Is there such a thing like Biblical Entrepreneurship? Yes! There is. Biblical Entrepreneurship is a concept that puts together good and proven business practices with Biblical principles.
With the economic downturn, many people no longer have their jobs and job security is at an all-time low. Approximately 87% of businesses in America have fewer than 25 employees. There are between 30 to 40 million entrepreneurs in America. Entrepreneurs have more influence on society than any other group of people in the world. Entrepreneurs influence what you eat, what you wear, what kind of music you listen to, where you live, what kind of transportation you use, and even your value system. Entrepreneurs have so much influence over us because someone has to produce everything we need. Entrepreneurs are individuals who take on the challenge of producing and distributing the goods and services we need. Essentially, entrepreneurs are stewards of God’s resources.
Due to the potential amount of money that can be made by providing goods and services, many entrepreneurs have become preoccupied with the money rather than the services that they render to mankind. Since entrepreneurs are self-employed and tend to employ others, they command a lot of respect and influence in their communities. Many have allowed this influence and respect to cause them to become proud and arrogant. Psalm 24:1 reads, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” This means that entrepreneurs, the resources they use to start businesses, and even their customers, belong to God. However, this fact is ignored when entrepreneurs take advantage of God’s resources for their own benefit, do not give God any credit, and only concern themselves with making money rather than serving people. They have not been taught that entrepreneurship is a tool that can be used to serve God’s people and further His kingdom in the earth. Herein underlies the need for Biblical Entrepreneurship.
Christian entrepreneurs strive to have Biblical principles as their company’s standards. The desire of this type of entrepreneur is not centered on wealth and power but on completing God’s will for his or her life. These individuals will build their lives and companies on biblical truths. Christians that have the calling to pursue entrepreneurship need practical teaching on how to live out their faith in the marketplace. They must also be encouraged to seek God so His presence and power can be manifested in their organizations.
Concordia University in partnership with Faith and Work Life, a marketplace local ministry, is currently offering a course on this subject matter “Principles and Practices of the Successful Entrepreneur.”
You’ll learn to:
1. Write a basic business plan
2. Develop strategies to attract new customers/clients
3. Stand out from your competitors
4. Define your business model and market niche
5. Profile your ideal target customers
6. Differentiate your product or service
Classes start tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM at Concordia University Irvine campus. You can still sign up online HERE