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Overview+

Bachelor of Arts in
Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions

Create spiritual and social impact through entrepreneurship.

With the realities of sweeping world change, modern missionaries are finding creative ways to let the light of Christ shine brightly. At Bethany Global University we are launching a new program that will teach you how to not only transform lives, but influence societies through entrepreneurship.

This program is a compilation of Bible, theology, intercultural studies, business, and liberal arts classes to help you think critically, live godly, adapt to other cultures quickly, and start businesses in difficult environments. This degree blends learning in a classroom with hands-on experience in one of our 16-month Global Internship locations overseas.

Double Major with a Single Minor

This degree is a double major in:

Bible & Theology:  The of the focuses in the first two years of the program focuses on Biblical and theological study to deepen your understanding of God’s Word, provide a foundation for godly character, and provide the substance for spiritual growth.

Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions: The core focus of the degree is entrepreneurship. To learn how to transform lives, cultures, and societies for Christ through business development. While business principles and activities are taught thoroughly, you will also gain a deep understanding of worldview and the basic building blocks that make up societies in order to influence them.

A mandatory single minor will also be earned in:

Intercultural Ministry: Learning how to understand and cross cultural and language barriers is critical to any missions effort. This is especially true of those who wish to start businesses in new cultures that impact society.

What You Will Learn

With a double major in Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions and Bible & Theology, you will learn how to:

Transform Business: Media often paints a bad picture of business, but to sell something is truly a noble task. To sell is to create value where there might have been none before. Through Transformational Entrepreneurship, you will learn how to discover value and turn that value into profit that brings transformation to the community and society.

Transform Lives: While profit is a driving factor for business, the true bottom line is transformed lives. Transformational Entrepreneurship is very much a program for those who are called to bring the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. With this program, you will learn how to integrate business and ministry to see lives transformed.

Transform Societies:  Through Christ, you can influence a whole society and this degree will help you not only bring economic and spiritual change but will give you critical thinking skills you need to understand and influence the different building blocks that make up a society.

Gainful Employment Information

Courses+

Bachelor of Arts Course Overview

All courses for the BA in Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions and Bible & Theology are taken in a modular class structure. All students take the same classes in the sequence below.

The classes and sequence below can change a little from year to year, so be sure to look through our BGU catalog on the forms and documents page to get the most up to date course list.

Freshman Year

Semester 1

BTH 11 1 Old Testament I (3 credits)

A study of the historical background and themes of the OT books giving an overall perspective on the message of the OT in the light of its contemporary setting. This course covers creation, the fall, the flood, the Abrahamic covenant, the Patriarchs, the exodus, the Mosaic covenant, the tabernacle and other topics within the Pentateuch. It also covers sacrifices, feasts, wanderings in the wilderness, conquest, judges, Kings, exile and return from exile.

BTH 121 Synoptic Gospels (3 credits)

This examines the themes, principles, parables, and teachings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke in a harmonic and chronological order. Attention will be placed principally on the Gospel of Matthew and its relevance and importance for our lives today.

ENG 111 English Composition (2 credits)

In this course, students will focus on the process of writing comprehensible, correct, and effective essays. They will learn how to express thoughts logically, clearly, and coherently in a variety of rhetorical modes. The course will teach students how to critically revise and edit their own compositions while avoiding mechanical, grammatical, and orthographical errors.

MIS 111 Intro to Missions (3 credits)

A broad overview of God’s mission in the world as revealed through His activity in the Old and New Testaments. The course also introduces the historical, cultural, strategic, and practical dimensions of the world’s mission mandate.

MIS 112 Evangelism, Discipleship and Community (3 credits)

This course is designed to establish a biblical framework for missions with a focus on the crucial activities of the church: evangelism, discipleship and the creation of community. The course will examine how these activities integrate for the purpose of seeing God’s Kingdom come and His will done on the earth.

SPD 111 Power of the Cross I (1 credit)

This course explores practical/spiritual development from the perspective of the complete work of Christ on the cross and challenges the student to live an empowered lifestyle as men and women after God’s heart.

