Faith Based Entrepreneurship

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Faith Based Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate Program

Develop entrepreneurial skills to accomplish your vision
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Are you an entrepreneurial-minded individual seeking to serve a spiritual need within or outside a religious institution? Do you want to advance your entrepreneurial ideas, test viability, learn about coaching/consulting and develop new skills for success? We understand that launching your vision can be an immense logistical challenge. In addition, when your faith is important to you, you want to be sure the direction you’re heading glorifies God and aligns with His calling on your life. Through our Faith Based Entrepreneurship Certificate, you can learn to integrate Scripture, theology and time-tested business principles to help you serve the needs of your community outside church walls.

Sharpen Your Business Mindset

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The Faith Based Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate is a new five-course program designed to help you establish innovative faith-based products and services in the marketplace while expanding your entrepreneurial expertise. In addition, if you have an existing business idea your instructors and mentors will help you assess the viability of your venture and come alongside you to improve your plan and implementation. 

Whether you are interested in launching a non-profit ministry or for-profit organization, our program incorporates a robust curriculum to help you succeed. In addition, all courses you complete for this certificate program may be applied toward a degree program (excluding clinical counseling) at Ashland Theological Seminary.

A Bachelor’s degree is required for entrance into the program.

What to Expect

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We’re offering this 12 month cohort-based program 100% online. To earn your graduate certificate, you will complete five courses taught by the faculty of Ashland Theological Seminary and Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University. You will also have a personal mentor to come alongside you and your vision. If you decide to pursue a seminary degree in the future, you can transfer course credit to your future program. Enrollment is limited, so sign up as soon as possible to secure your spot. 

Tuition is $3,900 payable in monthly installments of $325/month. Financial aid is also available.


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Our Faith Based Entrepreneurship program includes a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip you to fully develop your vision for a business plan without compromising your faith. The following courses are required to complete your certificate:

CLD 6630: Leading the People of God

MBA 540: Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship

CTH 5520: Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God

MBA 505: Financial Management

SPF 5540: Spiritual Formation

Foundations to Well-Being
In this module we address the essential components you need to flourish personally and spiritually as an effective pastor.  You will learn to create conditions for your well-being through engaging with peer groups, practicing authenticity, and connecting with a mentor.  Together, we will explore understanding our core identities in relation to our callings.  We will also address common challenges to well-being, such as conflict, financial constraints, and scheduling pressures.

Tools for Formation
In this module, we will explore what it takes to grow in emotional and spiritual wholeness.  We will look at how these are distinct yet interconnected, and how the leader must be willing to both walk and witness to this in order for those they are leading to follow.  

Preparing for Tomorrow
In this module, we will explore tools and techniques for creating plans for long-term thriving.  Building on what we learned through modern assessment tools and practiced together in covenant community, we will draw upon ancient wisdom and traditional practices to hone personalized plans that can carry you through the years ahead.

Glorify God by Building your Leadership Capacity


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Kellen B

Lead Pastor-Mentor

Thriving in Church Ministries offers a safe, non-judgmental space for sharing and empowering pastors. The relationships and instruction afforded by the program are an unbeatable combination! I highly recommend it.

Korderro B

Lead Pastor and New Church Planter

The Thriving in Church Ministries cohort gave me new breath and life. I experienced sanctuary and comradery while connecting with other pastors who are like-minded, understand my pain and share my passion.

Renee H

Lead Pastor

My experience in the Thriving in Church Ministries cohort changed my life forever! I am humbled and so very grateful to have participated. The most valuable topics to me were self-care, learning how to have a healthy mindset and gleaning from other seasoned pastors.

Stancy A

Associate Pastor

The Thriving in Church Ministries experience gave me new insight into my leadership style. We experienced in-depth discussions that pastors and leaders need to discover how leadership style impacts relationships.

Norflette S

Lead Pastor

The Thriving in Church Ministries program gave me new friendships, fresh insight and encouragement to continue moving forward in the work of ministry.

Request More Information

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We’re here to support you as you follow God’s call on your life. When you complete this form, we will personally reach out to discuss our Faith Based Entrepreneurship program. We’re here to support you as you discern which equipping option at Ashland Theological Seminary is right for you.

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