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Professional Development

Dallas Baptist University's College of Professional Studies programs serve the community by providing world-class training, skills development, and career preparation that enables servant leaders to become global thinkers and community-changers through our professional development program. Join world-class faculty and community leaders who instruct non-credit Executive Education Certificate programs that enhance your professional knowledge, equip you with new resources, and empower you to make a change in your career.

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Biblical Studies Certificates

Walking in the Steps of Jesus and His Apostles: Exploring the New Testament Narrative

Course Summary

Many New Testament Survey seminars focus on the 4 W’s: who, what, where, and why of each book in the New Testament. This 1-day seminar will direct attention to the metanarrative of the New Testament. We will walk with Jesus from the manger to the cross, experience the struggles and conflicts of the early church as the Apostles spread the Gospel message, and empathize with the early Christians as they scattered throughout the Roman Empire under persecution. Last, we will sit alongside John on the island of Patmos and glory in the return of Christ. By tracing the chronological events of the New Testament from birth to the return of Christ, participants will be able to articulate the story of the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation, whether in a sermon, small-group Bible study, Sunday School class, or to their next door neighbors.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD TBD Main Campus Nation Hall
Content Outline
  • What King Jesus began to do and teach: Gospels
  • What King Jesus continued to do and teach: Acts and letters
  • The return of the King

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Dr. Brent Thomason

Brent Thomason is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Master of Arts in International Studies at DBU. He has served 32 churches in 6 different countries in the area of pulpit supply, Sunday School teacher, children’s worker, and missionary. A DBU alumnus, Dr. Thomason holds theological degrees from the U.K. (Ph.D.), Belgium (Th.M.), and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He and his wife, Aline, are members of Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington and live in Dallas with their son, Ben Aaron (2).

Legacies of the Reformation: 500 Years in Retrospect

Course Summary

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation dated to Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, which brought him into confrontation with the Roman papacy and ignited the Reformation in Germany. This course will reflect on the spiritual legacies of the Protestant Reformation on our contemporary world by looking at the impact of four key reformers of the early sixteenth century: Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, and William Tyndale.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD TBD Main Campus Nation Hall
Content Outline
  • Four Leaders of the Reformation: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Tyndale
  • Not by Works Lest Anyone Should Boast: Sola Fide, Solus Christus, and Sola Gratia in the Reformation
  • Sola Scriptura: The Authority of the Bible and the Impact of Bible Translation in the Reformation
  • Sola Deo Gloria: Serving in One's Vocation/Calling to the Glory of God

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Dr. Michael Whiting

Michael Whiting serves as Assistant Professor of Christian History and Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. He has a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Wales. He is the author of Luther in English: His Theology of Law and Gospel and its Influence on Early English Evangelicals (1525-35) published by Pickwick in 2010. He has also published articles on the Reformation for the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization and several book reviews for Reformation and Renaissance Review: Journal of the Society for Reformation Studies.

Biblical Women Leaders

Course Summary

Women dream, plan, organize, and accomplish great things in this world. What can we learn from those who have gone before us about the wise ways to handle our power as women? This course looks at the women of the Bible to help us understand how to be godly women, when to lead, and when to step back and let others shine.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD
TBD Main Campus Nation Hall
Content Outline
  • Role of women in the Bible and society
  • Text book study of "What These Girls Knew"
  • Mastering your assignments from God
  • God's assessment of your assignments

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells (known as "Mama T") is a feisty 75 year old who has been featured in D Magazine, Southern Living, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Significant Living, and many more publications and TV shows including Dr. Phil, The Joanie Show, Life today, and the 700 Club. She received her Master of Divinity from Masters International School of Divinity and was ordained upon receiving an honorary Doctorate from St. Thomas Christian School and Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida. Her three children, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren call her “Grammy – A Woman of God.”

Leading in Difficult Times

Course Summary

At critical times and difficult crossroads in the lives of Christians that we confirm or compromise God’s call on our lives. This course discusses Biblical principles and valuable lessons about why the Lord allows painful seasons. We will look at distractions and disobedience and how to successfully accomplish the ultimate plan and purposes of God.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD
TBD DBU North TBD
Content Outline
  • 5 Lessons Leaders Learn in the Wilderness
  • Sharpen Your Aim and Set Your Mind
  • How to "Practice" God's Word
  • What it Means to Act in Faith

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Debbie Stuart

Debbie Stuart serves as Director of Ministry Initiatives at Hope for the Heart and is a certified Life and Ministry Coach through AACC. She has served in Women’s Ministry for 25+ years and has a wealth of ministry and leadership experience, including Director positions for Women of Faith, several churches, and as a LifeWay Trainer/Consultant. Author, speaker, teacher, writer, Debbie has received several national awards for her work with women’s ministry.