HUM 112 Critical Thinking and Logic(3 credits)

This course focuses on training heart, mind, soul, & strength to know, love, and serve God by developing foundational skills in spiritual formation, inductive Bible study, critical thinking, and logic. Students will use these foundational skills throughout all their subsequent courses during their BGU program.

SPD 131 Community, Character and the Cross I (0 credits)

Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

Semester 2

BTH 122 Acts and the Work of the Holy Spirit (3 credits)

This is a survey course, emphasizing the structure and sequence of the events in the book and their relevance to modern missions and missionary strategy. Acts is perceived, not only as a doctrinal dissertation, but as a series of inspired “sample cases” of the Church responding to the impulses of the Spirit in the promotion of world evangelism. The third week covers the work and ways of the Holy Spirit. There will be an emphasis on being filled with the Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit and a culture of revival.

BTH 131 Theology I (3 credits)

This studies of the existence, person, and attributes of God and the person and work of Jesus Christ.

CHM 111 Kingdom Impact Plan (1 credit)

This course is designed to assist students discover the role God intends for them to play in His plan for the world’s redemption. It is their “Kingdom Impact Plan.” This is accomplished through an examination of God’s interaction with the student through key passages from the Word, prophetic words given by reputable servants of Jesus, previous journal entries and values that God has worked into your life. These are all factors which give evidence of God’s direction in the past and allow for reflection and summary for future direction.

CHM 123 Global Internship Introduction (0 credits)

This course is to allow for students to be fully introduced to the structure, processes, and relationships which will prepare them for a successful Global Internship.

HUM 111 Worldviews (3 credits)

This course provides a broad overview of the nature and development of a worldview, a critical evaluation of dominant non-biblical worldviews, and an assessment of the biblical worldview in the Western world. Special attention will be given to applying the discovery of worldviews in a missionary context.

MAT 111 Personal Finance (3 credits)

This course is designed to help the student understand and apply personal finance management at a basic level with specific attention to practical day-to-day applications. The course is structured as an online class and it utilizes Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance: College Edition. The student will learn how to establish a savings plan, how to develop a personal budget, calculate interest, evaluate bargains and sales, understand mortgage and interest calculations, understand insurance policies, and develop an investment plan.

SPD 112 Power of the Cross II (1 credit)

This course explores practical/spiritual development from the perspective of the complete work of Christ on the cross and challenges the student to live an empowered lifestyle as men and women after God’s heart.

SPD 132 Community, Character and the Cross II (0 credits)

This course is the continuation of SPD 131. Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

Intro to Business as Transformation (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide class participants with the vision and foundational business skills to glorify God through work that transforms communities spiritually, socially, economically, and environmentally.

Sophomore Year

Semester 1

BTH 212 Old Testament II (3 credits)

This is the second course in the study of the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books with a view to giving the student an overall perspective on the message of the Old Testament in the light of its contemporary setting. This course will cover the national covenant, the tabernacle, the sacrifices, the feasts, the wanderings in the wilderness, the judges, the kings, the prophets, and the exile.

MIS 212 Theology of Suffering (1 credit)

The early church considered suffering as part of the known cost of following Christ. Each generation of the Church has continued to experience persecution and suffering, and it is expected that this will intensify as we approach the return of the Lord. Western missionaries have historically been more protected from intense suffering than the nationals they minister among, but they must be prepared both to personally face suffering and to serve a suffering church. This course establishes a theology for suffering from both New and Old Testament and will challenge each student to come to terms with God’s purposes in suffering.

BTH 233 Intro to Eschatology (3 credits)

Often relegated to the back closets of systematic theology, eschatology is one of the most vitally important areas of study for one aspiring to advance the Kingdom of God. Apart from knowing where we’re going and what we will face as revealed in the prophetic Scriptures we will be hard pressed to live upright lives in a crooked generation, attempt various missions strategies that God will not endorse, build church structures that cannot withstand the pressures coming and likely become disillusioned when the judgments of God are poured out on the earth. Students will be compelled to consider what we know about the future and therefore be motivated to align their lives and thinking accordingly.

