Crown College has designed its online Christian business degree program to prepare graduates to enter business with a concrete understanding of the fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing, while also providing the expertise to apply Christian faith into real-world decision-making. Graduates who have completed their online education at Crown College in Minnesota are employed, locally and internationally, in the following business sectors:
Entrepreneurship is as much a process as it is a set of traits. However, certain traits are essential to success and play an important role in how the entrepreneurial process unfolds. These traits–faith, perseverance, sacrifice, and service–are integral characteristics of the Christian as well. God admires them and encourages us to admire them, too.
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).
There have been over 100 lawsuits against the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act, with a majority of them being filed by so-called “faith-based” businesses. In some cases, with religious educational institutions like Notre Dame, the affiliation makes sense. In others, such as Hobby Lobby, the designation becomes a little more tenuous. After all, does giving millions of dollars in profit to religious groups and organizations really mean that you yourself are a faith-based business? Or does it just mean you’re using your own specific belief system when you are trying to whittle down your profits in order to minimize your tax liability?
As an advocate for the next generation, Phil had a passion for mentoring and teaching all ages. He was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business at The King’s College, New York City, teaching Financial Accounting, Business Law, International Business,and Business Ethics. He was also Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University teaching Business Valuation for the Masters in Accounting and Finance programs.
Close to My Heart specialized in scrapbooks and stamping supplies. Competitively priced, the products are attractive to hobbyists who would like to support a Christian organization. This sales marketing position is available to people in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Since 2008 Close to My Heart has supported more than 1,500 children through the charity Operation Smile.
Many entrepreneurs desire to become financially independent in order to care for their families, give to the needy, and fund missionary ventures. They have an idea, locate the funds to begin, and take on the responsibility for managing their own companies. When the motivation is honorable, and the business is honorable, God delights to bless it (Psalm 37:23). When an entrepreneur’s motive is selfish or sin-based, the business will not enjoy God’s blessing and may become a hindrance to God’s best plan for the owner’s life. As with all decisions, Christian must seek wisdom from the Lord before taking that first step in establishing a business (James 1:5). Part of wisdom is planning ahead (see Luke 14:28–29). When wisdom says it is a good idea, when all costs have been counted and the priorities are straight, entrepreneurship can be a benefit to the entrepreneur and to the world.
Well, what if that same school that licensed you also provided the concrete, and the frames, and the woodwork, cabinetry, and other tools and supplies, and also provided ongoing education on all the techniques that you one day want to learn? That is theChristiandude.com! Our thousands of products not only provide products you can sell, but they also provide ongoing education and a learning community for your Christian work from home goals.
It just occurred to me on this, my 100th post, that I don’t think I’ve ever really answered the question, “What is a Christian Entrepreneur?” That seems pretty silly of me since it is the name of the blog. It’s a simple enough question that would seem self explanatory at first glance, but the more you really stop to think about it the deeper and more complex the answer becomes.
While state schools can provide information about counseling, City Vision will provide very practical counseling education with deep Christian integration. Similarly many state schools’ nonprofit management programs are often essentially generic business degrees, while we help our students integrate their Christian values in how they run nonprofit organizations and businesses.
The warnings of succumbing to the love of money are dire in the Bible. The rich young ruler who claimed to be perfect in following the commandments was turned away by Christ because he loved his possessions more than his Creator. There were none that contradicted the young man’s claim so we can assume he was probably a very good man, but it takes more.
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)
Businesses take a risk with every new hire. They need to ensure a potential employee has high integrity, makes ethical decisions and can deploy skills essential to the job. Graduates of Crown’s online, business bachelor’s degree program (B.S.) are attractive to employers. They know Crown’s academic curriculum and its Christian core provide students with effective business training, critical thinking skills and solid Bible-based principles for ethical decision-making.
Dr. Brian Baugus is Assistant Professor of Business, Leadership & Management at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Baugus is also a visiting professor of the African Bible University in Kampala, Uganda. He holds a doctorate and masters in economics from George Mason University, an MBA in finance from Vanderbilt University, and a BA in economics from McDaniel College. He has worked in banking, consulting and government.
You can do this, and thousands of people all over the world are doing this on a daily basis from Japan to Jerusalem, El Salvador to England, Australia to Aruba, and from the U.S. to Uganda! All you need to prosper is a home PC and an Internet connection. Whether you want to expertly promote and sell your personal sermons or e-book, or create your own thriving online store from the products we provide you, or make $10,000 per month promoting products from the largest and most well known companies in the world, we help you achieve that end. Prospering with your own Christian home business is our goal for you!