Defining Business in the Kingdom

The Coffee Shop at Aroma is one aspect of business as mission, but it’s an important first step.  I’ve outlined these 5 levels of business + Jesus just from a few conversations.  I’m reading “BAM” the official “business as mission Bible, if you will,” from which I hope to gain more insight in the coming weeks and months.  What do you think of these five levels?

  1. Christian + Business: As believers, it’s our responsibility to re-present Christ to the world around us.  Regardless of our position in a company, we have opportunities to live as servants and show the world who Jesus is.   This is represented by the idea of being in and not of (John 17:14-15).
  2. Christian Owning Business: As owners of businesses, we have opportunities to bless our suppliers, employees, and customers in special ways.  We have been given natural and spiritual authority to be a part of fulfilling a commission given to us through the Lord’s prayer: in heaven as it is on Earth.  In particular, Joel Manby has an excellent read entitled “Love Works” in which he outlines management and leadership principles based on 1 Corinthians 13.
  3. Social Entrepreneurship: as Christians in business and Christian business owners, we should be seeking to find ventures that not only produce profit, but also have positive social impact.  I think of Jesus asking us to give water in His name (Matthew 10:42).
  4. Business As Mission: The fourth step of business as mission is to be intentional at your establishment. This is where you learn to outreach to customers, looking for opportunities to share Jesus with them.  I look at heroic examples, like Paul being a tentmaker (Acts 18:3) who used this opportunity to share with those around him.
  5. Kingdom Business or Heaven in Business: This is the epitome of living like Jesus in the context of your missional life.  This is where we learn to rely on Jesus for his insight into how to run business, do marketing, excel in management, and be successful in order to change the atmosphere of the community. Examples that come to mind include Jesus cursing the fig tree (Mark 11, it should be ready to bear fruit in all seasons and circumstances as in John 4:35), Jesus producing/finding a coin in a fish’s mouth (Matthew 17:24-27), and most clearly the Lord’s Prayer – on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).
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5 comments

  1. There are some good thoughts in this post. I would suggest that the ideas be reorganized into cause and effects.

    The best way I can think to explain what I mean is disease. The same disease might manifest evidence of itself in a lot of different ways in different hosts. But eventually the symptoms will unmistakably point to their cause. The believer who grasps the truth about their identity, calling, and potential on Christ will bring mission to business in some way… perhaps in many ways.

    1. Interesting idea. I was looking to put labels on varying degrees of involvement. Are you insinuating that someone could move up and down the scal within different contexts? What would the different causes be? I see my current content/steps probably being labeled as “effects.”

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