BTH 241 Hermeneutics and Exegetical Skills (3 credits)

Students study the principles, methods, and rules necessary for correctly understanding the meaning of Scripture and applying that meaning to our lives today. The course will examine the rules and approaches necessary for the different literary genre of scripture.

CHM 211 Prep for Ministry I (1 credit)

This course is designed to enable practical preparation for students as they plan for ministry in another culture. Students will be preparing for participation in the Global Internship program or for other future ministry opportunities. The students in the course will focus on practical matters, interpersonal relationships, and look at the joys and disappointments in Kingdom service while developing the skills that they need for future ministry placement.

HUM 211 Survey of World Religions (3 credits)

This course will provide both an academic understanding of the different major world religions as well as practical insights as to the working of those systems through people who have lived in these religious contexts.

SPD 211 Power of the Cross III (1 credit)

This course explores practical/spiritual development from the perspective of the complete work of Christ on the cross and challenges the student to live an empowered lifestyle as men and women after God’s heart.

SPD 231 Community, Character and the Cross III (0 credits)

This course is the continuation of SPD 132. Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

BUS 211 Sales and Marketing (3 credits)

The student will learn basics of sales and marketing for various contexts essential to promote their service or product.

Semester 2

BTH 221 Message of the Cross (2 credits)

This course is considered a foundational piece of the curriculum at Bethany. It is an in-depth, exegetical study of Paul’s epistle to the Church of Rome. A strong emphasis is given to Romans 6-8 to examine the role of the Cross as righteousness, providing freedom from the power of Sin and the Law, and victorious living through the empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

BTH 232 Theology II (3 credits)

The course deals with a biblical evaluation of mankind, his fallen nature, his inability to save himself and the nature of the gracious salvation afforded by Christ’s finished work on the cross.

COM 211 Partnership Development (2 credits)

This course is designed to enable practical preparation for students as they plan for ministry in another culture. Students will be preparing for participation in the Global Internship program or for other future ministry opportunities. The students in the course will focus on practical matters, specifically partnership development.

LDR 211 Leadership (2 credits)

This course offers an overview of the biblical basis and dynamic principles of effective leadership with a view toward personal application of these principles in life and work. Students will examine their own leadership experiences and make application to future leadership opportunities.

COM 212 Communications (3 credits)

Missionaries and ministers of the gospel must be skilled communicators with individuals as well as to small and large groups of people. This course explores communication theory as well as introduces the dynamics of cross cultural communication. Much further study of cross cultural communication will occur during Global Internship course work for those who choose the B.A. program.

ICS 212 Cultural Anthropology I (2 credits)

This course is designed as an introduction to Cultural Anthropology, especially those concepts which have practical application for cross-cultural field missionaries as they seek to both live and proclaim the gospel. Throughout the course following each lecture a real-life case study will be examined in small group discussions for the purpose of gaining sensitivity into how traditions, personalities, personal ambition and Satan could neutralize the effectiveness of your message or destroy your missionary career.

SPD 212 Power of the Cross IV (1 credit)

This course explores practical/spiritual development from the perspective of the complete work of Christ on the cross and challenges the student to live an empowered lifestyle as men and women after God’s heart.

SPD 232 Community, Character and the Cross IV (0 credits)

This course is the continuation of SPD 231. Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

ECO 232 Basic Finance for Microenterprise and Non-profits (3 credits)

The course will provide students with basic accounting structures and processes for managing the financial concerns of microenterprise or ministry organizations. Students will examine the best practices with a focus on the unique needs of faith-based organizations.

Junior Year

The entire junior year of courses are taken online while on your global internship overseas. Much of the content will be customized to fit the internship location. For example, if you go to Thailand, you will study the Thai language, learn Thai culture, and study the history of the Thai people.

You will take 3 semesters of courses over your junior year in the fall, spring, and summer.

