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 #2 of 4 highlighting their work. This video is about building your business for God and creating a culture that is Christ based.
“Successful entrepreneurs who just happen to be Christians (entrepreneur Christians) are often praised, celebrated, and asked to serve on ministry boards either because of their business prowess or their deep pockets and ability to give funding. These people are sought after as mentors to the next generation. Unfortunately, the entrepreneur Christian’s values are passed down through the gene pool of the church. What is far better, of course, is to find great Christians who just happen to be entrepreneurs — then and only then can we really get somewhere…”
“The foundation of Christian entrepreneurship is, paradoxically, weakness. This is not weakness of product, service, or business, but of the entrepreneur himself as a Christian. This is true because Christ said His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). If the goal of the Christian entrepreneur is to advance the Kingdom of God by the power of God, in some sense, weakness must be the way…”
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 #1 of 4 highlighting their work. In this video, the TLD team asked some experts about helping entrepreneurs make a plan to take the leap and invest their talent in startups.
All entrepreneurs wonder how to keep business going for the long term. In this post, Philip Clemens shares how his family has managed to stay in business for over 123 years! There is some great insight, strategy, and suggestions to implement in any company in order to stay in business for the long haul.
In Part Two with Chip Ingram, CEO of Living on the Edge, we continue the discussion on faith and entrepreneurship from this Pastor to Entrepreneurs. Topics include ways on keeping church relevant to the entrepreneur's life, to how to handle failures and ways to handle power and influence righteously.
In this Monday’s video, we take a look at Weifield Electrical’s amazing work to end poverty in Denver — through its hiring. The company offers 4 years of job training and a long career to those out of the penal system. A win for the company’s own workforce development but as Karla Nugent (Partner and Chief Business Development Officer) emphasizes — it’s a second chance for someone to get their life back on track!
“In this final post, I’ll get into the implications of 1) living in the spotlight —Our identity is not in our performance, but in Jesus’ perfect performance on our behalf; 2) dealing with compromise —Caring for people beyond your obligation is another way to live as a faithful founder – although I fear all the times I only did the minimum required; and 3) aiming to leave a kingdom impact —Kingdom impact can happen on a personal level, a community level, or even an industry level.”
“In part one of this series, I focused on the foundations and motivations of being a faithful founder. In this post, I will unpack how those things are put on display throughout the workday. They are how to be an integrated person, having a bedrock of prayer, pastoring diverse employees, serving customers with great experiences, and relating to investors in new ways.”
“In this post, my aim is to encourage founders of businesses who want to bring God’s kingdom into the foundation of their business and their everyday operation. I’ll use my story of founding, building and selling a B2B software company, VendorHawk, as the context for my ponderings on what it means to be a “faithful founder.” Some lessons are driven by my failures…”
In Part One with Chip Ingram, Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA, Henry has Chip walk through his experience pastoring many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
“We are heading into the season where many business sales are going to wrap up and close before year-end. Typically, there are lots of good reasons to close a deal before year-end.” But there’s much more to it.
In this post, Bill High reminds leaders of the pros and cons of a business sale. He highlights a great opportunity during this process “If an owner donates some of his or her ownership interest prior to the sale, they can deduct the fair market value of the shares donated. Taxes go down. Giving goes up.” The key is in planning ahead!
David Brickner, Executive Director of Jews for Jesus, spends time with the team in this week’s podcast. He gives perspective on the tragic events in Pittsburgh and shares a bit on how people of the faith can best share the gospel with Jewish neighbors through relationship building and honoring the common elements between Judaism and Christianity.
Take a look today into the world of expert woodworking for inspiration… From Christianity Today's "This is our City" video series, we focus on Harrison Higgins, a Virginia woodworker whose furniture is reputed to last up to hundreds of years! Harrison explains his work as more of an art -- one that glorifies God by revealing the beauty in his creation. Even further, he encourages others to see creation beyond its use as a resource but as an opportunity to steward wisely as a sacrament towards God.