Financial Wellness Article Series: Church Management = Entrepreneurship

November 6, 2018
By Shannon Crow, Financial Wellness Program Coordinator
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  • When we hear the word entrepreneur, we think of big-time businessmen like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates. However, there are many entrepreneurs who have small shops or factories or other businesses.

    What if you wanted to plant and/or manage a church? Or what if you were called to be out in the non-profit or for-profit world and be a minister? Many are called to work out in the field as well as pastor a church. Good examples are Paul and Lydia using their businesses to fund their ministry.

    What if you already have debt and a job that will not support your living costs, including your student loan payment? Or you are currently a student and need to cover your living expenses? Are their ways to earn money that would not be too labor intensive yet would be profitable?

    “I don’t see entrepreneurship as a career choice. It’s a mindset. . . We see the same things as everyone else, but we see them differently.” Entrepreneurs look for opportunities waiting to happen. “They appear as inactive opportunities, just waiting to be activated. All we need is to find a new way for something old to be useful.”

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