5 Often-Overlooked Truths for Christian Business Leaders

The days get faster and faster sometimes. Deadlines and headaches rush at us at a high rate of speed. We do well just to survive to fight another day, right? It is in this kind of environment that Christian business owners or leaders can get so busy and we forget some key truths about our ministry. Hopefully, this post will remind you of some ideas you need to revisit.

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Christian Business Leader Truths

1. You must live by example, to a higher standard.

    As the owner or leader of a Christian business, you are the example to follow, whether you like it or not. You are the head of the business and your employees are going to look to you for the example. What do they see?

    You can talk all you want about your “Christian business” and how you want everyone to live it out, but if YOU are not living the witness that matches your talk, then you are wasting your breath. And just in case you want to take Charles Barkley’s approach (watch this video), forget it. You cannot vacate this position just because you say so!

2. Others need to know you care before they will listen to you.

    You can have a full alphabet of letters after your name to represent your education. You can have decades of experience in your field and have the scars to show for it. You can even have a book you wrote on every desk in your business to prove your expertise.

    All that is fine, but if you truly want your employees or team members to listen to you, you had better show them how much you truly care about them. This cannot be faked or imitated. You must sincerely care about those around you AND they must know it before you can expect them to hear what you have to say and act on it.

    Sure, you can demand obedience, but you will never get their heart. Without their heart, you have no engagement. Without engagement, your struggle will be long and difficult!

3. Dollars given are nice, hands-on ministry is better.

    It is so easy for successful Christian business leaders and owners to see a cause that touches their heart and give money to it. There is nothing wrong with this at all! In fact, I encourage it!

    The problem is that this act requires very little investment or sacrifice in many cases. If you really want to change lives, you need to get your hands dirty! In addition to giving money, you need to step out and give of yourself.

    This can mean different things to different people, so I encourage you to simply pray God will reveal His will in this for you. Ask Him to send you out and teach you through hands-on experience in giving!

4. This life is a marathon, not a sprint.

    Too often, it is easy to get caught up in the fact that we have not seen any immediate results from our efforts lately. We bust our tails for a period and then look around for the payoff. When none is found, we get discouraged.

    We cannot forget that the race we have been called to run is not a short one. We will eventually finish it and get the rest we deserve, but until then we are to run. This is not to say we do not take our sabbath rests and breaks to sharpen the axe. We must. However, we simply cannot afford to depend on the run-reward-run-reward pattern that often exists in world around us. God’s pattern is different…BETTER, but different!

5. You are not alone.

    This is the Achilles heal of so many Christian business leaders today. We think that God has called us, equipped us, and then sent us out alone into the world to impact it for Him. In fact, if you did not read that last sentence carefully, you may be thinking it was a true statement!

    The problem with this statement is the one word, “alone.” Look at Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus tells us to go and make disciples. He also tells us He will be with us, to the very end of the age! Also look at God’s words to Joshua (Joshua 1:2-9). Twice, He told Moses He would not leave him or forsake him.

    Just like the disciples and Joshua, we are sent out to do ministry in a tough world. Please, do not get caught in the trap that allows you to think you are alone. With the presence of the Holy Spirit in you and Jesus at the Father’s side interceding for you, you are anything but alone. Draw strength from Him and press into Him for the endurance you need. It is there for the asking!

Which of these truths are you most guilty of forgetting?

What truth would you add to this list? Why?

What are you going to do to remember these truths?


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  • Rajeev

    :-) I LIKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIS :-)

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Thanks Rajeev! I love your enthusiasm!

      • Rajeev

        Thanks Brother Chris,  I Love to Gain Knowledge, You are Good Example for me As Christian Buisnessman . I am eadyy Getting To Learn So Much Through Your Posts .
         

  • http://www.michaelnichols.org/about Michael Nichols

    Great thoughts here Chris. I am regularly reminded that christian leaders are not alone. Nearly every week I have a conversation with a ministry leader that feels like no one else is experiencing similar challenges. I’ve learned that most Christian leaders face similar challenges. I’ve previously written a post about When Leaders Need Help – http://www.michaelnichols.org/leaders-need-help/. Thanks my brother!

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Thanks Michael. I also appreciate the link…I hope everyone will take a look at your post and pass it on!

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    I am most guilty of forgetting the fact that I am not alone. I was just talking to a friend yesterday about personality style and the idea of feeling alone at times came up, so this is a great reminder. Not only am I not alone, ever, but He is there to help me with anything. The more I get that, the more I am finding peace and contentment.

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      While this should certainly come 2nd in priority behind our relationship with God, He has given us the church as a community that should keep us from being alone as well. Your friend is obviously part of that!

      Thanks for sharing Kari!

      • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

        You’re absolutely right. Fellowship with a body of believers is essential to a victorious Christian walk. I just said that same thing in my post on Monday. Oh, how quickly I forget sometimes.

        • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

          We all do! That is another reason for community!

  • Michaelholmes Mh

    Thanks very much. It stopped me for always being in a hurry. Sometimes we feel alone because we don’t trust anybody for the task at hand. We also might want to have the privilege of getting all the credit. I know that there are other people with potentials and if God guided Moses to delegate, there are other people God placed around me to lean and trust to. 

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      That’s good, Michael. You can accomplish so much more when you can delegate! For proof, take a look at Luke 10:1-24.

  • http://www.coachbrown.org/ Coach Brown

    Good re-post… needed it today!

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Glad to hear it!