Dennis Bakke often said, “The purpose of a non-profit and business should be exactly the same – to improve society. The only difference is how they are sustained.” BGU’s EMBA is designed to help organizational leaders to develop the best type of organization to meet their calling to improve society, including a wide-variety of hybrid NGO/for-profit structures. The first question is what are my gifts and how am I called to create an organization to fulfil the purpose God has called me to? The structure submits to the purpose.
However healthy NGOs can learn a lot from effective businesses, and healthy businesses can learn a lot from effective NGOs. BGU’s EMBA places leaders of all types in peer learning environments creating life-long learning through relationships across boundaries of organizational structure, geography and culture. Practical EMBA skills open up ways for greater impact upon society including marketplace solutions to address urban poverty; well-run church multiplication movements; fair-trade production; environmental real-estate development; justice-focused banking; or products and services that empower hope in often hopeless places. The BGU EMBA also takes transforming society to a new level with the topic “Economics of Mutuality.”
BGU EMBA students learn how to not just create effective organizations that make a difference, but also how to transform whole sectors so that addressing poverty and making profit are part of sustained, interdependent economic systems. It is more than making people “feel good” about their purchase. It is more than adding a related business venture to a non-profit. It is building a whole new way that people understand economics, business, and ministry. The leader builds new expectations; new perspectives; new practical ways to build healthier relationships that serve the interests of people in many diverse sectors of society.
Please join the webinar on July 17 th to learn more about Economics of Mutuality BGU EOM Panel Discussion.
Jesus often stated “the Kingdom of God has come near.” When Christian leaders led by their calling and purpose, create effective organizations that transform whole sectors of society, people know that they are watching a totally different type of leader. God precedes this type of transformation. The BGU EMBA is designed to train effective stewards of these movements that God has created.
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