Program in Christian Social Entrepreneurship

Certificate for Christian Social Entrepreneurship

Who Should Pursue this Program

The CSE program is designed for Christian leaders who have a big idea, but are in need of help executing the idea. The program combines robust business skills and savvy with seminary-level theological grounding in order to establish a plan of action that applies economic and business knowledge to social enterprises and ideas. Ultimately, the program will help you draft a business plan for your idea and, paired with a coach, provide a practical roadmap to accomplish the idea over the course of the next year.

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 the millennial generation and beyond. Whether you are a pastor or a lay leader, the CSE program gives a vision to 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.

Benefits

Practical tools: You will have access to 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.

Mentorship: During the program, 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. After the intensive, you will be paired with a coach to develop these ideas and apply them to the practical business plan you created.

Revitalizing: You will learn how churches can alleviate poverty and promote social justice by facilitating economic opportunity that creates long-term developmental change.

Program Outline: As part of a cohort of students, you will begin this one-year, non-credit bearing program by participating in a 7-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 

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 

Interested?

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 to engage in the program. Please complete an interest form to obtain information or contact program staff directly.

Matt Sigler, PhD, Program Director

Beth Bollinger, Program Assistant

Ready to Apply?

Please complete an online application by April 1, 2017.

Program Costs and Deposit

This program is currently supported by a private grant, allowing for the total program cost of $6,000 to be reduced to $3,000, which includes room and board during your on-campus residency. 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.


Scholarships

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.

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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
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