I Fix My Eyes on What is Unseen…

 

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, because what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 4 NIV)

Tear up the Score Card

Photo Credit - Munir Hamdan

Photo Credit – Munir Hamdan


Are you a highly competitive business owner and entrepreneur like myself?  Our competitive nature is what gives us an edge in business.  It motivates us to work hard, set goals, and strive for something more.
But that drive, which is one of our greatest strengths, can also be very destructive.
Here’s the problem.  Competition requires us to keep score.  This is very helpful for analyzing and managing our businesses…. But, when when we keep score on ourselves and our relationships, we have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!
[Tweet “We have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!”]
Have you experienced this in your own life?  You get discouraged because the list, in your head, of your own failures is a mile long.  Or, maybe it goes this way, you start to get frustrated and angry with a friend for family member because of your list of disappointments.
A few months ago, I found myself at this place… I received a challenge that I am going to give to you. 
Joe White, spoke at the Ignite Men’s conference and told us that God’s grace was like “tearing up the scorecard” in the game of golf.
[Tweet “”God’s grace is like tearing up the scorecard” – Joe White @Kanakuk”]
Do you need that kind of grace today?  Do you need to “tear up the scorecard” that you have been keeping on yourself and others?  Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins, mistakes and failures.  Why to we insist on keeping a negative score?
We don’t have to go forward living under the weight of the scorecard.  TEAR IT UP TODAY!
Live in the freedom that Jesus bought you on the Cross and have a great day!

  • Brian

The Faith in the Workplace Struggle…

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Have you ever struggled with how to live out your Christian faith in the workplace as a business owner?
You want to make a positive difference for the Kingdom of God. You desire to share the wonderful good news of the freedom that Jesus has brought to your life, but how do you do that in an effective way.
In today’s world it seems like there is more and more opposition to living our faith openly in the workplace.  And yet… we know that Jesus did most of his miracles and ministry outside of the temple.
Jesus said that we are the light of the world. He also said that a city on a hill cannot be hidden. So how are we to be that light in the marketplace, in our daily lives, out jobs,our work,  our businesses, or as entrepreneurs. How do we become that light everywhere we go?
We have a choice.  We can keep quiet and hold the wonderful good news of Jesus in, letting the people around us continue to suffer in darkness or we can find a way to communicate clearly and effectively.
[Tweet “we strive to speak in a way that is heard, received, and understood. “]
Now I am not talking about “preaching at” people.  Effective communication is defined by what the listener hears, not what we say.  Therefore, we strive to speak in a way that is heard, received, and understood.
This struggle is not unique to us.  The Apostle Paul spoke about it in 2 Corinthians 4.  He said, “we have this treasure (The good news of Jesus) in jars of Clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Sometimes I think we forget this. We think that to show God’s glory, we have to be all cleaned up, pretty, look nice and always have it together. But Paul says were jars of clay.  Clay jars are lowly vessels and the glory comes from God.
[Tweet “Be that earthen vessel so that God’s glory can be revealed”]
So this is my challenge to you today… if you want to shine the light of Jesus everywhere you go, then be real.  Be that earthen vessel so that God’s glory can be revealed.
Otherwise, it’s our own glory that were showing. When we are humble, real, authentic earthen vessels, then people are drawn to us and the power and the light of Jesus can be fulfilled in our lives.
In the same way that we couldn’t pay the price for our sins, we can’t clean up our act and show His glory. We have to throw ourselves at the mercy of the cross and allow Jesus’ power and glory to shine through us.


This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

 – Hamlet, Shakespeare


People are crying out for authenticity and it’s time that we gave it to them.  Have a great week.  Let the light of God’s glory shine though you. Make the difficult choice to be real and authentic with someone today.  It is ok to not be perfect.

  • Brian

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36: Employing the Unemployable w/ John Rush

EP. 36Today’s Guest is John Rush, CEO of Cleanturn.
John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on leveraging business as means for creating training and employment opportunities for individuals with significant obstacles to employment, including prior incarceration.
After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on empowering those impacted by poverty and incarceration. John served as Managing Director of nationally recognized Cleanslate and President of 180 Properties in Chicago. In 2011, John partnered with several socially conscious investors to launch CleanTurn, a social enterprise that has leveraged its business to provide nearly 300 training and employment opportunities for men and women returning from incarceration in its first three years. CleanTurn was awarded the 2012 Honda Empowerment Award by the Columbus Urban League and has been recognized by Mayor Coleman’s Restoration Academy in Columbus Ohio as the first private company partner for hiring Restoration Academy participants. John has been awarded Columbus’ BusinessFirst’s Forty Under 40 Award highlighting his work as a social entrepreneur in Central Ohio.
John is married with eight children and currently resides on the southwest side of Columbus.”

