Welcome to Impact 360 Residency

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.

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 Residency

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The Experience

Impact 360 Residency is a graduate-level leadership experience designed to equip leaders to take action where the Lord has called them. Each year, Impact 360 Institute welcomes a small cohort of leaders to live, learn, and grow with us for two years. Residents launch into their calling with a Master of Arts in Leadership, a deepened biblical worldview, a foundation of servant leadership, and a heart to serve, no matter their specific calling.

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Why Impact 360 Residency?

Join our Team

Join our team for two years as an Impact 360 Institute staff member. Learn to lead like Jesus in the workplace and in your relationships. Grow alongside trusted mentors as you develop professionally and discover your vocation. Receive extensive training, mentoring, and hands-on experiences that allow you to gain the necessary knowledge and skills required to lead in today’s world. Directly apply what you are learning to meaningful work in one of two roles.

  1. Organizational Leadership Resident
    Apply your leadership in the context of leading within an organization. Become prepared to lead in a non-profit organization by gaining applied experience. The current Organizational Leadership Residents support organizational Communications and Marketing.
  2. Student Discipleship Resident
    Disciple students and support the spiritual and leadership development of the next generation as a team member of Impact 360 Fellows. Help lead the international experiences and facilitate ongoing discipleship of college students.

Investment in Kingdom-minded Leaders

The residency is a paid experience. Residents are compensated for their part-time role as a member of the Impact 360 Institute team, which is worth approximately $24,000 ($12,000 annually for two years).
Impact 360 Institute deeply invests in each Resident. The only costs associated with the experience are tuition and books for the master’s degree. This will not exceed $2,750 per semester or $11,000 for the entire 36 credit hour M.A. in Leadership.
Covered expenses include all program-related travel and ground costs, housing (including all major utilities), and laundry facilities. Many applicants could qualify for a lower tuition schedule depending on the quality of their application and interviews.

Master of Arts in Leadership

Program Hours: 36
Location: 100% Residential in Pine Mountain, Georgia
Concentrations: Spiritual Formation and Servant Leadership

The Master of Arts in Leadership program, offered in partnership with North Greenville University, is designed to develop young professionals in pursuit of a life of Christlikeness who make a difference. Become a transformational, faith-filled leader in the church and society through the Master of Arts in Leadership.

Master of Arts in Leadership Course Descriptions 
Master of Arts in Leadership two-year degree plan sample

Experiential Learning

Become equipped holistically to launch into your calling by receiving extensive training, mentoring, and hands-on experience.

Apply biblical worldview and servant leadership training through spiritual conversations in Utah, develop professional and personal calling on an annual Residency retreat, engage with leaders in Washington, D.C., design a plan for your spiritual growth, life rhythms, and practice while backpacking. Lead for one month on an overseas international immersion experience (Student Discipleship Residents only) or learn how to bring healthy and sustainable change to an organization by leading a change project within Impact 360 Institute (Organizational Leadership Residents only).

Holistic Equipping

Discover and direct your unique calling as a leader and be ready to take action no matter where the Lord leads. Enrich your understanding of how God has designed you as a leader through professional coaching and spiritual development from trained experts in life-purpose planning, career goal setting, professional assessments and development (MBTI/EQI/StrenghtsFinder), and spiritual direction mentoring and discernment of calling.

Master of Arts in Leadership Curriculum

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.

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.

Residency Faculty and Staff

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John Basie, Ph.D.
Director of Impact 360 Residency

John Basie, Ph.D.

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.
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, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Servant Leadership and Spiritual Formation
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Phil Alsup, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Phil Alsup, Ed.D.

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.
Matt Dee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Leadership & Philosophy
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Dr. Greg Brown, D.Min.
Spiritual Advisor

Dr. Greg Brown, D.Min.

B.A. Mercer University M.Div. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary D.Min. Besson Divinity, Samford University
Allen McWhite, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Global Leadership
Larry McDonald, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate School
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Nathan Finn, Ph.D.
Provost and Dean of the University Faculty

Nathan Finn, Ph.D.

Dr. Nathan Finn (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as provost and dean of the university faculty at North Greenville University. His latest book is Historical Theology for the Church (B&H Academic, 2021), edited with Jason G. Duesing. Dr. Finn teaches in the graduate program at Impact 360 Institute
Web Drake, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts
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Gene C. Fant, Jr., Ph.D.
President of North Greenville University

Gene C. Fant, Jr., Ph.D.

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.
Jill Rayburn, J.D.
University General Counsel

Current Residents

Adam Grigsby
Allie Mack Gaspard
Amanda Bridges
Anna Newman
Ann Hollis Jobe
Austin Brooks
Ben Croley
Caroline Perkins
Deacon Robinson
Elle Whitlock
Jasmine O’Hea
Jason Davis
Levi Whitlock
Mary Grace Boyd
Madi Taylor
Mia Williams
Morgan Hatchell
Rafael Torres
Learning Community Coordinator
Samuel Eudy
Sidney Shearouse
Thomas Jobe
William Moore

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