in tangible ways.

Leaders today are challenged on a daily basis to show consistent progress towards goals and make ethical decisions in a culture that is increasingly antithetical to a biblical worldview. In short, today’s leaders must be leaders of character who seek to serve others first. As the early church father Augustine put it, “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” For many, laying this kind of foundation means taking a season of advanced academic and practical learning in an intentional and authentic Christian community.

These are just a few reasons why Impact 360 Masters, in partnership with North Greenville University, is offering one of the most unique residential graduate degree-granting programs in the world. Our philosophy of leadership is built on the Great Commandment Mandate in Matthew 22—to love God and to love our neighbor. Our rigorous curriculum builds on Impact 360 Institute’s core value of actively developing apprentices of Jesus, and it capitalizes on two of our historic strengths: spiritual formation and servant leadership. All the curricular and co-curricular elements in the program connect to this twin focus.

If you are looking for a transformative and immersive graduate experience that will prepare you for whatever leadership role God has for you in the future, I encourage you to get in touch with us. We will be praying for you as you seek to discern His will for your next steps.

John D. Basie, Ph.D.
Director, Impact 360 Masters

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The Experience

The 36-hour Master of Arts in Leadership program offered in partnership with North Greenville University and Impact 360 Institute is designed to develop young professionals in pursuit of a life of Christlikeness who make a difference.

The degree sets students apart by offering one of the most unique residential graduate degree-granting programs in the world.

Become prepared to launch into your calling by receiving extensive training, mentoring, and hands-on experiences that allow you to gain the necessary knowledge and skills required to lead in today’s world.

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Why Impact 360 Masters?

Join our Team

While earning your M.A. In Leadership, develop professionally and spiritually by joining Impact 360 Institute’s staff. Work alongside Impact 360 Fellows, or grow your organizational leadership experience through a paid graduate assistantship 

Two Assistantship Tracks are Available Starting in 2022.  

Housing, Meals and More

Enjoy living in the present as you prepare for your future through an all-inclusive program: meals, private apartment (including all major utilities), and laundry facilities are free of charge.

Engage and Lead Off-campus Experiences

Retreat and engage in off-campus experiences to undergird your equipping: Lead for one month on an overseas international immersion experience (Student Development Assistantship Only), engage in spiritual conversations in Utah, engage with leaders in Washington, DC., practice spiritual disciplines while backpacking, develop your professional growth and calling on an annual Masters’ retreat, and other spiritual formation opportunities.

Professional and Spiritual Coaching

Enrich your calling through professional and spiritual coaching/development from trained experts in; life-purpose planning, career goal setting, professional assessments and development (MBTI/EQI/STRENGTHSFINDER), spiritual direction mentoring, and discernment of calling.

Exclusive Opportunity to Engage with Christian Leaders

Engage in training from visiting faculty on worldview, leadership, and calling. 

Masters Course Work

Spiritual Formation
An introduction to personal spiritual formation, which is an intensive process to encourage spiritual growth. Topics include the study of Christian spirituality and the practice of disciplines rooted in the Bible and Christian history.

Theology of Christian Life
An examination of the doctrine of sanctification through a study of relevant biblical texts, a survey of the history of the doctrine, comparison of different theories, and an exploration of a life of holiness.

Devotional Classics of the Christian Life
An in-depth study of the concepts and practices of Christian spiritual formation through the reading of selected spiritual classics.

Ethical Foundations
An examination of the foundations of Christian Ethics from biblical, theological, and philosophical perspectives. Topics include historical development, various approaches and methodologies, contextualization, and application to social issues.

Discipleship
An introduction to the practice of following Christ and leading others to do the same. Topics include personal discipleship, disciple-making, developing a philosophy of ministry that emphasizes discipleship, and implementing strategies for creating disciple-making movements.

Understanding Generation Z
An exploration of the driving forces and values that have shaped the characteristics, preferences, and worldview of Generation Z. Topics include learning how to create environments and develop strategies that will most effectively influence and equip Gen Zers to flourish in the workplace and contribute to the success of the organization.

Biblical Foundations of Leadership
An introduction to biblical foundations for planning, coordinating, leading, and supporting both marketplace and ministry organizations. Topics include leadership principles that are taught and illustrated in the Old and New Testaments, the development of a theology of leadership, and the integration of organizational flourishing with the advance of God’s greater purposes in the world.

Cross-Cultural Leadership
An examination of how to lead when cross-cultural differences affect a business or ministry context. Topics include the relationship between culture(s) and communication, working relationships in cross-cultural contexts, cross-cultural leadership styles, and the development of a framework for leading in a culture different from the leader’s home culture.

Leadership Theory and Development
An introduction to various leadership styles, models, and theories. Special attention will be given to how various models impact effective leadership in real-world organizations, as well as the assessment of current leadership strengths and weaknesses for the sake of personal growth as a leader.

Servant Leadership
An introduction to the theory and practice of servant leadership and its application to various leadership contexts. Special attention is given to how a servant leader is different from other leaders, and focusing upon the needs of others can create interdependency rather than dependency in organizations.

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
An introduction to the concept of Emotional Intelligence and its applicability to leadership. Special attention is given to personal emotional intelligence, as well as learning how emotional intelligence builds trust, manages difficult discussions, develops resilience, enhances team performance, and enables them to lead for long-term success.

Communication and Conflict Resolution
An examination of the essential influences and dimensions of the intrapersonal dynamics that contribute to who we are, how we work, and how we interact with others. Topics include building and sustaining decision-making teams, mentoring, delegating, resolving conflict, and handling and overcoming opposition. Extensive time will be given to developing communication skills with a view toward functioning more effectively and efficiently as a team leader in handling both routine and crisis situations.

