If I could add the most important ingredient that would help God’s people become Kings it would be “initiative.” We theologically underestimate the role God wants us to play in implementing our heart’s desire and deciding what voluntary role we could present to Jesus as a gift to help build the Kingdom and “do what the Father is doing.” While millions of servants are asking the Lord “What do you want me to do?” The Lord is looking for friends that will see and share His heart and lovingly propose “what they would like to do.” Like Solomon, the Lord is asking us, “What would you have me do for you?”
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5 NIV
In addition to having goals, Kings need a personal business/ministry plan to really capture what they want to volunteer. Business plans usually describe a new start and are intended to convey the business concept and “sell” others on the idea – a loan officer for example. In this case, we first need to get our vision in writing and in enough detail to “sell ourselves” and gain the confidence to get started and finish.
Here’s Your Assignment – The following outline is somewhat standard for a simple business plan. Prayerfully write you own “dream” and work your way through the details until it becomes real enough that you start to believe. Others can review and help… when it’s ripe they will resonate and confirm the reality of what you embrace by faith. Why the exercise? Something strange happens when you write out the details of the dream. It’s a big step toward taking something that only exists by faith in the spirit realm and getting it to materialize in the real world.
Summary – Business / ministry concept, current situation, key success factors, financial situation/needs. Write this last. Assume some people will only read one page. So, on one page summarize the following sections.
Vision – What’s the purpose and product of your endeavor. Why is it unique, compelling, valuable and needed? Who will be attracted to it?
Marketing Plan – Who will be interested in your product or service? How will you let them know what you have? What is the value or price you will ask? What’s the total demand? Who are your competitors? Why will you prevail in an open market? How is the industry changing? Will your competitive advantages remain in the future? What are the threats to and risks of this venture? How will you respond to them?
Products/services – Describe your product or service. Is there test market experience? How will you make it available and distribute it? What is the potential to expand or provide additional products or services? How can your business or influence multiply?
Marketing and sales – How will you promote or market your product. What is your sales strategy or advertising scheme?
Operations – Who will manage the work and make the decisions? What are their qualifications? Who are the key personnel? What work will they do? How will motivate them to share your dream and work with you? How will you train and compensate them? What facilities, services, and infrastructure will be required?
Financial Plan – What is your current financial condition? How will your family and business be supported? Will you need a loan? How will you transition from your current job or circumstance through the start-up phase?
Include two items:
Ø Personal financial statement – simply a one page summary of all your assets and liabilities summarizing your financial net worth at the bottom. You can get a free template at for a financial statement at http://www.score.org/template_gallery.html.
Ø Cash Flow statement – estimate all the monthly income and expenses related to your business or personal expenses for at least a 12 month (or through your start-up phase if longer). You can get an example format for a cash flow statement at http://www.score.org/downloads/C_12_month_cash_flow_statement.xls
Note: Consider making a financial plan out or your personal budget and spending a few hundred dollars to get the accountant that does your taxes to formalize them for you. Treat your life and finances like a business – it really is the talent that God gave you and expects you to multiply.
Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.