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Spirited entrepreneurship

25 April, 2005 7:31 PM

I've just had one of my adapted posts here at LivingRoom adapted and published over at Spero News. The article is titled Spirited entrepreneurship.

In it I talk about my recent grappling with a tension between Ministry and Business. Here's a taster:

'If a disciple is someone who loves God, loves the world they live in and loves their fellow believers; then I can't see why someone exclusively focusing upon doing church based ministry is responding in a more dedicated way than anyone else.

I'm starting to realize that especially when it comes to mission (or loving the world), it can be more advantageous to actually be in business than locked away in church ministry.

I'm not wanting to put down the idea that God calls some to full time, church based ministry. No way. I know many people who I genuinely feel that God has gifted for and called to work with Christians in churches. What I'm describing is a rebalancing in my own mind and life.'

Read more at Spero News | Spirited entrepreneurship



It seems there are many ideas that need to be reworked in light of the fact that the church is now on (or at least very quickly moving towards) the margins instead of being at centre of society. I think you're right Darren, this is one of them. In fact, given some of the principles that underlie the way we are seeking to be church (incarnation) it probably is more 'advantageous to actually be in business than locked away in church ministry'.

That said, how do we deal with the fact that so often there is a level of work involved in running a church that means at least a couple of days out of the world a week?

As strange an expression as it is, maybe the editor had something going when he said you were 'bi-vocational pastoring'.

I remember having discussions at the church I work at about the possibility of being part-time church part-time 'other' ministers. Not many of us managed to take it very far and that seemed to be directly attributable to the approach to church and amount of work required to sustain it. Maybe this is yet another win for fresh approaches to church that are more engaged with the world ...

Tim Jeffries » 26 April, 2005 12:03 AM

Darren, Glad to see another writer on spirituality in the workplace at Spero news.

Gregory Pierce starts his discussion of workplace spirituality with the premise that work is a sharing in God's creation and a service to others. (If our work is neither, we have some basic questions to address.)

Workplace spirituality becomes a "disciplined attempt to align ourselves an our environment with God and to incarnate God's spirit in the world through all the effort (paid and unpaid we exert to make the world a better place, ..."
Click here for my review of Pierce's book in Spero News.

As you said, business is the most powerful influence in our society. We can work together to make this influence positive.

Herb Ely » 27 April, 2005 12:44 AM

Wow, Darren, not sure what took me so long to make my way over to LivingRoom (I've spent quite a bit of time at ProBlogger) but I have to say, I'm glad I did. I'm exactly in the spot you describe. Thanks!

Amy » 9 July, 2005 6:22 AM

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