Christian Entrepreneurship Program will incorporate real-time applications of Christian faith principles to business operations – featuring Biblical material connected to business principles. The courses will have a technical nature, to teach how to run a business, not just theory behind business practices.
Each course will consist of lectures, recommended reading lists, and printable worksheets and handouts. Case studies and supplementary reading materials will be woven throughout.
What am I going to get from this course?
Who should take this program?
- Anyone who are considering starting a business
- Anyone who has already started the journey but have questions on running the business
- Anyone who wants to learn how to apply his/her faith to day to day business operation
- Anyone who needs a business plan
I. WHAT IS BUSINESS
Entrepreneurs live out God’s cultural mandate through the ownership and production of private property. Starting a business is equal part vision, technical skill, and ability to implement. By growing your technical skills you glorify God.
II.WHO ARE CUSTOMERS
How should we interact with and treat our customers and clients? Is the customer alwaysright? Biblical commandments and parables show that we are our brother’s keeper and that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. This course focuses on engaging clients by understanding how and why customers buy.
III. WHAT IS CAPITAL
What are there sources needed to start a business? How do investments affect a company? Capital is the sum of assets an entrepreneur uses to fuel their business and is both a responsibility and a blessing. This course explores how to acquire capital and deploy it wisely.
IV.HOW TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
Who holds entrepreneurs accountable? In short, we are answerable to God for our work on earth. Entrepreneurs have the responsibility of understanding concepts such as profit and loss and economic calculations to better allocate resources and make wise decisions.
V. HOW TO BE LEGAL
How does political and economic liberty affect business? Scripture makes clear our responsibility to abide by the governmental order. During this course learn the implications that the law has on business.
VI. HOW TO TREAT EMPLOYEES
Should a Christian employer have a unique relationship with his or her employees distinct from a secular employer? The Bible has much to say about the interactions between subordinates and superiors. The difference is love. This study provides best business practices for Human Resource Management with a focus on loving our employees like Christ.
VII. WHAT TO DO WITH PROFITS
Are profits inherently evil? No. In fact, large profits show that resources have beenrightly allocated to their highest valued ends. Profits provide the opportunity to invest wisely and multiply the blessing. This course explores the re-deployment of profits to further grow a company.
Phil had a passion for serving clients and mentoring fellow colleagues. His long and illustrious career started at Coopers and Lybrand, LLP in 1978 where he became a partner and was on the U.S. board. He continued serving as partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP where he was on the U.S. and global boards. During his time there, he was the global leader of the Corporate Value Consulting practice which was acquired by Standard and Poor’s in 2001. Phil held the position of Executive Vice President and leader of S&P Corporate Value Consulting until he retired in 2004.
Not one to sit on the beach, Phil went on to co-found Cathedral Consulting Group, LLC with the vision to bring technical skills on key business matters to small to mid-sized private companies while relying on the timeless business principles found in Scripture. He also went on to found Calyx Capital Advisors, LLC; The Center for Christian Business Ethics Today, LLC; Academic Development Consulting, LLC; and PJC Real Estate, LLC. All of the companies together are under the umbrella of PJC Holdings, LLC founded by Philip J. Clements. He also designed the Certified Small Enterprises Advisor (CSEA) Program which is a new certification for professionals who advise small enterprises.
In addition to his management roles, Phil had over 20 years’ experience advising companies on their company’s value, effect on value of different operating and financial strategies, such as sell, take public and/or joint venture options. Advice included due diligence, tax strategies, accounting issues, business strategies, corporate structure, and capitalization arrangements. He had consulted on corporate spinoffs, restructuring, and shareholder value implementation strategies. Phil has spoken and written on the economics of regional power planning, Global CapitalTrends-Effects of the U.S. Business Environment, Tax Strategies in M&A Transactions, Financing Leverage Buyouts, Capital for Financial Institutions,and Global Financial Instruments. Phil spoke at BusinessWeek’s 2003 CFO CIO Forum on the Implications of 2003 Tax legislation.
Business Ethics: Adding a Christian Worldview, edited by Phil, had been printed by McGraw-Hill for The King’s College 2007 Business Ethics course. In 2005 Phil led the preparation of Faith and Development in Africa for the AFREG conference held in Nigeria in 2006. Phil co-authored Fairness Opinions: A Users Guide, published by McGraw-Hill in 2005. He also wrote the foreword to The Art of M&A Due Diligence – Navigating Critical Steps and Uncovering Crucial Data, published 2000.
As an advocate for the next generation, Phil had a passion for mentoring and teaching all ages. He was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business at The King’s College, New York City, teaching Financial Accounting, Business Law, International Business,and Business Ethics. He was also Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University teaching Business Valuation for the Masters in Accounting and Finance programs.