(Part 4) Pastors: Overcome 5 Myths About Entrepreneurs that are Holding You Back

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This is part four in a five-part series addressing myths about entrepreneurs in the church. If you missed previous posts, you can click to check out part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Myth #4: Entrepreneurs Never Think Small

Some pastors are happy to lead a community church of 250 people. That is what God has called them to. Yet even in this circumstance, there is still room for the entrepreneur.

The Myth

We are not big enough for entrepreneurial thinkers on our team.

The Truth

Entrepreneurs solve problems. Are you starting to see a theme here? Entrepreneurs, generally, could not care less how small or big the problem or solution is. They just like to see a bridge built to a better future.

When you firmly establish your organizational leadership role with an entrepreneur and communicate your vision, they are happy to ideate within it. It is true, entrepreneurs break the proverbial box. However, the size of the box is not a prerequisite to their interest when working within the context of their church.

They just want to be who God has called them to be and submit their gifts to their church. You get to set the boundaries and context.

One right question that you should pursue is, “Does God want me to have a bigger vision?”

Sometimes God puts people in our lives to challenge us to stretch beyond our abilities. This causes us to rely on Him. One way to figure this out is by determining whether or not your vision is driven by your comfort or God’s direction. I will discuss that in other posts; but, for now, wrestle with the idea that the entrepreneur in your midst may be God’s way of pushing you to take the talents He gave you from 10 to 100.

If this is the case, don’t be afraid to let the entrepreneur run within that vision. If they are pushing the picture to a place that is bigger than what God has given you, challenge them in that. Re-set the boundaries, they can handle it. They need to solve the problem you are identifying, not the problem they are conjuring. Most entrepreneurs are happy to live in that context.

Check back next Wednesday for the fifth and last myth: Somehow I (the pastor) will end up being the bad guy.

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