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Know Your God

 
… But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.  Daniel 11:32
We all want to do great things and make our lives count!  But, what is the foundation of our lives?  It is knowing God.  The “great exploits” overflow from relationship with God.  Not the other way around.  You learn to know your God by living in relationship with Him through the good times… and more importantly… the difficult times.

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45: Gospel Patronage w/ John Rinehart

EP. 45Today’s show is featuring John Rinehart, author of Gospel Patrons, as he speaks at the 2014 Generous Giving Conference. 
“JOHN RINEHART is a California-based writer and speaker with a degree in business from Biola University and a M.Div from Talbot School of Theology. In 2009 John and his wife set off on a 5-month trip around the world to become globally-minded Christians. Their adventure led to the unexpected discovery of the beautiful part businesspeople can play in advancing God’s kingdom.
Since then the message of Gospel Patrons has spread to business and ministry leaders around the world, helping them become radically generous and personally involved in the work of God. John currently speaks at a variety of events, conferences, and churches each year about the greatness of God and the part we can all play in the Great Commission.”

Key Takeaways

  • When God raises up a preacher or a missionary, He also raises up a patron.
  • What would’ve happened if the patron hadn’t said. “Get to work Tindell.”
  • God has a part for all of us to play. Whether it is behind the scenes or up on stage, a generational impact happens when we choose to give and nurture our talents for the good of those around us.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “When God raises up a preacher or a missionary, He also raises up a patron. @johnrinehart34”]
  • [Tweet “What would’ve happened if the patron hadn’t said. “Get to work Tindell.” @johnrinehart34″]
  • [Tweet ” Whether it is behind the scenes or up on stage, a generational impact happens when we choose to give and nurture our talents for the good of those around us. @johnrinehart34″]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR45

42: Secrets of the New Rich w/ Kevin J Donaldson

EP. 42Today’s Guest is Kevin J. Donaldson of Real Wealth Solutions (Mastermind Group) and author of “10 Secrets of the New Rich.”
“My name is Kevin Donaldson. I’m an entrepreneur, author, and business coach. I build businesses, and I build people, for a living.
There’s no question that life is tough. And when challenges come your way, there’s always an excuse to quit. I’ve been there myself–I had a rough home life, I was a poor student, and my marriage only lasted four years. And to top it all off, my first business venture plunged me into $1.2 million in debt.
But despite the challenges I faced, I was determined to succeed. And after decades of hard work and learning, I’m proud to say that I’ve broken through adversity and now enjoy a successful career. I’m a successful Internet marketer, e-book and article writer, and network marketing business coach.
And now, my goal in life is to teach as many people as I can how to turn their challenges into their own stepping stones to success. Add me to your circles and let me share with you the wisdom I’ve gleaned from decades of adversity.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;
people who cherish understanding will prosper.”

~ Proverbs 19:8

Key Takeaways

  • You need to know how to get along with people. You need to know how to communicate with others.
  • “We have to move from trading time for money to leveraging our time and using our money to work for us.”
  • Set up systems so that you can make money even when you are asleep.
  • You need to know who YOU are. Protect what goes into your mind and clean out the old things that don’t serve you.
  • Mindset is everything.
  • Get out and be around like minded people.
  • Take an action today. You always want to leave the scene of inspiration with a plan to take action.
  • “Always put people over profits.”
  • “In life you really get what you want but you will always get what your committed to.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “You need to know how to get along with people. You need to know how to communicate with others. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “Set up systems so that you can make money even when you are asleep. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “You need to know who YOU are. Protect what goes into your mind and clean out the old things that don’t serve you. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “Mindset is everything. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “You always want to leave the scene of inspiration with a plan to take action. @KevinJDonaldson”]
  • [Tweet “”In life you really get what you want but you will always get what your committed to.” @KevinJDonaldson”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR42

35: Saving Children Through Social Entrepreneurship w/ Sam Caster & Jon Copper

EP. 35Today’s guest is Sam Caster of EM Squared and Jon Copper of Nutrition on Mission.

Sam Caster

“In 1998, founders Sam and Linda Caster donated to an orphanage organization based in Romania. When the directors of that organization thanked the Casters for their contribution, they expressed their growing concerns for the children in their care. Malnutrition was taking its ruthless toll on their lives. In desperation, the directors said, “If you know anyone that can help us with this problem, please let us know.” With the world’s most advanced nutritional and wellness technology at their fingertips, Sam and Linda donated a one year supply of nutrient support. One year later, the directors came back wanting more and out of the direct need, MannaRelief was born. A little over a decade later with thousands of people around the world joining together, we’re addressing the problem of malnutrition for children everywhere.”

Jon Copper

“I am a Social Entrepreneur. I started Nutrition On Mission with the intent of creating a sustainable business model to nourish children with malnutrition, as well as create micro-enterprise opportunities in those same communities we nourish children.”

 Biblical Entrepreneurship

“Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.”  ~ Proverbs 11:11

Key Takeaways

  • If you offer your customers something of value they will be more receptive to your services.
  • You have to be competitive in the marketplace. Especially if you are a non-profit.
  • “Concern with building platforms that enable more people of every age to think and behave like change makers, to help them work together powerfully in teams of teams to facilitate rapid circulation and sharing solutions on a global scale.”

  • Utilize the technology around you.
  • Would you rather invest your life to make a difference?

