Robert J. Watkins 

Leadership & Business Institute

Preparing You For Marketplace Ministry
Below is an outline of the Leadership & Business Series options for enrollment into the Robert J. Watkins Leadership and Business Institute. After attending sessions and completing courses online with our credentialed faculty, you will receive a digital leadership badge from Robert J. Watkins Leadership and Business Institute. These digital achievement badges are an important record of your achievement as you learn and grow in your chosen development path.
Moreover, after completing a minimum of six courses, you will be ordained and certified as a Marketplace Minister equipped to receive business and ministry opportunities.
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Use your laptop or desktop to take the classes from the comfort of your home or office!

There are two concentrations available from RJW Leadership and Business Institute:

1. Entrepreneurship and Ministry (Business Series) is designed for Marketplace Ministers who plan to or are leading their own business, enterprise or working in full-time ministry. This series is designed to improve your focus and skills in biblical communication, financial management, decision making and organizational leadership.

2.  Organizational Leadership (Leadership Series) is designed for Marketplace Ministers working in the business marketplace focused on growing and leading organizations of any size. This series will enhance your biblical leadership ability, decision making skills and improve your ability to lead teams. 

As a member you have the opportunity to select courses from the concentration to enroll in and complete. Your selection will be based on your area of interest and targeted development need. Each online course is self-paced in length and facilitated by an experienced, college credentialed faculty member. Each faculty member will uniquely combine the academic content with a faith embodied learning environment.


To Get Started, Choose 3 Courses Below



Preparing You For Marketplace Ministry


Faith & Money, Course BUS231
This class will teach the students what God says about handling money and possessions with a goal of the student learning to be financially free and spiritually free. A practical method of budgeting is included. It will also cover God's principles of living honestly, being accountable, dealing with debt, giving, work, and eternity


Business Writing and Communication, Course BUS203
Advanced professional writing course that provides practice in communicating and writing for business, research, government, and industry. Emphasizes clear, concise, effective, and error-free communication. Develops skill in writing professional emails, memos, resumes, reports, project plans, and business abstracts for specific audiences through contextual analysis and encourages ethical responses to professional audiences.

Entrepreneurship, Course BUS333
This course covers the various disciplines, activities and skill sets required to be successful as an entrepreneur. It explains the physiological and analytical aspects of successful entrepreneurship as well as skill sets needed in the disciplines of management, marketing, accounting, operations and law.


Legal Implications for Business, Course BUS332
This course will give a basic explanation of the law--its sources, development, terminology--and a discussion of specific legal doctrines and principles which affect business, with an introduction to business organizations such as corporations and partnerships, criminal contracts, legal documents and property.

Macroeconomics, Course BUS226
A study of macroeconomic theory with a primary emphasis placed upon an examination of economic aggregates, including topics such as supply and demand, the market process, the economic role of government, measuring the nation\'s economic performance, unemployment, economic fluctuations, fiscal policy, money and the banking system, economic growth, international trade, and foreign exchange markets.

Organizational Marketing & Sales, Course BUS431
The use of organizational mission to develop a marketing approach to reach potential constituencies with image, product and service that will cause those constituencies to utilize the organization to meet their perceived needs in a manner that is profitable to the organization.

Organizational Finance, Course BUS522
This course provides students with an elementary understanding of the principles of organizational finance, and gives them a basic understanding of the vocabulary, concepts, techniques, and institutions underpinning organizational finance. The course applies financial concepts to making business decisions; to evaluations, and to the creation of financial operations in organizations, including: cash flows, valuations, capital, and long-term financing models.

International Business, Course BUS641
This course will help you understand the issues, the terminology of international business, some of the regions, the organizations that play a role in international business and the very practical steps and tools for developing a sustainable international business.

Case Studies in Ethics, Course ETH433
Reading, discussion and development of papers pertaining to relevant case studies and readings involving ethical issues applied to actual situations.

Case Studies in Leadership, Course LD431
Case studies will be selected for in-depth study of the application of leadership concepts with particular reference to those concepts found in Scripture. Students will develop a written analysis of their style of leadership. Related issues are introduced through readings.


Leadership in Urban Social Issues, People, Problems & Policy, Course LDR205
The purpose of this course is to provide an overall framework for understanding and examining pertinent social issues in the urban setting. The course will expand the student\'s knowledge, skills, and understanding of social issues that impact individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Particular attention will be given to the analysis and evaluation of society can do to further impact these problems. Social issues to be explored include but are not limited to the changing nature of the family, education, health and illness, drug use, sexual behavior, inequality, and the economy.

Principles of Management, Course MGT 331
A study of the five parts of managing organizations, planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling/evaluating; with the study of principles for application to both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and applications in organizations with references to Scripture.

Teams and the Work Process, Course MGT 434
The organization of work in the implementation of the strategic plan with work analyzed for how human efforts in teams and other small groups of various compositions and other structures can effectively bring that work to a quality level of completion as defined by the end-user.

Board Leadership and Management, Course MGT650
This course will examine boards that govern organizations and their relationship to the mission of the organization and those who manage the organization. Emphasis is focused on non-profit boards but with comparison to for-profit boards. The intended role of boards including general oversight, policy development, financial review (budgets and audits) as well as selection and retention of the chief executive officer. The need for interactive leadership by boards and management is explored.​


Credentialed, Experienced Online Faculty
We've Got The Best.

Robert J. Watkins Leadership and Business Institute faculty members have firsthand experience, proven track records of success and a genuine interest in their fields. And since they are genuinely interested in personal leadership and development, faculty members make online courses exciting for members providing insight to apply to their specific situations.
Below is a listing of Institute faculty with their credentials:
Dr. Linda Chavis
  • MBA Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
  • PhD Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
Dr. Carol Eades
  • BA English and Political Science, University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
  • MS Educational & Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
  • EDD Instruction and Administration, University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
Dr. Rob Freeborough
  • BS Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • MBA Entrepreneurship, Regent University
  • M Divinity Practical Theology, Regent University
  • PhD Organization and Management, Capella University
Dr. Carter Smith
  • PHD Business Administration, Northcentral University
  • JD Law, Southern Illinois University
Dr. Brian Smith
  • MA Contemporary Christian Theology and Philosophy, Lincoln Christian University
  • PhD Theology, University of Exeter (Exeter, England, UK)
  • Dr. Jay Conner
  • PhD Interpersonal Communication, Louisiana State University
JR Hoyer
  • BS Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
  • MBA Nova Southeastern (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
  • Mark Robinson
  • BA New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (New Orleans, LA)
  • MACE Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY)
Debra Welkley
  • MA Sociology, Baylor University (Waco, Texas)
  • Russ Stevens
  • BA Business - Accounting Bachelor, California State University (Fullerton, CA)
  • MBA Non-Profit Management, Hope International University (Fullerton, CA)