The word “entrepreneur” is not new to us as Christian professionals. You must have heard this word since you were a child. While we know what it means, relating it to the faith is where the challenge lies.
What is expected of a Christian entrepreneur? There are certain qualities that a Christian entrepreneur is expected to display. We will be discussing some of them in this post.
Who is a Christian entrepreneur?
The easiest way to define a Christian entrepreneur is first to split the phrase into its component words. Who is an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is a person that creates a business, builds it, and scales it to generate a profit. In other words, entrepreneurs come up with products or services, innovations, and inventions to meet needs and make profits.
To be a Christian means to be Christ-like; that’s the simplest definition. The first time the disciples were called Christians, it was because they acted like Christ.
When you merge both definitions, a Christian entrepreneur is a Christ-like individual that creates a business to make profits. While it seems pretty straightforward, it is complicated because of religion, people’s expectations, and our ever-evolving business environment.
Qualities of a Christian Entrepreneur
From the definition of a Christian entrepreneur, one thing is clear. People expect that you display certain qualities that make you different from the regular entrepreneur. You are expected to be different because of the kingdom culture. What are the qualities that set you apart?
A positive mindset
One general attribute of entrepreneurs is that they always see possibilities. As a Christian entrepreneur, you should have a more positive mindset because God is involved. God doesn’t see impossibilities; in fact, He thrives in such situations.
Because we have God’s nature, we, as Christian professionals, must display a positive mindset. Entrepreneurship is a challenging journey, yet, we must see possibilities in every situation. Our minds must be open to ideas regardless of the situation we find ourselves in.
The Holy Spirit makes it better by giving us a sound mind and self-discipline. With this, we can prioritise our ideas, build a profitable business, and pay attention to detail.
As an entrepreneur, you are the “boss of yourself.” This is one of the reasons many people want to become entrepreneurs. They don’t want to answer to anyone. While this is great, it comes with a huge challenge; you need to stay motivated all the time.
You always have to make things happen, bring up solutions from the blue, and lead your team to success. It is your responsibility to motivate yourself and everyone else on your team. If you don’t, no one will motivate you, and soon, your business will shut down.
Christian entrepreneurs must be constantly motivated. It is part of the kingdom culture to motivate yourself. An excellent way to motivate yourself is by constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The more communion you have with Him, the more motivated you will be.
Self-motivation helps you to stand out. It helps your business to grow because you are more open to opportunities.
Faith and vision
When these two words are mentioned among Christian professionals, the first thing that comes to mind ministry. Yes, they apply to Christian ministry, but they also apply to every other part of our lives, including entrepreneurship.
For you to run a profitable business, you need to display strong faith and vision. The first step to becoming an entrepreneur has a vision. You must have an idea that you want to build on. Such an idea is born from noticing a gap in the market that needs to be filled, a function of vision.
After seeing that gap and coming up with the idea, faith pushes you towards building a business around it. Faith makes you see beyond the challenges that you face on the way to establishing that business. It gives you the courage to step out each day because you believe that things will work.
Not every entrepreneur can develop both virtues; they are both born from having a relationship with God. As Christian professionals, we have the advantage of hearing God’s word. It has the power to build our faith and sharpen our vision.
Service and sacrifice
For Christian entrepreneurs, business is not just a means to make money; it is a calling. We are first called to serve through our businesses. Service for us will come at a significant cost, difficulty, and risk. The profits that you make from your business are the fruits of your service and sacrifices.
Sometimes, you have to risk your income and financial safety for the betterment of humanity. At such points, you must ask yourself what Jesus Christ will do in the same situation. He exemplified service while on earth and requires us to lead our lives following the same pattern.
No matter how profitable an idea promises to be, you must first ask yourself if it allows you to serve. If your idea doesn’t require you to serve humanity, it may not be worth investing your efforts into. This is one of the main differences between Christian entrepreneurs and regular entrepreneurs.
As a Christian entrepreneur, one quality that people will always want you to display is integrity. Integrity means adhering to ethical and moral principles. It is honesty and soundness of character.
It is very easy to talk about integrity; however, displaying it in our daily dealings is quite challenging. People must find it easy to trust you and hold you by your word. You cannot afford to say one thing, and your actions are the direct opposite.
Sometimes, having integrity will mean that you lose some deals. If that happens, so be it. You must be an open book, and your business must uphold high moral standards.
These are just a few of the qualities that you should have as a Christian entrepreneur. What other qualities do you know? Share them with us in the comments section. Meanwhile, check out GodKulture for articles that will help you as a Christian creative.