5 Things Christian Business Owners Should Do
In the daily life of a faith based business owner, our struggles are between two worlds. The spiritual and the natural. It can seem like a bit of a hassle to remain spiritually close to God while taking on our business like mentality and competitiveness, but all in all there are crucial things we need to remember as business people who also happen to be kingdom minded.
Prayer is our Business Plan
It may seem like structure and 5-year plans are the way to go, and although those are incredibly useful, prayer and keeping your spirits high is even more important. A business owner with no direction is dangerous to their company and a loose cannon. Keep asking God for the next move, not only in your company, but in your life. This won’t assure a perfect business, but it will assure perfect peace about every decision.
Our Companies Don’t Have to Target Christians Only
There is a market for everything. If you are a Christian who just so happens to like sneakers, start a sneaker company! It doesn’t have to be called “Jesus Shoes!” to bring glory to God. Think about Chick-Fil-A, their brand attitude, model, and constant ideals seperate them from other companies. This is what makes them a Christian company/moral company, not their name or their products. It’s what’s imbeded into their company culture. You can sell bibles and still have a terrible culture in your corporate offices, conversley; you can sell empty picture frames and donate to tragedies and feed the homeless after work every week. It’s all about culture. And that is the business owners’ job.
Don’t Expect Success Because of God’s Favor
God is not a respecter of persons, He doesn’t play favorites. We are all His favorite. Therefore in business, give more than you expect. Offer to your employees more than you ask from them. Give away tons of value before you sell something to your audience. When you then become successful, show that favor and wisdom to young and new companies/business owners. Christians who are new and learning. Teach them to steward their gifting. Because the favor of God isn’t just for you, it’s for those around you as well.
Our Reputations Are One of Our Biggest Evangelistic Tools
Once people in your circle or your employees begin learning you are a Christian, the bar is lifted. You are expected to be morally better, have better marriages, conduct yourself with more dignity and your company is expected to flourish. Even if only subconsciously, these are the requirements of those who are looking from afar. Use this to your advantage. Your reputation is a great business tactic, with every meeting with a competitor, and every phonecall, show a bit of Jesus.
A Christ-Following Mentor is Crucial
If there is one thing I hope you get from this, it’s mentorship. Find someone you can speak to about the struggles of being a Christian in business. There are more than you think. People who are involved in Church, yet are in business positions as well. Ask them questions about how they did it, build relationship with them, seek advice, buy them food! I promise you, there will be so much wisdom passed down. But a small tip is to be well on your way to success before reaching out.
If you’re not sure where to find someone who has been in the business world already and are looking to network a bit, there is a great Christian networking event coming up in the NYC area! Check out Synergy Christian Business Network