Christian Leaders Enterprise 101
Enroll meChristian Leaders Enterprise 101 (3 credits)Professor Steve ElzingaAdditional Materials by: Seth Godin, David Brooks, Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Ernesto SirolliNeed help: CLI Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org
This class explores key principles for handling finances and for starting, managing, and marketing a sustainable enterprise. It may be especially helpful for bi-vocational leaders who minister while earning income by other means.
This class is inspired by the Apostle Paul. He believed that pastors deserved to be paid, but he himself ministered without payment and earned his income in business. Paul is a model for many bi-vocational leaders. He wrote, "If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it" (1 Corinthians 9:17-18). You may be seeking to be like Paul and minister free of charge. This class will help prepare you for a sustainable enterprise.
1. Learn the basics of starting a business/enterprise endeavor
2. Understand concepts of finance and money management for enterprises
3. Learn basics of managing and marketing an enterprise
1. Read all online reading materials.
2. Watch online video lectures for each unit.
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4. Take the online quiz for each unit. You will have 60 minutes to answer 20 multiple-choice questions for each quiz. Once a quiz has started, you must finish it, and you can't retake it. So be ready ahead of time. While taking the quiz, you may use your notes and refer to articles and other materials.
a. If your computer crashes or you lose your internet connection during a quiz attempt, you might get a zero on a quiz. If that happens, contact Help Desk (email@example.com), explain the problem, and ask Help Desk to delete the failed quiz attempt so that you can take the quiz again. However, if you simply don't do well on a quiz because you didn't know many answers, don't ask to take the quiz again; you won't be allowed.
b. Tips for taking quizzes: Print out the readings for each unit, or save them in a folder on your computer. If you don't know a quiz answer, you can refer back to an article or to your notes. First, answer all the questions you know. Then try to look up answers to questions you don't know. When you have entered an answer for every question, submit the quiz for grading before the 60-minute limit. If you have studied all videos and all readings ahead of time, you probably can answer most of the questions in just a few minutes and spend the remaining time looking up answers that you don't know. However, if you have not studied ahead of time, 60 minutes won't be enough time to look up answers to all the questions you don't know.
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C+ 77-79% C 73-76% C- 70-72% D+ 67-69% D 63-66% D- 60-62% F 0-59%
Your average grade must be at least 60%. Otherwise, you will fail the class and will receive no course credit.
Note: You must complete all work by the final deadline of the course. If you are not done by that date, you will have to take the class again in order to receive credit. Incompletions are considered drops. Please take this course very seriously. It is a gift to you by very generous contributors and the staff and professors of Christian Leaders Institute.
All videos have slides available with them.
Day 1 - 10: Week 1: Introduction to Enterprise
Day 11 - 20: Week 2: Personal Finances
Day 21 - 30: Week 3: How To Save Money
Day 31 - 40: Week 4: How To Make More Money At Your Job
Day 41 - 50: Week 5: How To Get A Ministry Job
Day 51 - 60: Week 6: Ideas for a Business
Day 61 - 70: Week 7: How to Start a Business
Day 71 - 80: Week 8: How to Sell
Day 81 - 90: Week 9: Managing a Business
Day 91 - 100: Week 10: Vision
Day 101 - 110: Week 11: Just Do It
Day 111 - 120: Week 12: Be Inspired
As you complete this tuition-free course, let's pray for and thank the Vision Partners! Their sacrificial giving supports these tuition-free courses so those with little or no extra resources can access high-quality ministry training.
Unit 12: Our Eternal Home
Day 121 - 150
Read the Inspiring Testimony of this Christian Leaders Institute Student
CLI Student Lorie Jackson
"My name is Lorie Jackson, I am from Orange, Texas. This journey with Christian Leaders Institute has been absolutely phenomenal. I am grateful to Mr. Reyenga and Mr. Elzinga as well as Dr. Feddes, who I have learned so much from throughout this journey. Most importantly, I am grateful to God for allowing me to have the opportunity to study in the area of ministry and to become the ministry leader that he has called me to be. I have always been a coach at heart, but not a very effective one. Through the life coaching training program, I've learned which fallacies, wrong motives, and approaches caused me to be ineffective and how to correct them. This is just a stepping stone in my journey of understanding people and becoming people literate (people smart). My goal is to help individuals find their identity and purpose (calling) in Christ and help them realize walking in it. I find that most of the persons that I encounter do not have an inkling of an idea of their identity, let alone their reason for existence. My plan is to give them the tools needed to find that out and help them create a plan to push forward in their call."
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Day 151 - 180
The course has ended. Please make sure all quizzes have been completed. If your work is incomplete, it is considered a drop, and you will have to take the class again in order to receive credit.
Our staff will be using this time to review your work. Your grade should appear on your "My Home Page" in the "Course Overview" section. Please contact Helpdesk if you have any questions or did not receive your grade.