Did you know that your spiritual gifts were not just meant for church and could also be used in business? In reality, because we are the church and our spiritual gifts are always with us, they can be used in any environment as we are led by the Spirit of God. Many people miss out on their harvest because they put God and their spiritual gifts in a box and don't realize or embrace using them in the marketplace.
Darren Shearer, author of Marketing Like Jesus, recently recorded a great podcast discussing the 3 ways that you can use your spiritual gifts in business. He writes in his blog post:
"Certainly, we should offer our spiritual gifts in a way that helps our churches have outstanding services and excellent programs. I believe this is an essential part of transforming our communities.
Using your spiritual gifts in business is a great lesson that should be taught in more churches. You can listen to the entire podcast here: http://darrenshearer.com/episode-30-3-ways-use-spiritual-gifts-business/
What are you spiritual gifts? How do you use them in your business?
During this week's prayer call devotional I shared how God, like he did with Joseph, will take you through a process of maturation where you go from dreaming to interpreting dreams to managing dreams. The place where God has called you to manage dreams - industry, region, community, etc. - is the place of your designated dominion. This means your God-driven dream is the platform for your influence and authority in the earth.
Enjoy the audio recording below and I look forward to you being on the Dream Catalyst Prayer Call call this Sunday!
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Why does it seem that some people are more creative than others? Whether it’s art, music, design, poetry, etc., it’s like these things are so easy for certain people. Yet for others it seems like they don’t have a creative bone in their bodies.
Creativity is not simply an issue of nature (born with) vs. nurture (learned). It’s both. For some, creativity is a natural gift. For others it’s developed over time. In either case your creativity needs to be stimulated.
With the incredible mind that God has given us, His expectation is that we would use it more creatively than we often do. Furthermore, utilizing creativity is an important tool for implementing your dream.
Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by the thought of being creative so they don’t challenge themselves in this area. Interestingly, research supports the concept of “use it or lose it“, i.e. brain cells can die if they are not stimulated.
Well, it’s not as hard to stimulate your brain cells as you may think. You can “catalyze” your creativity using five easy activities:
In order to continually stimulate your creativity, you need to intentionally venture outside of your daily routine. In fact, these types of activities should be part of your daily routine!
How do you catalyze your creativity? What is the most creative thing you have done lately to stimulate your imagination?
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Entrepreneurship is often one of the overlooked areas in life where we have the opportunity and ability to express our divine DNA in a significant way. It not only empowers the person who exercises these creative gifts. The recipients of God-inspired, value-adding good works can receive the benefits of solutions that bring real, positive, lasting change to their lives. When this is happening on a local and global scale through entrepreneurial Christians, the world will really see our lights shine through our good works and glorify God in Heaven.
This is especially relevant as it relates to helping people get out of poverty. Often times those in our society who have been disenfranchised, disregarded, and discarded don't recognize the fact that they were made in the image of God and have innate abilities to change their situation. They must be reminded of the greatness that God has placed in them and be invited into environments where that greatness has the opportunity to mature.
This is our primary focus and commitment at Kinsman, Inc. We are committed to creating opportunities and environments that empower people to recognize their God-given purpose, gifts, and internal assets to become change agents in their families and communities. For many this could result in launching and growing a profitable, purpose-driven business. For others the outcome may be a higher valuation of their own self-worth, which gives them the confidence to pursue opportunities in the workplace they never before thought they could attain.
The book that I recently released, Inc. My Dream: A God Inspired Process to Turn Your BIG Idea Into a Dream Business, helps to support this vision. It was written with the intent to equip people to tap into the entrepreneurial mind of Christ and activate the divine characteristics of entrepreneurship that He put in them to solve problems and change lives through business ventures. It contains Biblical insights, practical instructions, and inspirational energy to help aspiring entrepreneurs build an actionable business strategy around their idea, so they can transform it from a concept into a profitable reality.
