Podcast EP006 – Mixing Business And Faith

I have observed that a lot of people try to distance their career or business from their faith. They try not to include any faith related content in their business activities or probably their materials or programmes and when they want to do it, let’s say if they are doing a presentation or in a speaking engagement for speakers, they try to ask for pardon.

Most times the Christians and even the Muslims or any other religion who have people of mixed faith in their clientele or work place try to avoid expressing their religious inclinations in their work place or before a client or an audience. And this also happens in
schools abroad and in Nigeria.

I posted this as a question in a Facebook group i belong to and i got so many interesting mind-shifting opinions which i shared in this episode.

On This Episode you will learn:
1. How to strike a balance between your faith and your business
2. The right principles and mindset for mixing business and faith
3. The essence of offering practical solutions first against robbing your faith before people.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. The Facebook Group i belong – Highly Paid Experts Network owned by Mr. Victor Bassey Ekpo

You Can Read All The Replies i Received below:

My Question: Good day all,

I’ve being pondering over this for two days now and i was guessing i should get your thoughts.

How much should one mix his faith with my business? Especially when you know your audience or customers could be of mixed faith.

I’ve observed some speakers trying to appeal to the crowd by not using texts from the two holy books as reference or ask for pardon before using it. I mean, could anything be wrong with that?

The Replies

Opubo Ikiriko When a man’s business becomes more of a priority than his faith, he does not understand his faith in the first place. When a man becomes apologetic for his faith, he’s lost it already. Faith should be fought for. If a man can not shout it aloud and be ready to offend people and rejoice in it, he does not have it.

Igbinoba Esohe I don’t agree with you o Opubo Ikiriko

“Even the holy book quotes Paul as saying “I am all things to all people, a Jew to the Jew, a gentile to the gentile, that I might save some”

You don’t need to offend before you influence or impact.

Same also with your customer, you have to understand the place of culture, in this place religion and deliver value without rubbing your faith in their face.
However, saying that, if I make reference to the bible which I believe in, I won’t apologize for it. And I also won’t be offended, if a professional, revered speaker makes reference to the Qur’an.
I have Muslim clients and it doesn’t affect business or my communication with them.

Case in point: John C Maxwell. He has been a pastor for over 20 years now. He’s entire leadership thoughts and paradigms are based on scriptures. It’s so obvious ! A blind man can see. But he doesn’t rub his faith in your face.
He uses scriptures, teaches the wisdom in it, without having to quote it verbatim and assert himself as a “pastor”.

Anything short of this example is blatant hyprocrisy and sheer religious fanatism.”

Lara Kudayisi-Emeralds I agree with you Igbinoba Esohe I think a lot of us have been mediocres thereby rubbing our faith in peoples’ faces but no results. I feel to appeal to a global audience, Profer Universal Solutions that can’t be denied..A close to home example for me is Pastor Sam Adeyemi.

He has been running Success Power for almost two decades and never mentions Jesus yet he has a Church. People who listen to him come to see him personally and he can preach to them if he chooses too.

Effiong Edentekhe Your question is a valid one. @Esohe is very correct as regards her quote from the Bible. The objective is being able to help the other person irrespective of what they believe in.

OK… Let me say something, I feel it all depends on the brand personality you want to portray per time. If you want to portray that of a pastor, go full out. If as a coach, go full out. Your clients know where you stand, as per your faith.

It all bows down to our understanding of effective evangelism and how to use our business as a vehicle to be effective stewards for the kingdom. Going extreme on both ends is my issue.

DrTalle Davidson Amedu Wait ooo….Did Jesus HIMSELF answer “Pastor Jesus” in the market place? Yet 70% of JESUS’s exploits – business teachings, Life Coaching sessions, Psychotherapy Sessions, Social works, etc… happened outside his Ecclesia meetings.

Let your LIGHT (Professional skills, expertise, calling etc) shine in DARKNESS not in LIGHT.

Let people know who you are even before you speak.

How do you do that? Master your skill first, use Bible reference if you want to.

But your business should solve a problem and then ultimately win people over to your faith.

But,
We Christians(myself inclusive) are getting this wrong. Reason is we are shining light in light instead of in darkness(problems, challenges etc).
Be the light first. Help people first.

In the end, we weren’t created for religion but relationship..

Apollos Simon There Are Principles For Everything. If You Are In Business,You Must Of A Neccessity Apply The Required Principles So It Is With Godly Affairs.
Even GOD Is A Business Man Who Expects Profits From Those HE Gave Money To Trade With. The Business Laws Of Multiplication And Profits Began With GOD. IN The Begining HE said;
Be Fruitful,Multiply….Fill The Earth. JESUS Also Paid Taxes With His Disciples.Any True Or Legitimate Business Is Fair To All Concern. The Mixing Of Faith Is Not Much Ado…You Should Be Mixing Business And Not Faith…lol…..Seriously,Every Legitimate Business Is Godly. Business Is Not About You But,Those You Owe That Service….Thinking Of Them Is Business Thinking Of Faith Is Personal.
…….But The Just Shall Live By His Faith.
Habakkuk2v4

SuperSoullifter Eniola-Ake Let your LIGHT (Professional skills, expertise, calling etc) shine in DARKNESS not in LIGHT.

Let people know who you are even before you speak.

How do you do that? Master your skill first, use Bible reference if you want to.

But your business should solve a problem and then ultimately win people over to your faith.

But,
We Christians(myself inclusive) are getting this wrong. Reason is we are shining light in light instead of in darkness(problems, challenges etc).
Be the light first. Help people first.

In the end, we weren’t created for religion but relationship…

Ifeoluwa Folu Adeoti-Adeagbo: the letter killeth but the Spirit gives Life..the qouting of the scripture verbatim or saying the prayer out loud is not what changes people but the power of the Holy Spirit that can even emit out of your shadow. As a Spirit filled and controlled Christian, we move by the Spirit’s leading not religious impulses or rituals.

His purpose is that we promote the Kingdom of God(righteosness, peace and joy in the Holyghost) on every platform of career or business we find ourselves. To know what to say @time T is to be Spirit led and have the practice of hearing God.

We definitely need to be professional and deliver solutions that is needed at the moment(as said above), but who you are cannot be separated from what you say. I don’t have to say Romans this and this said that and that…but I don’t also have to apologise for quoting that same scripture(without the quotes).

my bottom line is that the power of who you are is always on whatever you say. you don’t have to religiously quote scriptures before you speak Gods word and even begin to use spiritual gifts while you are coaching.

My own message is ‘be true to yourself’. as a christian, words of wisdom or even word of knowledge come to you about your client, just go ahead and apply with wisdom, not spookyly. we are the ministers at the work place.

Our clients must eventually ask us ‘what is it about you that I can’t still wrap myself around? why so I think there is more to your life than the surface of business and career?

I believe we are in the times when people carry Gods healing power, saving grace and demon chasing authority to the workplace. without being religious about it but spiritual(spirit led).

There will be times He will tell you ‘just give the word of knowledge like you are having insight into her life as a consultant’ and other times He tells you to actually be plain and even witness salvation there and then.

I heard one of this great speakers(I guess John Maxwell) has a final course on his courses that is pure gospel. that is Gods wisdom for him. For as many as are led by Gods Spirit, they are the Sons of God…thanks for this question.

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