ORG101: Introduction to Nonprofit & Ministry Management (take early in program)

Course Description

This course is a survey of the field of nonprofit management, providing an introduction to nonprofit boards, finances, leadership, strategy, marketing, fundraising, human resources and social entrepreneurship. By explaining how all parts of a nonprofit organization work together, this course helps leaders resolve tensions between program/ministry staff and senior management/fundraising staff. It also explains how to balance between entrepreneurial staff and the operations/accounting staff. This course also helps students develop a degree plan and career plan to succeed.

Because of the mentoring nature of this course, this course has two live video meetings that have no make-up and one live advising session. These meetings are in Weeks 2 and 4 as well as a live advising session that you can pick a time from several options in week 8. There is also a required live meeting in week 6.

For students who are not currently working at a nonprofit organization or ministry, but would like an internship, this course helps students find an internship. Completing this course and finding an internship is required before students can take our ORG350/ADC420 Internship/Practicum course.

This course is intended to be an orientation course for students in City Vision’s Nonprofit Management, Ministry and Business degrees, so it should be taken as early as possible in your program if you are pursuing one of those degrees.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify foundational theories and specialized skills of nonprofit management including nonprofit boards, finances, leadership, strategy, marketing, fundraising, human resources and social entrepreneurship.
  2. Make use of the results of your individual Workplace Behavioral Profile in developing your own professional development plan.
  3. Describe the importance of each of the four quadrants of the Competing Values Framework for nonprofit management skills: Collaborate, Control, Create and Compete.
  4. Apply concepts of nonprofit management into a specific context of a ministry, church or other nonprofit organization.
  5. Identify and develop a relationship with a nonprofit organization to provide practical contexts for assignments in their degree program and advance your career (including seeking an internship if desired).
  6. Create your self-management plan, degree plan and career plan synthesizing the material covered in this course.


Course Materials & Tuition

Drucker, Peter (2006). Managing the Nonprofit Organization (Reprint edition). Harper Business. ISBN: 0060851147.


Zigarelli, M., & Babbes, G. (2006). The Minister’s MBA: Essential Business Tools for Maximum Ministry Success. Holman Reference. ISBN: 0805443932.




Total Cost of Course