Leading Across Generations
An introduction to leadership in post-generational organizations. Special attention is given to the forces shaping the future of post-generational organizations, how best to understand post-generational dynamics, and building successful post-generational businesses and ministries.

Personal Leadership Development
An introduction to the foundations of personal leadership. Topics include basic spiritual formation, well-being, self-motivation, strength-based leadership, goal-setting, time management, productivity, and the relationship between personal leadership and leading others.

Applied Leadership Project
Planned with the student’s advisor, the goal of the project is to integrate the student’s coursework, personal experience, and vocational goals in a “Theology/Philosophy of Leadership” that the student will apply to a particular area of leadership. The written project plan, literature search, and analysis of results is the capstone experience in the Master of Arts in Leadership.

Foundations of a Christian Worldview
An examination of the Christian worldview from biblical, theological, and philosophical perspectives. Topics include critical analysis of competing worldviews, communication of the Christian worldview in a pluralistic context, and the relationship between propositions, affections, and actions in developing a consistently biblical approach to viewing and living life.

Staff

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John Basie
Director of Impact 360 Masters

John Basie

John D. Basie, Ph.D.
Background and Experience
John is an accomplished leader in the higher education industry, having held faculty and administrative leadership roles in Washington, D.C., Columbia, SC., as well as having served his alma mater, Erskine College (SC), as Provost and Associate Professor of Philosophy & Ethics. As one of the founding team members for the Impact 360 Institute, John has served the Institute in various capacities since its beginning in 2006. He is presently the Director of Impact 360  Masters (impact360.org)—an academically rigorous and innovative graduate leadership program affiliated with Lifeshape Foundation and Chick-fil-A, Inc.
In addition to his experience in higher education, John is a certified executive coach and practitioner of coaching assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, the Strong Interest Inventory®, the Gallup-Clifton Strengthsfinder®, the EQ-i 2.0® (emotional intelligence), and Big 5 Workplace®. His past coaching assignments include executives, owner-operators, and team members at Chick-fil-A, Inc. (Atlanta), Merrill-Lynch, MassMutual, Xerox, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Mantrain, and the Federal Reserve. One of John’s passions is to coach graduate students and young professionals in a process to identify their strengths and God-given callings early in their career.  He has coached students at institutions across the United States, including Dartmouth College, The College of William and Mary, Baylor University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his coaching assignments, John has consulted with Chick-fil-A Owner Operator Regional teams around the country on how to attract, retain, and develop millennial generation leaders in their businesses.
 
Education
Ph.D., Church-State Studies; Baylor University (TX)
M.A., Philosophy of Religion & Ethics; Talbot School of Theology at Biola University (CA)
B.A., Psychology & Christian Education; Erskine College (SC)
University of Chicago, Studies in Developmental Psychology. 
 
 John resides in Pine Mountain, Georgia, with his wife and their three children.
Mitch Jaeger
Impact 360 Masters Program Coordinator
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Phil Alsup
Executive Director

Phil Alsup

Ed. D. Doctor of Leadership and Education, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary M.A. Religious Education and Youth Recreation, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary B.S. English, Middle Tennessee State University Phil comes to Impact 360 Institute after serving as the Senior Director for Student Ministry with the WinShape Foundation. Phil oversees the businesses dedicated to developing biblical worldview and leadership among collegians and students for Impact 360 Institute. He is passionate about leadership training, Biblical teaching, discipleship and theology. Phil served fifteen years in various leadership capacities at LifeWay Christian Resources after working in family ministries at two large Baptist churches in Tennessee. Phil resides in Peachtree City, Georgia, with his wife, Vicki, and their three children.
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Jonathan Morrow
Director of Cultural Engagement and Student Discipleship

Jonathan Morrow

Jonathan has been equipping students and parents in biblical worldview, apologetics and culture for over 16 years, and is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith. He holds a Master of Divinity, Master in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and a Doctorate in Worldview and Culture from Talbot School of Theology. He is the director of cultural engagement and student discipleship at Impact 360 Institute and an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. He is the author of several books, including Welcome to College, Questioning the Bible, and Is God Just a Human Invention? and also contributed to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students. Jonathan and his wife live with their three children near Atlanta.
Matt Dee
Assistant Professor, Leadership & Philosophy
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Greg Brown
Spiritual Advisor

Greg Brown

B.A. Mercer University M.Div. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary D.Min. Besson Divinity, Samford University
Chad Rosell
Learning Community Coordinator

Instructors

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Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.
President of North Greenville University

Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.

Dr. Gene Fant and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of twins - Ethan and Emily. He currently serves as President of North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. Previously, Dr. Fant was provost and chief academic officer of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and former executive vice president and dean of faculty at Union University. Dr. Fant holds a certificate in educational management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is a writer who recently published a book entitled “The Liberal Arts: A Student’s Guide,” and occasionally contributes blog posts to the Chronicle of Higher Education and First Things. Dr. Fant is an integral member of the Board of Directors at Impact 360 Institute and says he feels blessed to be a part of what God is doing with the next generation.
Dr. Nathan Finn
Provost and Dean of the University Faculty
Allen McWhite
Executive Director, Institute for Global Leadership
Larry McDonald
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate School
Web Drake
Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts

Impact 360 Masters

2022-2024

Earn your M.A. in Leadership at Impact 360 Institute. Launch into your calling by receiving extensive training, mentoring, and hands-on experience.
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