Semester 1

ENT 311 Transformational Entrepreneurship I (3 credits)

Identifying Potential Consumers and Needs: This course is designed to introduce students to the customer discovery process. This course involves students in discovering what problems, products, and services are needed on the field and in the businesses and ministries they are working with. Students learn what the high-value customer problems are and what is needed to solve these problems. Students will also consider who would end up using the product or service on a daily basis and if they are willing to pay for it. By the end of this course, students will develop skills for discovering the opportunities and validating their hypothesis and product specs through the process of customer discovery.

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CHM 321 Entrepreneurial Ministry Practicum I (2 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration.

SSC 311 Intro to Ethnographic Research: Exploring Material Culture (4 credits)

Learning to learn from the context is considered a key adaptation skill for cross-cultural missionaries. The ethnographic research that students do on a daily basis forms a foundation for understanding the culture they are living in and for their future role in understanding whatever culture they find themselves in. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations. The observations and discussions for this term will focus on material culture and language practices.

LNG 321 Language Competency I (3 credits)

A significant part of living and learning overseas is a commitment to learn the local language. Learning the host language is considered essential for effective continued ministry. The host language contains elements which reveal the cultural assumptions and worldview of the people and therefore is the way in which their “heart” speaks. Language learning allows greater access to deeper issues, which in turn allow for greater ministry opportunities. During the first term of studies, all students will engage in a formal concentrated 12-week study of the language, devoting significant time to study and practice. We want the learner to both learn the local language and learn how to learn a language.

SPD 311 Missionary Life Practicum I (pass/fail)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students are required to pass this course to be considered for continuation in the Global Internship into the following term.

HIS 311 History in Context (2 credits)

During the first term of the Global Internship, students will discover the local history of the geographic region of the world including ancient to recent political movements, social trends, people migrations, religious trends and the influence of geography, climate, religion, and economics on the current social structures. The focus of this course varies according to Global Internship site.

Semester 2

ENT 312 Transformational Entrepreneurship II (3 credits)

Authenticating the Market: The purpose of this course is to help students to verify their market, locate their customers, test the perceived value of the product, identify the economic buyer, establish pricing and channel strategy, and establish a repeatable sales cycle and process.

CHM 322 Entrepreneurial Ministry Practicum II (2 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration.

ICS 314 Local Area Religions (2 credits)

This course is designed to explore the prominent secondary religions and cults within the region. The religions examined will be determined by the context, but each will be examined through an overview of the beliefs and histories of the religion and the implications to ministry within the region. Each of these prominent religions will be examined to understand the extent of their influence, the key beliefs and values system, the impact to daily life and the interaction of these religions with other religions. If prominent Christian-based cults are also present in the region, these will be explored as well.

SSC 312 Religious Systems and Structures (3 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the religious systems and structures of a particular culture. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

LNG 322 Language Competency II (3 credit)

This course is a required practical learning lab as a continuation of lessons learned in LNG 321 during the 2nd Global Internship term. As a response to the ongoing need to use the local language for relationships, ministry and daily living, students will continue to pursue language study throughout the term by regular meetings with a language tutor or informant and accountability to their team for progress.

SPD 312 Missionary Life Practicum II (2 credits)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students are required to pass this course to be considered for continuation in the Global Internship into the following term.

Semester 3

BUS 311 Business Ethics and Discipleship (3 credits)

In this course, students examine the ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that arise in a business environment related to personal, professional, and corporate decisions, behaviors, and structures. Students consider how an organization’s culture and practices set standards for what is valued and for good and vad decision making. Students learn how their conduct and culture in business can either contribute to cross-cultural discipleship or detract from it.

CHM 421 Entrepreneurial Ministry Practicum II (2 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities available for future consideration.

SSC 411 Social and Political Structures (3 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the social and political structures of a particular culture. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

LNG 421 Language Competency III (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of LNG322 during the 3rd Global Internship term. As a response to the ongoing need to use the local language for relationships, ministry, and daily living, students will continue to pursue language study throughout the term by regular meetings with a language tutor or informant and accountability to their team or progress. Students will be given competency exams throughout the term to test their progress.

