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In churches today, we do a pretty good job of emphasizing leadership development.

However, most times, we only focus on leadership for pastors or bible study leaders.

An organization in London has said in their promotional video that there are 7 basic spheres of culture – religion, business, media, education, arts, family, and politics.  They go on to say that in our current church model, we may only be impacting 1/7 of culture (the religion sphere).

But as a business leader or entrepreneur, if you’re a Christian, you are probably wanting to impact the people, and our churches don’t always have an answer for how to do it.

You can serve your church without being a proper pastor.  It’s sad that we as the church in America have not really developed our theology on this.

The following are 4 ways that business leaders and entrepreneurs can serve their communities.  It’s the tip of the iceberg, really, but it’s a start.

Entrepreneur Apprenticeships

I’ve written in a previous article about ways entrepreneurs can partner with churches.

drafting 2One of the main ways is for entrepreneurs to teach others in the church how to be entrepreneurs.

As a church community, we don’t want people to think they are worthless if their giftings lie in the realm of business, rather than in church leadership.  And we want people to flourish in all areas of their life, including what is commonly considered “secular”.

But the secular is very much a part of our spiritual lives – it’s a false dichotomy.  As Christians, all our non-religious activity is essentially still religious, because we are called to give our whole lives to God.

So as an entrepreneur, your work is important to God’s Kingdom.  You have skills that should be passed down to the next generation.  As you enable more and more people to provide for their families while providing a meaningful service or product to the community, the business itself also provides revenue and well-being to the city.

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Bring Opportunities to Those Without Opportunities

general storeI know that it is often a poor business decision to hire people just because you want to help them.

Sometimes, when people are unemployed, it is because they do not have a good work ethic or they are not adaptable to changing work conditions.  You might end up losing more money because you hired someone who is unable to do the job.  And your livelihood depends on your business succeeding.

But sometimes, the sacrifice can be worth it.  Serving people by hiring them when no one else will is a ministry.  You can take care of people in a very real and tangible way.

Check out this video below.  It’s about a business in Hawaii which hires prositutes and ex-convicts and trains them to succeed as employees and in life in general.

I’ve embedded this video in a few other articles, but it’s because I am very moved by their work.  I believe in this kind of business.

So, enjoy (and don’t forget to read the rest of the article after the video):

Be a Benefactor to the Church and to the Community

Ah, yes.  The subject of giving.  Makes your skin crawl, doesn’t it?

Now, hear me out, I’m not saying you should give money to me or to The Borough.  I’m saying that as you succeed in your business and bring in more revenue than you need, be generous with it.  And these are the Apostle Paul’s words, not mine.

cameraGiving is a legitimate spiritual gift and if you have this gift and don’t use it, then you would be denying what God has made you to be.

Give to your church to support the work being done for the gospel.  Give to organizations in the city which are truly helping the poor and needy.  Help fund community events.

BUT-

All that being said, giving is not all that encompasses Paul’s instruction “to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

Let’s apply the “good deeds” part to the church.

This is hospitality toward people in your home.  It’s what I wrote above about providing opportunities to people who have none.  It’s using your business-front as a place for church meetings.  It’s instilling virtues into your employees and investing in them as people, whether they are Christians or not.  And it’s using your influence in the city to leverage the goodness of Christ.

Network

As a business leader, you might be a part of the chamber of commerce.  You might have worked with different local government representatives.  You know lawyers and accountants.  You meet customers on a regular basis.

You are a public figure in the community.

Part of your service to the church and to the city can simply be to connect people.

The church wants to participate in a local art show which the city is putting on.  It just so happens that you sell art, so you know the artists.  And you worked with Linda from the Parks and Rec department in the past, so you have an in to rent a building very cheaply for the event.

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Maybe more importantly, as you get to know the other community leaders, you realize some of them are Christians.  But since John, a business owner down the street, goes to a church which does not invest in the development of entrepreneurs, you start a study with him and two of his friends to help establish him in his faith, as well as succeed as a business man.

Your Work

Your work is valuable in a spiritual sense.  Use the resources God has given you to take care of your community.  Meet the needs of the Saints.  Yes, it’s a sacrifice, but all good ministry is.

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