Brent Greene '14 NPM was an associate pastor at a Winston-Salem Church when he began studying for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at UNCG.
The program, which offers flexible online and on-campus study, as well as Saturday classes, is designed to give nonprofit professionals the skills they need to advance in their jobs or move onto larger organizations. Students earn academic credit for their coursework, which they can later apply to a degree in the university's Master of Public Affairs program.
Greene saw the program as an opportunity to better understand and work with the nonprofits his church partners with. He also wanted to develop his leadership skills, beyond what he learned through is training in ministry, and the program offered that.
As part of his job, Greene is also often asked to sit on the boards of nonprofit organizations. His post-baccalaureate certificate has made him a better, more active board member and financial steward.
"I feel more knowledgeable and on top of things as a board member," he says. "The certification, I think, has allowed me to have some new lenses to put on to use as a board member."
Greene also got experience in grant writing through the UNCG program. He's put those skills to use on behalf of his child's school — an unexpected benefit of the program and yet another way he's serving his community.
Greene recently was called to a new position within the Baptist church. He is the Minister of Preschool and Children at First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
He is already thinking of ways he can use his expertise in nonprofit management in his new church.
'I hope in time I will continue to be involved in nonprofit boards and to be supportive of this church and their ministries with local nonprofits," he says. "One thing I'm focused on is how I might create better tools of communication between the church and staff and nonprofits."
Greene says the graduate certificate experience has better prepared him to develop partnerships and make community impact in partnership with the local church.