Our friends at Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (ELO) Network share a two-part article about their namesake. In Part 1, to be an effective “entrepreneurial leader” as a believer, one must see 1) God-inspired creativity is embedded in a Christian approach and God is the “Creator” and 2) risk taking is key to innovation! Take a read as they use famous Christians like Mark Burnett, John Maxwell and others as good examples of these 2 characteristics.
A White Paper from The Christian Economic Forum —
Matt Lesser shares a personal letter he received from his father to encourage him as an entrepreneur —“We have the opportunity and the responsibility to influence generations for God’s Kingdom through the marketplace. It will take concentration of effort and unified commitment to creating financial, cultural, and Kingdom returns…for such a time as this. As you embark on this journey, keep these principles at the forefront of your thinking: Vision, Impact, People, Balance, and Returns.”
In this edition of the FDE Podcast, we get a peek into the longtime friendship and partnership (let’s just call it what it is – a bromance) between David Morken and Henry Kaestner, co-Founders of Bandwidth and Republic Wireless. They share with us the divine origins of their relationship (Henry was a direct answer to David’s prayer) and how their relationship translated into a successful business where people are promoted as much as the product.
Please enjoy some of the great content from our friends at Theology of Work, originally published on their website. TOW Project resources are meant to be both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical. In this article, they discuss both Biblical examples and practical ways for believers to experience deeper rest.
This week’s podcast has us listening in on a talk Tim Keller gave to Sovereign’s Capital last September where he meticulously unpacks the hidden truth of identity formation, its habits and rituals, in both the Western and greater world. We are fed these belief systems from the moment we breathe and too often we are defined by the greater world without our consent.
We are excited to share with you some of the great Entrepreneur Profiles from around the world compiled by our friends at Generosity Path. Below, we meet a Christian family who is on the generosity path and ask them what God has taught them about giving.
This week, meet Juerg and Benzli Opprecht from Switzerland!
These are all time classic sermons that have nothing, at face value, to do with entrepreneurship, and then upon reflection… everything to do with the life of a Christ following entrepreneur. John Piper wants more than any others I know, to make sure that we don’t miss the centrality of the Good News. Try to stick around for the whole thing. The last 15 minutes are, I think, a thing of beauty.
In this post, Rusty Rueff shares one of his daily devotional blog posts. Rusty connects the difficulty of running a business with lessons from our spiritual journey. To do so on one’s own is not the easiest, instead when two or more work together, we can strengthen one another. Take a look to read more.
Rick Woolworth shares his top tips on how to be a great mentor - 1) Share your stories; 2) Mentor the whole person; 3) Introduce your mentee to your network. He also reminds us that “mentoring is not only wonderfully rewarding, it is one of the few things we do where we get better with age. By utilizing the three practices presented here … you can become a more effective mentor and have a generative impact that will be felt for years to come.”
“I was in search of my Calling (upper case “C”), my purpose and I was not getting any younger. I had narrowed things down to two possibilities. I could go into vocational ministry (working for my home church in the states) or join a good friend of mine and start a business.” In this post, Rick West shares his journey to discovering his own calling and gives advice to budding entrepreneurs and Christians alike, to “skip the pros/cons list. Jump right to prayer, spend time with your spouse and find someone with some gray hair to impart truth into your life…”
The team spends some time with the students and teachers from Entrepreneur Program and Valley Christian School (VCS) in San Jose, CA. Spearheaded by Hannah and Danny Kim, entrepreneurs in their own right, the program has launched high school students into the world of entrepreneurship in the midst of a community invested in seeing biblical values and principles impacting the world.
The Lion's Den, with their conferences in Dallas and Birmingham, have been partners in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur movement for more than 5 years. Think "Shark Tank" meets the Kingdom of God and you have a sense as to what happens at these events. This is installment #4 of 4 highlighting their work. This video shows how The Lion's Den DFW and our partners are helping to connect like-minded, faith driven entrepreneurs and investors.
Please enjoy some of the great content from our friends at Theology of Work, originally published on their website. TOW Project resources are meant to be both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical. In this article, they dig deep into “What does the Bible say about Calling and Vocation?”
“Our cultural obsession with passion as a prerequisite for work threatens to cut vocational formation off at the head. In other words, if we insist on using passion as a measure for what we ought to do—or worse, proverbially prostrate to passion as if it were the holy grail of work—we will stunt the rate at which we try things, iterate, and reflect. Trying things, iterating, and reflecting are some of our greatest tools for learning about how God is forming us and fitting us for this world.”
A White Paper from The Christian Economic Forum —
“I am increasingly convinced, however, that we have missed an important foundation of healthy culture and effective leadership. Emotional health is not a popular or familiar topic. These issues cannot be fully resolved by the human resources department of a company. They also cannot be fully addressed through a Corporate Chaplain program. Professional counseling or therapy is needed for individuals to be equipped with the appropriate tools, awareness, and resources.”
The Lion's Den, with their conferences in Dallas and Birmingham, have been partners in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur movement for more than 5 years. Think "Shark Tank" meets the Kingdom of God and you have a sense as to what happens at these events. This is installment #3 of 4 highlighting their work. This video is about walking out your faith and growing spiritually by helping and teaching others.