Adventism and Entrepreneurship

March 22, 2019

 

Entrepreneur

A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal risks in order to do so.

 

Adventism and Entrepreneurship

The Seventh-day Adventist movement began in creativity and Entrepreneurship. Adventism began in an era before Facebook. Even before the disappointment of 1844. The organization had not been officially formed and the atmosphere was ripe for revolution. In 1842, Joshua Himes started the Midnight Cry, a printed publication to proclaim the good news to the world. In five months he sold and distributed 600,000 copies of his publication. Any author today would be delighted to sell 600,000 copies of any publication. Joshua Himes turned his viral publication into a weekly release. The momentum of this publication lasted throughout the Great Disappointment.

 

In 1848, at a meeting in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Ellen White had a vision. She advised James White to purchase a printing press. Thus, the Adventist Review and Herald was born. These periodical publications became the social media of that day. Writers would debate through publications, as it if were the comments section of Facebook. In that era, the distribution of print was still innovative and reading material was sought after. Seventh-day Adventists developed healthcare, lifestyle, and education. Adventism even reached the newly emancipated slaves! An empire of universities, schools, and healthcare institutions were built in addition to the churches. The Seventh-day Adventist movement was an entrepreneurial feat, but it was no surprise.

 

Entrepreneurship and Christianity

The Christian movement also began in creativity and Entrepreneurship. Christianity emerged before the disappointment of martyrdom in an atmosphere ripe for revolution. Paul, the missionary to the Greeks was an entrepreneur. He was a tentmaker, as were his friends Aquilla and Priscilla. Paul operated his ministry without funding streams from a conference and he worked with his hands. The early church met in homes, and their movement caused a real stir in the society of that day. Early followers of Jesus created an innovative movement, but that was no surprise.

 

Entrepreneurship and Jesus

Jesus was an entrepreneur whose ministry began in creativity. Jesus walked in a time before the disappointment of the crucifixion; in an atmosphere ripe for revolution. The passion that went into Jesus' ministry had such a profound impact on this world. Jesus must be the most quoted man in history. He encouraged, “but seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and anything else you need will come to you.”

 

Entrepreneurship and You

Being an entrepreneur can be about following the example of Jesus. Entrepreneurs can seek the kingdom of God with their talents and passions. Being an entrepreneur can be about ministry. Entrepreneurship can be about Jesus and being about your Father’s business. How can we cultivate a community that does just that?

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