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.

Major Courses

Too many missionaries, business is a means to support themselves financially or a reason for a visa into closed country, but for the Transformational Entrepreneurship program starting businesses is a core focus. You will learn how to uncover opportunities, prototype products/services, launch businesses, and scale those businesses. Throughout the program, you will be challenged with hands-on projects to build hard skills in sales, budgeting, teamwork, and marketing.

Here is a sampling of the entrepreneurship classes:

  • Entrepreneurship 1: Developing Opportunities
  • Entrepreneurship 2: Launching your Start-up
  • Entrepreneurship 3: Growth Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship 4: Finance & Profitability
  • Business Communications
  • Sales & Marketing

A thorough understanding of the Bible and theology is vital to being an effective missionary. So much so, that 30 credit hours are required in this area and you will receive the additional major in Bible & Theology. Through these courses, as well as the discipleship aspects built into the program, you will grow stronger spiritually, learn how to walk in victory over sin through the power of the cross, and build the foundational understanding you will need to disciple others in their faith.

Here is a sampling of the Bible & Theology classes:

  • Old and New Testament Surveys
  • Hermeneutics and Exegetical Skills
  • Theology
  • Telling God’s Story: Genesis to Revelation
  • Practical Theology

Learn how to quickly identify what makes cultures different so that you can work along side and reach others that may think, feel, and act very differently from you. Every culture has it’s norms and learning how to fit into them is one of the key skills an effective entrepreneur (even more so for missionaries). The key skills you will learn in intercultural studies will be research, language learning, contextualization, and intercultural social skills.

Here is a sampling of the intercultural studies classes:

  • Intro to Ethnographic Research
  • Religious Systems and Structures
  • Language Classes (Specific to your Global Internship location)
  • Sociology
  • Missionary Life Practicum

To transform societies you will be taught how to discern the variety of different world views found in societies as well as what drives them. Every society is a mixture of sociology, economics, government, science, arts, and literature; so students in BGU’s Transformational Entrepreneurship degree program will explore the liberal arts topics through a lens of missions to extend your influence.

Here is a sampling of the liberal arts topics included:

  • Economics
  • Government & Law
  • Biology
  • Arts/Literature
  • Philosophy of Math & Physics
  • Psychology

Hands-on Learning

Two Years of Practical Training on Campus

While on campus, you will spend two years in BGU’s Practical Training program where you will not only work to pay for your tuition but gain practical entrepreneurship skills as well. BGU is part of the larger missions organization Bethany International and you will play a vital role in its mission to take the church to where it’s not through one of a variety of roles.

Weekly Outreach During Your First Two Years On Campus

Once a week you will join your class in one of BGU’s BOLD Outreaches to practice ministry hands-on. There are a variety of ministries BGU works with within the Twin Cities to choose from.

16 Months of Missions Training Overseas

Through BGU’s Global Internship program, you will spend 16 months working alongside missionaries and entrepreneurs to gain valuable skills overseas while you continue your studies online. On the field, you will learn how to learn language, culture, and societies.

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