Available courses

The Marketplace Ministry certificate explores the meaning, motivation and practice of marketplace activity from God`s perspective.  Behind this is the conviction that all of God`s people are engaged in “full-time ministry" and doing Kingdom of God work.  

The designer of this certificate is Dr. Paul Stevens.  He has been teaching, modeling, writing and advocating this view of ministry for over fifty years, and is the author of multiple books on this topic, including “Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture” and “Doing God’s Business: Meaning and Motivation for the Marketplace.” 

The Professor of Record is Dr. Martin deWit.  Dr. de Wit has a DCom in Economics from the University of Pretoria and an MA from Regent College in Vancouver, British Colombia.  

This is an important study both for people in pastoral ministry, but also for people whose primary arena of service is in a societal occupation.

     Yellow Belt Training is a great way for you, your team or your entire organization to learn the fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma. This Lean Six Sigma training is a high-level overview that quickly and effectively builds awareness and covers the Lean Six Sigma concepts and tools.

     This course will be offered monthly beginning on the 16th of each month.  The enrollment cut-off date will be the 10th of the month for that month's class.  After enrolling in the course the student will receive a User ID and password for the BGU website.  Students can log in to the BGU website to receive additional information about the course prior to the start date, and download a copy of the course syllabus.  Prior to the starting date for the course, students will receive a User ID and password for the MSI website where they can access the course content.  

     If you have any questions, please email Charles Barber at charles.barber@bgu.edu.

Course Outline:

  1.  Introduction
  2. History of Six Sigma
  3. Process Variances
  4. Other Process Improvement Methodologies
  5. Recognizing Improvement Opportunities
  6. Managing Quality
  7. Deciding to Start a Six Sigma Project
  8. Organizational Roles & Responsibilities
  9. DMAIC Method (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control)
  10. DMADV Variation (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design and Verify)
  11. Project Communication
  12. Supporting Delivery

The priesthood of all believers: since the Reformation many have talked the talk. Few have walked the walk. This course will arm you with resources for helping those in your congregation to become ministers (servants of God and others) in the gathered and scattered church. In this class, you will take away insights on how to communicate the all-believer-priesthood vision. But more than that, you will learn specific ways believers may live out that vision in practical action. 

This certificate course has been developed to provide students with specific training in using social media in marketing businesses, community organizations, and ministries. The video for this program was recorded before a live audience in Dallas and the event was hosted by Bakke Graduate University.
The audience for this course is quite diverse. The same principles that can help a university promote itself, are the same strategies a local for-profit business can use. They are the same strategies that can be implemented by community development organizations, churches and non-profits. In this seminar, Richard Nongard addresses a variety of business and ministry related concerns in social media – and uses many examples from his own success as a therapist who has used social media to build a private practice and training company. Creative adaptation of these ideas will help you to benefit for the opportunity social media bring to you and the organizations you work with no matter what the setting.

Bakke Graduate University’s speed reading course is an in-depth speed reading program that has the potential to dramatically increase both your reading and comprehension speed. This course goes beyond just increase your speed, however. In this online training program you will learn:

  • The most effective techniques taught by speed readers to help others increase reading speed.
  • The SQ3R method of increasing comprehension, because knowing what you read is as important as how fast you read.
  • You will learn strategies for writing winning book reports at any grade level.
  • You will learn eye exercises that can help you to increase your reading stamina.
  • Methods of reducing subvocalization – the number one factor that slows down our reading.
  • You will learn multiple methods and approaches, not just one proprietary system, helping you to find the approach that will work best for you.

Bakke Graduate University’s Transformational Leadership Certificate of Achievement will provide participants with specific training in transformational leadership. Not only will this class equip the participant with academic and practical skills necessary to achieve one’s greatest level of potential, but the materials will impact the individual as well as the lives of those around them. The elements of transformational leadership equate to successful transition, positive change, and dramatic outcomes. The ideas of TL are most helpful for leading organizations and making important changes in the world around us.

Bakke Graduate University’s Writing Well as Stewardship course is intended to help BGU students who need additional help with conveying their ideas effectively in writing. It covers organizing ideas; writing paragraphs, transitions, and sentences; spelling, grammar, and punctuation; and measuring readability.