Caldwell, Kallestad, and Sorensen (2014) claim that Jesus was the Ultimate Entrepreneur because He looked at the way things were and refused to allow them to remain that way. He set the standard for entrepreneurship.[i]
The authors contend that an entrepreneur, in the best sense of the word, is one who is not satisfied with the way things are and who refuses to stand on the sidelines doing nothing about it. That is, it’s not primarily about making money.
However, based on my involvement with entrepreneurs, you can’t ignore the money factor. Perhaps Christian entrepreneurs want to make a real difference at the same time they are making money. And, let’s face it, to make a difference requires monetary resources.
I’ve always linked the word “risk taker” with an entrepreneur. The authors do so as well. They believe entrepreneurship is about taking on new challenges in a new way—acting boldly and taking risks while expecting new results that improve people’s lives.[ii]
Entrepreneurial faith requires looking at your community in a completely new way. It embraces opportunities to step out of the usual into the exciting and, yes, sometimes into the scary. The authors of Entrepreneurial Faith challenge us to leave the status quo and become a change agent who takes calculated risks for God.
So what sets the Christian entrepreneur apart from the typical business entrepreneur? The Christian entrepreneur works on earth but has a spiritual goal in mind. The Christian entrepreneur does the work guided by God and produces eternal results. The goal is nothing short of expanding God’s Kingdom on earth just as Jesus, the Ultimate Entrepreneur, did.
“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” ~ Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
[i] Caldwell, K., Kallestad, W. P., & Sorensen, P. (2004). Entrepreneurial faith: Launching bold initiatives to expand God’s kingdom. Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press.