Sonship is co-laboring with Father to bring Heaven to Earth. The creative anointing of sons in the business mountain has an entrepreneurial expression. Spirituality is demonstrated in works, greater works that set the product or service apart in Kingdom Business. These sons naturally gravitate toward creating value for other people: it’s a ministry expression that is blessed from heaven. Making a Kingdom difference in a 7 Mountain context is cultural substance, not just sermons. The graphic shows the main ingredients for business culture indexed to nine steps in the Kingdom Business Culture Field Guide.
Several things set Kingdom Business Culture apart from a secular or Christian business. It’s much more than going to church and playing worship songs for the mood music at the office. Greater works are not just healing the sick and raising the dead in Jn 14:12-14. The word for work (ergon) means work!!! The goal of Jesus’ redemption is nations and Reformation, not just souls. We’re taking His Kingdom into cultures via business, Kingdom Business Cultures.
#1 Products Express Purpose – There is a clear Kingdom purpose that starts in the heart of the CEO with infectious enthusiasm (in-theo). That juice on that purpose is a prophetic story of how it all began in Father’s heart. Staff and customers can all pick up on the theme. The same purpose is in the sales team’s love language and marketing copy. The business makes money, frees time, demonstrates integrity, and creates a quality product that is fast and reliable, with excellent after-the-sale service. But that’s just the beginning of greater works. Every good business does that stuff.
#2 Atmosphere – God is present in an unmistakable way. Anyone can sense it. It’s not contrived, religious, or superficial. You can sense what is happening is holy and that it started in heaven. People honor one another and are excited and reverent about a clear Kingdom purpose. They are thrilled to be part of it.
#3 Culture – Business is the most natural place to make disciples 40 hours a week and pay them to do it. The leadership team doesn’t wear titles, but just beneath the surface, they are apostolic Fathers who can hear hearts and make dreams come true. They father sons into the shared purpose of the business and grow the career/ministry ambitions in those hearts. They strategically and intentionally connect those blank slates with the purpose God wrote on their hearts. Kingdom managers don’t just implement the corporate process; they create tribe and culture. They are storing treasures in heaven because those people are all we get to take with us.
The leadership team (Fathers) know that if they don’t start with purpose, accountability for obedience will naturally produce servants who do what they are told and nothing more. Kingdom leaders are very intentional about gathering sons around Kingdom purpose whose giftings will show the initiative and creativity to expand the business and increase its value.
#4 Exploits – That on-the-job nurturing of sons leads to exploits. David didn’t do all the exploits; it was his mighty men. Kingdom business that touches Greater Works has a steady stream of heroics from sons who get it. Once they learn to see Father’s direction in heaven, bringing His Purpose to earth is a joy (and a race). These men and women are eager to do what Father is doing and have great fun in the process (Jn 5:19). They get accolades from the leadership team, but the best is hearing well done from Father.
When Father is co-laboring with a business, it’s evident from what happens in the breakthroughs, the breaks, the quick recoveries, the love. It’s all a reflection of Father’s heart and favor. It’s Greater Works! Sons “work,” and Father multiplies the results, the byproduct of co-laboring with Father on a shared purpose.
John 14:12 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do;
and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (and so will you, because you already have a seat in Heaven, the Council)
13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. ESV
This blog is one aspect of the Kingdom Business Culture Field Guide. Take a peek at the progression. We think you will find it insightful. It’s also the backbone of our approach to business coaching.
Purpose Profiles – We help businesses transition to the joy and prosperity of a Kingdom business culture by leveraging your unique purpose to ignite your staff and customers. The fun begins when you discover “the why” God wrote in your heart. We marry the cultural and practical side of sound business practices. Cash flow comes from a well-motivated, engaged staff and a wisely managed, value-based business built on a Kingdom purpose already written in hearts. We have the coaching resources to help you shift the culture and respond to the challenges.
The starting place is a Purpose Profile (see examples).
Here is where to start: