As I shared in my first post in this series, the first component of transformation our communities, villages, cities, regions and nations is discipleship. Without the heart changed, there will be no lasting change.
Alongside discipleship, business is a very important component for transformation. One of the key building blocks of a society is business. If there are no businesses, there are no jobs, no goods to buy and no tax payers. When there are no tax payers, there is no education, no healthcare and no other social benefits. The old saying goes: “Give someone food on the table and he will vote for you!” The central theme of many elections is almost always the economy.
Business can be used as a vehicle to extend and bring the Kingdom of God. When someone has become a follower of Jesus and starts to love and obey Him, they often need to learn how to use business or start a Kingdom business to provide for their family and to bring economic, social and environmental growth to their community.
Business has the following advantages:
- It develops/models character – integrity — leadership – competencies
- It can have a a social and spiritual impact in the community
- It affects everyone in the community
- It opens doors for relationship building, e.g. with customers, employees, suppliers, partners, community, etc.
- It provides financial resources to give to the Great Commission
Besides this, business can ALSO be used as a way to extend the reach of the gospel and reach the unreached. Groups that have never heard about Jesus can be accessed through business. When a business has been planted, discipleship and churchplanting can happen. (For a story on how one of our church planters has seen business be a great tool for Gospel advancement, click here).
If we really want to see lasting change and transformation in a community, village, city, region or country, we SHOULD focus on a strategy with discipleship AND business planting combined.