Key Takeaway’s

  • You have to be smart and work hard, but you also have to enjoy the risk.
  • Make it more about the challenge and the opportunity, not about whether it’s going to work or not.
  • Managing your family and your business requires a lot of discipline and time management.
  • “The political and economic are always at the service of the social.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Make it more about the challenge and the opportunity, not about whether it’s going to work or not. @john_c_rush”]
  • [Tweet “You have to be smart and work hard, but you also have to enjoy the risk. @john_c_rush”]
  • [Tweet “”The political and economic are always at the service of the social.” @john_c_rush”]

 Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR35

33: Turning a Life of Adventure into a Business w/ Rye Taylor

EP. 33Today’s Guest is Rye Taylor of the Take Action radio network, Podcast Essentials, and Daring and Rye.

Biblical Entrpreneurship

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. ~ 1 John 2:9

Key Takeaways

  • “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”

  • Life is an adventure worth living.
  • A life of distinction is always different. 
  • Business doesn’t have to be boring or separate from family.
  • It is possible to turn your dream into an income.
  • Pod-casting is a major influence in marketing.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.””]
  • [Tweet “A life of distinction is always different. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “Business doesn’t have to be boring or separate from family. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “Life is an adventure worth living. @ryetaylor”]
  • [Tweet “It is possible to turn your dream into an income.”]
  • [Tweet “Pod-casting is a major influence in marketing. @ryetaylor”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR33

Why Easter is Essential to my Business…

EasterI love this time of year!  As I sit outside this afternoon and enjoy the first warm breezes of spring, I contemplate this upcoming Easter weekend.  It is a busy few days for us.  Our church is hosting an Easter Dinner Theater to share the life changing good news about Jesus with our community.  We have been involved in different ways through the years.
In years past, Victoria directed the production and I was support for the demanding schedule that she had to run.  This year is different… the girls are older and they are serving as backstage crew and wait staff, I am on the prayer team and
Victoria is holding down the fort at home.
Therefore, I have a little more time to reflect on Easter and the significance of what we are celebrating, than I have had in the past.  I am in a season of growing in my understanding of how my work fits into God’s plan to bring salvation to the world.
Easter is the time where we celebrate the fact that Jesus died to pay the price for our sin, which we could not pay, and open the door for us to be restored to right relationship with God.  It is the opportunity of freedom to those who have been in bondage to the destructive nature of sin in their lives.  It is the path to restoration of relationships, healing of disease, and peace for our souls.  And ultimately Jesus extends to us the free gift of salvation from the eternal consequences of our sin.
 

It is out of this perspective that I share my list of “Why Easter is essential to my business” (And my life)…

  • Jesus broke the power of sin over my life, which includes the curse of sin that makes work a burdensome toil.  Therefore, I am free to pursue work that is enjoyable, meaningful, provides for my needs and makes a positive impact on the world around me.
  • If I can trust Jesus with the salvation of my soul, then I can also trust Him with my life.  Therefore, I don’t have to be beaten down and burdened by the struggles of life and the challenges of business.  He is there to help me and He is working things out to my benefit.
  • Life has greater meaning and purpose than just being successful or making money.  Jesus sacrifice and resurrection was pivotal moment in God’s plan to bring salvation to the world.  Today, my life, and my work, is part of that plan.  There is no differentiation between the secular and the sacred.  My business is a part of God’s greater purposes and plans.
  • Sin is destructive.  The patterns of sin will ultimately destroy the success of my business.  Through Jesus I have freedom to live a different way.  This allows me to truly love and care for those I do business with.  This care builds value over time rather than sacrificing long term value for short term gain.

[Tweet “In Jesus there is freedom for your Life and Business!”]
I want you to know, that if you feel like you are stuck or in bondage in any area of your life, including your business, there is freedom in Jesus Christ.  He holds the power to help you break free and live the abundant life that you were created for.  All you have to do is surrender yourself to Him and allow Him to guide your steps.
May this Easter signal a time of new life for you and your business!

  • Brian

27: How to Transition From Employee to Business Owner w/ Mark Henson

EP. 27Today’s guest is Mark Henson. He is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience creating unusual and rare customer service experiences. Mark is the founder of Sparkspace, the most inspirational team retreat center on the planet.
Mark is the visionary leader of sparkspace, creating workshops, videos, and writing with an unusually creative approach and always focused on practical application.
His blog, www.sparknewthinking.com is read by thousands of people each week. You can also find Mark’s writing and videos clips on his site at www.markbhenson.com

Key Takeaways

  • Create a life that is simple, not busy.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. It’s okay to put everything aside for awhile so that you can reevaluate your priorities.
  • Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older, because they will be gone soon. You want to spend as much time as you can with them.
  • Focus on what your really good at. Your unique ability. Embrace the things your good at and let go of the things your not.
  • Events are a great way to get your product/ service out. Bring the people through the door.
  • “Think big, act fast, delegate first.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Create a life that is simple, not busy. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “”Think big, act fast, delegate first.” @markbhenson”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR27

God is an Entrepreneur!