ENT 313 Transformational Entrepreneurship III (3 credits)

Growth Strategies/Developing Clientele and Business: Customer Creation builds on the success of initial sales. The goal of this course is to create end-user demand and drive that demand into the company’s sales channel. Students learn when a sufficient number of first customers legitimize a move to this next step. They become familiar with the different types of startups — entering existing markets, creating new markets, hybrids of the first two — and the different types of market strategies and activities needed for them. By the end of this course, students will have learned when and how to begin successful business scaling as product demand increases.

SPD 411 Missionary Life Practicum III (2 credits)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students are required to pass this course to be considered for continuation in the Global Internship into the following term.

Senior Year

The first semester of your senior year is the last semester of your 16 month global internship, leaving the last semester as a time for re-entry.

Semester 1

BUS 421 Local Business Law and Practice (3 credits)

Students will research and document the legal, administrative, financial, and educational requirements to start a business in their field location. They will also research the cultural assumptions, practices, and ethics that can help or hinder the business startup process.

CHM 422 Entrepreneurial Ministry Practicum III (2 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities available for future consideration.

ENT 411 Transformational Entrepreneurship IV (3 credits)

Finance and Profitability: This course explores the different financing models including bootstrapping, organic growth, debt, and risk capital. The course also provides a clear overview of equity financing including the key types of investors: angels, venture capital, and crowdfunding. Students learn about terms, term sheets, exit modes, and what exit strategy might work best for them. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of what success looks like and how it can be financed.

ICS 422 Contextualization (4 credits)

This course borrows from the lessons learned in SSC 311,312 and 411 (Ethnographic Research) and seeks to integrate that learning into the development of a holistic strategy for consideration of the specific worldview issues, belief systems and value systems which either inhibit or provide opportunity for contextualization of the Gospel message for a particular culture. Students will examine principles of contextualization and examine what they have learned from the culture during their Global Internship sojourn to describe this strategy. Students will continue to record observations in a field journal and discuss these observations and their implications in a biweekly collaborative meeting.

LNG 422 Language Competency IV (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of LNG 421 during the 4th Global Internship term. As a response to the ongoing need to use the local language for relationships, ministry, and daily living, students will continue to pursue language study throughout the term by regular meetings with a language tutor or informant and accountability to their team for progress. Students will be given competency exams throughout the term to test their progress.

SPD 412 Missionary Life Practicum IV (2 credits)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk.

Semester 2

BTH 412 Genesis to Revelation: The Story of the Gospel (2 credits)

The purpose of this Biblical Studies course is to review the story of God’s mission in terms of the Gospel in both the Old and New Testament. The study includes introductory matters (geographical and historical backgrounds), a content summary and the use of Bible storying to better understand major theological themes.

BTH 431 Practical Theology (2 credits)

Practical Theology focuses upon the synthesis of ministry philosophy with ministry practice. Yet in the course of ministry, some preconceived philosophies become incongruent with ministry practice, thus leaving the Christian leader confronted with a ministry crisis. This class will provide a proactive approach towards the inevitable incongruence of ministry philosophy and practice, by helping the student lay a foundation of personal insight, while providing practical skills for ministry effectiveness.

CHM 412 Missionary Member Care (2 credits)

This is an opportunity for students who have finished the 16-month internship as missionaries under Bethany International Ministries to pour back into the organization that supported them. Students will get first-hand experience in the home side of missionary operation by participating in and providing logistical support to programs for furloughing missionaries and new missionary candidates.

ENT 412 Entrepreneurship Capstone (3 credits)

The Way Forward: In this Capstone project, students will be reviewing and assessing what they learned from their time on the field about customer discovery, validation, creation, and company building within the businesses and ministries they worked with. They will review peer projects and learning experiences, and consider practical next steps. Students will also develop skills to pitch business product or service to protential investors.

