Spiritual entrepreneurship and core values.
David Kinnaman, the author of UnChristian, recently gave an interview in which he had this to say about the changing times we are experiencing in the Christian Faith:
“I think we are likely to see a time of spiritual entrepreneurship that we have not seen in centuries. By that I mean many new ventures for the cause of the Kingdom will flourish. New ministries, businesses, non-profits, and education systems will be created by Christians who are eager to refashion a livable, godly, just, and beautiful society.”
I have been thinking much about spiritual entrepreneurship, what that phrase means, and whether or not it is a term that I can claim. After much thought (and prayer, of course), I believe it is a term that I can claim for my ministry, at least at this point. An entrepreneur, Webster claims, “is one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” The church, as an organization, certainly has a “business” side, from income and expense reports, to membership and worship attendance statistics, to paying bills, the church operates like any non-profit business. The difference, of course, is that the business of a church is not to increase profit margins. Instead, I believe that the church’s purpose is to increase the clarity of the Kingdom of God here on earth. I think this is a venture worth taking the risk on, because I believe, with all that I am, that the church is uniquely positioned to reach out to the world.
Like any good entrepreneur, I have spent some time developing what I believe the missional guidelines (core values) for the church ought to be. I’ll spend at least one post on each one of these, and the list will probably change over time, but for now they are:
1. The Church must be Kingdom focused.
2. Healthy things grow.
3. We ought to err on the side of grace.
4. Discipleship matters.
5. Jesus is for everyone.
Grace and Peace.