Program in Christian Social Entrepreneurship

Certificate for Christian Social Entrepreneurship

Who Should Pursue this Program

The CSE program is for current and future church leaders who want to combine business skills and savvy with seminary-level theological grounding in order to establish social enterprises and fresh expressions of church, apply economic and business knowledge in areas of pastoral support and teaching, and provide informed advice regarding ethical business practices.

The CSE program is a response to changing attitudes about the role and structure of the church, and the call for fresh expressions of church that are relevant to the experiences of millennial generation and beyond. Be part of a church that reaches out through open doors to provide new ways to share the gospel and meet the needs of individuals and communities.


Practical: You will have access experiential teaching and learning through direct relationships with School of Theology and School of Business, Government, and Economics faculty, seasoned coaches, and a support network of like-minded peers within a model that works for active professionals.

Integrated: You will develop a philosophical framework of faith, work, and economics that influences others to break down the secular/sacred divide and live integrated lives of holy calling.

Transformative: You will learn how churches can alleviate poverty and promote social justice by facilitating economic opportunity that goes beyond delivering relief to providing value, meaning, and long-term development. With the support of an experienced coach, you will develop a workable business plan to apply this learning directly to your own community.

Program Outline

As part of a cohort of students, you will begin this one-year, non-credit bearing program by participating in a 10-day residential experience in Seattle in June 2017, followed by ongoing, online instruction and support over the remainder of the academic year.

Your courses will focus on:

  • Creating and applying a social venture business plan
  • Leveraging Christian discipleship for social change advocacy: “social holiness”
  • Economic development theory
  • Church planting models
  • Financial management and accounting
  • Community exegesis 


We want to hear from you to help you discern if the CSE program will enable you reach your goals. We can assist you in finding the resources needed for you to engage in the program. Please complete an interest form to obtain information or contact program staff directly.

Ready to Apply?

Please complete an online application by April 1, 2017.

Program Costs and Deposit

Total cost of the program, including room and board during your on-campus residency, is $3,000. Following your application and notice of acceptance, you will be provided a link to submit a $1,000 deposit by April 1, 2017, to secure your place. Students who submit applications before the “early bird” deadline of January 1, 2017, will receive a 10 percent discount on the total program costs.

All prospective students are encouraged to speak to leaders within their congregations and denominations to access financial support. Please speak with CSE program staff for help finding and accessing these resources.


If you work, or plan to work, with a low-income, underserved, or marginalized community, a partial CSE program scholarship is available. Scholarship amounts are dependent on the number of qualified applicants. Please complete an online scholarship application by April 1, 2017.


What’s CSE About?

Find new ways of living out the Gospel through theological and business training.

“Let’s stop complaining about the church that we’ve experienced and work on becoming the church that we dream of.”
Shane Claiborne