School of Business Leadership (BLS)
The School of Business Leadership is a two-year course (BLS100 & BLS200) that involves an online curriculum and mentoring component.
It operates through online training supported by Facilitators and real time group interaction.
Students work through the curriculum online according to the annual schedule.
Students participating in the course are required to work with a facilitator with whom they will meet on a regular basis either in person or remotely with their small group.
Facilitators are trained and screened by Family Life Institute and are assigned at the beginning of the course.
Welcome to the School of Business Leadership
GoBusiness100 Course, the first stage in this wild journey of being about our Father’s business in the marketplace. These teachings are designed to prepare you for bringing real life to the workplace, as well as bring you to successful completion of the second-year course, GoBusiness200.
You are now moving forward on your quest of learning how to lead people and build organizations God’s way. That is what this school is all about.
The School of Business Leadership is a tool to help all of us who are on the path towards mastering certain skills, which Jesus requires of all leaders. These leadership skills include:
Building our relationships, lives, and ministries strategically.
Building organizations relationally.
Building “learning organizations” of people who are capable of deep learning and rapid adjustments to real life situations.
These skills are required to successfully navigate life and are applicable to the building of strong families, businesses, churches, civil governments, or any other successful organizational structures.
The School of Business Leadership, using these three foundational concepts
and building learning organizations that is unique.
As you complete BLS100 and apply yourself to BLS200, become a course facilitator serving others, and study the graduate materials, you will become skilled in ways that few “experts” or MBA graduates in the world know anything about.
Moreover, your marketplace skills will be available to serve others in ways that will be worth far more than however much “new money” these new skills have allowed you to accumulate.
Once again, welcome to the journey! Dig in. The ideas will change your mind; learning how to apply them will change your business; and living them out will help change your life and those you lead and love.
For His Kingdom,
Dennis T. Peacocke
Founder & President, GoStrategic
The School of Business Leadership began in 1996 with the mission of training businesspersons how to build businesses’ God’s way.
The school is a two-year course based upon both biblical principles of economics and business practice, and the inherent concept that deeper learning follows effective service to others. It operates through online training supported by Facilitators and real time group interaction.
The School of Business Leadership provides a sharply defined perspective for how Biblical truth impacts marketplace thinking and practice and produces transformation in participant’s lives and businesses.
The School of Business Leadership is currently operating in the US, Canada, Brazil, Europe, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa, and Central America.
The School of Business Leadership is designed to do three things:
1.Serve as a point of education in the realm of biblical economics and marketplace practices and
2. Serve as a centering point for training, mobilizing, and deploying trained businesspeople into service throughout the nations.The school itself is based upon both biblical principles of economics and business practice, and the inherent concept that deeper learning follows effective service to others.
Therefore, advanced concepts are only offered to those who are graduates of the course.We recognize that effective leadership begins with our relationship to God; extends to and through our families; out into our local churches and communities; and then into the nations.
This is the context of successful ministry foundations in the marketplace and everywhere else. Our seminars and schools are designed to reflect these realities.
3. Leading People and Building Organizations God’s Way
When the skills of a leader are all boiled down, there are really only two core skills: leading people and knowing how to build and manage organizations God’s way.
That is why the School of Business Leadership is helping to train men and women called to the marketplace in our schools around the world. As professionally trained business owners, we take the scriptural truths of stewardship, capital creation and management, and help serious people who aspire to lead more effectively do so.
Perhaps most importantly, the same principles apply equally well for building families, churches, organizations, and even nations. These master principles are generic, specific, and multi-dimensional.
GOALS for STUDENTS
Our passion at Family Life Institute is to expose our students in a deeper way, to God’s universal principles of leading people and building organizations God’s way, as we fuel their quest to apply these principles to their whole lives in general and in their ministries to the marketplace in particular.
As they go on to more specialized training, we are committed to help them see clearly that mastering these principles will require of them a commitment to live as Christ’s disciples and, likewise, to teach and replicate these skills in the lives of others.
Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."
Outcomes of the School
Vision: A sharply defined perspective for how Biblical truth impacts marketplace thinking and practice.
