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
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
- 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)
- 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:
- Government & Law
- Philosophy of Math & Physics
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 18 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:
- A $6,000 scholarship. Each semester you are awarded a $3k 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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:
- Admissions Office
- Recruitment Office
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.
Global Internship Locations
See What Others Have Experienced
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.