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Course Names for Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program - Basic & Advanced

NLCP 1A: Theological Concepts of Social Justice

Course Description

This course deal with biblical principles of social justice and Christian social responsibility. The scriptures are full of paradigms that help us see more clearly the biblical mandate for "community-building" and social intervention as a foundational part of ministry. Participants will also investigate current moral questions and issues facing the Christian world today, e.g., hunger, poverty, war, distribution of wealth, and other social justice issues.

NLCP 2A: Churches that Make a Difference

Course Description

This course is to help congregations to develop more biblical, effective, dynamic holistic ministries. Participants will engage in a two part lecture: Part 1 lays the foundation for outreach mission by exploring the meaning and biblical basis for holistic ministry. It develops a holistic perspective on evangelism and social ministry and describes how they can be interwoven. Part 2 builds on this foundation by examining the essential components of a holistic congregation, love for God and neighbor, a commitment to reaching out beyond the walls of the church, spiritual and relational vitality within the congregation, a visionary leadership team, mission-centered organizational practices and ministry partnerships.

NLCP 3A: Ministering and Managing Cross-Culturally

Course Description

When managing in a cross-cultural setting you may be faced with many challenges. How do you avoid pitfalls and cultural faux pas? How can you create opportunities to build relationships and understanding with people that are different? This course reviews the tools needed to reduce apprehension, communicate effectively, and establish genuine trust and acceptance. Another dimension for those who want to minister effectively across cultural barriers is the need to learn and understand the culture in which we live before we initiate public ministry. The participants of this course will be challenged to identify their own biases, learn to adapt their personal lifestyles in order to increase their sensitivity towards others, and build bridges of communication with those in need who live in their communities.

NLCP 4A: Leadership and Team Development

Course Description

This course teaches how to manage change, conflict and growth in nonprofit organizations. Participants will explore team-based strategies for implementing change, addressing risk and the possibility of failure and fostering entrepreneurial growth. This course also addresses the complex challenges that emerge in building cohesive teams and organizations that integrate its diversity for positive results.

NLCP 5A: Media Technology Management and Communications Campaigns

Course Description

Participants will learn tactis of how to get your information into the newsroom through a quick guide to media relations. This course will also teach how to develop strategies for using multimedia for effective communication with the organization's publics, with special focus on the Internet and the World Wide Web. It will also review how to develop objectives, strategies, tactics and messages for marketing, public relations and advertising campaigns.

NLCP 6A: Community Needs Assessment

Course Description

A community needs assessment is essential for an effective community-based ministry. A needs assessment determines what kind of services your organization will provide in your community and what other types of resources and services it can provide in the future. The result of a properly conducted needs assessment can be used to identify needed services, determine how successful existing services are and ways to improve.

NLCP 7A: Strategic Planning in the Nonprofit

Course Description

Creating a meaningful strategic plan is crucial to helping organizations survive the increasingly intense competition that every organization faces for funding, volunteers and public support. This course will teach the role of strategic planning in effective fundraising; what makes planning strategic, factors that indicate readiness for strategic planning; the respective roles of board and staff in planning; the basic components of a strategic planning process; the critical importance of stakeholder analyses; the purpose of mission and vision statements; and the differences between goals, strategies and objectives.

NLCP 8A: Board Development: A Guide to High Impact Governance

Course Description

This course is designed to highlight the most important issues of board governance universal to small and larger nonprofits alike. Participants will discuss board legal and social accountability, roles and responsibilities of individual members and full boards, and tools for planning and evaluation. It also includes innovative ways to find fresh prospects with the expertise you need and a desire to serve. Participants will review tools for successful board participation, including job descriptions and orientation manuals for boards


NLCP 9A: Resource Development: Fundraising Strategies in Nonprofits


Course Description

All fundraising starts with the case for support for your organization, the case explains who your organization is, why it deserves support, what it hopes to accomplish and how the donor can become involved. This course is a fast paced brief overview of the basics you will need to start a fundraising program at your organization. You will explore fundraising principles and practices and learn how to articulate your mission and get others involved. You will have an interactive session that involves the personal donor relationship and making an "Ask." There are multiple samples provided and suggested resources that will assist you in creating an individualized successful fundraising program.


