When it comes to being a Christian, too often we’re taught to be “nice and loving” to others and that we can’t fight back. In the Old Testament, it’s an “eye for an eye” while in the Gospels we’re to “turn the other cheek.” Which is it?
One of the basic tenants of morality is the Ten Commandments, which all of them apply in business, but for this blog post, we’re focusing on one. The sixth commandment: “You shall not murder!”
Notice that this is a defensive posture towards others, not an offensive one. It’s about protecting your life and the lives of others, and your business from harm.
In protecting one’s life from harm, you need to have the right mindset, you need to “put on” the right mindset.
Stop the Christian ministries! Stop the Christian nonprofits! Stop the Christian titles!
Yes, you heard me.
Please stop with the emphasis on, marketing of, or bemoaning your lack of, having or starting a “ministry” for your life.
It starts with that familiar saying of we hear in Christian or church circles or in church itself, “My ministry is …” with a M-A-J-O-R emphasis and elevation and emotive of the word ministry!
Am I being anti-ministry? Am I condemning others for having a ministry? Not in the least, but let’s give some perspective of what is a ministry.
Having a business discussion with my wife, she talked about how some individuals have “money” to burn in starting a business. Their business investment money comes from either a trust fund or they are subsidized by their spouse.
But the interesting comment was that my wife connected with was the fact that these individuals were unnecessarily spending money on things they considered they need versus things that needed to be done first.
What should be the first things first regarding business money and investment?
Fish Tank Startups
On March 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM I am holding my first ever HWJDB How Would Jesus Do Business? Workshop at a cost of $77 (+ merchant fee = $82.23) in Highlands Ranch, CO.
What will I be covering?
What will I cover that nearly ALL Christian efforts have missed or are missing from their content?
Here is what will be covered that no one else in the Christian community is covering.
As a Christian entrepreneur, I help Christians find and put on new “opportunity eyes” for what God has given everyone in order to earn a good, even a great, living in the marketplace as a startup, business owner, and an entrepreneur. Some are considering starting a business and have no idea what the next step is. That’s where I come in because there is a lot of poor startup content out there, even among Christian coaches and businesses.
But one of the most irritating aspects being around other Christians who are in this predicament is their attitude about themselves and their identity with God.
It’s their mindset!
I recently was talking with a fellow Christian about my startup course for Christians who are considering starting their own business and shared it with them. Their response to me after discussing it was: “My adult child would LOVE to attend your course, do you have any sponsorships for your course?” As if her adult aged child didn’t have the money or create an opportunity to work to attend the course.
They may or may not have the opportunity to attend, but let’s take a look at the Bible and see what we can find out about ourselves and our opportunities. It boils down to one question:
Who’s your Daddy?
I have visited a number of Christian college and university web sites and almost to a “T” they have sections, posts, articles, and classes about “Leadership.” While leadership is a worthwhile goal and leadership is important, what does this word convey to those seeing and reading this word in the context of the Christian community? How does using the phrase Christian startup entrepreneur sound? Personally I think the leadership word is overused, but that’s another blog post for another day. I’d rather use the word DOER.
Jas 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
But leadership is only part of the issue in the Christian community. It’s also determining how God has designed each individual and finding their purpose in life and then to find others to work beside them in the Body of Christ. It starts first with the parents, because the parents set the stage for how the kids see business.
Back in the days when I moved from using a Mac to using the Linux operating system, I came across a book that describes what happens in the software industry, specifically the Open Source Software (OSS) industry. Eric Raymond penned a book titled, “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” where he talks about the issue behind a monopoly or near monopoly in the software industry, which can be equally applied to any industry. The weakest link with any of these “top dogs” comes when they are attacked and are taken down and the whole system goes down that is connected and devoted to it.
It reenforces the axiom: You’re only as strong as your weakest link.
Raymond’s idea of a monopoly or oligarchy, whether software, government, business, or organization, translates well into the Christian Church (a monopoly definition is much different than a unity definition, but that’s another blog post). In the time of Jesus, you find the oligarchy “power” coming in the form of the Pharisees and the Sadducees and Jesus twice cleansing the Temple of it’s extortion and money greed. In the Middle Ages, the harsh “monopoly economics” of the church spawned numerous cathedrals to be built for the Church taking decades to construct at the expense of the bazaar, or the marketplace. Just like any monopoly or oligarchy, it concentrates all of the wealth and power into few and fewer hands, namely the Church. That is where the “economic power brokers” were, which left fewer and fewer “entrepreneurs” to grow the marketplace (there are six verses with the word “marketplace” in the NASB: Matt 20:3; Mark 7:4; Luke 7:32; Acts 16:19; 17:5, 17) and improve the daily lives of church members.
Does the church today still see itself building more “cathedrals,” including mega-churces, when in fact it needs to change it’s paradigm regarding it’s resources and redirect them, not for building up a physical church, but to to be used to change the marketplace?
When it comes to becoming a startup entrepreneur, especially a Christian startup entrepreneur, there are a number of factors that affect one’s decisions. But recent research has shown that those that believe in God have a greater and more successful chance of starting a business over those that may not.
Why does a belief in God cause more people to become startup entrepreneurs? What are the motivations? In an unscientific examination, let’s take a look at why individuals would take this non-traditional route in life.
There is a VERY good TED.com talk that I saw a number of years ago that rattled my cage regarding education and schooling.
In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.
But it wasn’t just about what Roy did, but the idea of schools in general. Let’s take a look and then think about moving forward.