A brief one-day training for faith leaders and young, aspiring marketplace leaders to begin thinking about how our their faith and work can be connected. We will examine a number of theological fallacies and explore how God is using business to expand His Kingdom and bring about His plans of restoration of all things.
This course will focus on breaking down the sacred vs. secular divide in faith and work as we develop a Biblical worldview of business. Building a theological foundation for work and business through an in-depth study of Genesis 1&2, Proverbs, Thessalonians, etc. We will also cover the seven Biblical standards that the African Council for Accreditation Association's (AfCAA) has established for the realities of the marketplace in this context. Finally, we will consider models and initiatives that integrate faith and work, while examining the historical fears of profit and money-making and how God’s word addresses it.
This four day course will advance our participants abilities to assess market needs and develop a process for testing profitable and innovative solutions to those problems. In the book Lean Customer Development, Cindy Alvarez states “…if you don’t learn what customers really want, you’re at a very high risk of building something that no one wants to buy.” We will take participants through the process of forming a hypothesis, finding potential customers, asking the right questions, making sense of the answers, and figuring out what to build to strengthen the disciplines of entrepreneurship.
This 12-week course (1/2 day of class time each week) will combine both the theory and practice of business planning, testing, and development according to the Bible. Participants will also develop basic skills in pricing, costing, money management, personnel management, marketing, and other operational management skills required in the discipline of entrepreneurship. All of these modules will culminate into a written business plan and investor’s pitch presentation.