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Ministry Management Course

Entrepreneurship is more than just a means to gain wealth and live a good life. What if your business is also your ministry? During the 12-month Ministry Management course various teachers—with years of experience in business evangelism—take you on a journey that will entirely change the way you look at entrepreneurship. You will learn everything you need to know to start your own business, and use it to win souls for Jesus.

Please be aware that this is an advanced course. Completion of the six-month Health Evangelism course, it’s equivalent from an affiliated institution or the Essentials of Health Evangelism course by LIGHT is required.

The Ministry Management course is the best hands-on experience I’ve ever had. It taught me how to run a sustainable business/ministry by bridging the gap between entrepreneurship and the gospel.

Alex Deis, Ministry Management graduate

Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming fall session:
Starts July 20, 2020
Application deadline: April 20, 2020

One month mission trip (optional) after each course, anywhere in the world (depending on the needs).

What Will You Learn

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Entrepreneurship

  • Kick-start your own business, from writing a business plan to hiring your first employee.
  • Basic accounting and Christian finance
  • Project management, including project life cycles, and work breakdown structures. Also learn planning, organizing, directing, and controlling projects.
  • Manage specific ministry projects, such as in the food service industry, retail and merchandise industry, lifestyle centers, and educational development.
  • Human resource management
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Marketing & Media

  • The role of marketing in self-supporting work and Christian ethics
  • Create a pathway for your target audience to walk, to lead them to buy your product or use your service.
  • Research consumer behavior and define your target audience.
  • Basic graphic design
  • Social media marketing
  • Launch your own landing page.
  • Shoot your own promo video.
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Christian Leadership

  • Take a look at the mistakes Bible characters have made, and what we can learn from them.
  • Trace God’s leading in history as to understand His revealed ideal for His remnant people in mission work.
  • How to turn a business into a ministry
  • How to lead as a servant

Ministry Management Prepares You To

Take a managerial position in an existing ministry.

Develop and manage a self-supporting ministry (such as a lifestyle center, herb shop, health food store, restaurant, or treatment center).

Develop and manage a missionary training school.

Start your own city mission.

Course Curriculum

Philosophy of Management

Christian Leadership (Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, and Jesus)
  • Servant leadership
  • Time management
  • Board management/Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Decision making
  • Mentoring
  • Top ten leadership mistakes
Business Evangelism
  • Winning customer service.
  • How to turn a business into a ministry.
City Missions

Use the skills and knowledge you have acquired during class in a real life scenario. During this class you will be doing evangelism in the Chattanooga, TN area, reaching the community with the same techniques as Jesus used.

Human Resource Management

Job analysis and planning
  • Job descriptions
  • Recruitment
  • Employee measurement and evaluation
  • Employment security and downsizing
  • Using teams as a principle of organizational design and job design
  • Compensation: the pros and cons of individual incentives versus group incentives
  • Continual staff training, professional development, and turnover
Communication
  • Principles of Christian communication
  • Christian counseling
  • Conflict resolution

Bible

Christian Leadership (Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, and Jesus)
  • Servant leadership
  • Time management
  • Board management/Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • Decision making
  • Mentoring
  • Top ten leadership mistakes
Hermeneutics
  • Understand the history and importance of how Adventists interpret the Bible.
  • Understand sound Biblical methods to interpret inspired writings.
  • Understand the nature of the historical-critical method.
  • Learn how to study the Bible, letting Scripture explain itself.
  • Learn how to deal with difficult texts in Scripture.
Apologetics
  • We will look at the question of objective, absolute truth, and its importance in the context of a pluralistic worldview.
  • Understand the different dynamics that are part of interacting with non-Adventists and atheists.
  • Learn to defend by reason and in a way that benefits the Biblical Adventist faith.
Pentateuch
  • Understand the Biblical/Hebrew mentality (the mind of Christ).
  • Experience the beauty and depth of Mosaic writings.
  • Go deep into the nature and beauty of the law, the character of God, and the Biblical sanctuary.
  • Understand the big picture of the history of Israel.
Seventh-day Adventist History
  • Become acquainted with major events, themes, and developmental stages of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Trace God’s leading in the development of the mission of the Advent movement. Analyze the difficulty of trying to cooperate with fallen humanity in accomplishing this mission.
  • Understand how Seventh-day Adventist history is still relevant and necessary to understand contemporary issues within the church. Receive interpretative tools to understand such issues.
  • Cultivate an awareness of the factors that contribute to spiritual renewal or spiritual decline, both in your personal and corporate life.
Seven Habits of a Christian Leader

This class is a continuation of the Christian Leadership class. We’ll dive deeper into the seven habits of an effective leader, by looking at both the Bible and the world of entrepreneurship. Learn from the mistakes others have made. Know how to make decisions as a successful leader.