MIS 415 Cultural Innovation and Change (3 credits)

This course will cover the issue of directed cultural change. All cultures change, the question becomes do they change for the better or for the worse. This course will examine the forces of cultural change, a process that leads to beneficial cultural change, as well as case studies of significant change agents. Central to this class will be the principle that God intends His church to make a dramatic difference in people’s lives and therefore in their communities and cultures. Beneficial cultural change should be an expected outcome of discipleship and church planting. In this light, the student will learn the thought processes and methods of problem solving, developing creative solutions, and marshaling support for actual implementation of effective change.

MIS 421 Re-Entry (2 credits)

Students returning from their cross-cultural internship go through the same experiences common to all missionaries. This tension facing the re-entering missionary is often not dealt with simply because the opportunity to express this— to tell the story—is not provided. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunities to tell their stories to one another, to communicate their experiences, to reflect on those experiences, feelings, and thoughts as well as to examine the conclusions that they have come to regarding ministry, culture, their own self and their relationship with God.

SPD 431 Community, Character, and the Cross V (0 credits)

This course is the continuation of SPD232. Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum, it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

Practical Training+

Practical Training

Bethany Global University (BGU) is an organization that has been built on the idea that enterprise can be used to help advance the gospel. Over the past 60 years, students at BGU have offset the cost of their education by serving in various roles through the organization, and you will have the opportunity to do the same. One way this has been done in the past is through the Practical Training (PT) Scholarship. Not only will the PT Scholarship save you money, but it will also serve as a valuable educational experience. Thus, it has become an important part of the educational program at BGU.

The Practical Training program will give you the chance to be a part of the inner workings of Bethany International, of which the university is a part. You will invest roughly 15 hours a week serving in certain parts of the ministry, which helps all of us continue to advance the gospel.

From practical training you will gain:

  1. A $6,360 scholarship. Each semester you are awarded a $3,180 scholarship for your participation in the practical Training Program. This increases the potential for you to walk away from college debt free. Imagine what you can do with the extra money you save!
  2. Grow in professionalism. Your ability to influence people is based on how you’re able to interact with them in different social settings. We will teach you how to grow in professionalism whether you’re serving in an office setting, or working in other areas of the ministry.
  3. Develop a strong work ethic. At BGU we pray hard, play hard, and work hard. When you work hard you build trust with those around you. It also shows your supervisor that the best people to have on the team are Christians!
  4. Learn directly from the staff. Learning new skills is essential for effective cross-cultural work in the future. By serving in various areas of the ministry you will develop a new and diverse set of skills. The staff at BGU will work with you in training and developing you as a person.

Your practical training program work assignment is based on personal interviews, past experience, preference, and the needs of the organization. Departments in Bethany International that students have served in the past include:

  • I.T.
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Admissions Office
  • Recruitment Office
  • Kitchen
  • Services
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Publish4All

Global Internship+

Global Internship

Learn how to comfortably move between two different cultures quickly through a combination of formal training, experience, interaction, and practical ministry application. Through the Global Internship, you will observe and engage in missionary life firsthand to apply the knowledge you gained in the classroom.

What do the Interns do?

During Global Internship, students will:

  • Live overseas as a team for 16 months at one of our Global Internship sites
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Partner with missionaries and local ministries to bring the Gospel to a people group
  • Study social structures, religion, and worldview
  • Become interculturally minded Christians

The Global Internship is split into four terms (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall) and each term has a distinct focus to help you get the most out of your experience overseas. While each location operates a little differently you can get a general idea about each term by looking through the list below.

  • Gain foundational language learning
  • Build relationships within the community
  • Be established in process of culture learning
  • Online courses: Philippians, Language Competency, History in Context, and Intro to Ethnographic Research
  • Build ministry skills through participation
  • Informal language learning
  • Gain foundation understanding of predominant religions in your region
  • Online courses: James, Local Area Religions

Mid Internship Break (2 weeks towards the end of April)

  • The only scheduled vacation during the 16 months
  • Travel regionally in small groups
  • Family may visit
  • May return to the US

Global Internship Retreat

To give the interns a one week break and "checkup" in the middle of their Global Internship to focus on identity, community and team, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills, and academic learning.

