Item description for Business as Mission: The Power of Business in the Kingdom of God by Michael R. Baer...
Overview "While some Christian professionals dream of being "freed from business" to go into the ministry or see business as enemy territory to be invaded for Christ, others are convinced that Christian principles simply don't work in the "real world". In this book, Michael Baer challenges each of these positions. He rejects the unbiblical thinking that ministry and business are by definition separate activities - that our lives can be compartmentalized into the sacred and secular. Instead he guides business leaders in developing the vital characteristics of a kingdom business - the kind of business that will free them live fully integrated lives and lead organizations that significantly impact the world."
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Good Read! Oct 6, 2008
This is a good book. It teaches you about love and relationships and how they are vital in business. It is a very short book, but it has alot of content and will teach you alot.
Kingdom Business, Kingdom Priorities Jun 15, 2007
"If God has called us into business, our goal is to discover why and act on that purpose. As we do so, God's creation will be blessed, and He will be glorified." - Michael Baer
This book is a great read! According to this book, there are four characteristics of a kingdom business:
1. A kingdom business is vocational; something that God has called us to do. Col. 1:16-20, Eph 4:1, Rom 12:1-2
2. A kingdom business is intentional; God has a very specific purpose for each business. Eph 2:10
3. A kingdom business is relational; we are exposed to a vast network through business and God wants these relationships to be valued. Mark 12:30-31
4. A kingdom business is operational; operations must honors and reflect God. 1 Cor. 10:31
Baer suggests establishing a kingdom business by doing the following:
1. Create a kingdom foundation Write out what you believe about: profit, people, growth, service or quality, productivity and innovation. Examples: - We will always seek mutually beneficial outcomes in all that we do. - We will operate in a fiscally responsible manner. - We will maintain the priorities of family and friendship. - We will endeavor to find the maximum enjoyment in whatever we do. - We will seek continual learning and improvement so that what is done is done well and with full commitment. - We will live lives that invite inquiry.
2. Articulate a kingdom direction Vision: broad, expansive statement of the general direction in which company is headed. Mission: a narrower definition of your vision - or your vision with metrics. Purpose: the expression of what you believe God has as his specific will for your company.
3. Identify kingdom targets and objectives Target: a three year goal for your business. Objective: a one year goal. For example: revenues, expansion, staffing, profitability, ministry and missions.
4. Focus on a few pivotal strategies For example: execute marketing/business plan, etc.
5. Draft and assign quarterly action items Break down your plan into a list of 10 or fewer action items