Holy Disruptors: Igniting Social Change through Spiritual Entrepreneurship

This groundbreaking course, sponsored by Sankofa CPE Center, explores the convergence of urban ministry and spiritual entrepreneurship. Holy Disruptors: Igniting Social Change through Spiritual Entrepreneurship challenges traditional conceptions about ministry and business by advocating for a vibrant approach that combines spiritual wisdom with entrepreneurship strategies. This course begins February 27, 2024.
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This certificate meets The Diamond Standard™ for CEU Certification for 3 CE units (30 contact hours) for religious, social, and civic professionals. 

3 Certified CEUs

This course equals 30-hours or 3 certified CEUs for religious, social, and civic professionals.


This is asynchronous, on-demand course that begins February 27, 2024 and goes for 5-weeks.

Recorded Sessions

This course provides pre-recorded teaching videos to ensure accessibility for all learners.

Discussion Groups

Learners will further their learning through online discussion groups between live sessions.

"I believe that entrepreneurship and spiritual principles can work together to create positive social change."

-Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session
course Overview

Learning Objectives

1: Understand and Define Spiritual Entrepreneurship 

By the end of this course, learners will be able to clearly articulate the definition, 
significance, and rise of spiritual entrepreneurship in the context of ongoing world changes. They will also comprehend the intersectionality between spirituality, social change, and entrepreneurship.

2: Identify and Articulate Personal 'Why'

Learners will learn to identify their personal 'Why' and how it translates into their mission as spiritual entrepreneurs. They will be equipped with strategies such as the '3 E's of Discovering Your Why' and will have developed a spiritual entrepreneurial mindset. The three E’s are as follows.

3: Evaluate Market and Identify Target Demographics

Learners will gain the ability to analyze the global marketplace and identify opportunities for spiritual entrepreneurship. Learners will understand the wellness economy, conduct market analysis, and identify their 'tribe' - the specific demographic group who are waiting to receive their services and products. 

4: Understand the Challenge and Impact of Capitalism and a Scarcity Mindset

Learners will engage with the concepts of racial capitalism and its psychological effects, especially the socialization toward a scarcity mindset. Learners will learn how these forces can present barriers to spiritual entrepreneurs and will explore ways to challenge and overcome 
these barriers.

5: Redefine Success and Embrace Spiritual Entrepreneurship for Maximum Impact

By the end of this course, learners will have redefined their measures of success away from traditional capitalist norms, considering spiritual and social impact as key indicators. They will understand the concepts of innovation, prophetic imagination, theology of abundance, and 
radical courage, and how they can be employed for revolutionary impact in spiritual entrepreneurship.
This course is ideal for:
  • Theologically Trained Individuals: Those who have had formal theological training and are looking for avenues to incorporate their spiritual understanding into practical, worldly endeavors.
  • Ministers and Religious Leaders: This course would be particularly attractive to spiritual leaders who are looking to expand the scope and impact of their ministry beyond traditional confines.
  • Social Activists: Given the emphasis on social change, the course may be beneficial to social activists who are interested in blending spirituality into their activism.
  • Entrepreneurs: Those who are already business-minded but are seeking a deeper purpose or ethical grounding for their ventures would find value in this course.
  • Women Involved in Feminist or Womanist Theology: The course content seems amenable to frameworks that seek to disrupt patriarchal norms and could attract those who identify with feminist or womanist theology.
  • Professionals in Social Justice Fields: People who work in areas concerned with racial, gender, and economic inequality might find this course provides a unique toolkit for initiating change.
  • Students of Black Church Studies or Liberation Theology: Given the course's focus on challenging the status quo, it might attract students who are studying or have studied more radical theological perspectives.
  • Individuals Interested in Ethical Business Practices: Those who are involved in or studying business ethics, corporate social responsibility, or sustainable business might find the course engaging.
  • People in Transition: Individuals who are between careers, or seeking more meaningful work, might find the course’s blend of spirituality and entrepreneurship to be the direction they are looking for.
  • General Public: The course may also appeal to a broader audience who have no formal training in theology or entrepreneurship but are curious about the confluence of spirituality, social justice, and business.
Meet the instructor
Rev. Irie Lynne Session, D.Min.
I am a theologically trained womanist practitioner, church planter, author, pastor, coach, consultant, and spiritual entrepreneur. I have over 40 years in ministry and social work and have supported thousands of persons as they transform their lives to become the people they were always intended to be. My experience includes work as a Parole Officer, an Investigator of Child Abuse and Neglect, serving in the non-profit sector with persons living with HIV/AIDS, and women and children seeking escape from sex trafficking. In 2017, I made the decision to leverage my secular work experience and passion for ministry to become a Spiritual Entrepreneur. I look forward to sharing my knowledge, passion, insight, and experience with you during this course.
Patrick Jones - Course author