Certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship

A 12-week ONLINE course preparing you for your journey toward spiritual innovation, the practice of it and the need for it.  Move swiftly through theories of innovative theology, finance, technologies, culture, coupled with training on human centered design and why this matters for the future of your context.

New Spiritual Realities

The landscape of Christianity is shifting in deep and profound ways in the West.  What are the philosophical trends that are enacting upon these shifts?  What do new cultural contexts and new economic realities have to do with some of what we are seeing?  It is time to redraw the map.  

Innovative Theology

How do we move our faith forward in the 21st century in ways that do not compromise our passions and our narratives but at the same time allow our notions of god and community to be innovated upon?  We have to release our grip on belief so it can give way to being.  Innovative theology helps move our theological frameworks forward in ways that make sense and are made meaningful.

Human Centered Design

Through the use of Human Centered design we are reimagining and redesigning the future of the church. Human Centered Design helps us think differently and leave with tools that bring us closer to deeply understanding the people in our community. Our creativity is sparked and spurs innovative ideas within our ministries and organizations.  

What Will I Learn?

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

In order to understand your problem, you have to be an expert on the people experiencing that problem. In this phase, you’ll learn about people by developing deeper empathy and leaning into curiosity to better understand your challenge.

Here you’ll make sense of everything you’ve learned and discover hidden problem that become opportunities for new designs. You’ll practice creative confidence and generate tons of ideas and brainstorm ways to take them into the world.

Now is your chance to bring your ideas to life. You’ll test and refine your solutions, figure out what it takes to get your idea to market, and how to maximize its impact in the world.

This week we bring HCD and Innovative Theology together to show how theological innovation and the core values of HCD compliment each other and give a strong foundation for developing new ideas; building strong programmes; and refining projects.  

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.

What you can expect

Here is some of what you can expect to engage in this course that explores this new discipline and framework:

  • 12 weeks, fully online with live lectures each week

  • Develop an understanding of the cultural shifts and spiritual implications while engaging in God and community in the 21st-century

  • Discovery how to innovate your theology in the context of your ministry/project

  • Explore the benefits of Human Centered Design in a world of ministry uncertainty

  • Rethink how you minimize risk, ask the right questions and address sustainability

  • Experience the community of a cohort with other dreamers and risk takers creating spiritual transformation

Maybe you are rethinking how ministry is done.  Perhaps you are starting to ask new questions of God and engaging community?  You might be wondering what the future of all of this looks like.  If this is you, I would invite you to join us.  If you think you don’t have the time, I promise you do!  We have designed the course with the busiest of persons in mind!

Join our new cohort starting in Winter 2020

Join us as we start a new online cohort of Spiritual Entrepreneurs! An hour of lecture a week-you can tune in live or watch at your convenience. You will have full access to the Hatchery LA team of instructors as well as be given countless resources to move your venture forward. You will also connect to a wider community of Spiritual Entrepreneurs with shared language and a shared vision.

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