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Will Your Ministry in God’s Business end with a “Period” or a “Comma”

There are at least two dimensions to this question. First, if you are the only one in your business that sees the business as the platform for ministry and stewardship responsibility that it truly is, and are using it as such, and you leave, sell, or die - the ministry, your ministry, ends with a period. It would be described as personal, singular, and single generation in scope.

If you are engaging others in the ministry, and they are actively and strategically seeking to do ministry in and through the business, your ministry, at least for a season, ends with a comma. Yet, even if you have a fantastic ministry team of co-laborers ministering with you and are experiencing outstanding ministry fruitfulness and business success, and you sell the business to unbelievers, your ministry ends with a period. Don’t be deceived, unbelievers can’t and won’t continue ministry. It would be multi-dimensional but single generational.

The choice will be yours. The consequences of your choice can be eternally significant.
We are talking about a type of succession planning here that is rarely discussed but should be considered in great depth. It is all related to the answer to the fundamental question, “Who owns the business?” If God owns it, and we are merely stewards, and if we rightly see it as our platform for ministry, and are using as such, do you imagine that God would want it to end with a period? Can you imaging God wanting the ministry in a successful church to end with a period when the pastor leaves or dies? It is possible but I think much more likely that God is into multi-generational creation, investing in us so that our ministry always ends with a comma. What do you think?

Buck Jacobs is the Chairman of the Board and Founder of the C12 Group, a network of Christian CEO's and Owners Building GREAT Businesses for a greater purpose. As CEO of The C12 Group, Buck has written several books and feature magazine articles, including A Light Shines Bright in Babylon – A Handbook for Christian Business Owners, An Action Plan for Ministry, and Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians – all available by visiting C12’s online store at http://www.c12group.com/index.php.

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