What Is A Christian Business

What is the best definition of a Christian business? The only “legal” Christian business is a church designated as a 501(c)3 religious organization. Since a business is a legal entity like a corporation or partnership, it can’t be Christian. However, the company can reflect the values and principles of its Christian owner. If the owner is a Christian, with Christian values (since not all Christians in label practice biblical Christian values) then his or her business can be deemed a Christian business.

Christian business owners must be committed to running their business by the book. What Book? The only one that really matters….The Bible. Why? The Bible develops personal values and morals. Furthermore, it is chock full of examples of successful and unsuccessful business owners, wisdom for wealth building, masterful insights on people management, promotional ideas, recruiting tactics, and management ethics, just to name a few topics. A business run by the book is a business submitted to the will of God and one that reflects His heart to establish His Kingdom. The Bible declares that God gives people the power to get wealth to establish His covenant (Deuteronomy 8:18).

There are four basic missions of a Christian business.

Mission 1: To generate profits. Christian or not, every business must generate a profit to stay viable. Far too many Christian business owners hope for supernatural blessing, in spite of ignoring good management principles. First, Christian business owners must learn to pray like it’s all up to God and work like it’s all up to them. Follow the Apostle Paul’s example of making money and don’t become a going concern (2 Thessalonians 3:8). Second, remember Jesus’ advice and count up the cost of ownership by making a business plan (Luke 14:28). Third, consider the wisdom writer’s admonition to follow the steps the Lord has determined for success and profitability (Proverbs 19:21).

Mission 2: To fund Kingdom work. The best way to contribute to expanding the Kingdom of God is to sow excess profits from a Christian business into godly works. Christian business owners have both, the authority and ability to sow excess profits into Christian organizations such as churches, social organizations, hospitals, schools, and others who share the Gospel with the world. Faithful and consistent sowing will reap rewards in good measure (spiritual and financial) for Christian business owners (Luke 6:38).

Mission 3: To minister to the needs of others. A Christian business becomes a prolific ministry to meet the needs of others. Every week, business activities will pay salaries to employees who need income, create sales for vendors and creditors who need a sale and offer a great service to customers. Throughout the activity chain, Christian businesses bless people with money to meet their needs. Like Abraham, A Christian business owner‘s name will be made great in the marketplace and they will be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2).

Mission 4: To be an example. The best way to win souls and disciple them is to be an example. Simply put, when a Christian business owner’s “work walk” is consistent with biblical values, it becomes the greatest witness of all. Like Christ, their actions will speak as loud as their words and people will want to follow them and their God (John 13:15).

Remember, that the purpose of a Christian’s business is to bring glory to God. The daily business activities simply carry out that purpose. No single activity is more or less important, and each must be done with excellence. Christian business owners are truly blessed when they are committed to living Christ daily and expanding the Kingdom of God.


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Author:De'Andre Salter

De'Andre Salter is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and senior pastor of The Tabernacle, a fast-growing, non-denominational ministry in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Salter is a self-made success and CEO of Professional Risk Solutions, LLC, the largest minority-owned specialty brokerage firm in the United States. A Jersey native and Drew University graduate, Salter was honored as one of the “Top 40 Black Executives Under Forty” by The Network Journal. In addition to winning souls, he has a vision to build communities through supporting entrepreneurs. His book,Hope in the Hood, is a springboard to helping others who hail from neighborhoods like his in Newark, build and grow businesses in their community. He is offering not just a step-by-step action plan, but also financial resources.

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