Bakke Graduate University

Bakke Graduate University strengthens leaders who steward resources with and for vulnerable people a A Worldwide Global Network
2. Bible-Based Curriculum

BGU graduate degrees provide theological, operational, and personal skill sets for entry into the most diverse range of world realities; from a call and ministry with those in abject poverty, to a call and ministries with those in the corridors of the powerful. Students in all five programs are invited to attend courses with those in other degrees, thus providing them with the additional advantage

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Please pray for them and each other as we seek to bring shalom to the world. Here are some ways you can pray:

That our graduates continue to seek to understand God-given gifts, experiences, and opportunities in understanding their role as a called instrument of Christ’s transforming work in and above world cultures.

That they continue to pursue shared experiences, shared plights, shared hopes, in addition to shared knowledge and tasks.

That they continue to reflect and catalyzes others with the courage, symbols, and example to make meaning in their own lives.

That their behavior and priority is on servanthood first. In the style of Jesus, they lead by serving and serve by leading.

That they would recognize the previous work of God in other cultures and seeks to experience its unique gospel expression.

That they would understands the complexity of today’s global, pluralistic, urban, economic, and political landscape and sees the Church from the perspective of a world church rather than a nationalized, denominational, or localized church.

That they would pursue reconciling relationships between people, people, and God, people and their environment, and people and themselves. They would continue to work toward the well-being, abundance, and wholeness of the community, as well as individuals.

That they would speak truth with love to and through power. With sacrifice and humility, they would pursue change in the broken systems and practices in the political, economic, social, and religious life of the city and world. The would choose to give voice to those that have no voice (Prov. 31:8).

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BGU is a global university where students can study in their own languages! First, it saw the birth of a BGU Spanish program at the master’s level and a BGU Korean program at the doctoral level. Students of both programs graduated this June 1st, 2024. This July, BGU is launching a doctoral program in French for French-speaking African countries, based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa.

The new cohort will involve 13 students from 4 different countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Tchad, and the DRCongo. They have already met for two city immersions, one in Abidjan and one in Cotonou (Benin) where they have studied God’s perspectives on these cities as well as how to develop their socio-anthropological skills. Some of them are specializing in organizational leadership and others focus on health-related leadership.


In The Vulnerable Adolescent: Raising Awareness of the Social and Economic Consequences of Adolescent Pregnancy, Dr. Noel Holder, AA, provides an in-depth exploration of adolescent pregnancy. Drawing on decades of research and public service in Guyana, Dr. Holder explores the socioeconomic consequences of adolescent pregnancy through a Guyanese lens and provides insight into the cultural and religious factors that influence young mothers and their communities.


Come to BGU’s Open House sessions to learn more about the Passport to Accelerating Mission Certificate. We are preparing for the Lausanne Congress, learning from the State of the Great Commission Report, and considering implications in our own contexts.

Brad Smith will discuss the vision for this certificate. There will be Q&A to help you consider how you want to engage and time to provide technical support if needed.

Time: Thursday, July 11⋅9:00 – 10:00am EDT
(We will have an additional Open House on July 18. Details will be shared later.)


Globethics Global Workplace Forum in Geneva September 2-4, 2024.

Program details:
High-level policy engagement organised with the Forum’s partners.
More than 12 high-level sessions on diverse topics to re-envision the future in an ethical multistakeholder perspective.
The launch of studies and policy reports, such as:
The Global Survey of Business Ethics
Policy Report on Rethinking Futures of Education in the Age of AI.
Meet the author: Book presentations, discussion, and signing.
Networking opportunities and cultural activities.
The Globethics Youth Leadership Award 2024.

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Meet Dr. Pedro Rodriguez:

I am the founder and director of Urban Youth Justice. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves juvenile justice youth in the state of Florida. We go inside juvenile facilities where we do mentorship, discipleship, and we train them to become our next leaders. My dissertation was written on the juvenile justice system and the impact fatherlessness has on the youth that I serve. Eighty percent of the youth I serve are without a father in the home. It leads them to make poor decisions with lifelong implications for themselves and others. I meet up with them in juvenile detention centers and residential programs.

These youth are in need of mentors. Through my research, and through my own personal experience, I've realized that faith-based mentors are the game changers. As mentors, we make a huge impact on a young man's life and can influence them and change the trajectory of the outcome of their future.

BGU has helped me understand what it means to be a transformational leader. I’ve not only experienced transformation in my own life in the last several years that I've attended, BGU, but I’ve also helped transform those around me by playing a role in their transformation. This has also happened within my city, within my community, and within my church. It's been huge in just helping me see life through a biblical lens. It has given me a lot of drive to help people understand the power that they have that God has given them to help transform their cities, their communities, their homes, their families, by becoming disciple makers and mentors in their community. I show them how to make a change by being the voice in the wilderness and being a light in darkness.

We are grateful for how Pedro has been a blessing to us all and will be used of God in even more powerful ways in the future. Please consider a year-end gift to BGU at www.bgu/giving and help BGU continue to serve others such as Pedro doing powerful, practical, transformational work.

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Meet Carolina Meza de Elena Clark, recent MBA graduate:

I am originally from Colombia, South America, but I now live in Waco, Texas. I still work to providing microfinance services in Colombia for women. I do holistic economic and social programs as a way to help people to know about God. My dissertation is about micro finance and the power of the economics of mutuality, investing in people and the planet to transform the way that business is done.

For 10 years I worked with micro finances in Haiti through a non-profit organization. It was very hard to see how to transform communities when they are so broken. So, when I started studying at BGU I realized that it was necessary to invest in businesses so we can be impacting those communities.