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “You have to be competitive in the marketplace. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “If you offer your customers something of value they will be more receptive to your services. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “Utilize the technology around you. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “Would you rather invest your life to make a difference? @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]

Resources

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

32: Building a Business as a Teenager w/ Emily Wills

EP. 32Today’s Guest is Emily Wills of Empire Designs.

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

Key Takeaways

  • Anyone can find a way to make a great business. Young or old.
  • Finding time to hang out with your friends is important. It’s good to have that fellowship.
  • If you have a dream, just go chase it. Go after that dream and take that leap of faith.
  • “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'” ~ Isaiah 43:1

  • Keep going even if you have a setback.
  • Keep working hard through all of your challenges. You will eventually have a breakthrough.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Anyone can find a way to make a great business. Young or old.”]
  • [Tweet “Finding time to hang out with your friends is important. It’s good to have that fellowship.”]
  • [Tweet “Go after that dream and take that leap of faith.”]
  • [Tweet “Keep going even if you have a setback.”]
  • [Tweet “Keep working hard through all of your challenges. You will eventually have a breakthrough.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR32

28: Town Hall – Laying the Foundation of Success

EP. 28Do you desire to have success?  Success in your business, in your personal life?  Do you desire to see your wealth and impact grow?
The beginning of building anything is the foundation.  What are the foundations of a successful business and life?

Here are my core beliefs about Faith and Business.  I challenge you study the Bible for yourself to see what it has to say about business.

My Foundational beliefs about Faith and Business

  • Business, Entrepreneurship & Making Money is a Godly pursuit.
  • Wealth comes from aligning ourselves with God’s abundance principles.
  • We are no longer under the curse of “the toil of the ground.”
  • The good news of Jesus transforms all of our lives, including our work.
  • We were created to fulfill our destiny in God’s plan to redeem the world.
  • The Bible is the greatest business book of all time.
  • Revival is going to require more than 10% and a few hours on Sunday!
  • The Kingdom of God needs the entrepreneurs to come off the sidelines.
  • Faith results in a different way of doing business.
  • Faith gives us an advantage in the marketplace.

Key Takeaway

Laying Your Foundation – Grow into Your God Given Calling

“That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O LORD God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

God said to Solomon, ‘Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!'” (‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭1‬:‭7-12‬ NLT)

6 Steps to Laying the Foundation

  1. Make a sacrifice
  2. Seek God
  3. Embrace your calling
  4. Desire to serve “your” people
  5. Receive from God
  6. Grow!

Tweetable Quotes

[Tweet “We all want the results… but will we change to become who we need to be?”]
[Tweet “Seeking wisdom is synonymous with seeking God, God is the source of wisdom “]

[Tweet “We don’t focus on results… we focus on our character and doing the right things”]

[Tweet “God brings results… This is not easy, it takes faith.”]

Resources

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr28

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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25: Town Hall – You Were Created for More!

EP. 25On today’s Town Hall meeting I share some of my story as I learned to step out of my box and pursue my true calling. I will be sharing with you six steps to help you find your own personal calling. Whether you are living your calling or aren’t quite there yet, I believe that you were created for more.
“The revitalization of small business is also a revitalization of the family.  The integration of biblical principles in today’s business as well as today’s family is much needed.  Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.”  ~ Anthony Witt

 Biblical Entrepreneurship

 “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you do not know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both.”  ~Ecclesiastes 11:6

 In order for a business to be successful it is a good idea to have a business plan, but before that you need a life plan.  You need to understand what you were created to do.
  • Do you know what your life is to be about?
  • Do you know what you want your life to look like?
  • Do you know what your purpose and your calling is?
You need to build your business to serve the purposes and plans for your life, not the other way around. 

Six Steps to Finding Your Calling

  1. Understand what a “calling” is – It is the unique place in God’s purpose and plan of redeeming the world and showing His glory that your were created to fill.
  2. Embrace the Journey, not the destination.
  3. Take a deep look inside.
  4. Lean into the resistance. 
  5. Let go of something you are holding onto.
  6. Take action to move forward. If we aren’t moving forward, God can’t direct our steps.

Tweetable Quotes

  •  [Tweet “You need to build your business to serve the purposes and plans for your life, not the other way around. “]
  • [Tweet “Before you have a business plan you need to have a life plan.”]
  • [Tweet “Even if you are living your calling, you were created for more.”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace the Journey, not the destination.”]
  • [Tweet “Lean into the resistance.”]
  • [Tweet “If we aren’t moving forward God can’t direct our steps.”]

 Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR25

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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22: Town Hall – 10 Proverbs to Grow Your Business

EP. 22I believe that the Bible is one of the greatest business books of all time.  When we live by the principle of prosperity laid out in God’s word we are positioned success.
I especially love the book of Proverbs in the Bible.  It is a treasure chest of wisdom to help us be successful in business.  In today’s podcast I share 10 of my favorites.  Here is the list.

10 Proverbs to Grow Your Business

  1. Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭11‬ NLT)
  2. Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭4‬ NLT)
  3. Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)
  4. A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭28‬ NLT)
  5. There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭6‬ NLT)
  6. Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭22‬ NLT)
  7. Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭3‬ NLT)
  8. Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭16‬ NLT)
  9. To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭19‬:‭8‬ NLT)
  10. Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭24‬:‭27‬ NLT)

Tweetable Links

[Tweet “Money does not corrupt you, it only exposes who you truly are.”]
[Tweet “God is an entrepreneur, He is creative by nature!”]
[Tweet “There is satisfaction in work well done!”]
[Tweet “The Bible is one of the greatest business books of all time”]

Resources

Read the full show notes with clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr22