Minister as Entrepreneur

In today’s Door Post eNewsletter from the Center for Congregational Health, Dr. Bill Wilson writes that entrepreneurism should be part of the minister’s role in a local congregation:

“The women and men I know who are doing great work in the ministry have taken this role to heart. They dare to dream and articulate a vision and then seek ways to creatively bring it to reality. Risk is accepted as normative and seen as a sign of faithfulness to a God-sized agenda.”

Wilson goes on to say that being entrepreneurial is not always appreciated in the local church, but is rather discouraged because of the discomfort that creativity and risk inevitably produces.

When have you taken risks in your local churches? Have they failed? Have they paid off? Would you do it all over again (even if the initiative seems doomed to failure)? Is all this risk-taking, as Wilson writes, a sign of faithfulness?

Nicole Havelka
associate conference minister for youth and young adult ministries

One Response to Minister as Entrepreneur

  1. Nadine Aydt says:

    We recently, after nearly two years of visioning by one person, laid down the approach to use for a community meal plan. KF had wanted to do this kind of thing after witnessing an apparent success at another church. But, her vision remained more of an indistinct dream. Over time it took more shape. At that point we addressed what would be considered an entrepreneurial approach to offering a free meal to the entire community. Two churches with successful programs were consulted. A determination of monetary sources was made and groups were approached for support. Potential menus were planned all the way to the list of groceries, coupons, sale days, and how leftovers can be used. Lists for volunteering for various tasks were provided. A complete proposal was clearly written and presented to the Board and various committees for approval. Advertising was prepared including posters, door to door visits to invite with an invitation left in hand and a survey if folks would be likely to attend, and, newspaper and radio coverage established. Five dates, the last Sundays of January-May at 5 pm in our Fellowship Hall, were chosen. Our Board members chose to be hosts and received our 87 guests, assisted as needed, and table hopped to meet and chat. Entrepreneurship contains numerous patterns for successfully involving people in activities, worship, events!!! Many of the things we do at church have a baseline cost. Why not determine how to arrive at that so that an event does not apply undue pressure upon the general offering receipts and expenses? Jesus sent his people – Judas being one – to gather money, food, resources for Jesus’ ministry. Jesus apparently asked homeowners to provide meals – recall one of the first was a tax collector to whose home Jesus invited himself for a meal. These things are part of what we term today an entrepreneurial spirit and they work to develop community – relationships – and more, I’m sure. Call it something else – evangelism, hospitality, sreding the gospel – but it all comes down to what do we do to be church.

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