All courses are online, asynchronous courses and the dates for the courses follow the university’s dates for the quarters.
While church and nonprofit leaders may not directly manage the sums and figures of accounting, skills and knowledge are imperative to sustainably manage and oversee accounting and finance operations. This introductory class gives participants the language and knowledge base they need to help their community thrive and foresee issues before they become fatal obstacles.
“Hopefully this course will add to the student’s professional development foundation. Ideally the course will not only further the students skills and knowledge but also serve as a catalyst for further study and exploration of specific issues addressed in this course.”
— Ray Ishii Instructor and Member of Curriculum Development Team
This introductory course lays a foundation for all that the program will cover; participants grapple with their own individual and community’s theology and how it intersects with themes of money, economics, and organizational management.
While faith and mission fuel the way we are church and operate nonprofits, tools are often necessary and helpful to engage strategic planning and goal-setting in a way that is realistic while inviting participation and collaboration. Church and nonprofit leaders have the responsibility of building operations and practices that support themselves, their leadership teams and staff, volunteers and community members. This class will provide practical tools for establishing those operations and business structures that support sustainable growth and honor everyone involved.
This class provides concrete tools for church and nonprofit leaders navigating their call to service as a vocational or bi-vocational leader. Participants are able to work through strategies for individual and family responsibilities, along with the realities of holding university and seminary student debt along with other financial challenges.
Opportunities exist every day for individuals, community organizations, and grants to fund programs and initiatives within churches and nonprofits. This class provides an opportunity for participants to become acquainted with the basics of fundraising and to cultivate skills for making those asks in a way that is true to the heart of their work.
How can we tell the story of our church or community in a way that winsomely represents its heart and soul well? Where, when and how can we share meaningful content that represents our unique communities? This class will provide an overview on basic marketing and communications opportunities and resources, including how to create a communications plan for gatherings, programs and community life.
Questions about the course content please contact Thanh-Thuong ChuChe at ChuChet@seattleu.edu or 206-296-5335.