There have been debates for many years about the purpose of business. Many argue that the only purpose of business is the maximization of profits or shareholder wealth. Obviously making a profit is a crucial part of operating a business, but how would a biblical worldview influence the debate about the purpose of business? The historical Westminster Shorter Catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” If this is true, then the primary purpose of any activity in which man is involved, including business activities, should be to glorify God and to provide a venue for enjoying fellowship with God as we steward the resources that He has entrusted to us. The Dominion Mandate or Cultural Mandate of Genesis 1 instructs us to exercise a responsible dominion over the created world and to harness all the Earth’s potential for the glory of God. Businesses, when operated properly, can be profitable and they can aid in accomplishing God’s original mandate.
Followers of Christ should bring God’s truth to bear on every aspect of society, including business, and economics. God has much to say in His Word about how to do business. The College of Business and Entrepreneurship at NGU helps students understand what God’s Word has to say about business-related topics such as how to treat people, serve others, build leaders, solve problems, create strong organizational cultures, view money, manage resources, articulate mission statements, develop strategic plans, finance projects, and execute with excellence. We believe that business and entrepreneurship provide opportunities for all people to learn, grow, take risks, achieve, and use their God given gifts and talents to support themselves, reach their full potential, and become all that God wants them to be.
The College of Business and Entrepreneurship has fifteen full-time faculty members and several part-time faculty members. All of them are gifted teachers and committed Christians who feel called to serve the students at North Greenville University. They work to advance the Kingdom of God through their teaching, mentoring, scholarship, and service activities.
The College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate programs include majors for traditional students in Accounting, Business Administration, International Business, and Marketing, and an online degree in Business and Leadership for adult students. The Master of Business Administration is a 36-hour program that has classroom, online, and hybrid formats. A concentration in Human Resources is an additional option in the MBA program.
We hope that you will explore our Christ-centered business programs. Please contact us if you would like to know more about the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at North Greenville University.
John B. Duncan, Ph.D., CPA, CKA®Dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship