This course builds upon the SPU produced film series, “Faith & Co: Business on Purpose.” This course re-imagines (through the lens of Christian theology) business as a calling to serve God and our neighbors (the common good). The course makes extensive use of evocative short story films, interviews with executives and subject matter experts. The course will develop a theological framework for business and its implications for purpose, profit, ethics, stakeholder relationships, economic inclusion and creation care/ sustainability.
I. Theological Foundations:
Session 1: Business as a Calling (Creation Mandate)
Session 2: Business & the Messy Middle
Session 3: Ethics and Biblical “Core Values”
II. Business and Restoration/Right Relationships:
Session 4: Work and Spiritual Formation
Session 5: Employees: Re-Humanizing Work
Session 6: Customers: Re-Personalizing the Marketplace
Session 7: Business and Flourishing Communities
Session 8: Creation Care; Course Wrap-up
By the end of the course participants will have:
- Meaningful and practical connections between faith and the practice of business.
- A Christian theological framework for business and its implications for purpose and practice.
- Practical examples of how faith-based values can be expressed in business (i.e., through customer and employee relationships, economic inclusion and creation care/sustainability).
- Opportunities for self-reflection, discussion and the development of practical action plans.
- Each week’s module will “unlock” each week at 3:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (you will need to sign on to Canvas and click “Modules” on the left column).
- Students should complete each week’s module by the following Sunday evening at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Each module should take 2-3 hours to complete. Students taking the course for credit will have additional assignments.