DESCRIPTION OF THE CHRISTIAN ENTREPRENEUR
Profile of the Christian entrepreneur described how God established the evangelists, the pastors, the teachers, the prophets, and the apostles. No one replaced the other or became more important.
He appointed individuals with each of the gifts. They had to take their rightful place in the body of Christ. This gifting in church life has counterparts in the business world. The marketplace evangelist uses business as his platform to evangelize customers, employees, and suppliers.
most Christians in business have not moved past their evangelistic role. The marketplace needs Christian businessmen and women to become mentors, care-givers, visionaries, and entrepreneurs. the relevant church is everywhere on earth. This includes the market where the plans of God are to be fulfilled . Apostolic trust is based on preparedness to go into the world, take new ground in unknown and risky places. An apostolic ministry is exciting and nerve-racking; it may come with severe discomfort and even pain.
An entrepreneurial spirit is in essence apostolic in nature and the Christian entrepreneur has a wonderful, although sometimes painful calling to fulfill
Called to Make a Difference
it is the fundamental precept of the Christian faith that God calls not only ministers and other spiritual workers, but everyone to specific roles in His Kingdom. Christian entrepreneurs realise that their calling is to establish and lead business organisations that are designed to achieve results in the world.
Christian entrepreneurial organizations differ from secular businesses because they do business while being led by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 15:16a; 1 Corinthians. 12: 12-18). The idea is not new but is a return by unfulfilled business leaders to the sense of “calling” enjoyed by fellow laity in the United States of America and Western Europe (Anderson, 1999).
The goal is to develop a business that blends business excellence and entrepreneurship with Christian biblical and theological perspectives. For many entrepreneurs, joy and happiness come from productive, challenging, integrative and creative activities, which can translate into the realisation of being part of something bigger than themselves (Kauanui, et al., 2010).
Christianity changes an entrepreneur’s priorities, but Christianity can be integrated with entrepreneurship as entrepreneurs conduct their enterprises in a way that is distinctly Christian (Johnson, 2006).
The Bible places emphasis on spiritual gifts. Christian entrepreneurs believe that their gift is the specific position in which God has placed them. They believe that God has given them the opportunity to create a business enterprise that meets the needs of people in the marketplace.
Christian businessmen and women can be even more relevant when they become mentors, care-givers, visionaries, and entrepreneurs in their areas of influence. The plans of God are to be fulfilled in their business (Nel, 2006: 12).
Christian entrepreneurs develop a specific vision of the future because of the position in which God has placed them (Anderson, 1999). This vision creates a very strong commitment in Christian entrepreneurs to weather setbacks and adversities. Anderson (1999) argued that through their relationship with God, the Christian entrepreneur becomes empowered by His vision. Although their motives are often misunderstood, dedication to the unfolding truth of their vision as revealed by God is the guiding premise of their labor (Romans 1:1-14; 2 Corinthians 4:1, 6: 4-10; Galatians 6: 9-10).
The Christian entrepreneur knows that entrepreneurial business requires major commitments to be made. Generally, there isn’t sufficient information available in order to totally justify decisions. Therefore, the Christian entrepreneur becomes a calculated risk-taker, with risk-taking based on belief.
There is significant Biblical foundation for taking risks. The Christian entrepreneur is drawn to a life of adventure in service but recognizes that the price of the adventure will be occasional failure and setbacks (Genesis 12: 1-12; Acts 21:13-14).
Christian entrepreneurs are called to a life of serving customers through the realization of their Godly vision (Anderson, 1999). Christian vision does not see the entrepreneur against the world; it sees the entrepreneur involving a group of committed individuals to embrace the Godly vision in order to constantly bring new value to the customer.
Christian entrepreneurs prize their personal relationships with stakeholders to ensure the necessary commitment (Anderson, 1999). Not only do Christian entrepreneurs have a unique understanding of their role, they also have a unique understanding of how they carry out that role (Johnson, 2006).
The Christian Entrepreneur gratefully receives material blessings as the result of successfully developing a business. Material goals are always secondary to the primary calling and vision. The Christian Entrepreneur constantly seeks out strength from his relationship with Christ to stay in line with the vision. Barbee (1983) found that business people, who take religious values seriously, score significantly higher than others in their ethical judgments.
A Christian worldview can be seen as supportive of ethical entrepreneurship. Barbee’s findings are consistent with the findings reported by Nash (Cited Barbee, 1983), in her book Believers in Business. She interviewed approximately ninety evangelical Christian CEO’s of entrepreneurial firms concerning the way they resolved ethical business issues. She reported that the majority of these entrepreneurs seriously attempted to integrate their faith commitments into their difficult business decisions. Longenecker (1983) in Barbee (1983) stated as follows: “In fact, we might also apply Martin Luther’s idea of God’s calling as it applies to secular work. In the light of Luther’s teaching, entrepreneurship can be viewed as a noble calling. A calling that permits the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial organization to serve God by the service they render to customers and the broader society.”…Continue Reading…@ https://www.researchgate.net/
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