God is an EntrpreneurYou are probably thinking, “Brian, are you serious?”

What does God care about business?  How could you say that “God is an Entrepreneur?”  Well, not only did I say it, but I believe it without a shadow of a doubt.
Hang with me…
I know this may be a stretch for some, but I think you will see where I am coming from and how this affects your life.  First, we have to understand what Entrepreneurship is…

What is Entrepreneurship?


Entrepreneur Definitions

Dictionary.coma person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk. 
Miriam-Webstera person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.
Wiki-pedia – Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure. Entrepreneurship operates within an entrepreneurship ecosystem.
In recent years, “entrepreneurship” has been extended from its origins in business to include social and political activity. Entrepreneurship within an existing firm or large organization has been referred to as intrapreneurship and may include corporate ventures where large entities spin off subsidiary organizations. 
Entrepreneurs are leaders willing to take risk and exercise initiative, taking advantage of market opportunities by planning, organizing, and employing resources, often by innovating new or improving existing products. More recently, the term entrepreneurship has been extended to include a specific mindset resulting in entrepreneurial initiatives, e.g. in the form of social entrepreneurship, political entrepreneurship, or knowledge entrepreneurship.


Based on these definitions, here is my summary definition.  Entrepreneurship is innovation with risk and initiative… this could also be described as the act of “creating.”
[Tweet “Entrepreneurship is Creating and Creating is Entrepreneurship”]
Our God is “the creator,” and something in His nature expresses itself in the creative endeavor. Therefore, He is an Entrepreneur.  Creation was the greatest Entrepreneurial endeavor of all time.  The Earth was “formless and void” and out of that emptiness God took initiative to create the world, with the risk of giving us the freedom, to choose whether we follow Him or not.
In that creative process we were made in His image.  Therefore, there is a part of us that is “born to create.”
[Tweet “We were born to be creative!”]
However, This original creation was corrupted by “the fall”  The result of the curse is “toil of the ground.” rather than the abundance of life.
We often think that our struggle of “working to make a living” doing work that we don’t really enjoy is “just the way it is.”  Let me point something out… It may be “just the way it is,”  but it is not the way it was intended to be!
We were not created to struggle with the toil of the ground.  We were created to enjoy the abundance of life and fulfill our God given destiny.  Work is not a “bad” thing.  It existed before “the fall.”  It was sin that corrupted work and made it a struggle. (The above references Genesis 1-3)
Jesus came to break the curse of sin and give us new life (Romans 5:17-18).  Therefore, in him we are free to find fulfillment in our life’s work and become the creative individuals that we were designed to be.  If we believe that the good news of Jesus Christ transforms everything, then we have to believe that it can transform our work.
Now, you may not be a person of faith like me and you may not completely agree with everything I just said, but think about it for a minute…
How do you feel when you are creating something?  A DIY project, a business, a new friendship, a song, a letter, an organization, a piece of art, an event, a party, a meal…. some of our most fulfilling experiences in life are creative in nature.

What can we learn about Entrepreneurship from God’s actions in creation?

  • There was an order and plan to the process.
  • Attention was paid to beauty, and aesthetic along with form and function.
  • The Creation would increase over time
  • The Creation had a purpose
  • There was satisfaction in the work

As we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us to become more like Christ, and as we engage with the word of God to transform the way we live, we can experience freedom from the curse of sin in our work.
I hope that I have challenged you today to believe that your work can be so much more then just something you must do to earn a living.  I believe that you can do work that is creative, makes you come alive and fulfills your destiny.  When you do that kind of work, you become a person of value and a person of value will be compensated!
– Brian
PS.  I teach Biblical Entrepreneurship through the life of Solomon.  Learn more here.
 

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26: Building a Full-Time Network Marketing Business w/ Amy Davenport

EP. 26Today’s Guest is Amy Davenport, an independent distributor built off of 31 Gifts.
“Amy Davenport began  her career with Thirty-One Gifts in March of 2010.  She was honored by Thirty-One Gifts with 2 of the top five categories for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 fiscal year. She was recognized for being in the top 25 dream building (recruiting) for 2011, as well as top in consistency of sales for 2012. As a result of her success, Amy was a member of the 2012 Leadership Council.
 Since joining the company in 2010, Amy has built a team of over 185 consultants nationwide. She enjoys coaching and mentoring the women on her team  to reach their goals and change their lives. She has also earned the Leadership Incentive Trip two years running, and enjoyed taking her husband, Tony, to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico twice!
Amy is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in History and holds a Masters in Education from George Mason University as well. She worked as middle and high school teacher for 6 years before moving into grant management for 3 years. Thirty-One has allowed Amy to work from home since 2011.  She resides in Waynesboro, VA with her husband Tony, son, Anthony, and  identical twin daughters, Brooke and Brittany.”

