Details for Entrepreneurship, Business and Mission

This subejct explores the relationship between entrepreneurship, business and mission with the aim of equipping students to function missionally in the business environment in and through their entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurship has been largely ignored in economic theory but is extremely popular amongst management thinkers and policy makers, who see it as the route to innovation, job and wealth creation. Protestant Christians have become enamoured with entrepreneurship and business-as-mission for different reasons, connected with evangelism and poverty relief. What is typically lacking in both secular and Christian thinking, is a foundational ontology of either business or entrepreneurship, and in the case of Christian practice, an ability to root any of these in a biblical theology of mission. These are the issues we will explore both critically and constructively together.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BUS547
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton

Awards offering Entrepreneurship, Business and Mission

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Exhibit an indepth understanding of the concept of the entrepreneur, its history and contemporary role.
  • Analyse the concept of business as mission, and its relationship to theologies of mission.
  • Illustrate an advanced ability to formulate a viable plan for a business in a mission setting.
  • Identify and distinguish the skills required to carry out this or a similar plan.
  • Evaluate the beliefs (values), which give rise to business as mission.

Assessment Methods

Essays, Project, Exam

Representative References

Bretsen, S.N. “The Creation, the Kingdom of God, and a Theory of the Faithful Corporation”, Christian Scholar’s Review, 38, 1 (2008): 115–154.

Kickul, Jill and Thomas Lyons, Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Harper, I.R. and S. Gregg, eds, Christian Theology and Market Economics. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar, 2008.

Heslam, P. S. Transforming Capitalism: Entrepreneurship and the Renewal of Thrift. Cambridge: Grove Books E156, 2010.

Johnson, Neil, Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice. Nottingham:IVP, 2010.

Micklethwait, John and Adrian Wooldridge, God Is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith Will Change the World. New York: Penguin, 2009.

Van Duzer, J. Why Business Matters to God: And What Still Needs to be Fixed. Downers Grove IL: IVP Academic, , 2010.

Wong, K.L. and Rae, S.B. Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace. Downers Grove IL: IVP Academic, 2011.