Thursday, November 29, 2007

Missional Business

For some time now, I've been intrigued by the idea of participating in a "missional business." This is a for-profit enterprise that incorporates one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Providing opportunity to connect with people for kingdom purposes
  • Using a portion of the profits to support missional projects
  • Providing employment for individuals who may be otherwise unemployable
  • Training employees for jobs in the larger market
  • Providing financial support for the owners to do mission work or other ministry (in addition to the ministry done directly through the business)
  • Bringing economic stability to impoverished areas
  • Providing a product or service to improve people's lives (in the name of Christ)

I'm sure that there are several other things innovative entrepreneurs are doing in the context of a for-profit business model.

Here are some examples:

I have discovered an opportunity that many of you might wish to take advantage of to create your own missional business. By downloading this free report you can find out how you could use your skill and knowledge to make a difference in a for-profit setting. I have enrolled in this program myself. The guys who run it are focused on helping their subscribers make money, but their business model depends on providing real value to the end users. It doesn't require much imagination to adapt this excellent training for setting up your own missional business.

In addition, stay home parents or people in bivocational ministry could use this missional business as a means of financial support while also doing good.

If you sign up for the training (after reading the free report) using a link from my site, I will get a referral fee. But this is not multi-level marketing. It has nothing to do with multi-level marketing. Read the report and it will all make sense. There is no obligation. Even if you decide not to sign up for the training (on how to set up your online teaching program) you can use the information to do it yourself.

This is not about selling overpriced t-shirts or mouse pads in an online store. This is about serious teaching and education. It is driven by providing people with something of substantial value that they are glad to pay for.

Remember, the Teaching Sells program itself is about helping people to make money using the Internet as a delivery mechanism for teaching and training. The missional business angle is my own suggestion. I am convinced that the for-profit model avoids a lot of problems inherent in the not-for-profit mindset. But even if you decided to provide the online service for free, the Teaching Sells training will save you a lot of time and money getting things set up.

I will be providing details of the particular missional business I am establishing along with information about learning theory as it applies to this context.

Seriously, this training could be an answer to prayer for many of you.

Pastor Rod

"Helping You Become the Person God Created You to Be"

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