The Executive MBA: Between Heaven and Earth

April 19, 2021

Easter has come and gone, reminding us that we live in the time called Resurrection. Now what? was undoubtedly on the minds of Jesus’ followers. It’s on the mind of the world, too.

Years ago, Eugene Peterson wrote a book called Living the Resurrection Life where he says resurrection takes place between heaven and earth. He described our post-COVID world today perfectly: 

We’re afraid when our presuppositions and assumptions no longer account for what we’re up against, and we don’t know what will happen to us. We’re afraid when reality, without warning, is shown to be either more or other than we thought it was.

But Peterson went on to point out that Christians are stationed in this in-between place to “affirm the primacy of life over death, to the connectedness and preciousness of all life, to engage in the practice of resurrection.”

But how do we live and work in this world where we have discovered reality to be very “other” than we thought? Dallas Willard reminds us that “Jesus came to show us how to live in the world as it really is.”

The Executive MBA program at BGU was designed to help you re-envision your presuppositions and assumptions about how business can play a significant part in creating the world we all want. But without leaders with a changed mindset about the purpose of business it will never happen.

BGU is committed to developing responsible global leaders in for-profit, non-profit, and governmental institutions who understand this. Leaders who can take people of different faiths, values, experiences, and conflicting demands and bring them together to accomplish a vision they can all get behind. We need leaders who can be change agents and address the roadblocks that cause 70% of change initiatives to fail.

“Tens of thousands of business degrees are granted annually. Yet, corporate scandals have highlighted the inadequacy of management education for developing complete and rounded leaders with the perspectives and critical abilities for our times.” BGU is determined to be different. The way things used to be simply won’t cut it today!

Society worldwide demands a new vision for business, one where business willingly participates in a reciprocal ecosystem of mutuality with all types of stakeholders. Where purpose is understood to be developing profitable, scalable solutions to the problems of people and planet. And a new way of doing business that works in developing and developed countries.

Who enrolls in an EMBA? You might be surprised.
  • Connie went back to school after retiring from a tech position in a large oil company. (Read more about Connie)

  • Fred, owner of multiple family-owned small businesses, started at age 58 when he realized that if he wanted to pass on his businesses, resources, and ministry to the next generation, he still had a lot to learn. (Read Fred’s story)

  • Kudzai, who works with university students in South Africa, began to recognize that his presuppositions about business were wrong. He caught a vision for turning the workplace into a platform for human flourishing. (Read about Kudzai)

  • Mike works in leadership development for a large global company. He already has a doctorate but decided to enroll in the EMBA to help him develop his vision to create a process for companies to understand and utilize people that are neurodiverse (Mike’s story)

If you would like more information about how you can be a change agent within your organization, please visit our EMBA page HERE.

If you would like to join the conversation and our MBA Panel: Economics of Mutuality, July 17th, 2021 at 7 am (Pacific), please RSVP HERE. Everyone who registers will receive a recording of the panel, even if you can’t attend.

Lynn Bell Jackson

eMBA Program Director