College of Business & Management


Message from the Dean

There are two beliefs that define the College of Business and Management at Hope International University. The first is that God’s kingdom – the church, the world, and all that is in it – needs competent Christian managers. The second is that business is and should be a mission field for those who are called to the profession of management.

Competent Christian Managers: Management is a relatively new field of human endeavor. Three hundred years ago no one had the title of “manager,” and there were very few people practicing what we now call management. There simply were no organizations, other than the church and armies, which were large enough to need that role. But as businesses and other organizations have grown, management has become an essential social function. It is impossible to imagine today’s society without managers. By preparing our students for this profession our College helps to meet this need.

God wants Christians in management just as He wants them in every job and profession. There is no part of society that is exempt from God’s call. Christian teachers, Christian dentists, Christian auto mechanics, Christian managers – all are needed because all have the opportunity to serve God where they are. We cannot segment our lives. All Christians are priests, at all times. Some Christians, then, need to be managers, and Christians who are in that role need to be able to put their faith to work there. By helping students integrate their faith with their professional education our College helps to meet this need.

Managers must be competent to be successful. This is clearly true regarding professional success. But it is also true that Christian managers in particular need to be competent in order to be taken seriously. God has not called us to be mediocre. Those around us will judge our characters and our competence before they will give credence to our faith. For our own benefit, then, as well as for God’s purposes, Christian managers need to be able to do their jobs well. By providing students with excellent professional preparation our College helps to meet this need.

Business as Mission: Many of our graduates make their careers in nonprofit organizations. There is no question that capable managers are needed there, and Christian faith is a natural fit with the missions of many nonprofits. It may be less obvious to some that Christian faith is compatible with businesses and their pursuit of profits. But our College is committed to the idea that business can and should be seen as a field for Christian mission. The relationship between faith and the marketplace has at least four facets.

First, mission can be supported by business. It is increasingly common for mission-focused organizations to have profit-making components that provide financial support. Second, mission can be directed to business. Christians take their faith to work, and there is a growing movement toward mutual support among Christian managers as they exemplify Christ in their jobs. Third, mission can be done within business. Many Christians in the marketplace see their roles in providing employment, services, and products as part of God’s provision for mankind and manage their organizations with this goal in mind. Finally, mission can be done through business. As businesses extend their reach globally, Christian managers are finding opportunities for their organizations to help people in ways and areas that may be out of the reach of more traditional nonprofit organizations.

There is a growing realization that business is needed in God’s economy as well as in the world’s economy. Through our program content and the expertise of our faculty our College helps to meet this need.

 

James D. Woest, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Business and Management

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