In addition to his management roles, Phil had over 20 years’ experience advising companies on their company’s value, effect on value of different operating and financial strategies, such as sell, take public and/or joint venture options. Advice included due diligence, tax strategies, accounting issues, business strategies, corporate structure, and capitalization arrangements. He had consulted on corporate spinoffs, restructuring, and shareholder value implementation strategies. Phil has spoken and written on the economics of regional power planning, Global CapitalTrends-Effects of the U.S. Business Environment, Tax Strategies in M&A Transactions, Financing Leverage Buyouts, Capital for Financial Institutions,and Global Financial Instruments. Phil spoke at BusinessWeek’s 2003 CFO CIO Forum on the Implications of 2003 Tax legislation.
So is that what it takes to be a “faith-based” organization now? In some ways, it appears that these businesses get the best of all worlds: an ability to proselytize to employees and inject their biblical worldview, but without the onus that true ministries have to actually improve the lot of the poor. Instead, they not only get to build their profit for their own comfort, but receive the benefit of tax write offs for giving parts of those profits to true faith-based organizations, who also then do not have to pay taxes because they are religious organizations and non-profits.
With the Internet, the results are entirely dependent on you, and you alone. If you fail, you have no one to blame but yourself. Similarly, if you put your nose to the grindstone, and truly work at this, you can follow the path of becoming one of the many $100,000 per year earners… and yes though it is the exception, some do this in their very first year in their Christian home business! It all depends on what you are willing and able to put into this. Whether you desire $100 per week, $1,000 a month, or $100,000 per year, they are all possible and attainable.
City Vision offers what we believe is the most flexible, streamlined process to get prior learning experience credits of any online Christian university. We view City Vision as a Christian counterpart of secular schools that specialize in granting prior learning credit. We focus on this because we often teach leaders with decades of senior experience in the nonprofit and business world who operate at a practical experience level of someone with an MBA, but they do not have any degree.
In today’s economy, Christians are looking for businesses they can trust. They want a fair job for a fair price. But more than that, Christians want to know that the dollars they are spending with a business or service is going back to serving the Lord, whether through tithes, offerings, missions, supporting Christian families with Christian values, etc. What better way to find that business than in the Christian Business Referral Network.
The fact is, most marketers do things from the proven, tried and true methods that have been working for years. Those methods work today, they’ll work tomorrow, and they will continue to work for years to come, even as they continue to be tweaked over time. In truth, no matter what it is an Internet marketer is selling or promoting, they are all using the same marketing approaches! If something does “break the mold”, you will be sure to learn about it in our members area to boot.
There’s a comic strip that I shared a while back called “How to Over-Spiritualize Everything” that makes the same point you make in your comments. We can, I can, have a tendency to make things sound more spiritual than they really are; however, we are also guilty of not realizing the spiritual significance in things that surround us because we consider it too mundane for God to care about.
Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:6-9)
Regardless of the success and profitability of a particular idea, the entrepreneur must make good on his commitments and do what it takes to pay off any debts that he may have incurred while pursuing his vision. This financial “sword of Domacles” motivates the entrepreneur to work strategically to best serve people in the market and make his enterprise a success.
I highly respect those who subscribe to the school of thought that there should be nothing professional about Christian ministry. I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve read John Piper’s book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. It’s a great book. It reminds us that we’re not just here to analyze markets and produce numbers. I completely agree.
Although Adam was not an entrepreneur, the first thing God did when He created Adam was to give him a job (Genesis 2:15). We are created to work, to use our minds and our hands to subdue this world and rule over it (Genesis 1:28). Scripture praises industriousness and hard work (Proverbs 14:23; 31:27; Ephesians 4:28). By contrast, those who are idle are harshly reprimanded (Proverbs 19:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:6). We are instructed to make it our “ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
In previous posts, I laid the Biblical foundation for why I believe God does call us to our vocations. In January, I will be writing a series of posts that delve much deeper into this notion of calling and explore the various callings that Paul teaches us about in the Bible – including our vocational calling. I think it will bring more clarity to this topic, and I look forward to your thoughts and feedback on it.
Companies like Sears, Amazon, eBay, Esprit Clothing Company, Cabela’s, and hundreds more pay you money to market their products for them online. Every sale you make for them, they compensate you… usually with commissions ranging from 10% to 25%. Those are companies you can represent as an affiliate, through your affiliate marketing campaigns and running a Christian home business.
In fact, theChristiandude.com has the best Christian affiliate program around, as we will pay you 40%-60% of all initial sales, plus ongoing and residual commissions for as long as that person remains a member. In this industry, residuals are the exception, not the norm in affiliate marketing! With thousands upon thousands of companies offering to compensate you for promoting their products as an affiliate, it is so easy to find products to promote that are close to your heart or interests.
If you purchase at that price, you will be locked into that pricing for as long as you remain a member of theChristiandude.com. Once we enter the next phase of pricing, your pricing will remain the same. We at theChristiandude.com pride ourselves on working with integrity, so please understand this is not a silly “hurry up and buy now” tactic simply to drive sales with no intention to ever raise the pricing. We will raise our pricing, and the pricing referenced above will remain in effect only until we decide on proceeding to the next phase!
More and more Christians are thirsting for the opportunity to stay at home with their families, or even help out their spouse or family with a little extra cash in a tight economy, and one example of prospering from the Internet is for you to simply direct websurfers to websites and get anywhere from 10% to 80% of all sales you refer. We teach you how to drive thousands of websurfers to websites, no matter what “niche” you prefer, and no matter what type of Christian home business or Christian work from home approach you might want to take!
C12 is a fee-for-service for-profit organization that operates on membership dues. Prospective members must be invited to join. C12 is a blend of Christian business leadership best practices and general management tools coupled with Godly counsel, accountability, Christian business coaching, a focus on spiritual values and needs, and practical ways to run businesses based on Biblical principles for the eternal benefit of stakeholders.
If you are an experienced Internet marketer, we provide 3,000+ products with resell rights (MRR) and private label rights (PLR) and add at least 100 new products each and every month. We also provide over 50,000 private label right (PLR) articles to use as resources however you see fit! Use these articles to create your own e-books, or to market online and promote your “niche” product, or quite literally whatever you want.