  • Gain understanding of Evangelism, Discipleship and Church Planting as it occurs in context.
  • Gain ethnographic understanding of social, political and community structures
  • Deepen interview and ministry skills.
  • Online courses: Galatians, Social and Political Structures, EDC in Context.
  • Gain understanding of theological and practical contextualization
  • Integrate ethnographic observations with ministry realities
  • Learn how to leave well
  • Online courses: Ephesians, Contextualization

Where are the Global Internship sites?

Global Interns are sent in teams. Student teams live together in one of several different locations around the world. The Global Internship sites each provide their own unique environments, languages, cultural and religious contexts and ministry challenges, and opportunities. Global Interns over the past several years have lived on sites in: Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, France, and Kenya.

New sites are continually being identified and developed to receive Global Internship teams.


Updated GI Location Map

Local Outreach+

BOLD Outreach

Bethany Outreach and Leadership Development (BOLD) develops you as a leader while you engage in a local ministry weekly. In addition to academic excellence, you develop a missional lifestyle before ever stepping onto the foreign field. BOLD allows you to participate in a wide variety of ministries, including service to international communities, inner-city programs, street evangelism, and youth discipleship. The following are some of our outreach opportunities.

Discover Center

Discover enter is an after school mentorship program for adults and children.It empowers families by transforming their daily life through spiritual discipleship, educational empowerment, and leadership development.

Bread of Life

Bread of Life begins with worship and prayer. The teams then disperse to distribute fresh bread and share Jesus Christ. They either go to the Mall of America or the Minneapolis jail. The jail ministry focuses on ministering to the men who have been incarcerated.

Marie Sandvik Center

The Marie Sandvik Center provides for the material and spiritual needs of the poor in the inner city of Minneapolis. This is done through serving a meal, providing groceries, and holding a gospel-centered service for the community.

ICCM Life Center

ICCM Life Center is an urban ministry center located on the south side of Minneapolis, committed to transforming impoverished people through the power of Jesus Christ.

Chi Alpha

Chi Alpha seeks to evangelize and disciple through relationship based simple church planting. Students are trained to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and find people who are open to looking into the Word of God to learn more about who Jesus is.

Presbyterian Homes

Presbyterian Homes seeks to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults, and to provide more choices and opportunities for these older adults to live well. Bethany students who word with this outreach will have the opportunity to engage with the residents through visits, music, evangelism, and leading devotions.

JLS Learning Center

JLS Learning Center meets in the ICCM Life Center building, and is also focused on inner city ministry. JLS provides the opportunity to minister to elementary and middle school aged students through tutoring in school work and building relationships. A consisted, stable friend and mentor is an invaluable asset to these youth.

Street Level

Street Level is an evangelistic outreach that goes to different areas of Minneapolis to witness to people. These areas include downtown, uptown, University of Minnesota, dinky town, and a local mall.

Global Harvest Church

Global Harvest is a local church whose mission is to reach people of every nation, culture, language, and ethnicity with the gospel, starting right in the Twin Cities. You will be able to disciple and have fellowship with many international church members at this outreach.

Potter's Wheel

Potter's Wheel is a ministry that engages in the life of special needs students from Beyond Limits college.  They provide the love of Christ through mentorship, discipleship, and tutoring.

Jubilee Youth Center

The Jubilee Youth Center is a biblically-based, church-operated mentorship program that takes place in engaging Bible lessons, memory verses, praise songs, and a time for homework help. The main core of this outreach is mentorship, getting on each kid's "turf." Youth receive one on one attention from mentors who care about them and who are committed to seeing them follow Jesus.

Messenger Bootcamp

Messenger Bootcamp is a comprehensive evangelistic training program that develops believers in cultivating intimacy with God and fruitful lifestyle gospel proclamation. The commitments of this outreach are more arduous than a typical outreach option.

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