Monday, February 14, 2011

Is Your Business Plan Biblical?

To be in vogue, Christ-centered organizations must have a credible business plan. This is a far cry from the times when our ministries flew by faith and the seat of our pants. What have we gained? As a guy who prizes rational planning and outcomes, the business plan makes sense. It is rational, strategic, and productive. But what have we lost? When I hear about core values, organizational brands, consumer tastes, market share, competitive advantage, and measurable success, I cannot help but asking, “Are we still in line with Biblical values and the Spirit of Christ?” Bear with me while I ask these follow-up questions.
  • Are core values the same as Biblical convictions?
  • Is organizational branding reflective of the image of Christ?
  • Are consumer tastes equal to our need to confess our sins?
  • Is market share consistent with the Great Commission?
  • Is competitive advantage synonymous with total sacrifice?
  • Does measurable success include the reward for faithfulness?
Words can change us. That is why Paul’s job description for a “workman approved of God” included the responsibility for “rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). Boards of Christ-centered organizations have the same responsibility. To be approved of God, we may have to make some corrections.

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