Founder’s Manifesto

Founder’s Manifesto

This post is an example of a process you might want to go through as you’re developing in your entrepreneurship idea or project.

Patrick Lowndes’ Founder’s Manifesto serves as a great example of being rooted in scripture and purpose in beginning a new business venture. We hope you’ll take a look at his Founder’s Manifesto: the company Values and how Patrick & his co-founder intended to use them as we operated their company, VendorHawk, and be inspired to write your own.

Discerning Your Calling

Discerning Your Calling

There is an unbiblical theme permeating the Church today which elevates the callings of pastors and “full-time missionaries” above “secular” vocations. If you’re an entrepreneur, photographer, artist, salesperson, doctor, musician, lawyer, or janitor, you have likely sensed this often unspoken hierarchy of callings.

But… The highest calling on your life isn’t necessarily being a pastor or missionary; it’s glorifying God and serving others in whatever work God has called you to do. “Calling” is one of the most confusing ideas in the Christian life. How can your work feel like a vocation—a true calling on your life? What does the Bible have to say about the work God has uniquely equipped you to do? What are the best questions to ask when discerning your calling? Read more to find out…

Ecclesiopreneurship

Ecclesiopreneurship

We need a new kind of job profile for anyone venturing out to start, build, and grow a great company: ecclesiopreneurship.

Ecclesiopreneurship is a created word—a combination of ekklesia (the Greek word commonly translated as “church”) and entrepreneurship (a technical term to describe the designing, launching, and running of a new business). Ecclesiopreneurship combines the theological role of the church with the drive and passion of entrepreneurs who create new businesses.

Podcast Episode 30 - Godly Contentment Meets the Discontentment of the Entrepreneur

Podcast Episode 30 - Godly Contentment Meets the Discontentment of the Entrepreneur

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This week’s episode finds Henry, Rusty and William fielding more questions from listeners in Part One of Lightning Round. The team tackles the question around how to balance godly contentment with the discontentment with the status quo that is the fuel of much entrepreneurship.

Stone in the Sand

Stone in the Sand

As per our normal routine, here is a Monday video to start off your day (or provide some entertainment depending on when you’re watching this…). This song was written and sung by our friend Richard Barley, “facilitator or auditory experiences”, and recorded at CornerstoneSF during their “arts night”. He said he wrote it “as a conversation with a handful of scriptures in mind”. See if you can hear them?

Are Tech Wizards Revolutionizing Leadership?

Are Tech Wizards Revolutionizing Leadership?

Tech leaders have virtually unprecedented power to mold the future. The question is: how are they using it — and how will you?

In this post, James Kelly of FaithTech encourages leaders with the reminder of where some of today’s great technology leaders came from. He even reminds us of King David, a man after God’s own heart, who led from a place of faith to influence the world. We are reminded to pray for the influential leaders and realizetechnology provides incredible opportunities to change minds, to change hearts, and to change the world — if leaders seize it.”

Podcast Episode 29 - Hunger for Authenticity in a Post Christian Era: Part 2 with Mike Sharrow (CEO of C12)

Podcast Episode 29 - Hunger for Authenticity in a Post Christian Era: Part 2 with Mike Sharrow (CEO of C12)

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Mike Sharrow is back for Part 2 of our interview. As you likely gathered from Part 1, Mike leads C12 one of the largest and most successful organizations that put together groups of like minded, and similarly staged groups of Christian CEOs for local community, fellowship and best practices. Think about all the things you've heard about YPO, but imagine something better :). If you're only going to listen to one of the parts of the interview (but why would you??) , listen to this one.

Entrepreneurship Meets Scripture Journal-ling

Entrepreneurship Meets Scripture Journal-ling

The ThredJournal is tool to implement a unique method for journal-ling, especially with a partner or group. And it’s a great tool for Faith driven entrepreneurs! Check out the video on this post to learn more about the ThredJournal and how you can grow in your relationship with Christ using the method or the ThredJournal!

Seasons Change…But God

Seasons Change…But God

Be inspired and encouraged after reading a little bit of Brittany Norman’s entrepreneurial story through many seasons of change. Things don’t always go as planned and many times we’re not sure which direction to go. BUT GOD is always with us, guiding, and providing.

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Money is something that every entrepreneur will struggle with. We know that God tells us that we can’t worship both Him and Mammon. In addition to the eternal truth that we see in the Bible, there is some great research on money that can help us understand the dynamic that money plays in our lives. Which makes people happier - purchasing material items or experiential purchases? Bill High shares some research to help us answer that question, “Can Money Buy Happiness?”, once and for all.

The Dangers of Globalism

The Dangers of Globalism

Article originally hosted and shared with permission by The Christian Economic Forum, a global network of leaders who join together to collaborate and introduce strategic ideas for the spread of God’s economic principles and the goodness of Jesus Christ. This article was from a collection of whitepapers compiled for attendees of the CEF’s 2018 Global Event.

In this whitepaper, Jeff Holler shares about Globalism and it’s affect on the world. He also cautions against globalism due to consolidation of power politically and economically, the loss of freedoms we are beginning to experience because the process of globalism, and diminishing individual responsibility, work ethic, and human dignity. Read on to see if you agree or disagree and share your comments.

Podcast Episode 28 -Resurgence of Faith in the Marketplace: Interview with Mike Sharrow (CEO of C12)

Podcast Episode 28 -Resurgence of Faith in the Marketplace: Interview with Mike Sharrow (CEO of C12)

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The first of two parts, this week’s episode finds the team speaking with Mike Sharrow, President and CEO of C12, an organization that provides a confidential and intimate environment where like-minded peers share ideas, discover and plan for areas in their business that need improvement, hold each other accountable, and encourage one another to conduct business in a God-honoring way.

A Grander Vision - Betenbough Homes

A Grander Vision - Betenbough Homes

Even after experiencing West Texas-like storms of life, Ron Betenbough of Betenbough Homes, was able to rebuild his life thanks to God’s provision in his business. After committing the business to God, Ron and his son Rick Betenbough, experienced God’s blessings in business and in the lives of their employees. Take a listen to this inspiring Monday video.

The Power of Questions

The Power of Questions

Brandon Napoli explores the value of questions in our life. He dives deep into how they influence the choices we make and help others to make. Finally he reminds us that God is okay with us asking questions, in fact He wants us to. Maybe one of the 22 suggested daily questions will also help you to grow in your faith or calling…

Systemic Surprises

Systemic Surprises

A discussion with an entrepreneur who had begun to think about how to deliver “systematic surprises” led Rusty Rueff to think about it’s implication beyond product management. Systemic surprises are things that keep an offering fresh and exciting, without extra strain on the “system” so that these moments of surprise can be delivered flawlessly and with excellence. Rusty steps us through what systemic surprises could look like as part of our daily witness in the marketplace.

Podcast Episode 27 - Responsibility of Calling: Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

Podcast Episode 27 - Responsibility of Calling: Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

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Jason Johnson, serial entrepreneur and founder of August Smart Homes, talks to Rusty and William about when the entrepreneurial itch first hit him while working at a large tech company. From humble beginnings, Jason explains how receiving a scholarship to Pepperdine University introduced him to the responsibility of calling and that entrepreneurship was a natural expression of that calling.

ELO, not just a rock group

Click the title to really experience a regular Monday video that is a lot of fun! And also discover more about Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization and the upcoming “Entrepreneurial Leaders Programme” (“ELP”), a unique, one-week intensive and trans-formative experience for the world’s top Christian marketplace and entrepreneurial leaders.