I sure do appreciate the work Doug Phillips at Vision Forum Ministries has been doing in recent years. A few weeks ago he hosted an Entrepreneurial Bootcamp Conference. Here are some quotes from Doug about the conference...
“Many men find themselves caught in a corporate culture at odds with biblical values. They are looking for a fresh start to provide for their loved ones in a way that builds up, not breaks down, their family. We are seeking to communicate hope to such men and their families by offering practical teaching that explores various business models in light of God’s Word.”
“Our goal with the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp is to inspire Christians to apply biblical principles of family life to the twenty-first century work environment,”
This conference and the subject of Biblical entrepreneurship dovetails perfectly with much of what I was saying in my previous post about reestablishing the family economy. I was thrilled to see that a Christian agrarian (Joel Salatin) was one of the featured speakers at the conference. I wish I could have been there but I sure don’t have the time and resources to go to Texas. The good news, though, is that I have decided to purchase the complete 26-CD unedited collection of recordings from the conference.
I’m looking forward to hearing ....
A Biblical Model for Successful Agrarian Entrepreneurship by Joel Salatin
Family Business and the Two Hundred Year Plan by Geoff Botkin
How to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Spirit with Your Children by Arnold Pent
How to Work with Your Kids So That They Will Want to Work with You by Joel Salatin
The History of Technology by Isaac Botkin
Getting the Big Picture for Entrepreneurship and the Christian Family by Doug Phillips
The Rebirth of Family-Friendly Christian Entrepreneurship by Nick Logan
Fathers and Sons Working Together by Scott Brown
An Entrepreneurial Family-Based Multi-Generational Business by Joel Salatin
That’s just a sampling of what’s on the CDs. Unfortunately, they are expensive ($125), but I’ve justified the expense by determining that I will review portions of the tape series here and share with you some choice tidbits.
You can find out more about the conference collection by clicking here
In closing, I offer you Doug’s excellent definition of Biblical entrepreneurship:
“Biblical entrepreneurship involves the moral obligation to be economically creative and productive. The principle of entrepreneurship is rooted in the dominion mandate and the biblical doctrines of work, stewardship, and fruitfulness. Biblical entrepreneurship incorporates principles of biblical patriarchy with its emphasis on multigenerational faithfulness, freedom in Christ, inheritance, jurisdiction, and the household as a vibrant, economically productive, God-ordained unit for cultural transformation. It is impossible to have a full-orbed vision of entrepreneurship without careful consideration for the scriptural doctrine of the family. Any approach to entrepreneurship which is divorced of these considerations inevitably leads to the idolatries of materialism, individualism, and the love of money.”
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