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Online Course: Ministerial Entrepreneurship
Ministerial Entrepreneurship Online Course
February 3 – April 17, 2020
If you desire to develop novel approaches to ministry both in and through culture making, either as a professional pastor or committed lay person, this resource provides a methodology to think through your particular calling from concept to sustainable ministry. Ministerial Entrepreneurship serves people who approach the world of faith, work, and economics as an arena for social innovation and human flourishing. Ministers who aspire to bridge their ministry with social entrepreneurship, or even for-profit, sustainable, ventures will draw practical skills for communicating and creating their own ministry.
The course offers the basics of entrepreneurship education in partnership with the Kauffman FastTrac program, with ministry in mind. The online educational resource includes resources to help you experience, engage, and reflect on your new venture through video interviews, personal exercises, online discussion with other participants, and guidance from mentor-coaches. Cohort courses run ten weeks with an online mentor.
- Identify emerging approaches to engaging innovative ministry and entrepreneurship.
- Explore and develop an approach to ministry in a given context, replete with business model and assessment of the approach’s sustainability.
- Reflect on the theological connections between entrepreneurship and faith.
How much does the course cost?
Regular Rate: $300
Includes an offer of 50% off a one-year subscription to the Center for Pastoral Leadership’s video library. This subscription includes a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365, access to CPL video resources, and a discount to Center for Pastoral Leadership events.
Current CPL subscribers: $250 (email [email protected] for code)
Groups of 2 from the same organization/ministry: $225/person
Groups of 3 or more from the same organization/ministry: $200/person
How long is the course?
It is a 11 Week Online Course with weekly activities that include both private documentation and general group conversation in an online forum.
How is it structured?
The course is built so that other participants can encourage you and share ideas. The course will take approximately 2-5 hours a week, depending on prior familiarity with content and the focus of your personal project. Some required online interaction with other students during the week at a time of your choosing between Wednesday and Friday. The supplemental resources can extend your time online, but only where they interest you.
Students who complete the course, and choose to submit a final project for review, will receive a certificate of completion.
What skills will this course cover?
This course will touch on the following skills (not an exhaustive list):
Defining and articulating your vision
Researching and marketing your idea
Determining the legal makeup of your ministry venture
Organizing and leading your venture
Articulating how your innovative passion fits within a personal call to ministry
Does the course count for seminary credit?
This program is offered as an enrichment educational strategy with the primary goal of practical application. Nazarene Theological Seminary also offers a graduate version of the course, with additional requirements, based on the same platform. You can contact Amberlee Brinkman, Ministerial Entrepreneurship Assistant at [email protected] to discover how to take the graduate level version of the course.
Other benefits of enrolling?
The course includes twenty hours of life-long learning credit for the Church of the Nazarene (including domains of competency and context http://www.nazarene.org/lifelong-learning). In addition, students receive a 50% discount for one-year access to a wide range of educational resources on entrepreneurship through the Kauffman Foundation, additional ministry resources through the Center for Pastoral Leadership, a subscription to Microsoft Word products, and an introduction to other leaders in the field of entrepreneurship education.
What equipment is needed?
A computer and access to the Internet are required to be able to use recent technology.
Contact Amberlee Brinkman, Ministerial Entrepreneurship Assistant | [email protected]