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School of Theology and Ministry

Economics and Pastoral Leadership Project

Course Series in Church and Faith-Based Non-profit Management

Classes in the Series, Class Titles and Descriptions are below

All courses are online, asynchronous courses and the dates for the courses follow the university’s dates for the quarters.

  • Fall – 9/20 classes start, 12/2 last day of classes, 12/4-9 finals week
  • Winter – 1/8 classes start, 3/19 last day of classes, 3/20-24 finals week
  • Spring – 4/3 classes start, 6/11 last day of classes, 6/12/-16 finals week

 

Talking Faith & Money: At the Intersection of Theology, Economics & Organizational Realities

This introductory course lays a foundation for all that the program will cover; participants grapple with their own individual and community’s theology and how it intersects with themes of money, economics, and organizational management.

To register for this class:

  • Leaders in the community taking this class for professional development units can register here: SeattleU-STM Economics and Pastoral Leadership Project Registration Form. Cost is $315 (10 PD hours). Register for this section by September 18.
  • Matriculated students taking Graduate Credits can register for this course by September 20 via SU Online. Cost is $631 (1 Graduate Credit). Register for this section by September 20.

 

Taking Strategic Action: Building Mission-centered Operations & Business Practices

While faith and mission fuel the way we are church and operate nonprofits, tools are often necessary and helpful to engage strategic planning and goal-setting in a way that is realistic while inviting participation and collaboration. Church and nonprofit leaders have the responsibility of building operations and practices that support themselves, their leadership teams and staff, volunteers and community members. This class will provide practical tools for establishing those operations and business structures that support sustainable growth and honor everyone involved. 

To register for this class:

  • Leaders in the community taking this class for professional development units can register here: SeattleU-STM Economics and Pastoral Leadership Project Registration Form. Pilot cost for Fall quarter is $150 (30 PD hours). Actual cost is $945. Register for this section by September 18.
  • Matriculated students taking Graduate Credits can register for this course by September 20 via SU Online. Cost is $1,893 (3 Graduate Credits).

 

Managing Personal Finances

This class provides concrete tools for church and nonprofit leaders navigating their call to service as a vocational or bi-vocational leader. Participants are able to work through strategies for individual and family responsibilities, along with the realities of holding university and seminary student debt along with other financial challenges.

To register for this class:

  • Leaders in the community taking this class for professional development units can register here: SeattleU-STM Economics and Pastoral Leadership Project Registration Form. Pilot cost for Winter quarter is $50 (10 PD hours). Actual cost is $315.
  • Matriculated students taking Graduate Credits can register for this course starting November 13 via SU Online. Cost is $631 (1 Graduate Credits).

 

Overseeing Organizational Finances

While church and nonprofit leaders may not directly manage the sums and figures of accounting, skills and knowledge are imperative to sustainably manage and oversee accounting and finance operations. This introductory class gives participants the language and knowledge base they need to help their community thrive and foresee issues before they become fatal obstacles. 

To register for this class:

  • Leaders in the community taking this class for professional development units can register here: SeattleU-STM Economics and Pastoral Leadership Project Registration Form. Pilot cost for Spring quarter is $50 (10 PD hours). Actual cost is $315.
  • Matriculated students taking Graduate Credits can register for this course starting February 12 via SU Online. Cost is $631 (1 Graduate Credits).

 

Cultivating Private Donors & Community Partners for Fundraising

Opportunities exist every day for individuals, community organizations, and grants to fund programs and initiatives within churches and nonprofits. This class provides an opportunity for participants to become acquainted with the basics of fundraising and to cultivate skills for making those asks in a way that is true to the heart of their work.


Developing the Must-Haves of Marketing & Communication

How can we tell the story of our church or community in a way that winsomely represents its heart and soul well? Where, when and how can we share meaningful content that represents our unique communities? This class will provide an overview on basic marketing and communications opportunities and resources, including how to create a communications plan for gatherings, programs and community life.

  

Questions about the course content please contact Thanh-Thuong ChuChe at ChuChet@seattleu.edu or 206-296-5335.