Every vocation, including entrepreneurship, is a calling. The Holy Spirit calls kings to certain works just as He calls priests. Romans 11: 29 applies just as much to ministers in the marketplace as it does to ministers in the pulpit: “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

The promotion of entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly more important around the world, especially in areas that are most vulnerable to systemic and generational poverty. I firmly believe that the growth of entrepreneurship is one answer to the economic erosion happening in many U.S. cities and communities that are heavily populated by minorities. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between the number of entrepreneurs in a country and the standard of living that country enjoys. Therefore entrepreneurs have the moral obligation to accept their call, and to confront economic uncertainty by positively affecting the economic health of a nation.

Just as the gifts and genius of entrepreneurs are to move an economy forward, the God-given genius of all marketplace leaders is for the good of others. No matter the vocation— scientist, teacher, movie producer, actor, athlete, or homemaker— God calls each believer to influence and shape our culture with the superior principles and power of the kingdom of God. You were called for such a time as this.

On the other hand, pastors (priests) or spiritual leaders need to know that entrepreneurship and all marketplace callings are rooted in the spiritual realm, and that they have a spiritual responsibility to encourage everyone to answer their callings, and to use their gifts beyond the four walls of the church. Just as Dr. Winston was taught while working at IBM, pastors need to teach their congregations how to use their faith in the marketplace. Jesus performed most of His miracles not in the temple, but where people gathered to live everyday life.

God is deploying Christians into every sphere of influence in the marketplace, to bring these spheres under kingdom control and jurisdiction, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11: 15). Just as Joseph’s gift preserved Egypt during a time of extreme famine, so should the gifts of God’s kingdom citizens— who are innovative and faithful to their calling— be used to do the same today.

For more information and to learn from the best, join us at the 2017 Missions & Marketplace Conference, April 21–22, 2017 at Living Word Christian Center. Attend the conference in-person or register for a live streaming pass!