General Management

Case Studies and Analysis

Examine different self-supporting ministries that are both successful and unsuccessful at various levels (financially, spiritually, managerially). Develop a proposal to implement feasible changes.

Ministry Development
  • Team and mission statement development
  • Legalities of establishing a ministry
  • Strategic management: Develop a business plan
  • Fundraising
  • How to start a lifestyle center
  • How to start a clinic
  • How to start a training school
  • How to start a restaurant
  • How to start a health food store
  • Practicum (individual project)
Marketing
  • Learn the role of marketing in the self-supporting work.
  • Identify the environment in which a business/ministry operates.
  • List the components of a marketing plan.
  • Understand market research and its role in business.
  • Explain target marketing and market segments.
  • Summarize consumer and corporate buying behavior.
  • Define each stage of consumer purchase behavior.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses of promotional techniques.
  • Discuss the impact of technology on marketing.
  • Outline principles of international business practices.
  • Discuss legal issues in marketing.
  • Give examples of the relationship between social change and marketing.
  • Discuss ethics in modern business marketing.
  • Explain the relationship between business profitability and customer satisfaction.
  • Identify opportunities for new products and/or services for business profitability and/or customer satisfaction.
  • Apply pricing principles to new products and/or services.
  • Recommend appropriate strategies to rectify a current situation.
  • Examine internet marketing.
Technology for Entrepreneurs
  • Understand the principles of branding and why it’s vital for any business.
  • Learn to design your own your own logo and simple promotional material.
  • Make your own cinematic promo video using your smartphone camera and phone apps for editing.
  • Discover storytelling and emotion in various media to sell your product or service to your target audience.
  • Understand the basics of how to operate a prosumer camera to shoot photo and video.
  • Build your own landing page as part of a marketing campaign, using simple templates and website builder tools.

Financial Management

Financial Management
  • Learn how to integrate the Biblical relationship between faith and finance into all aspects of financial management.
  • Apply basic time value methodology to general valuation and integrated cash flow relationships.
  • Understand and apply the conceptual relationship between the expected return and the relevant risk of individual assets and portfolios of assets.
  • Understand and apply the traditional evaluation techniques of capital budgeting analysis in business and personal capital investments.
  • Understand the concept of cost of capital and financial leverage and apply those concepts in the determination of the optimal capital structure.
  • Understand the current financial environment in which business decisions are made.
Accounting
  • General Accounting: Accounting principles and theory for sole proprietorships and corporations are presented.
    • The recording of business transactions through the accounting cycle, from journalizing, posting, adjusting, and closing entries through work papers and preparation of financial statements is studied.
    • Internal control and accounting for cash, accounts receivable, inventories, property and equipment and related depreciation, intangible assets, current liabilities, owner’s equity, and payroll accounting are taught.
    • Ethical business practices and client privacy issues are stressed throughout all phases of the course.
  • Know how to do cost accounting.
  • Understand and be able to read, develop, and execute budgets.

Specific Management Seminars

Food Service Management
This course explores various functions of management in the food service industry, and encourages a systems approach to food production by integrating menu planning, purchasing, receiving, storage, production, and delivery in the business model. You’ll also learn to take an exacting, time-tested approach to positive revenue management by leveraging client flow, dining time, table mix, meal duration, and variable pricing.
Retail Management and Merchandising
Students will learn operating procedures for a retail environment, inventory management, merchandising, in-store marketing, and retail management.
Principles of Lifestyle Center Management
  • Lifestyle program development
  • Guest recruitment
  • Staff development
  • Financial development and implications
Principles of Educational Development
  • Curriculum development
  • Student recruitment
  • Teacher development
  • Principles and implications of finances

Prerequisites

In order to start the Ministry Management course, you will need to have finished one of the following courses and be able to provide evidence in the form of a certificate of completion: the six-month Health Evangelism course at Wildwood Center for Health Evangelism, the Essentials of Health Evangelism course at LIGHT, or any LIGHT affiliated one-month or six-month course.

If you are in your teenage years, you need to have completed your secondary education before coming to study at Wildwood. The minimum age is 18 years old. Any exception needs to be approved by the Education Committee. The applicant must also be well familiarized with the English language.

Certificate of Completion

Upon satisfactory completion of the Ministry Management course, and having fully met the financial obligations, the student is awarded with the following certificates of completion:

  • Ministry Management
  • Christian Leadership

Apprenticeship

During the second semester of the Ministry Management course, every student is required to do an apprenticeship in an assistant-leadership position at one of Wildwood Health Institute’s on-campus departments. This depends on the student’s capabilities.

  • President’s office
  • LIGHT (not affiliated with Wildwood but on Wildwood’s campus)
  • Education
  • Lifestyle center
  • Clinic
  • Farm
  • Auto shop
  • Media
  • Wildwood Natural Food Market (including herb shop)
  • IT

Ministry Management Course

Ready to start a ministry? Apply for the Ministry Management course today.