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CoVocational Certificate
Online - Part-time

Combining marketplace and ministry for entrepreneurial Kingdom impact

  • Includes material from Disciple Maker Certificate curriculum

  • Explore and develop new business models to start and fund disciple making

  • Learn “Lean Startup”  methodologies from Christian entrepreneurs

  • Customized “Quick Start” approach to apply learning immediately

Who is this program designed for?  

 

  • A professional with marketable skills already working in a marketplace role
     

  • A believer who senses a calling to start new ministries in non-traditional formats
     

  • A person who wants to go into paid ministry but needs a CoVocational job to allow them to do this.
     

  • A believer who has an entrepreneurial “mindset” – willing to explore new business models that will allow for different ways to start and fund disciple making churches
     

  • A church planter who wants to work in a business as a “manager” and use this as a platform for ministry
     

  • Entrepreneurial Christian leader who wants to start a scalable and repeatable business that will serve local communities in multiple locations

Curriculum is customized based on experience of the student

 

  • Designed for a student who has experience at leading a small group of up to 12 people
     

  • Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be ready to get first repeatable revenue from a CoVocational business or ministry activity
     

  • Curriculum is customized for each student, based on previous business experience, ministry experience, and academic background
     

  • 2 courses provide training on use of www.leanstack.com methodology to advance development of new CoVocational business/ministry concept
     

  • Includes courses from Disciple Maker Certificate curriculum (options for advanced credit and/or substitution for students depending on previous academic or business background)

Course List

REQUIRED COURSES

 

  • V41 - Lean Startup Concepts and Methods (3 hrs)
    An introduction to the use of “Lean Startup” concepts and methods for documenting and evaluating new CoVocational ministry opportunities. These tools are widely used by marketplace entrepreneurs when assessing new business opportunities, and can be adapted to the assessment of new combined ministry/workplace opportunities to fuel growth in disciple making.

  • V43 - Lean Startup Problem-Solution Fit Validation (3 hrs)
    Students will use the foundational understanding and Customer Discovery processes developed in the Lean Startup Concepts and Methods course to continue iteratively testing their business/ministry opportunity in the “real world”, with the goal of validating Problem/Solution fit and making a decision to “proceed or pivot”.

  • T23 - Biblical Theology to Fuel Disciple Making (3 hrs)
    An overview of the key teachings in the Bible. From the Grand Storyline through doctrines of Scripture, God, the Fall, Israel, the Gospel, New Birth, Baptism, Saving Faith, Church, Disciple Making, Ethics, and Final Restoration.

  • P17 - Becoming a Disciple Maker (3 hrs)
    Ultimately Jesus desires us to be disciples who make disciples. This practical course instructs students in the art of disciple making with insights from known disciple makers.

  • P19 - Disciple Making and the Local Church (3 hrs)
    Includes the core purpose of the church, shifting to a disciple making focus, the roles of leaders, reaching lost people, development, and church planting.

ELECTIVES* (5 of the courses below chosen in conjunction with the Academic Dean and Professor) 

 

  • O11 - Old Testament Literature (3 hrs)
    An overview of the Old Testament highlighting key Biblical passages and customs leading up to Jesus the Messiah.

  • N13 - Jesus Christ and the Gospels (3 hrs)
    An overview of the life, teachings, disciple making ministry, Cross, and great commission of Jesus.

  • N15 - Acts of the Apostles (3 hrs)
    A study of the early church’s start, expansion, and disciple making endeavors leading to the Gospel being preached in Rome. 

  • N11 - New Testament Literature (3 hrs)
    A survey of Romans through Revelation, emphasizing the purpose and content of each and also touching briefly on authorship, origin and structure. 

  • T25 - World Religions (3 hrs)
    Provides a basic understanding of worldview in order to evaluate the major competitors to Biblical disciples – Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

  • T35 - Apologetics (3 hrs)
    A defence of the faith by examining common attacks against Christianity and how best to answer tough questions while seeking to make disciples.

  • P15 - Mission Perspective (3 hrs)
    A course designed to study missions, noting the concept of the indigenous church and the methods and principles being used on various mission fields.

  • V50 – Capstone* (6 hrs)
    The CoVocational Disciple Maker Capstone Project requires that the student has an active revenue-generating ministry or business already functioning, and where the student desires to grow the ministry or business by a factor of 5-10X in the next 36 months.   The Capstone Project will use a blend of start-up growth methodologies to validate Product/Market fit and to develop a strategic go-to-market plan to achieve the high growth potential identified.  The output of the Capstone Project will be of sufficient data-driven analytical quality and documentation to attract investors to the growth plans for the ministry or business.


* If a student has a Degree in Bible already, they are not required to take the 5 electives; but will have the option to take the Capstone Project if proceeding with a business and approved by the Professor

Tuition and Course Fees

Tuition:
$540 CAD/ 3 hr course

LeanStack Subscription:
$60 USD / 3 hr course (V41, V43, V50)

*Tuition and Fees are due by registration day and are non-refundable after registration day

(See Master Calendar for dates)

Application Deadline

  • Applications for September enrollment must be received by August 15
     

  • Applications for January enrollment must be received by December 20