It all begins with 12 weeks...

Certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship

 

We are inviting you into an emerging field and a new discipline that is asking questions of what it means to engage god in the 21st century.

Maria French, Director of Innovative Training and Creative Strategies

 

Course running this april!

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The church has a challenging future, and that is its greatest opportunity...

Week 1: The New Religious Landscape

The religious landscape is changing.  The business the church has been doing no longer fully addresses the business of the 21st century.  Christianity is fundamentally shifting in the West and religion has lost its central place, especially among younger generations.  The questions we must now ask will birth a new understanding of life and god that addresses culture on its own terms, rendering impotent and irrelevant the need for mechanisms of certainty that answer questions people are no longer asking.  

While religion is dismissed by many, it hasn't disappeared...

Week 2: The New Cultural Context

The postmodern world not only gave us Secularism but it gave us Fundamentalism and it is between those two axises that religion ping pongs today.  While religion is dismissed by many, it hasn't disappeared.  Since 911 religion has experienced a massive resurgence and the entire world has been affected by it.  There is an influx of interest but a mistrust of structures.  What is being addressed in culture today that helps to connect with god and each other?  How do we contextualize?

What does it mean to say no to dirty money...

Week 3: The New Economic Reality

There is no easy way to say churches are broke.  Money has dried up.  Everybody is running after less and less dollars.  Local churches compete with mega churches, TV preachers, philanthropists and rock bands that do good.  Money is a constant problem because religion is about immateriality and not materiality.  Money has become invisible and what it can be exchanged for in our world has shifted drastically.  There is a fundamental relationship between money and power and control.  How deep does this actually go?  And how do we contextualize stewardship for a new age?

This opportunity does not come along often...

Week 4: What is Spiritual Entrepreneurship

It is not enough to just 'do good.'  It is about confronting the questions and taking on systems, engaging with them critically and prophetically calling for iteration in a way that hasn't been done.  We are living in an unprecedented time, a time of new possibility because the breakdown of systems that is happening currently allows us to reframe, rethink and rework.  This opportunity doesn't come along often.  This is an invitation into a new discipline that engages the questions and not just the symptoms while also calling into question unjust systems.

How do you do theology with integrity in a world of multi-valence...

Week 5: Intro to Innovative Theology

This is about a shift away from abstract ideological opinions and a shift towards a way of being in the world. And being in the world is where theology has to happen. Not in your head but in the world.  Engaging with life in its full spectrum reality.  Grappling with questions of ultimate meaning as they play out in the world in which we live not in some idealized world we long for.  How do you do theology with integrity in a world of multi-valence?

We have to address the conflicted reasons why we work for god...

Week 6: Passion and Project

Everyone knows that their passion informs their project, but what informs their passions?  Spiritual Entrepreneurship gives the project creator the opportunity to work out their theology of god in the world beyond traditional notions.  As a Spiritual Entrepreneur we have to address the conflicted reasons why we work for god.  

Don't go for the easy answer...

Week 7: Pain Points: The Problem

The struggle is real.  The challenges that we face are monumental.  The answers of yesterday do not fully answer the questions of today.  The old ways don't work so what is the solution?  How do we name our own particular set of challenges?  The Spiritual Entrepreneur doesn't go for the easy answer.

Sustainability is a must...

Week 8: Lean Canvas

Don't love your solution, love your problem.  This is the basic mantra of Lean Methodology: build, measure, learn. It is easy to be blinded by the latest trends including cult personalities and shrink wrapped programming.  Spiritual Entrepreneurs know that profitability isn't the goal but sustainability is a must.  

Telling your tale in a world that rewards click bait...

Week 9: Telling Your Tale

What does it mean to tell your tale in a world that rewards click bate?  In the marketing world it is about getting people to listen to your story.  The Spiritual Entrepreneur invites others into the story to live it out together, while writing it at the same time.  Instead of selling a story, we understand we are writing one together; one that is dynamic, alive, fluid, changing and evolving.

 

 

Living amidst the contradictions of capitalism and consumerism...

Week 10: Renew, Rethink Finance

Spiritual Entrepreneurism wrestles with questions raised by living in the midst of the contradictions of capitalism and consumerism.  It is the realization that these two things don't deliver on their promises; that this is not the way life is made meaningful.  These complexities push us to ask new questions and seek new solutions to the challenges of the world.  

Changes in technology are changes in who we are becoming...

Week 11: Renew, Rethink Technology

Technologies change the way we see the world and technological shifts always herald new directions in human self-understanding and notions of the divine.  Spiritual Entrepreneurism embraces and utilizes possibilities made by new technologies.  The central issue for Spiritual Entrepreneurism is who we are becoming with technology not simply what we do with it.  

We don't know what the future holds, but we are building it anyway...

Week 12: Curiosity, Plasticity, Tenacity, Resistanc

Values for the new world:  Attunement to what is going on in the world, malleability and being open to embracing exploration, we don't know what the future holds but we are building it anyway, standing against all the things that impede love in the world.