Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism: Nurturing Entrepreneurial Mindsets

October 11, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Available Monday, October 11, 2021 - 12:00am to Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 11:59pm; access this course at your leisure during this time.
Nurturing Entrepreneurial Mindsets is grateful to the Kern Family Foundation for enabling the course to be offered at no cost for a limited time to support the mission of Duke Divinity School in service to the church.

Methodism has been fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit that empowers communities of faith to pursue the holistic vision of human flourishing found in Scripture. In this course, you’ll explore the wisdom offered by Methodism’s rich history of entrepreneurship and learn to imagine fresh ways you and your church can bear witness to the reign of God.

Part of the Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism series, this free course is designed as a four-week group experience for small groups, classes, and leadership development in churches. Those without access to a group are also welcome to complete the course individually.

About the Course

This is a four-week course. Each week, you should plan to spend 20-30 minutes on your own completing an interactive video lesson online. As you watch the video, reflection questions will appear, and you will be prompted to record your responses in your workbook.

Nurturing Entrepreneurial Mindsets will be most impactful if you complete it with a group. For this reason, your workbook also includes discussion guides for weekly one-hour meetings where you will share insights with one another, make connections to Scripture, and discern what new things God might be calling you to pursue together. Some of the group settings where this course might be used include:

  • Adult classes or Bible studies
  • Small groups
  • Leadership development programs
  • New member or confirmation classes
  • Administrative councils

If you do not already have access to a group, we are unable to coordinate or recommend one for you. We encourage you to contact the appropriate leaders in your local congregation to explore opportunities to create a group. You are also welcome to complete the course on your own.

What’s Included

  • Four interactive video lessons from Duke Divinity School faculty and Methodist leaders
  • A course workbook PDF including exercises to accompany each video lesson and discussion guides for group meetings (Please note that you will need to print your own workbook.)

About the Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism Series

This course is part of the Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism series. Shaped by leaders from nine United Methodist annual conferences, the series is designed to help engaged laypeople and clergy develop core capacities for innovative leadership within the Wesleyan tradition. Look for more Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism courses from Duke Divinity School over the coming months.