Social Entrepreneurship for Mission and Not-for-Profit Work
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Social Entrepreneurship for Mission and Not-for-Profit Work

Social Entrepreneurship for Mission and Not-for-Profit Work

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Christian Theological Seminary

1000 West 42nd Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208

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Fall 2016 Class for Lifelong Learners at Christian Theological Seminary

Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative and sustainable solutions to social problems. For leaders of faith, this blending of business with spiritual mission can be a valuable tool for building community and changing the lives of people spiritually, socially and economically while bearing witness to the realm of God. This course will explore the history, theology, best practices and current issues of social entrepreneurship to help leaders understand the possibilities and the pitfalls of social entrepreneurship in ministry. Special attention will be paid to social entrepreneurship in mission and not-for-profit ministries. Resources will include readings, immersion visits with a variety of social enterprises, use of web resources and video, and guest speakers.

Instructors are Dr. Carol F. Johnston, CTS Associate Professor Emerita of Theology and Culture; Jay Geshay, Senior Vice President of Community Impact and Fundraising at United Way of Central Indiana (and CTS alum); and Brenda Freije, CTS Vice President for Networking, Recruitment and Admissions and General Counsel.

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  • Learn how faith communities have engaged social enterprise through history to support ministry efforts and fulfill missional goals

  • Explore biblical and theological foundations for social entrepreneurship

  • Learn to identify current issues, key challenges and opportunities for social entrepreneurship in a variety of ministries

  • Describe the critical success factors in designing, starting and sustaining a social enterprise

  • Evaluate different business models of social ventures, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each model

  • Analyze the process of developing an effective system of measuring enterprise performance and demonstrating social value

  • Identify the major strategies for growing and scaling enterprises to increase social impact.


Class meets Tuesdays from 6-9 pm, starting August 30, at CTS. Discounted cost is $340 for Lifelong Learners (non-degree students not seeking credit). Students who want to take the course for seminary credit should consult with the CTS Registrar. (LINK to Registrar page, http://www.cts.edu/academics/registrar.aspx)

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