• Welcome to Marketplace Ministry!

    Professor Paul Stevens -- Contact Person: registrar@imtglobal.org

    Thank you for joining this course, Marketplace Ministry. This is an important study both for people in pastoral ministry (since they are empowering most of the people of God to live and work in the world Monday to Saturday as full-time servants of God in the workplace and home), but also for people whose primary arena of service is in a societal occupation.  For myself (Paul) this is heart-beat stuff. I have been teaching, modeling, writing and advocating on this for over fifty years. I have tried to implement this as a pastor, as a student counselor with IVCF, as a carpenter and business person (construction industry), as a theological professor and more recently as a self-employed consultant and seminar leader.

    What we are going to do in this course is to explore what is the meaning, motivation and practice of marketplace activity from God`s perspective drawing heavily on Scripture. Behind this it is the conviction that all of God`s people are engaged in “full-time ministry" and doing Kingdom of God work, not just pastors and missionaries. In this course we are considering “marketplace” in a broad way, yes primarily business and economic life, but in all kinds of enterprise and exchange, whether profitable or not-for-profit, including teaching, professions, the trades and homemaking.

  • Lesson 4: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises

    Guest Speaker: Rick Goossen

    Have you ever thought that Christians should be the most creative and innovative people on earth? The reason could be our personal connection with the ongoing creativity of God. So in this session, I team up with the co-author of our book on Entrepreneurial Leadership, Dr. Richard Goossen, to explore innovation in the marketplace and social entrepreneurship in the world. Dr. Richard Goossen is Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Organization and an advisor in Covenant Family Wealth Advisors. There will be three parts to the teaching: (1) Defining entrepreneurship and explaining why it is so critical for businesses, not-for-profits and churches (Goossen). (2) Then I will do some theological reflection on the biblical sources of innovation and creativity. (3) The third part is again with Goossen and he will open up the theme of social entrepreneurship and will show how enterprise and not aid is the best way to address social problems and help the marginalized.

    The first quick oil change facility in Eastern Europe started by Entrepreneurial Christians, employing people coming out of the drug scene.

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 4, select and download mp3 files 4324D1 to 4324D6.

    Assignment Checklist:

    1. Listen to lecture D1-D6
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
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