Key Takeaways

  • Share your story with others. Your story can inspire and influence others.
  • Building relationships and customer service are extremely important.
  • Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.
  • You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.
  • It is okay to take a break from your work.
  • Proverbs 31:16-18

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Share your story with others.”]
  • [Tweet “Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.”]
  • [Tweet “You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.”]
  • [Tweet “It is okay to take a break from your work.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR26

Why I am No longer a Local Church Pastor

Ha8637804873_1d267ee5c3_kve you ever tried to put yourself into a box that doesn’t fit?

Or more than that… have you thought you fit in a box that you really don’t fit in? I certainly understand that experience.  That is my journey as a local church pastor.
I am telling the story to help and encourage some of you. Maybe you’re not a pastor, but maybe you’re in a box doesn’t quite seem to fit.
Let me start by saying, “I am not against being a local church pastor.”  I think we need more passionate individuals who will find their calling in serving the local church in this way.  This is about my journey of finding my calling.
God created each of us in a unique way.  Therefore, my path will not be your path…. but I want to encourage you to believe that God has a unique calling just for you.  However, even more than that, I pray you take action to start moving down your path.
When I was a teenager I started sensing a call to help others through Christian ministry. In my understanding, at that point in time, that meant being in some type of full-time ministry occupation. Both of my grandfathers had been pastors and that was the framework I had for ministry.
I had a deep desire to serve God and serve people.  I wanted my life to count for the Kingdom of God and I completely surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.
So I started forward on my journey to become a pastor…. I went to bible college, served in my church as a small group leader, began leading our youth ministry, etc.  Everything in my life was geared around becoming a pastor.
Then God started to redirect me, he put in my heart a desire to start a construction company.  It did not seem to fit with my plan.  I met with my pastor and he encouraged me with, “If that is what God is putting in your heart to do… then do it and don’t worry about where it fits into becoming a pastor.”  So I pursued starting a construction company and found a love for business that I didn’t know I had.  It was a great season of life.. and we had a lot of success.
After about 5 years of running that company, I started sensing that God wanted me to do more to minister and make a difference in peoples lives.  I processed that with Victoria, our pastors, and others. The door opened for me to pastor a new church plant.  It seemed to me, that everything was coming together for me to become what I had always wanted to be… a local church pastor.
So I started down that road… We had some initial success, and God was doing good things in the ministry and I thought I had “found my calling.”  I was bi-vocational which gave me the opportunity to still use my passion and skills for business.  I thought it was the perfect solution.
However, I was burning the candle at both ends and my passion for both business and ministry, made it hard for me to focus.  The result was that I and my family burned out.  The decision was made for us to take a break from pastoral ministry.  As I took the break and stepped back from things, I realized that I wasn’t confident that being a local pastor was the right fit for me.  
God has wired me with passions for both ministry and business.  Therefore, I started praying that God would bring those passions together for me into one focus.  The result of this journey is the founding of Small Business Revival.
I know that God has created me to fill a unique part of His plan that only I can fill.  I don’t have to be like anyone else, I don’t have to fit in a particular box… I just need to be myself.
[Tweet “God has created me to fill a unique part of His plan that only I can fill”]
I have no regrets of my time as a local church pastor, and maybe there will be a season in the future where I am a local church pastor again.   But, right now I am at peace being a “Pastor” to entrepreneurs and small business owners.  I love helping people realize their dreams, and I know that as they realize their dreams I am building the kingdom of God.
You see, just like the Kingdom of God needs pastors and evangelists, it also needs gospel patrons (This term comes from John Rinehart’s book of the same name) who will use their business abilities to fund and support the work of ministry with their time and money.  There are those with wealth, who need to become more generous, but I also believe that there are those who are generous who need to learn how to create more wealth.
It is toward this mission that I am directing my efforts.  Living out, and finding, your calling is a journey not a destination.  God directs our path and leads us into those places of greatest impact and fulfillment if we will follow Him.
[Tweet “Finding your calling is a journey not a destination”]
I am excited about what God has in store.  I am beyond ecstatic about beginning to teach the Bible in a way that empowers entrepreneurs to create amazing work… whether it is creating a business, music, works of art, a non-profit organization or a fundraising event.
I am amazed at the incredible work being done by Christian Entrepreneurs in all aspects of society.
Let me close by saying this… ministry is setting captives free through the good news of Jesus Christ.  Maybe you are captive to a career box made by yourself or those around you.  If so, I pray that this encourages you to go hard after Jesus and allow him to guide your path into all that you were created for…
But, it starts with turning loose of your grip on the box!

  • Brian

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