Social Entrepreneurship: The Innovative Leader

Social Entrepreneurship: The Innovative Leader

With the State and many centrally-funded organisations and denominations in crisis, and no longer reliable for innovative, needed and funded responses, the need for entrepreneurial leaders becomes more critical. This class encourages the student to reflect critically on essential characteristics of entrepreneurial leaders. How can Christians be such leaders in churches, social enterprises, and the charity sectors? The class focuses particularly on the personal qualities required of social entrepreneurs, to ensure that such leadership is faith based, sustainable, and innovative enough for long term change.

This course will encourage you to reflect critically on essential characteristics of Christian entrepreneurial leaders, building on leadership theory (covered more extensively in ‘Leadership and Change’) and on theological reflection to examine a range of approaches to leading social enterprises. It will also explore the personal qualities required for entrepreneurial leadership to be deeply Christian, and consider how to identify and cultivate innovative leadership approaches in oneself and in others.

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Tutors and course lecturers

Guest lecturers via Zoom include:

Times and Dates

  • Friday 6 – Saturday 7 November 2020
  • Friday 13 – Saturday 14 November 2020
  • Friday 20 – Saturday 21 November 2020


£270 For the joy of learning (Audit- no coursework, just participate in the class).

£1700 Includes coursework and credit

£2250 International fees

Location This class will be run online through videoconferencing (Residency also available at The Greenhouse, Birmingham)

Course Code PT7633 (Postgraduate)

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Course Tutors:

Revd Dr Ash Barker

Ash Barker is a pioneering urban activist, leadership developer, writer and Minister. A husband to a force of nature and Dad to 2 amazing kids, Ash spent over 25 years immersed and ministering in urban poverty contexts in his native Melbourne and Bangkok’s largest slum, before moving to Winson Green (Birmingham, UK) in 2014. In Winson Green Ash shares life from NewbiginHouse.uk and leads the School for Urban Leadership and Red Letter Christians UK.’

Bishop Mike Royal

Mike is the Co CEO of the Cinnamon Network UK. He is the former National Director & pioneer of Transforming Lives for Good (TLG). He has an academic background in urban planning and black theology. Mike lives in Birmingham, where he supports churches in community engagement. He is a Pentecostal Bishop, leads Sanctuary, a fresh expression church and has been in ordained ministry since 1993.

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