Welcome From The Director

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

Impact 360 Masters is a two-year residential master’s degree program for young professionals in pursuit of a life of Christlikeness. Earn your M.A. as you grow in Spiritual Formation and Servant Leadership. This experience is integrated with vocational and life coaching, discipleship, and a graduate assistantship.  

Masters Application

Why Impact 360 Masters?

Paid Assistantship

While earning your M.A., develop professionally and spiritually through a paid graduate assistantship working and living alongside Impact 360 Fellows.

All-inclusive program

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

Engage in off-campus experiences

Retreat and engage in off-campus experiences to undergird your equipping: Lead for one-month on an overseas international immersion experience, engage in spiritual conversations in Utah, 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 Thought Leaders

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

Masters Course Work

Theology and Worldview
Your graduate education will be built on the solid foundation of God’s holy and inerrant Word. These courses will prioritize two biblical mandates—the Cultural Mandate (fill and subdue the earth, Gen. 1) and the Great Commandment mandate (love of God and love of neighbor). Through careful study of the Bible and key Christian thinkers, you will strengthen your biblical worldview and understanding of being made imago Dei (in God’s image) as you learn to serve and lead in the idea-rich professional Impact 360 Institute environment.

Ethics
Flourishing involves knowledge of what is real in both the physical and nonphysical realms. It includes knowing what one ought to do in order to achieve what is good, true, and beautiful in various vocations and various leadership roles. Flourishing also assumes one has a properly formed character that wants to do what one ought. Your instructors will invite you to think well and become a better question-asker and thinker concerning today’s key issues in ethics.

Spiritual Formation
The early church father Augustine long ago pointed out that our knowledge of reality and ability to flourish in it is inextricably intertwined with what—and who—we love. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that we develop “properly ordered loves.” In these courses, you will benefit from ancient, modern, and contemporary readings on spiritual formation. Your assignments will aim to be both intellectually and spiritually edifying as you will have the opportunity not only to learn about the spiritual disciplines; you’ll also learn to practice them—individually and in Christian community.

Servant Leadership
Jesus made it clear to his disciples that the real test of leadership in His Kingdom is whether one is a servant at heart. In these courses, you will delve into servant leadership theory with the goal of making it practical. You’ll see the tightly-knit integration of leadership studies and the biblical worldview. Your instructors, themselves seasoned leaders in various areas, will walk alongside you as you seek to understand the material and how to effectively apply it to your life.

Gen Z
Woven throughout your coursework will be an emphasis on understanding and discipling Gen Z—those who were born between 1999 and 2015. This is where you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the third biblical mandate—the Great Commission mandate to make disciples. Insights from the groundbreaking Barna research on Gen Z will highlight this emphasis and will further equip you for working with members of this generation. You’ll be able to put what you learn into practice immediately as you work with Gen Z members in your paid, on-campus graduate assistantship.

Impact 360 Masters Faculty

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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.
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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 have been married for 18 years and live with their three children near Atlanta. Connect with him at jonathanmorrow.org  
Matt Dee
Instructor
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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
Dr. Nathan Finn
Provost and Dean of the University Faculty

North Greenville University

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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