Biblical entrepreneurship is one of the next moves of God. This is the third dimension to the marketplace ministry movement. Marketplace ministry was first exposed when those within the charismatic movement began declaring our covenant rights about prosperity and wealth. The next component was uncovered with the faith at work declaration. This teaching shared the “know-how” of displaying our faith in practical ways within the marketplace. These two components were two-thirds of the circle. The last component is biblical entrepreneurship. Marketplace ministry has followed the biblical pattern within scripture. The pattern is as follows: promise – requirement – manifestation.
When researching the moves of God within scripture we find out that God usually begins a new thing with a promise. Then the promise is coupled with a requirement. The requirement generally deals with a lifestyle issue. After the lifestyle issue has been met the manifestation of the promise will occur. God initiated the marketplace ministry movement when He uncovered our rights to the Abrahamic covenant, which promised prosperity to Abraham’s seed (natural and spiritual). Inspirational teaching from Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and others has exposed us to this promised.
Next the requirement component was exposed which taught us the fundamentals of living holy in the marketplace. There are books such as God @ Work by Rich Marshall and The Day of the Saints by Dr. Bill Hamon that has helped us conceptualize our roles. Now the promise must be manifested. This is the season for biblical entrepreneurship. The Christian entrepreneur will grab the promises of God along with the requirements of God and build an asset that produces wealth for the glory of God.
There are three fundamental concepts to being a Christian entrepreneur. They are purpose, service and influence. Biblical entrepreneurship is a holistic approach to starting an organization. Christian entrepreneurs must understand that God must be placed at the center of every business activity.
These three fundamental concepts are the keys needed to open the doors to true entrepreneurship. The concept of purpose focuses on the “why” of the entrepreneur. The second concept of service will help the entrepreneur understand that service will take the organization to world-class statues. The last concept of influence encourages the entrepreneur to use his or her resources to communicate the gospel of the kingdom to a dying world.
Christian entrepreneurs strive to have biblical principles as their companies’ standards. The desire of this type of entrepreneur is not centered on wealth and power but on completing God’s will for his or her life. These individuals will build their lives and companies on biblical truths.
Christians that have the calling to purse entrepreneurship need practical teaching on how to live out their faith in the marketplace. They must also be encouraged to seek God so His presence and power can be manifested in their organizations. Our leadership within the Body of Christ has to be aware of the things God is doing in the marketplace.
Biblical entrepreneurship is God’s next move in advancing His kingdom within the marketplace. God has set the stage so we can move into this third dimension. Now is the time to equip believers to minister within the marketplace.