If you don’t know what economics of mutuality is, it is a way of thinking and practice to do business development that invests in people to create social transformation sustained by profit. As part of my studies at BGU, I co-founded C&D LLC, a for-profit community development company whose purpose is to invest back into communities and be that bridge for communities and businesses. We aim to link artisans to the global market by offering fair trade, unique, innovative, and high quality sustainable products worldwide. When you change how business is done, everybody wins.

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“So…Bakke Graduate University (BGU) has three colleges (business, urban studies and Christian theology) requiring students from 60+ nations to study in all three before they can graduate. Why? Those three subjects don’t really fit well together. I thought graduate degrees were for people who want to be ivory tower professors. What kind of three-headed impractical monsters do you create?”

Over the next three days I’ll share the stories of three June 2024 graduates and you can see whether BGU’s 20+year mission is insanity or genius. As we approach our fiscal year end on June 30, if these stories make sense to you, please consider joining the adventure by donating at

Dr. Brad Smith


Meet Dr. Andreas Andersson:

“I live in Sweden together with my wife, Lena. I combine serving as a local church pastor, with working as a management consultant and leading Kingdom disciple-making movements. We operate mainly in Africa. We are now in 13 different countries. For example, in Uganda, over 16,000 people have gone through our discipleship training program in 33 different districts. We have even received letters from the President and the Vice President of the country saying that we need to continue this important work because it is helping to transform their nation.”

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"Graduates, your graduation is never an end to your attachment to BGU! I call upon you to remain connected to BGU as much as you have been, if not more!

We all have a common mission to accomplish: It is the mission of supporting the education of Christ centered leaders who will have an impact on the world! This is what BGU does and you are challenged to become part of this commitment!

So, may I challenge you to promote BGU and what it does, to bring potential candidates for leadership education, to support BGU by strengthening regional ecosystems in your cities/countries/regions.

In doing so, you will enhance BGU’s commitment as a global institution known for its diversity and inclusion with due attention to local contexts guided by the philosophy of polycentric leadership."

You can read the entire commencement speech by Academic Dean, Dr. Belete Mebratu here:


You are being invited to join the members of the BGU Caribbean Alumni Chapter in prayer at our virtual prayer conference for the Caribbean region scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 7:00pm Eastern, 6pm Jamaica.

The prayers will be specifically offered for 4 islands in the region, namely: Haiti, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago by BGU alumni who are nationals/residents of these countries.

Theme: Church Unity and a Christian Witness in the Marketplace

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Marcel Hutson (Guyana)

Special Guests:
Dr. Brad Smith, BGU Chancellor
Rev. Emerson Boyce, Secretary General - EA

There are no circulation restrictions. All are invited.


Each June I look forward to BGU’s graduation ceremony where we celebrate with graduates, friends, and family members from many different countries in person in Dallas and virtually via Zoom. It’s an opportunity to be inspired by the transformational impact that our graduates are making in their communities and organizations throughout the world. This year’s group featured leaders from twelve different countries and territories, and they were inspired and charged forward with a commencement speech from our Academic Dean from Ethiopia, Dr. Belete Mebratu.


Please prayerfully consider giving to BGU this season as BGU’s fiscal year ends June 30. You can give at including several new ways to give that are easier and minimize international transfer fees.

For the last century, missions has been from “the west to the rest.” In the last two decades this has radically changed so that missions is now from “everywhere to everywhere,” and is often centered around leaders in business, government, education, non-profit, and not just churches.

While missions in the last century mostly targeted rural areas, the global mass migration to cities has created new missions opportunities and challenges in cities. BGU was uniquely formed as a university in 2003 to train leaders in Christian theology, business and urban studies. BGU students and graduates are uniquely trained to lead God’s work in their nations. This diversity in cultures, geography, and roles also includes significant economic diversity as well.

BGU’s calling to serve at the forefront of global missions requires donations from everywhere. Please consider a fiscal year end gift to BGU. We are grateful for your prayers and support.


In a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, chaos, ambiguity) world, only those who know how to safely negotiate the rapids of change will survive and thrive. A discussion took place where professors, graduates, and students of BGU shared valuable tips from BGU's EMBA Change Management course. The program was titled: Running the rapids of change - surviving and thriving.

You can find the recording here:


We are kindly inviting you to our upcoming quarterly call for the BGU Writers’ Community on Friday, June 14th at 7 AM Pacific Time.

Reimagining Structure - How to Build a Nonfiction Book that Stands Strong

Are you stuck in the writing process because your structure keeps falling apart? Perhaps you’ve been approaching it all wrong.

In the workshop "Reimagining Structure,” Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks, co-founders of JourneySixty6, will offer a fresh approach for structuring your nonfiction writing so that your idea doesn’t collapse as you write.



Aila Tasse is an Alumni and a graduate of BGU 2009. His book was just published titled Cabbages in the desert.

Are Disciple Making Movements really happening among unreached people groups and Muslims? If so, how are they happening? And what do those movements look like? You’ll find answers to these questions and many more in Cabbages in the Desert, where a devout Muslim teenager meets a kind Christian teacher.


BGU graduate, Dr. Gorden Simango launched his book titled Finding Excellence: A Practical Guide to Fostering Goodwill Dissent and Human Flourishing at Work. Dr. Gorden was interviewed by BGU Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Zachary Hamilton.

The book discusses concepts of constructive workplace dissent, psychological safety and joy at work. These concepts are supported by real workplace voices from Christian leaders who are trailblazing transformational leadership in their lives. Certain parts of the book use illustrations to emphasize key concepts covered herein.


In a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, chaos, ambiguity) world, only those who know how to safely negotiate the rapids of change will survive and thrive.

Join us as we discuss valuable tips from BGU's EMBA Change Management course.

Topic: Running the rapids of change - surviving and thriving.

Time: June 8, 2024 at 10am EDT, 3pm WAT, 3pm London, UK


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