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Small Business as Mission

Small Business as Mission

This week is small business week. More than half of Americans work for or own a small business, which I think is an encouraging statistic. This encourages me not just because I love small business, but because I believe small businesses are the greatest overlooked mission field in the world.

Small businesses create 2/3 of the jobs in the U.S. every year and employ about half of the American population. Small businesses have the ability to change lives not only within their own teams internally, but also the communities in which they operate. Small businesses can affect huge change by engaging their communities. They can seek the welfare of their city and do something about it.

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. ~Jeremiah 29:7

One of the beauties of small businesses is the flexibility they can have in regards to radically serving people and to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Unlike bigger businesses which trip over red tape, small businesses are nimble and flexible and thus can operate more freely. The brand and story of small businesses tend to be more raw and personal, which I believe helps them impact hearts and minds at a deep level.

For some inspiration, check this out: Roots.

Jesus was a carpenter and worked in a small business. Paul was a small business guy. Most of Jesus' buddies were small business guys who built and fished and created and sought the welfare of their towns.

So here's to you, small business. As you burn the midnight oil and work feverishly in our communities, may you beam the light of Jesus into dark places.

 

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