Restoring Enterprise to its Place in the Body of Christ

Business as Mission, Kingdom Business, Great Commission Companies, Purpose-Driven Business, Enterprising Ministry, Kingdom Entrepreneurship - It goes by many names, but there is a new, and yet very old calling in the Global Body of Christ. Many believers are called to walk out their calling in the marketplace. A subset of those believers are called to plant and grow businesses that serve God and the rest of the church. It is their ministry, enterprising ministry, that we describe, support, and explore here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Post Denominational Missions

A decade ago, there was controversey over whether American churches had entered a post-deominational period. As shown by this article, the consensus appeared to be that denominational affiliation was strong; however, since that time, it seems that some of the most prolific religious activites have grown outside denominational affiliations. 

Post denominationalism was discussed, in some confusion by people trying to find out what Sarah Palin believed in 2008.

Since I find no definition that makes sense, I will provide one:

"Post-denominational"  , or postdenominiational, or "post denominational" attempts to identify a period of general decline of centralized infulence among mostly protestant Christian denominations.

This neither creates a meta-denomination, nor a decline in the overall number of churches.  Evangelical religious activity by individuals is growing and crossing  individual church boundaries. New types ade groupings of individual churches are being formed.  Mega churches have emerged which tend to create their own network of smaller churches. Though this differs significantly among existing denominations,  most participants in this structure change agree, however, that the centralized authority of these denominaitonal groups have a different kind of influence than before this period of time.

"Post-denominational" It is also not to be confusesd with non-denominational, which identifies a category of independent protestant chuches who are not affiliated with any denomination. These churches have existed throughout American History.

There is even a movement in Judaism that has co-opted the term and created its own definitions

Post Denominational Missions
In light of this movement concept of how churhces cooprate together for missions is changing The concepot of Post Denominational Missions seems to be emerging elsewhere in discussions about creative and new ministry concepts, and Post denominationalism was discussed, in some confusion by people trying to find out what Sarah Palin believed in 2008.

Recently, post-denominational mission activites are begining to be mentioned
An Early Draft of this final document seems to have editied out the controversial phrase "post-denominational missions." The Article is about the the History of First Baptist Church Huntsville, AL.

"...... Following World War II, the U.S. Army chose Huntsville as a research and design facility for the newly emerging field of rocket science, and in the 1960s NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center led the city into a period of unparalleled growth. Scientists and engineers from throughout the nation and world moved to Huntsville, and many joined the congregation of FBC.

 While First Baptist, like many other city congregations, struggled with the cultural and societal changes that swept the South in the sixties, for FBC the decade also witnessed new building programs, membership growth, and the emergence of a hands-on missions focus that hinted of an emerging post-denominational missions approach....."

March 2009 • Baptists Today

In summary:

Post denominationalism itself is an emerging concept, but post denominational mission strategies will be part of that discussion.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Theology of Serving God - The Ministry of Enterprise

Service to God must be done out gratitude for his love and mercy, not to earn a passport to heaven or even in repayment of a passport to heaven. So every part of our service portfolio is in gratitude. Our Service in Enterprise, in church (which is our refuge, not our biosphere) every interaction with every person at anytime.

Am I really called to service right now, right were I am?\
  • You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of  God, who called you. (1 Peter 2:9 GW).
  • Now you belong to him ... in order that you might be useful in the service of God." Romans 7:4 TEV
Is everyone called to service?
 9, 26; 7:17; Philippians 3:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3)

Why was I called to service? Did I earn the Job?
  • Now you belong to him ... in order that you might be useful in the service of God. (Romans 7:4 TEV)
  • He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose." (2 Timothy 1:9 TEV)
I am not prepared to serve. How will I be Equipped?
  • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[a] who[b] have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified  (Romans 8-28-30)
Since we are all called to serve, and serve out of Gratitude, I understand that God Equipps me for his service; Serving other People.

Next - How Do I serve?