GEN Desk is excited to share the Global Commerce Network's release of its new book titled The Entrepreneurial God, written by Donald McGilchrist.
The book can be purchased on Amazon.
McGilchrist shows, through a study of the Scriptures, God as the grand innovator who, motivated by love, initiated the first "start-up" – our world.
Despite this reality, the philosophical wedge driven between what our culture deems "sacred" and "secular" makes it difficult for business leaders to think about entrepreneurship and innovation through a theological lens. As a result, we miss out on the grandeur of how our enterprises fit within God's overarching purposes for the world. Our perspectives leave us with a narrow view of what it means to be entrepreneurs.
The Entrepreneurial God helps us expand our vision and learn from the model of the grand innovator. We see that our enterprises can and should contribute to the shalom, or well-being, of our communities, our economies, and our workers.
Donald McGilchirst, a founder of GCN, was born in London, England. He holds an MA from the University of Oxford. He worked for ten years in business in the UK before serving as an international vice president of The Navigators in the US. In this capacity, he focused on cross-cultural studies, communications, and international strategy.
In addition to The Entrepreneurial God, he has authored several studies on the cultural and biblical significance of commerce and enterprise, with a focus on our daily work in the world, including The Meaning of Work (2015) and other books in GCN's six-book series titled Scriptural Roots of Commerce.
It's said 4 of 5 business start-ups fail.
Why risk so much with the potential of failure? You may be asking a similar question.
We are tackling how to launch new business initiatives centered on the Gospel and Kingdom of God. We desire these businesses to be catalysts for the Gospel to transform lives, change communities, bring reconciliation, and glorify God. Ideally this would happen whether or not the business succeeds, but we are working toward sustainability and success.
Businesses help address several major issues in countries around the world, one of which is access. In many places like Pakistan, Bangladesh, or parts of India, people have restricted access to the church or even a single believer. In other places, like Japan or Turkey, hearts are closed to Jesus. A current example of access is a business in an unreached people group of Southeast Asia that employs several hundred and impacts thousands in their family and relational networks. These are people engaging the Gospel and Kingdom of God naturally throughout their work every week.
Business is only one context to help people have access to the Gospel. Ultimately, we know the Gospel will bring transformation, not business.
If you want to be part of launching or joining Gospel and Kingdom centered businesses... there are a couple businesses that have critical needs in Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia. The best way to start is by participating in an Entrepreneurial Readiness Workshop.
We hope to see the Kingdom multiply around the world. It is worth the risk!
– GEN Desk Director