 


Innovation Certificates

New Venture Creation

Course Summary

So you want to launch a business? Starting up requires passion, focus, and execution. Learn the basic tools, processes, and resources for testing a business idea quickly, limiting your risk, and shortening your time to launch. Connect with other entrepreneurs and innovators in this one day, intensive boot camp designed for first-time and serial entrepreneurs alike.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD TBD DBU North TBD
Content Outline
  • Feasibility Analysis and Rapid Execution
  • Lean Startup
  • Business Model and Product Innovation
  • Building a business case and fundamental tools for launch
  • Connecting and growing

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Jeremy Vickers

Jeremy Vickers is the Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Dallas Baptist University. Prior to serving in this role, Jeremy spent more than a decade mentoring, coaching, and supporting more than 2,000 startups across Dallas/Fort-Worth. During that time he ran the entrepreneurship program at UT Dallas, co-founded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, and helped to invest in early stage startups through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. Jeremy received his Master’s at SMU’s Cox School of Business and his Bachelor’s at Baylor University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Affairs at UT Dallas. Jeremy lives in Dallas with his wife, Dr. Jackie Vickers, and three children.

Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Course Summary

Today’s social issues are complex and ever changing. This certificate explores innovation within the social arena specifically infused with a faith-based perspective. Scripture commands us to look after the orphan and the widow and anyone else in need, and while many of our traditional nonprofits have served well, the social issues of today will require a dramatic, innovative solution. “Social entrepreneurship is the ultimate solution to global crises” (Nazmus Sadat, 2015).

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD
TBD DBU North TBD
Content Outline
  • Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Legal Structures for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Social Venture Funding
  • Assessing Success
  • Scaling the Social Venture

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Dr. Justin Gandy

Justin Gandy is an analytical thinker with a variety of passions and interests. He spent several years on church staff as a Student Pastor, and then pursued a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a specific focus on social entrepreneurship. He currently teaches business courses and one theology course for DBU, and he has developed two special topic courses on social entrepreneurship. He published an article in the Journal of Ethics and Entrepreneurship entitled “Social Entrepreneurship as Spiritual Entrepreneurship,” and he believes that social entrepreneurship is an ideal avenue to bridge together both faith and work. He is married to Christy, and they have two young sons, Zachary and Isaac.

Kingdom Enterprises Development

Course Summary

God has called all disciples of Jesus to lives of Kingdom impact, using the unique gifts, skills, and experiences He has given us. This course examines how people gifted and called by God into the marketplace can develop businesses based on biblical principles and shaped by a Kingdom perspective.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD TBD Main Campus Nation Hall
Content Outline
  • Biblical metanarrative and its relevance to the business person
  • Role of business people in the Bible and the post-biblical era
  • Types of faith/business integration
  • Why Kingdom enterprises are critical
  • Integrating your spiritual calling and your business calling

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Textbook

God Is At Work: Transforming People and Nations Through Business, by Ken Eldred

Instructor: Dr. Ross O'Brien

Ross O’Brien serves as Professor of Management and founding Director of the Center for Business as Mission in the College of Business at Dallas Baptist University. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington in Business Administration and MBA from Dallas Baptist University. Prior to coming to DBU in 2002, Dr. O'Brien worked for AT&T in Birmingham, Alabama, as an account executive in Business Network Sales. He later began and operated a Web site development business for seven years. Ross has been married to Lisa for thirty years. He and Lisa lived in Indonesia for one and a half years, teaching at universities and researching an unreached people group. They have two grown sons and one daughter-in-law.

Corporate Innovation

Course Summary

Corporations are engines of innovation, and those engines are fueled by leaders who create change. Join DBU as we explore how to innovate in large organizations, seek to understand and implement creative strategies, and learn the tools used by leading innovators across sectors and organization types.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD TBD DBU North TBD
Content Outline
  • Innovation in the Corporate Environment
  • Business Model and Product Innovation
  • Leveraging Internal Resources, Support, and Partners

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Jeremy Vickers

Jeremy Vickers is the Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Dallas Baptist University. Prior to serving in this role, Jeremy spent more than a decade mentoring, coaching, and supporting more than 2,000 startups across Dallas/Fort-Worth. During that time he ran the entrepreneurship program at UT Dallas, co-founded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, and helped to invest in early stage startups through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. Jeremy received his Master’s at SMU’s Cox School of Business and his Bachelor’s at Baylor University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Affairs at UT Dallas. Jeremy lives in Dallas with his wife, Dr. Jackie Vickers, and three children.

 


Leadership Certificates

Becoming a Transformational Leader

Course Summary

This is a crucial time for our nation and the world. Christians, as well as other religious minorities, are facing increased persecution globally. It is time for the Church and leaders to take a strong stand for religious freedom and provide generous assistance to those who are suffering the most.

Against this background, the leadership of 21CWI has already trained over 200 leaders in Texas and more than 2,000 leaders internationally during the past few years using proven leadership material. Through these trainings, 21CWI has equipped leaders from both the public and private sectors who will engage their organizations in best practices that result in cultural change. The best practices include: leading by example, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the status quo, empowering the team and leading with endurance.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD
TBD Main Campus Nation Hall
Content Outline
  • Texts (reading material will be The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner, and Good to Great and Built to Last by Jim Collins).
  • Biblical Examples, such as Nehemiah and Jesus, and historical leaders, like William Wilberforce, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr. will be emphasized.
  • Practical application of principles

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Dr. Randel Everett

Randel Everett is President and Founder of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. He spent four decades pastoring churches in Florida, Virginia, Arkansas, and Texas. He founded The John Leland Center for Theological Studies, led the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and currently serves in leadership for the Baptist World Alliance. Throughout his career, he has traveled to nearly 50 countries and seen persecution first-hand.

