Newsletter #499 – Encouraging Kingdom Entrepreneurs

Others may disagree, but for me the brief discussion of kingdom entrepreneurs was among the most stimulating parts of Steve and Cheri Saccone’s book Protégé that was described in last week’s newsletter. Steve works with younger pastors and other emerging leaders. All are committed Christians wanting to serve Christ and reach a younger generation that distrusts religion and sees no relevance in traditional churches.

The book acknowledges that all emerging leaders need to develop a skill set with “structured accountability and performance reviews.” Some younger leaders are traditional and not very innovative. They have a place in many churches but those who make a twenty-first century difference seek to become kingdom entrepreneurs in a way that “aligns uniquely with who they are” as they “reach their full potential of spiritual influence and optimize their kingdom impact.  If we want to build kingdom cultures, we must become kingdom entrepreneurs.”

Entrepreneurs take initiative to pioneer new things, or at least change what isn’t working. “They are created to cast vision and turn that vision into action…. Kingdom entrepreneurs create environments where religious obstacles get stripped away, so that people searching for God can see him, find him and know him.” Leaders are “created to build teams that focus on a cause and then strategize to pursue the change they desire in the world, or in their church and ministry area.” But younger leaders often encounter resistance from more established leaders including those who are afraid or reluctant to let new ideas and strategies emerge. As a result thousands of emerging leaders, including university and seminary graduates, feel stifled and held back.  I am reminded of my time in graduate school when I recognized the value of structured-skill learning for psychologists but sensed that my creativity and youthful passion were squelched by seemingly archaic university requirements, accrediting agency rules and a few rigid professors or supervisors.

Of course I see the value of regulations and standards. I want to abide by biblical principles. But I also want to encourage and learn from the young kingdom entrepreneurs and others who cross my path and stimulate my growth. What is your perspective on this? Please comment.

8 Comments

  1. As Long As these Emerging Leaders abide in the Truth of The Word Of God and not “Re -Image” what is said in the Text then Thats acceptable. If one seeks to “Change For Change Sake which is being promoted ” then it must be resisted [I think].

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  2. “But younger leaders often encounter resistance from more established leaders including those who are afraid or reluctant to let new ideas and strategies emerge”.

    Our small town country fire service needed new equipment so they ran a Sunday community market once a month. Our small church needed to be reaching people in our communitty so we decided to close our doors on that Sunday and run a kids fun program, and give freeblood presure tests and a few other activities at the market. Some folk in our church didn’t like it but we managed to have people come along to our services.

    Ours is a risk taking church. We don’t see ourselves as “Entrepreneurs or Visionaries”, just people who love the Lord and want others to know Jesus. We have embarked on other activities, some more “successful ” than others, but its the Kingdom that is more important than our church.

    The biggest risk we have is not risking the Kingdom and therefore we risk loosing it for ourselves and others.

    Blessings to you all

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    1. I am enthusiastic about this example from “Missionamerica.” It is difficult for any iof us to take risks, especially leaders who might get criticism. But I think the scriptures are filled with dedicated followers of Jesus who took risk for the Kingdom. I hope I am still a risk taker too.

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  3. The tensions described in Newsletter #449 appear to be universal, across all cultures, where powerful leaders suppress all contenders.

    In business this gives rise to alternative markets; in politics there emerge insurgents; in economics a brain and brawn drain; in culture, prophetic renewal movements.

    In the hundred or more church-planting movements afoot in many nations, outside mentors coach willing young and old proteges, empowering them to obey the commandments of their one Lord, Jesus.

    About one in five suppressed, neglected, ignored young adults, when coached with love, will show a spirit of entrepreneurship that astounds all concerned, while effectively circumventing rusty denominational structures and their unbiblical traditions.

    One does not have to be young to find his church irrelevant, extra-biblical, boring and stagnant, with self-centered leaders shuddering in fear over their job security.

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    1. Galen, I love your comments. Very insightful. I thought I might get flack from my post but I was delighted and enthusiastic to read the responses. I agree that age is not as relevant in this as some people think. Younger people step up to take action when they are encouraged and a maybe surprising number of older folks are inclined to do the same.

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