In this five-week self-paced online course, you will discern and explore if social entrepreneurship or Christian innovation aligns with you calling, purpose, and interest. You will have access to discussions with a community of peers, learn from an experienced teaching team, and inspiring examples to help you make the connection between your faith and business or ministry aspirations. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify the need, desire, or problem that a social enterprise or innovative Christian ministry can address.
Kimberly is driven to inspire people to align with their purpose and to make magic happen with their gifts. She has almost 15 years of experience leading communications efforts at organizations, is a certified life coach, and has helped to catalyze entrepreneurs to do good. Kimberly serves as senior director of communications at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) and is a co-founder of DO GOOD X, an initiative that provides a community and an accelerator for underrepresented faith-rooted social entrepreneurs who want to do good. She is co-author of A Way Out of No Way: An Approach to Christian Innovation (2022). Kimberly holds a Master of Arts in arts and business administration from Savannah College of Arts and Design and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Coastal Carolina University. In her free time, you'll find her doing Muay Thai, reading, playing classical music, and exploring nature, all with her daughter, Zara, in tow.
Explore the Course
Define and distinguish between social entrepreneurship and Christian innovation and identify a need, desire, or problem that a social enterprise or innovative Christian ministry can address.
Explore different ways for you to pursue social entrepreneurship and Christian innovation. Think critically about the pathways that you can take to develop them.
Reflect on your strengths and growing edges related to social entrepreneurship. Engage in self-assessment of your capacity and explore your social enterprise or innovative Christian ministry ideas.
Learn the six-step approach to Christian innovation put forth in FTE's book, "A Way out of Now Way" by Kimberly Daniel and Stephen Lewis, which provides a framework for moving from values and motivations to inventing alternatives to systemic inequities.
Identify your immediate next step for developing your social enterprise or innovative Christian ministry. Craft a pitch that explains what your idea is and how it will impact the community, society, or the world.
“ Run don't walk. This course and community was exactly what I needed to help push me into a deeper level of vocational discernment for social entrepreneurship. The practical examples and experiences of people living out their call and building social enterprises were priceless. A tool I haven't received in any other course. ” Kylan Pew, course alum
FTE also offers a 20% discount to groups of three or more interested in journeying through the course together. This option is especially great for leaders of young adult ministries who want to offer their participants an online discernment opportunity. To sign up as a group, click the button below and select the number of participants in your group at check out. Once your information is received, we will reach out to you for contact information on each young adult enrolling in the course.
The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. Since its founding in 1954, FTE has provided resources, events, networks, grants, and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow's leaders, pastors, and theological educators, FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults, and partners explore their passion, purpose, and call.
This course is designed for young adults (18-35) interested in exploring social entrepreneurship or innovative models of ministry in a Christian faith community or church.
Social entrepreneurship is a business approach taken by business owners, start-ups, innovators, and collectives to design, develop, and deliver solutions for the common good.
Christian innovation is the 'ingenious grit' of seeing opportunities in unfavorable circumstances and composting available resources to create 'a way out of no way' of persistent challenges. This kind of innovation has Gospel impact, that is to say it advances life more abundantly (John 10:10), resulting in human flourishing, the well-being of communities (1 Corinthians 12:25), and the healing of all in the world (Rev 22:2).
This course was created to help discerning young adults identify a need, desire, or problem that a social enterprise or innovative Christian ministry can address.
Upon completion, you will join FTE's network of alumni which includes pastors, professors, deans, presidents or organizations, civil servants, and non-profit leaders who are lading their communities, congregations, and society.
This varies by person but you will have 5-weeks of access to the course, to explore and elevate your knowledge and skills toward your calling.
Yes, if you meet the requirements set forth in the course you will received a certificate that you can post to your LinkedIn profile and download to share.
Yes, NovoEd have a mobile app, you can access the course anytime and anywhere you want.