Professional Sales

Course Summary

This course will offer a survey of the major elements required to develop consultative sales skills that are effective in today’s marketplace. The approach is centered on serving the customer in a fashion that prioritizes their needs ahead of the product or service being offered. Only by consulting with and understanding customer needs clearly, can we then meet their needs and hope to achieve sales success.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD
TBD DBU North TBD
Content Outline
  • Develop a Sales Mindset: Be a Professional
  • The Buying Process and Buyer Personas
  • Personal Productivity
  • Define Your Value Proposition
  • Filling Your Pipeline - Spend More Time with Better Prospects
  • The Sales Cycle - It's a process, not an event!
  • Probing and Listening Skills
  • Handling Objections

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Rob Rash

Rob Rash is a passionate entrepreneur and a dedicated student of sales and marketing. He is committed to helping businesses achieve outstanding market growth through highly effective sales and marketing processes. He has assisted numerous clients in creating world-class sales and marketing programs.

Rob has previously built a very successful consulting business which employed over 100 consultants. He ran that business as President/CEO and eventually sold the enterprise to a publicly traded competitor. His background includes deep expertise in executive leadership, sales and marketing leadership, and technology consulting. Rob also spent eight years in sales leadership at KPMG Consulting, as well as sales leadership roles with entrepreneurial growth firms. He holds a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Dallas Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Texas. Rob also is a Salesforce Certified Administrator and a Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant.

Faith & Work: Authentic Leadership for Christian Professionals

Course Summary

As Christians, we know we are called to be both salt and light to the world (Matthew 5), but what does that mean practically and from a leadership perspective? Participants will gain a solid Biblical understanding of the purpose of work and learn how to apply Christian principles to leadership and execution of work responsibilities.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD
TBD DBU North TBD
Content Outline
  • Biblical perspective on work and contrast to other faiths
  • Obstacles to integrating faith and work
  • What am I called to do as a Christian professional?
  • Applying the principles of Christian Leadership in the Modern World: Communication, Decision-making, Virtue/ethics

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Kelley Johnson

Kelley Johnson is Founder of BeWellMySoul.com and CEO/Senior Strategist for Kelley Johnson Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic diversity, inclusion, and executive coaching solutions to clients across a number of industries. She is a Certified Christian Leadership Coach, member of the International Coaching Federation, and author of an eBook, Network with Purpose: How to Grow Your Career and Know Your Calling.

Vision Casting and Leadership

Course Summary

Students will become acquainted with the dynamics of organizational and cultural change along with the types of challenges that face leaders who attempt to cast a vision to initiate change. Leadership distinguishes itself as a discipline of leading change, and this class helps one cast vision while also learning the steps that produce lasting change and stronger adoption rates from followers.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD
TBD Main Campus Nation Hall
Content Outline
  • Distinguish between a leader and a manager
  • Historical examples of disruption and change
  • Crafting a message of vision
  • Examining catalytic speeches for change
  • Case studies of change

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Dr. Ron Hunter

Ron Hunter has served as the Executive Director & CEO of Randall House, the Publisher of D6 Curriculum, co-Founder and Director of the D6 Conference since 2002. He regularly speaks at various conferences and consults for ministry and business organizations. In addition to serving in the military, he earned his MPA from the University of Colorado and his Ph.D. from the Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University, where he is also an adjunct professor. He has written over 60 articles for various magazines and authored or helped author three books, Toy Box Leadership, from Thomas Nelson, Youth Ministry in the 21st Century – 5 Views from Baker Academic, and The DNA of D6: Building Blocks of Generational Discipleship from Randall House. Dr. Hunter is most proud of the titles husband and father. He married his college sweetheart, Pam, and they have two adult children serving Christ.

Inclusion & Cross-Cultural Leadership: Creating a Human Capital Advantage

Course Summary

This course will provide a Biblical view on diversity and help Christian leaders increase their effectiveness at managing inclusion while adding value to the business and community. This course will also provide leaders with a diagnostic tool that will enable participants to create an inclusive leadership development plan.

Dates Time Campus Location
Spring 2018 - TBD TBD DBU North TBD
Content Outline
  • A Biblical perspective on diversity and its significance to business
  • The role of diversity and inclusion in leadership from a Christian perspective
  • Implications on individual, team, and company performance
  • Inclusive Leadership self-assessment and creating a developmental action plan

 

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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $199
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: Kelley Johnson

Kelley Johnson is Founder of BeWellMySoul.com and CEO/Senior Strategist for Kelley Johnson Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic diversity, inclusion, and executive coaching solutions to clients across a number of industries. She is a Certified Christian Leadership Coach, member of the International Coaching Federation, and author of an eBook, Network with Purpose: How to Grow Your Career and Know Your Calling.

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