3 Seminar Focus This is not a “How-to” seminar We need to learn “Why” The “Why” will govern the “How-to” of our business
4 Session 1: Ownership and Purpose
5 Who Owns the Business? a.God Owns My Business – He is Lord and is sovereign over all.
6 Who Owns the Business? “Everything in the heavens and earth is Yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore You as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from You alone, and You are the ruler of all mankind; Your hand controls power and might, and it is at Your discretion that men are made great and given strength” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12 TLB)
7 Who Owns the Business? a.God Owns My Business – He is Lord and is sovereign over all. All things have been created by Him and for Him.
8 Who Owns the Business? He is sovereign over: Our ability to make wealth "Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth,' But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day." (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)
9 Who Owns the Business? He is sovereign over : Our future “'For I know the plans that I have for you.’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.’" (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
10 Who Owns the Business? He is sovereign over: Our failures "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
11 Who Owns the Business? We are stewards of God’s business. “In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 4:2)
What is our Purpose? Our purpose is to glorify God. “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) Our business is a ministry. “My business is my pulpit.” – Stanley Tam. (Author and Businessman, founder U.S. Plastics) 12
13 How Do We Glorify God? Living a Godly lifestyle Who’s Watching? Your Family Employees Peers Suppliers Customers
14 How Do We Glorify God? Discipling Who should we disciple? Your own family Managers Employees “Your business is to develop people” --Peter Drucker
15 How Do We Glorify God? Funding God’s work How? Money Time Talents
16 How Do We Glorify God? Meeting needs Those who depend on your business: Your immediate family Employees and their families
17 How Do We Glorify God? Generating a profit “Should a Christian make a profit?” Profit: The engine that enables your business to fulfill its purpose.
18 How Do We Glorify God? Generating a profit Good planning Good accounting Good management Serve the needs of others Offer a competitive price Provide quality products or service
19 How Do We Glorify God? How do we fail to glorify God? Incur too much debt Violate God’s principles
Who Owns the Business? Principle: When we acknowledge God’s ownership, every business decision becomes a spiritual decision. 20