We all agree that church leadership teams should be diverse. Even a quick glance at passages like Ephesians 4:11-12 tell us that a multitude of spiritual gifts need to be present on the team. That one passage informs us that we need:
- Apostolic leaders who can move through networks of churches and adapt and take charge
- Able prophets who can relate the Word of God to the people
- Fearless evangelists who have a knack for bringing people to a saving belief in Christ
- Effective pastors and teachers who shepherd and protect the flock
Those gift-sets need to be a given.
But Paul had more than ministry leaders on his team. On page 11 of his encyclical titled, Funding the Spontaneous Expansion of the Church, Jeff Reed reported that of the 38 people listed in the New Testament who were on Paul’s team across the Roman Empire, only 1/3 of them comprised of ministry leaders as listed above, 1/3 of them were women co-workers, and 1/3 of them were benefactors.
That’s right. Paul’s team, which turned the Western world upside down in the first century, was 33% comprised of entrepreneurs.
Why is this? Aren’t entrepreneurs just supposed to focus on business? Aren’t we supposed to leave the church work to seminary grads?
It seems to me that Paul structured his team this way because entrepreneurs bring a lot to the table when it comes to ministry. Here are a few reasons why:
Entrepreneurs Provide The Go-Get-Em Factor
They know how to get things done.
And they do it with a fervor and determination that not everybody has. I’ve called it many things in the past, but this time, I’m gonna call it the Go-Get-Em Factor.
They will overcome obstacles and learn necessary skills. They are not risk-averse, and they can be aggressive making bold moves. And because of this, they will make their business succeed.
So applied to a church leadership team, this Go-Get-Em Factor can help the group get through things they never thought they could. It will help them make the church succeed.#Entrepreneur s know how to get things done. Click To Tweet
Entrepreneurs Provide Financial Support
This one is probably obvious. Successful entrepreneurs have money. And any ministry venture is going to require money.
So if the entrepreneur is also devoted to serving the church, he or she will give generously. Doesn’t mean that he has to become poor, but 1 Timothy 6:17-19 says that the rich should be instructed to be generous.
And there is no greater cause than the cause of Christ and His Church.There is no greater cause than the cause of #Christ and His #Church. Click To Tweet
Entrepreneurs Provide Financial Talent
These aren’t only good for business. As I said above, ministry ventures require money. But not just money, the proper handling of money.
Entrepreneurs know how to make financial decisions with calculated risk as well as shrewd savings. And that is an asset to the church leadership team.
Entrepreneurs Provide Resources
It takes a large network of people and resources to make a business successful, and at the center of it all is the entrepreneur who put it together in the first place.
At the end, that man or woman has meaningful relationships which can be useful to the mission of the church. He’s connected to vendors of all sorts, investors, mentors, boards, government entities, customers, employees, team members, other entrepreneurs.
When the church leadership team has some kind of need, they can look to this person to find out where and how to get it.
Entrepreneurs Provide Creativity
When building a company, you’ve got to think outside the box. Solutions aren’t always traditional, but the entrepreneur is used to forging his or her own path.Let the #entrepreneur dream. Click To Tweet
Just coming up with a lucrative idea in the first place takes creativity. Then it takes even more to figure out how to make the idea into reality. And on top of that, you need even more if you plan on adapting to market needs.
A creative entrepreneur is just what a church leadership team needs. Trust me, I’ve seen church boards who can’t get out of the weeds. They seem to be capable only of talking about the size and shape of the offering box, of who should be allowed to pass out the elements for communion, of what color the carpet should be.
Let the entrepreneur dream.
A Comprehensive Team
I hope everyone reading this understands that I’m not saying that any entrepreneur should be in church leadership. I hope it goes without saying that any person who will participate in being responsible for the souls in the church must be established in their faith and have proved their character over time.
But assuming that you’ve got a guy (or gal) who fits the qualifications, and who also has been a successful entrepreneur, don’t hesitate to bring them into the mix. They have a lot to offer.
So create your comprehensive team, and let the gifts of the Holy Spirit shine. Trust in God to guide you all and take bold risks to do great things for the mission of Christ and His Church.
Also published on Medium.