It gives me great pleasure to be sharing with you my thoughts and experiences regarding a very topical and practical subject of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship is the heart and soul of any nation or economy. It is the engine that drives the economy; it determines the competitive position of any nation. Those that are involved in entrepreneurial exploits are the true heroes of our time. An entrepreneur is an individual who identifies an opportunity and seizes it to create a viable business.
These opportunities are advantageous circumstances, gaps in the market, unfulfilled needs and problems that are faced by people. Identifying those opportunities and exploiting them is a distinctive competence of entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs not only create wealth for themselves, through their innovation and creative ideas we get new products and services. It does not matter whether one is black or white, tall or short, Christian or non-Christian, young or old, orphaned or widowed, single or married, educated or uneducated, Ndebele or Shona what matters is the conviction and self-belief that you can do it. It does not even matter which country you live in remember the same boiling water that hardens an egg softens a potato.
Notwithstanding the fact that there is a plethora of opportunities out there other people see chaos, torment, hopelessness and suffering. People who shy away from opportunities are good candidates for deliverance as they do not believe in themselves and always pass the blame on the government, the economy and lack of startup capital. The results of this lack of vision are obvious and evident. The good thing is that my church (ZAOGA Forward in Faith) has deliberate programs to steer entrepreneurship development. These include business fellowships, powerful sermons, various ministries, spiritual counseling and role modeling.
In this article I want to justify the reasons why we encourage entrepreneurship activity in church. In other words is it the church’s business to talk about business? The answer to this question is of course a big yes, why. In the subsequent section I will highlight eight reasons why I will dwell on the subject of entrepreneurship or business in a church magazine.
Firstly we need to encourage members to form and run distinctive businesses that are led by honest, reliable, trustworthy individuals who inspire others. Secondly, successfully run businesses will reward entrepreneurs financially. There is a direct correlation between what we do with our money and what we truly believe. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34). In other words, where and how we spend our money is a reflection of where our heart is.
Thirdly everyone wants to be recognized (Read Proverbs 22:29: “Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men”).
Fourthly, successful Christian business is marked by its influence on the lives of others. It should help improve and enrich the lives of those it serves and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the process.
Fifth, the church needs money to fulfill its mandate to impact the community and the world. Sixthly, to encourage Christians to work hard and not to take short cuts to wealth creation, Apostle Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 3 vs 10: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
Seventh, take advantage of the social networks that exist in the church to create linkages, clusters or partnerships. Eighth, to encourage members to provide goods and services, and to provide meaningful and creative jobs while enriching themselves.