Foundations: Critical ideas that are foundational to a trajectory toward manifesting God’s Kingdom in the marketplace.
Connection: A process that helps to connect participants with other resources in a larger context fostering change and bringing transformation to one’s personal life, family, business, and community.
Facilitation: A trained facilitator who provides a level of direction to participants, encouraging and helping them to examine their thoughts, attitudes, and practices in light of the principles presented in the course.
Expectation & Scope
Students can expect:
Monthly or bi-monthly meetings held in person or via phone/webcast facilitated by trained and qualified alumni facilitators.
Quality online curriculum. Each lesson takes about 2-3 hours to listen to, process and answer homework; each lesson is allotted 2 weeks for completion.
A transformative experience that will not only impact your business and work but also your personal and family life.
The purpose of the first-year course:
To learn and flesh out the axioms of God’s truth for business in the marketplace.
To build/reinforce a foundation of worldview and biblical economics.
To learn how to build, manage, and lead according to God’s patterns and principles as based in the Scripture.
The purpose of the second-year course:
To learn the differences between traditional business practices and the principles of biblical economics and worldview for application in the marketplace.
In that clarification from secular society, to help create a public debate that confronts the current demise of Western economics and society.
To sharpen your skills and equip you for service, outreach, and evangelism in your work and ministry with the goal of glorifying God in all relationships.
To increase your leadership and management skills and strengthen your lifetime journey of applying God’s truths to the stewardship and increase of all that God has put under your care.
Good to Great (book by Jim Collins): This book examines what it takes for ordinary companies to become great. It analyzes the practices and management strategies of both successful and unsuccessful businesses to determine the leadership skills required to achieve greatness.
GoBusiness200 Curriculum (24-part audio series):
ᵒ Section One:
The Foundations of Marketplace Ministry (Lessons 1-5)
ᵒ Section Two:
Establishing Our Spiritual Foundations for Building (Lessons 6-9)
ᵒ Section Three:
The Keys to Successful Business Life (Lessons 10-14)
ᵒ Section Four:
Solving Problems God’s Way (Lessons 15-18)
ᵒ Section Five:
Managing and Mentoring People with Destiny (Lessons 19-24)
BLS200 is designed to increase your leadership and management skills and the reach of your ministry through the application of God’s truths and a defined Christian worldview that distinguishes the differences between secular and biblical economics and business practices. The essay assignment is intended to stimulate creative thinking and aid the student in identifying their own places of personal transformation in these areas.
Curriculum & Schedule BLS100
BLS100 focuses on the fundamental differences between conventional economics and Biblical economics.
Enrollment includes curriculum and Facilitator oversight.
Curriculum includes 31audio teachings, a book and the accompanying student manual.
All components of BLS100 feature Dennis Peacocke.
Meeting # - Meet and greet – complete the Entry Exam online.
Called by God to Steward His Creation Part 1 – Meeting 1
Called by God to Steward His Creation Part 2 – Meeting 1
Private Property -– Meeting 2
Inheritance of the Heart – Meeting 3
Building Spiritual & Organizational Dynasties 1 – Meeting 3
B: Doing Business God’s Way (book):
6. DBGW 1: God is Building a Family Business – Meeting 4
7. DBGW 2: Maturity Comes by Stewarding Property – Meeting 4
8. DBGW 3: Generational Wealth and the Family Unit – Meeting 5
9. DBGW 4: Our God Loves to Work – Meeting 5
10. DBGW 5: The Product of the Family Business is Service – Meeting 6
11. DBGW 6: What Money Reveals about People – Meeting 6
12. DBGW 7: Risk, Self-Respect, and Redemptive Struggle – Meeting 7
13. Chapter 8: Exposing the Cruelty of the Economics of Blame – Meeting 7
14 DBGW 9: Justice and Equality Are Not the Same – Meeting 8
15. DBGW 10: Godly Government Produces Peace and Productivity – Meeting 8
