Working on Faith Business Ministry and Services
Working on Faith
Grow Your Business and Your Faith
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
Faith-based organizations serve God first and foremost. They do so by serving God’s children. So the mission and goal is to serve God by being the best, most caring, organization that has the stewardship of the organization in line with the mission. Stewardship means being funded to serve and maximizing the impact of every dollar of funding received. From selecting the team, to pursuing the mission, faith-based organizations must be focused on God’s principles and purposes, and do it well through a sound operating model, budgets, and performance goals.
- Serve God in all that is done.
- Serve the children of God with empathy, kindness, compassion, and accountability.
- Lead a well-organized, financially stable and growing team that is able to maximize the impact on the world through the mission and by reaching others: the client, the community, the vendors, and other stakeholders.
- Steward God’s resources with accountability, financial controls, budgets, and performance metrics.
- Market the organization for donations, clients to serve, community involvement and impact.
For our faith-based clients, our programs are biblical based and include key elements of success:
- Flawed Leaders, Godly Leadership: Lessons from the Bible—
- What do we learn from Abraham? Jacob? Moses?
- How do we apply the lessons to our lives, businesses, and careers?
- Biblical Change:
- Personal (Lessons from the Pentateuch)
- Corporate/Group (Lessons from History)
- Growth (Lessons from Wisdom)
- Vision (Lessons from Prophets)
- Mission Success (Lessons from the New Testament)
- Organization administration – biblical models for structuring your internal business processes and structures: areas of responsibility, delegation, accountability, role definition matched to skills, and optimal structures for maximum impact and mission success.
- The New (Original) Peter Principle™ – Leadership Lessons from the book of Acts and the life of Apostle Peter
- The Mosaic Method™ – Organizational Structures, Accountability, and Delegation of Authority
- Financial stewardship – fundraising, budgets, accounting and all financial controls and requirements needed to be effective with every dollar raised.
Working on Faith Business Ministry Client Prayer
Lord God, we come to you in the name of Jesus and we ask that you would forgive our sins.We know that all repented sins are forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus. We receive your forgiveness in these matters. You say we are to come before your throne with confidence in our time of need. We come to you now.
Lord, we ask you to guide our actions and to reveal all the things that we need to do to transform our businesses that you have given us. Show us what it is that we need to change and make right to honor you. Show us what sins we need to repent and things that we need to make things right within our businesses.
Thank you for the team of people that you’ve given us, that surround and support us. We pray that you will continue to provide for them through us.
Lord these businesses are yours. We are stewards of them. We dedicate these businesses to you to be used for Your glory. We ask that you bless them financially and show us how to be a good stewards. Show us how to honor you with our actions and our results. Show us how to use the financial rewards of our business to reach others for your kingdom. Show how to wisely share those resources with our team, our community, and your congregation of believers.
We pray that now you will show us what actions and steps to take to enable these businesses, these ministries, to prosper this year.
Lord, in all times and places you are in control, on your throne. You and you alone equip us to be successful. It is Your word that we write upon our hearts, that we meditate upon day and night. Guide us Lord that we do not depart from it.
Show us your ways Lord. Strengthen us to serve you each and every day. Let us proclaim your name through word and deed as we do business.
We thank you for this truth. We thank you for the wisdom and guidance of the scriptures. Lord give us the ability to understand and apply your word in all things that we do.
We move forward by faith. We act with honesty, fairness, and consistency in all of the business relationships. Let our actions bring You glory. Let our actions set us apart from other businesses. Through you Lord, according to your plans and purposes, You will make these businesses prosperous and successful.
Lord I pray you grant us your blessings and favor. Enable us to get new customers that enable us to pay all the bills from our businesses. We pray for the ability to glorify your name, rest secure in your divine provisions, and let us be content and confident in what we have and in where you have placed us to serve you.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Which Best Describes You?
- Ethical Standards: Keep Your Word and God’s Word
August 30, 2016
- Accountable and Compassionate: Do These Describe Your Leadership?
January 27, 2016
- Does Your Business Need A Heart Transplant?
January 13, 2016
- The Christian Supervisor (Part 2 of 2)
November 18, 2015
- The Christian Supervisor (Part 1 of 2)
November 12, 2015
Articles and Podcasts
- Ethical Standards: Keep Your Word and God’s Word (8/30/2016) - As Good as Your Word? More and more I find that people casually give “their word”, yet don’t keep it. It may be something as simple as making a commitment to give you an answer on a business day by a particular date and time. It could also be about making a major business deal. It could involve both keep the timing commitment for a decision on a business deal. While not meeting the specific timing you committed to may seem a small thing, it usually isn’t trivial to the people who were counting you. I’ve seen major investment deals ...
