Running a business is extremely difficult.
The worst part is the self-doubt.
Is there a higher purpose to what I am doing?
Should I be spending my time on something else?
Or if you're still thinking about it:
Does God want me to start a business?
Have you ever seen one of the first online magazines? At the dawn of the internet, they were terrible.
The internet was a new-fangled thing, so people would take their existing printed magazines, scan them, and then post all of the images on their website. It was a nightmare to try and read, and you certainly couldn't search for anything.
I never feel like I have enough time to work on Marketplace Disciples.
Do I not care enough? Maybe I'm just too lazy.
I'm willing to bet that if you own a business, it's not a huge mega-corporation with billions — or even millions — in revenue.
You probably own a fairly small Christian business.
Have you ever gotten spam email?
Sorry, that's actually a dumb question. Of course you have.
Or at least you've gotten calls from telemarketers — the ones who seem to know exactly when it's the worst possible time. Why is it that they are so frustrating and annoying?
The more interviews that I do, the more I come to realize that in the end, it's all about relationships.
It's about our relationships with our employees, our clients, and the community around us. Ultimately, it's all about our relationship with God.
In the bible there is a classic picture of Jesus washing the feet of the apostles. He takes this position of a servant throughout his ministry – his ultimate service to us was on the cross.
He teaches us that we need to serve others, no matter our position in life.
Most of the interviews on Marketplace Disciples are about using business to further God’s kingdom.
But not all businesses can serve directly like this. Sometimes we need to serve in a more indirect way.
Making that leap of faith to start a new business can be really scary.
Sometimes we don't know what we're getting into, or we feel like we don't have the skills to succeed.
Other times it's plain and simple — we're running away from what God has called us to.
Have you thought recently about how your business can better serve your community?
It's easy to forget — I know I don't think about this nearly enough. But if our churches need to be involved in the community, why not our businesses as well?
Trish started her business with a name that isn't so easy to remember.
She started in a location that wasn't exactly her first choice, either.
But here's the thing — none of that matters.
Do you believe that God can work through businesses?
Here at Marketplace Disciples I have been interviewing Christian business leaders about how their faith changes the way they run and operate their businesses, and it’s been a fascinating ride so far.
Jannice is the owner of a small consulting company that provides coaching to governing boards, specializing in teaching a servant-leadership style of governance. This gives her and her 11 employees a very natural way to present Jesus to her clients.Read Jannice's interview
If you were to design a business from the ground up to glorify God, what it would be? What would it do?
This is something I've been thinking about a lot, and I don't know that I have a great answer yet.
But I think that providing for the needy – in this case, providing them the jobs they so desperately need – is a fantastic start.
Gary had failed.
In that way, he is not much different than me or you.
But instead of packing it in – as we so often do – he listened to God's call on his life to push through that failure.
Have you ever had someone willing to pay you millions of dollars, only to walk away from it?
Chris Klaassen may sound insane, but I assure you, he is everything but. He runs a franchise of Alair Homes, a custom home, remodeling, and light commercial project management company.
It took me awhile the first time I read through this interview. So many things Joe lays out in this interview caused me to stop and think. I think you’ll enjoy this one.
Joe Peristy is a project manager at the multi-national engineering firm AECOM. He’s managed projects involving only a few million dollars of capital, all the way to huge projects worth several hundred million dollars.
Ryan Hindmarsh runs a leadership development business through LMI Canada. He previously ran a successful sports business, but God called him to something new, something totally different.Read Ryan's interview
Employees can also be Marketplace Disciples, and that is why I interviewed Peter Rhebergen. He works at a software company owned and operated by Christians, where part of his responsibilties include telling clients about Christ.Read Peter's interview
Most businesses are run with a focus on profits, often to the detriment of personal relationships. Gayle Goossen however, operates Barefoot Creative by putting relationships first. Even though our culture prizes money and encourages people to make a quick buck at the expense of others, she stands firm in her faith and uses her business as a platform to love others.Read Gayle's interview
Melissa Mather is a business coach who lives in southern Ontario. A few years ago she started a tutoring business, and as that took off she realized she had a talent for business, and a passion for empowering women entrepreneurs.Read Melissa's interview