16. DBGW 11: The Essential Threefold Cords that Will Lead to Your Success– Meeting 9
17. DBGW 12: A Call to True Radicals – Meeting 9
C: Worldview Teachings
18. WVT1: The Mind Justifies What the Heart Has Chosen – Meeting 10
19. WVT 2: The Three Root Presuppositions – Meeting 10
D: Worldview for The Marketplace:
20. WVMP 1: The War Between Two Seeds – Meeting 11
21. WVMP 2: Building on Divine Law – Meeting 11
22. WVMP 3: Getting Free from Pharaoh’s Propaganda Machines – Meeting 12
23. WVMP 4: Living and Working Strategically – Meeting 12
24. WVMP 5: The Power of Faith & Obedience – Meeting 13
25. WVMP 6: Mediating Grace – Meeting 13
26. WVMP 7: Jurisdictions, Authority & Proprietorship – Meeting 14
27. WVMP 8: How Big is Your Vision? – Meeting 14
28. WVMP 9: God Loans, Transfers & Takes Away – Meeting 15
29. WVMP 10: Where is the Value? – Meeting 15
30. WVMP 11: The Economics of Obedience & Boundaries – Meeting 16
31. WVMP 12: The Beauty of Justice – Meeting 16
Curriculum & Schedule BLS200
BLS200 is designed to increase your leadership and management skills and the reach of your ministry through the application of God’s truths and a defined Christian worldview that distinguishes the differences between secular and biblical economics and business practices.
Section One: The Foundations of Marketplace MinistryMeeting
1. The Foundations of Economics and Family Management - Meeting 1
2. Our Ministry as Kings and Priests - Meeting 1
3. Walking in Financial Freedom - Meeting 2
4. Building Organizations on God’s Word and Patterns - Meeting 2
5. How Your Marketplace Ministry Fits into the Big Picture - Meeting 3
Section Two: Establishing Our Spiritual Foundations for Building
6. How to Hear God for Your Business - Meeting 3
7. Discerning Whom You Can Trust - Meeting 4
8. Spiritual Warfare within Organizations - Meeting 4
9. Business Prayers God Will Answer - Meeting 5
Section Three: The Keys to Successful Business Life
10. Biblical Ethics in the Marketplace - Meeting 5
11. What Is Your Organization Called to Do? - Meeting 6
12. Changing Man and His Institutions - Meeting 6
13. The Nature and Power of Agreements - Meeting 7
14. Transformation Begins With You - Meeting 7
Section Four: Solving Problems God’s Way
15. Understanding the Basics of Problem Solving - Meeting 8
16. The Relational Nature of Problem Solving - Meeting 8
17. Execution and Delegation - Meeting 9
18. Stimulating the Commitment of Others - Meeting 9
Section Five: Managing and Mentoring People with Destiny
19. Basic Principles of Management - Meeting 10
20. Building Our Businesses on a Relational Foundation (Pt 1) - Meeting 10
21. Building Our Businesses on a Relational Foundation (Pt 2) - Meeting 11
22. Understanding the Distinctions Between Teaching and Training (Pt 1) - Meeting 11
23. Understanding the Distinctions Between Teaching and Training (Pt 2) - Meeting 12
24. Knowing When the Game is on: God’s Green Light - Meeting 13
Online Training via Zoom. Student need a working computer and access to fast enough internet to facilitate online training.
Successful navigation of the course in its entirety according to the Standards of Participation.
Completion of homework and quizzes: Students must regularly submit homework for each lesson in the course. The value of this exercise is not purely academic; its purpose is also to assist in genuine transformation and implementation of the principles being studied. It is designed to help students move from a place of passive learning to active learning and to increase the likelihood of retention. It allows the student's thinking to become visible and enables both evaluation and the establishment of truth in personal application.
Completion of reading/listening assignments.
Completion of entry exam, exit exam, quizzes, and exit survey.
Completion of Essay for year two (GoBusiness200).
Regular attendance of the scheduled small-group meetings (70% minimum). Students should come prepared to contribute (refer to section on informed interaction below).
Facilitator's recommendation confirming the student's conceptual grasp of the major ideas presented in the curriculum, conviction of the concepts and the implications of these in their life, and desire to live as a disciplined learner (disciple) and motivation for further study.
Note that couples will have individual school records, homework submissions, test scores, course completion status, etc.