- Accountable and Compassionate: Do These Describe Your Leadership? (1/27/2016) - Where is the balance between accountability and compassion? Are they mutually exclusive? Is there a time limit or other constraint on our mercy? These are questions that are frequently confronted by the Christian leader. How do you handle situations where you are leading a group of people and one person consistently makes poor choices in his/her personal life that result in poor performance at work (e.g., arriving late, incomplete assignments, bad attendance)? Recently a colleague was dealing with this issue. An employee who had worked for the organization for around 10 years had a history of bad relationship choices. This ...
- Open Doors, Closed Minds: Listening Well and Making Informed Decisions (1/25/2016) - Have you ever worked for someone that proudly stated they had an “open door” policy? Was their door really open to new ideas, feedback, information, and issues? Or was the door physically open but the mind closed? Perhaps you work for someone that has an open door policy, but a closed mind, or perhaps you are the person whose door is open, but your mind is closed. You aren’t alone in either situation. Whether you are the one walking in the door in hopes of being heard, or the person to whom someone is talking, the conversations can be uncomfortable ...
- Does Your Business Need A Heart Transplant? (1/13/2016) - “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26, NRSV) Whether our businesses are growing or struggling, they may need a heart transplant. Why do I say that in times of plenty or struggle that the heart of the business may need to change? Because too often in success we believe that it is all about what we have done and accomplished, the amount of money we are making and a hundred other ...
- The Christian Supervisor (Part 2 of 2) (11/18/2015) - As I've mentioned in a previous article, many years ago I found myself suddenly in a management position in which I had to supervise 14 male United Auto Workers (UAW) team members, who were not accustomed to being managed by a young person, much less a woman. As I grew to know the team (and they grew to knew me), we developed a working relationship of mutual respect. Where an adversarial relationship often existed between management and UAW leadership and general employees, I found only support and respect because I followed the 4 F’s (friendly, fun, frank and fair) I ...
- The Christian Supervisor (Part 1 of 2) (11/12/2015) - I want to share a personal experience I had early in my career. My decision to share this now comes from hearing the story of another person struggling with a similar issue. I could hear in her story my own experience as a supervisor/manager learning to balance compassion with accountability, fairness to the team, and support for an individual who was struggling. Many years ago I unexpectedly became a manufacturing production supervisor with 14 United Auto Workers (UAW) - all men - reporting to me. I had limited management experience and it was in a retail environment supervising other women. ...
- “Christian” Behavior from Non-Christians and Vice Versa (10/17/2015) - Today I was dealing with a business that had the word “Christian” in their name. They are purportedly a Christian trade show business, but I have been dealing with them for months over their failure to perform to the terms of an agreement. The agreement was related to a booth rental and speaking engagement I had with them earlier this year here in North Carolina. I will summarize the situation: They advertised and promoted their trade show to Christian retailers, small businesses, authors, and speakers as an event that has been held for nearly two decades and that is attended ...
- Hosea: Judgment Comes From Love (10/14/2015) - I am so enjoying my study of the book of Hosea. His message was for ancient Israel but could have been written for our country today. Yesterday my study inspired me to write the poem When - about judgment and wrath, warning and choices. Today I am focusing on the origins of judgment - God's love for us. Hosea points out in chapter 11 that we can count the ways God loves us: He loves first. (We are loved so much He chose to create us and to make us His children.) He loves us when we neglect and disrespect ...
- When (10/13/2015) - During Bible study this morning, I was reading the book of Hosea. It inspired this poem. When knowledge of God is not prized, When many fail to lift their eyes, Sin spreads across the land. When knowledge of God is no longer sought, When standards are sold and bought, God’s message is no longer spoken. When God’s word the world no longer reads, When man’s self is all he needs, God’s word cannot be heard. When poet, priest, and pastor preach, When those they seek cannot be reached, Judgment comes to one and all. ...
- Wrong Client (7/31/2014) - The profitability of a company is significantly impacted by its ability to identify both the core client characteristics that make for a good client as well as those that do not fit with your business expertise or require more support from key resources than can be supported by the revenues they generate. For example, last year a company was referred to me and I accepted the engagement. This company was seeking government grant funding to develop technology. It was a one-person operation and the founder did not personally have the technology credentials to do the research and development of the ...