Course Description

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.

Course Outline

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

Learner Outcomes

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.


  1. 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).
  1. 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.
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Section Title
Faith & Co: Business on Purpose
Sep 19, 2022 to Nov 16, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $99.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

The registration deadline is September 26, 2022 by the end of the day.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU prior to the first class session will receive a 100% refund. Withdrawals submitted online within 7 days of the first class session will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the last class session. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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