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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.


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 transformational 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 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative has already trained over 200 transformational leaders in Texas and more than 2,000 transformational 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 have engaged their organizations in best practices which have resulted 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
Wednesday Feb. 21
Thursday Feb. 22
21 - 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
22 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Main Campus Piper 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.

Free Markets and Faith: Making Sense of Capitalism from a Christian Point of View

Course Summary

Designed to set the foundation of understanding free market economics from a Christian worldview, this course will expose the daily influence of the free market system upon our lives. Participants will explore the development of capitalism in America from its origins to the present day, highlighting crucial moments and key figures in history that continue to affect America today. The course will analyze how various scholars and writers define “capitalism,” including advocates and opponents of the free market. With a firm foundation set on the free market system, common objections and myths of capitalism all from a Christian perspective will be explored.

Dates Time Campus Location
Friday, June 1 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Main Campus Nation Hall
Content Outline
  • Importance of influence of the free market
  • History and highlights from the free market America
  • Defining the free market system
  • Problems and objections to capitalism


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Registration Fee
  • Regular Registration: $99
  • Student/Faculty/Staff: $49
Instructor: J.T. McPherson

Currently serving as Director of Business Development for Dreien Opportunity Partners, LLC, J. T. McPherson has been an investor, developer, and owner of commercial real estate for over fifteen years. In 2007, he formed Libertae Vitae, LLC, specializing in retail, industrial sites, and raw land. J.T. has investments, development, and sales transactions totaling $25M, and has executed lease agreements of over $10M. Over the past decade, J.T. has helped to create over 200 jobs for tenants, contractors, and buyers.

J.T. received his CCIM designation in 2012 and continues to be affiliated with the North Texas chapter. Away from the office, he has volunteered for different non-profit organizations in Dallas, including homeless charities, educational organizations, Young Life, university scholarship fundraisers, and prison ministries. He also has a twenty year track record of teaching various subjects in his spare time both formally to high school students and informally to adults.

J.T. earned a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration at The University of Alabama, Th.M. from Dallas Seminary, and a Master's degree from Southern Methodist University.

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