NLCP 10A: Human Resource Development

Course Description

The course will examine basic human resource management issues, such as strategic workforce planning, hiring, training, personnel evaluation, and compensation from the perspective with nonprofit organizations with their mix of paid staff and volunteers. This course also explores the legal and morale aspects of each subject area listed above.

NLCP 11A: Volunteer Management

Course Description

This course will identify new and creative ways to find, recruit, train and nurture volunteers. It will give models for helping volunteers become advocates for the organization. Participants will explore ways to partner with corporations, schools, religious and social organizations to find volunteers and integrate them with full-time staff for successful service delivery.



NLCP 1B: Urban Ministry: Understanding the City

Course Description

The course will present ways to interpret and define the city. It will combine theology and sociology and explore how we practice mission in the midst of the urban reality of where and how people live. The city's complexity can be overwhelming and this session will assist the participants in wrestling with the urban worldview and the various urban systems.

NLCP 2B: Social Entreprenuership and Marketing Strategies

Course Description

This course will present how to use entrepreneurial skills to craft innovative responses to social programs through ways that promote the organization, create awareness and cultivate long-term relationships with stakeholders, including donors. Participants will learn how to use social entrepreneurship to strengthen the organization and lay the groundwork for a development program.


NLCP 3B: Nonprofit Accounting and Budgeting

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the underlying concepts, language and reporting methods for accounting and financial analysis. It will focus on interpreting and utilizing accounting and financial statements for effective business management. Other topics to be covered include proper methods for budgeting, managing financial resources and working with accountants and financial analysts to achieve organizational goals.

NLCP 4B: Environment of the Nonprofit Sector: A Look at Government, Networking and Partnerships


Course Description

The environment of nonprofit organizations has become increasingly complex. Interrelationships among different nonprofit organizations are evolving rapidly with alliances, joint ventures, and mergers becoming increasingly frequent. The complex and dynamic interactions within these nonprofit coalitions and the business and government sectors will be the focus of this course. In addition, this course explores the relationship between the public sector and the nonprofit, or third, sector. How does each influence the other? What is the role of nonprofits in developing and implementing public policy? How do government entities and the community at large -from donors to consumers- influence the evolving mission of the nonprofit organization?

NLCP 5B: Program Development and Evaluation


Course Description

Performance measurement and outcomes assessment are essential to the continuing success of any nonprofit organization. In this course, participants will learn to use basic descriptive statistics to identify, measure, and present information, particularly to their organization's constituents and to outside stakeholders. This course will also explore ways to get useful information from databases to help nonprofit organizations acheive their objectives.


NLCP 6B: Organizational Change and Behavior

Course Description

This course draws on the concepts and methods of organization development to increase the participant's competency to design and implement customized solutions and interventions for internal clients using consultative approaches. It will focus on the interpersonal and technical skills required to work with clients in a wide range of business and performance issues.

NLCP 7B: Nonprofit Legal Issues and Conflict Resolution

Course Description

This course is designed to address the legal fundamentals nonprofits will face in the workplace, with particular emphasis on using volunteers and management relations with employees. Participants will learn tactics and skills needed in contract negotiation and conflict resolution and the potential liabilities which can impact your nonprofit operation.

NLCP 8B: Risk Management Challenges for Nonprofits

Course Description

This course will review the fundamentals of risk management and insurance strategies needed in a nonprofit organization. Participants will learn to develop the skills needed for implementing an effective approach to analyzing and managing risks in the workplace and during outreach activities in their communities.

NLCP 9B: Social Action from Relief to Public Policy

Course Description

Social action is based on society's members working toward a purpose that is good and imperative for the survival of the entire society. In this course, participants will discuss whether social action is executed in response to ideological or religious beliefs and the essential principles to summoning groups of people to organize, advocate and create solutions to injustice.

NLCP 10B: Ethics, Principles and Issues in Nonprofit Leadership


Course Description

This course will explore the ethical and moral responsibilities of leadership. Participants will study the moral obligations of leaders and followers and how leaders shape the moral environment of institutions and other formal and informal organizations. This course will also address the public and private morality of leaders as well as how leaders convey values through language, symbolic actions and as role models.


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