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The spirit of entrepreneurism reflects the divine nature of the Father. We are going to help restore this needed attribute in families and communities. Please join us in this venture.
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One common denominator between current and aspiring entrepreneurs is the fact that marketing has to be one of your core focus areas. Without marketing, the greatest products and services will die on the vine, so to speak. That's the main reason why I spent of a lot of time dealing with marketing in my recently release book, Inc. My Dream: A God Inspired Process to Turn Your BIG Idea Into a Dream Business. The awesome thing is many Biblical principles relate directly to your marketing success as a purpose-driven entrepreneur. God's wisdom provides us everything we need to succeed in life, including our business ventures.
Well, there's more good news for you. On September 1st, Kingdom Business University will kick-off an online small business course focused on essential aspects of marketing that will equip you to significantly increase your sales revenues. This course, entitled "Love Thy Customers: And Other Radical Strategies to Grow a Flourishing Business," is based on content from Inc. My Dream and will provide you with breakthrough branding, marketing, and sales strategies to grow a booming business and become a leader in your industry that customers love to do business with. This course will help you to:
While some aspects of marketing may seem difficult, it really all boils down to knowing how to effectively engage people. It's not rocket science and it doesn't have to be something you shy away from. In this course you will learn how to extract practical skills and tools from Biblical principles in order to impact people in significant ways that transition them from unknown prospects to becoming loyal, paying customers.
An added bonus is that I will coach you on how to apply these principles specifically to your business based on my long-time experience as a business consultant and entrepreneur. This will be a great learning experience whether you're a knowledgeable entrepreneur or just getting started in business. Learn more about this and other upcoming courses at www.kbuonline.com.
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In the Kingdom of God and in business, relationships are the most important element. Broken down to its most common denominator, the Bible is a book about the eternal relationship between God and people, and how people are supposed to relate to one another. If you break business down to its most common denominator, the key success factor still comes down to building strong relationships.
God passionately loves people. Therefore, we should passionately love people. God invested His most valuable asset to redeem humanity and reconcile us back to Him. (Side note: In our society we use the words redemption and reconciliation in financial contexts, which gives you an idea of how closely related the Kingdom and business are.). Kingdom entrepreneurs get the privilege and opportunity to love people through your business. As mentioned earlier in this book, your business is an answer to somebody’s prayer. But it’s not just that. Your business is also an answer to the call to serve.
Love is not often associated with doing business. However, when you serve people through your creativity, ingenuity, quality, and excellence, you are demonstrating love through your business. God sees your investment of time, talent, and resources and will honor your efforts.
Business gives Christians the opportunity to use your God-given gifts strategically and purposefully to help others. First Peter 4:9-11 reads, “God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you… Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ…”
When Kingdom businesspeople allow God’s generosity to flow through you as you exercise your gifts in the marketplace, you are able to have a positive impact on every life that you have the opportunity to touch. Even more, you become fulfilled in your purpose here on the earth when you enhance another’s life with your endowed uniqueness.
In this day and time so many businesses seem to no longer value excellent customer service. The reality is they don’t understand the blessings promised by God when we love the people He created. When you serve people with a great deal of care and concern, you greatly increase the potential of them moving from just being customers to becoming raving fans.
Don’t fall into this society’s trap of thinking that love has no place in your business. In fact it is absolutely essential to the success of your business. When you love people God’s way, your reward will be earthly and eternal.
Loving your customers is not random or haphazard. It is very strategic. It is planned and executed through branding, marketing, and sales.
Coming in August Kingdom Business University will be offering a new marketing and sales course entitled, Love Thy Customers: Break Out Marketing Strategies to Accelerate Your Sales Growth. This course will teach you how to:
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Recently we concluded ourInc. My Dream Young Boss Camp in South Atlanta. And we had such an incredible time working with these ambitious middle and high school students. We help build the student's confidence, understand the dynamics of being a leader in the marketplace, and strengthening their foundation to embrace their purpose and passions. Enjoy the video!
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