Apostolic Entrepreneurship is not a new concept or new idea. It is just a different term to describe one of the strategies God is using through many individuals to advance His Kingdom.
I will use the following equation to define Apostolic Entrepreneurship: E + KP + HSE = AE
Entrepreneurship + Kingdom Purpose + Holy Spirit Empowerment = Apostolic Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship (1st value in the equation)
Entrepreneurship has been defined as “The capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks to make a profit.” Entrepreneurship is concerned with stimulating economic progress through innovation and action and a source of development and social transformation. It has also been defined as the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a startup company, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire, and the people who do so are called “entrepreneurs.”
In the early 19th century, the French economist Jean Baptiste Say described entrepreneurs as “the venturesome individuals who stimulate economic progress by finding new and better ways of doing things.” In other words, entrepreneurs optimize the allocation and use of resources to generate maximal profits. I believe it is important to emphasize that an entrepreneur’s mindset must be innovative, creative and goal oriented.
An entrepreneur is not just:
· a self-starter
· someone who wants to be their own boss
· an impatient soul who cannot wait
Entrepreneur – one that is not satisfied with the way things are and who refuses to stand on the sidelines doing nothing about it. A true entrepreneur is not primarily about making money, but about using his/her skills and expertise, knowledge and passion to making life better for others. An entrepreneur sees, sizes and seizes opportunities.
Enterprise – is the ability to see a need and fill it in a way that satisfies customers and generates profits. It is important to note that profit in the Kingdom is not limited to only the money or financial resources, but it includes the improvement of people’s lives and the achievement of human potential or their God’s given purpose.
Kingdom Purpose (2nd value in the equation)
· Comes out of the Original Covenant and the Cultural Mandate found in Genesis 1:26-28 to influence all of the culture and the created order
· Involves societal transformation
· Involves reformation
· Involves the Discipling of nations as stated in the great commandment found in Matthew 28. It does not only involve personal salvation, but it also involves social transformation and reformation. This is manifested in nations that reflect His kingdom, His principles, and His values
· Involves taking territories for the King as stated in Revelations 11:15 “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
· Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Real Apostolic Entrepreneurship requires the active participation of the Holy Spirit as it is part of the commission given to the church by Christ. Acts 1:8 states, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Holy Spirit provides to the believer and to the apostolic entrepreneur the needed wisdom, revelation and power to accomplish the task. As apostolic leaders and agents of change and transformation, apostolic entrepreneurs are always moving forward, changing, adapting, conquering, transforming and restoring.
The following table shows some similarities between apostles and entrepreneurs:
Apostolic Entrepreneurship in its origin was known just as Entrepreneurship. Scripture states in Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” I submit to you that an entrepreneurial spirit was transferred from God to Men as part of His DNA (His likeness) being transferred to us. This trait of God is necessary for the lives of the believers to fulfill the rest of the cultural mandate found in verses 26-28 of the same chapter. The cultural mandate requires the entrepreneurial spirit.
Apostolic Entrepreneurship is one of God’s strategies for the transference of wealth. In Proverbs 13:22 Scriptures states that “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” There has been a lot of talk about the transference of wealth within Christian circles. Many have misinterpreted this verse in a way that has made us passive instead of active in our response to the Word. The money will not rain down from heaven (WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A LONG TIME), but it will come through the advancement of apostolic entrepreneurship and through the equipping and positioning of people called to be apostolic entrepreneurs.
Apostolic Entrepreneurship is about creating and providing solutions to problems. It is also about the creation of wealth for Kingdom purposes. This is a strategic position that the church must take to advance the Kingdom. There is nothing more threatening to the enemy, to the kingdom of darkness and the anti-Christ spirit than Kingdom people with wealth and purpose, hence the importance of apostolic entrepreneurship. Apostolic Entrepreneurship is key and strategic for the advancement of the kingdom and wealth creation. God wants to advance His kingdom, and He wants to use Apostolic Entrepreneurs as His partners and collaborators. He is looking for wealth creators, wealth generators, apostolic entrepreneurs, people that will make their lives purpose to create wealth for the fulfillment of His covenant. In Deuteronomy 8:18 Scripture states, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant.”
Apostolic Entrepreneurship = Kingdom Advancement
Low levels of apostolic entrepreneurship limit our usefulness to the cause of the kingdom while High levels do the opposite. Mathew 25:14-30 contains what is known as the parable of the talents. The servant with one talent is scorned by his master calling him a wicked and lazy servant due to his low levels of apostolic entrepreneurship. On the contrary, the high levels of apostolic entrepreneurship shown in the other two servants were rewarded by the master’s well-known response: well done, good and faithful servant.
Apostolic Entrepreneurship requires:
· Clear vision – to see what God wants you to see
· Faith – to believe what God shows you
· Courage – to act on what you see
· Strategy – it just does not happen by chance or good intentions
· Collaboration – you cannot do it alone
· Helps others by solving a need
· Glorifies God
· Is future oriented; builds a legacy and has generational impact
· Defeats the work of the devil by taking new territories
· Requires the power of the Holy Spirit
· Advances the Kingdom
How do we advance Apostolic Entrepreneurship?
· By having a clear understanding of its purpose
· By identifying current and emerging apostolic entrepreneurs in our midst
· By developing personal relationships with current and emerging apostolic entrepreneurs
· By training them with a Kingdom mindset and Biblical worldview
· By affirming their workplace calling
· By releasing them for service in their own spheres
· By fostering and facilitating collaboration
Apostolic Entrepreneurship is key for God’s Kingdom to advance. As apostolic leaders, we have an immense responsibility in doing everything we can to foster it and facilitate it. We must be willing and ready to identify, train and release Apostolic Entrepreneurs for Kingdom Advancement.
© 2016 Miguel Angel Perez / Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miguel Angel Perez is originally from Puerto Rico and resides now in the city of Tampa, Florida. He holds a Masters Degree in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University. He is the principal of Kalos Enterprises, LLC and provides consulting services in the areas of business, organizational development, and social entrepreneurship. Miguel is involved in the development of different business ventures and enterprises. Miguel is committed to advancing the Kingdom by fostering and facilitating business and economic development globally. Miguel currently serves ICAL as an International Ambassador for Latin America.