• 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 5: Leadership, Motivation and Engaging in the Global Village

    Professor Paul Stevens

    It was a Canadian back in the 1960’s who invented the term “global village.” Marshall McLuhan foresaw that technology would shrink the world into one communication network so we would know what is going on in places far away just as if we were in a small village. That has indeed become true for this class with BGU. We are a borderless university. So even small businesses today are doing business globally, accessing materials or products from far-away places or marketing their services or products to other countries.  The people who service our virtual university are an example of this, as most of them live and work in Florida and the Caribbean. So we are going to do a case study (a true story with the names changed) to get into issues of globalization. But first we will take one more look at the “why,” with motivation and what we experience in organizational cultures that makes us want to work and enjoy our efforts, and of course the reverse.


    To listen to the audio for Lesson 5, select and download mp3 files 4324E1 to 4324E6.

    Assignment Check List:

    1. Listen to lecture E1-E6
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
    Lesson 4: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social EnterprisesLesson 6: Ethics for Marketplace Ministers