Inspired Solutions for Today’s Problems

Inspired Solutions for Today’s Problems

It’s time for the Church, the Body of Christ, to take center-stage, because there’s no other institution on Earth that’s equipped to solve the complexity and magnitude of today’s problems. Unfortunately, we have preached about going to heaven rather than ruling here on Earth. We have preached church instead of kingdom; that’s why a fellow Christian will tell you, “My church is better than your church” or “my pastor is more anointed than yours”, but it’s not possible to possess our inheritance or influence the nations, with this mindset. Only a revelation of God’s Kingdom, and a total submission to the King, will result in the power (John 14: 21) it takes to “subdue the ungodly kingdoms” of this earth.

When we understand the order of the kingdom, we will better understand specific parts of the kingdom like the ministry of angels (they are the army of the kingdom of God), and the anointed offices of kings and priests. Jesus teaches, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24: 14).

Why haven’t we heard more about the kingdom being demonstrated, preached, and established in the world? I believe it’s because of tradition, “Thus have ye made the commandment (Word) of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15: 6), and because many pastors have failed to embrace the greater revelation of the Holy Spirit, by choosing instead to stay with their denominational dogma. This is largely the product of the Church leadership and their traditional ways of thinking.

Because many churches or denominations have not been taught about the kingdom, many of the children of God have taken their “light of the world” no further than the four walls of a church building. Talented and gifted marketplace leaders have found few or limited opportunities for their gifts in the local church, and consequently, the kings have shown no strong sense of duty to support the kingdom’s mission or programs.

However, God is training up leaders (priests) who will fully embrace their kingdom authority to properly empower and educate the kings for marketplace influence, so they can effectively rule and reign over this Earth through the King, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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!

Creative Capitalism- God Teaches Us to Profit

Creative Capitalism- God Teaches Us to Profit

Capitalism is defined as “an economic or political system that encourages private investment, ownership (of both assets and wealth), and the motivation of profit.” Capitalism, like money, is amoral (not immoral); it’s neither good nor evil of itself, nor does it have a conscience of its own. I believe capitalism provides a structure and the means for creative entrepreneurship to generate wealth and to thrive. Its core value or priority is not to heal social ills or to improve the plight of the oppressed (Silvoso 2007). The Church (the Body of Christ) must supply that.

It is important to realize that capitalism is not an anti-Judeo-Christian principle. In the New Testament we see an illustration of capitalism in Luke 19: 11–27 when the master gives his servants different amounts of money to increase primarily through trading for a profit, (the bible calls this stewardship). As we see here, as well as other places in Scripture, this way of profiting fits our definition of capitalism. So, capitalism is a just and biblically based system. The problem comes when people pervert the purpose of profit, which often takes the form of greed, especially in Western culture, and brings resentment toward capitalism and those companies that are honestly profitable (Silvoso 2007).

The growth of capitalism, void of any social conscience, places us on a dangerous course. If we withdraw our faith or “the Judeo-Christian culture from where [capitalism first] drew its ethical compass, [we will] end up abdicating social responsibility… and doing what is legal while missing the higher moral standard.”
In today’s world, capitalism, more than any other economic system, encourages private investment, ownership, and profit. In this system, entrepreneurs and others in the marketplace are freely allowed to grow and increase; benefitting themselves and the people in the communities and nations they are called to serve.

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!

Called To Influence the World

Called To Influence the World

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!

Top 5 things to do in Chicago while attending the 2017 Missions and Marketplace Conference

Top 5 things to do in Chicago while attending the 2017 Missions and Marketplace Conference

On Lake Michigan, Chicago is one of the largest and most popular U.S. cities to visit. Renown for its bold architecture, beautiful lakefront beaches, diverse restaurants and history, there’s no shortage of amazing ways to fill your free time. Consider these five options, especially since the projected forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60s while you’re in town for the conference.

1. Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue & Columbus Avenue — Conveniently located in “The Loop,” Millennium Park covers 24.5 acres and always features events and activities, many of them free! The Financial Times notes that Millennium Park is “a genuinely 21st century interactive park that could trigger a new way of thinking about public outdoor spaces.” You can also visit Buckingham Fountain and “The Bean,” a shiny sculpture made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together.

2. The Magnificent Mile, North Michigan Avenue — The name says it all! Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is one of the great avenues in all the world, featuring elite destinations for dining, entertainment, hospitality and dining, not to mention historic architecture. You want options? There are more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and dozens and dozens of attractions and entertainment options. The 13-block stretch runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south and to Oak Street to the north.

3. Wrigley Field, 1060 West Addison — Visit the historic home of the Major League World Champion Chicago Cubs! If you come in early, you can watch the Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, April 19th. Otherwise, the Cubs start a long road trip on April 21st. Still, even seeing the exterior of baseball’s second-oldest stadium and visiting “Wrigleyville” on the North Side are sure to yield some smiles and awesome pictures, especially near the iconic red marquee over the main entrance to the ball park.

4. The Museums — It would be impossible — and unfair! — to rank Chicago’s museums. Truly it depends on your interests and tastes because there’s something for everyone.

  • DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place — Founded in 1961, it is dedicated to the study and preservation of the historical experiences and achievements of African Americans. Among the 13,000 artifacts, books, photographs, art pieces and memorabilia is the desk of activist Ida B. Wells and the violin of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. It became affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute in 2016.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue — Located in Grant Park, its one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S., and boasts one of the most impressive collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive — Located in Jackson Park, its the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, hosting more than 180 million visitors since 1933. Major permanent exhibits include a German submarine captured during World War II, a 3,500 square foot model railroad and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon.
  • The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive — One of the largest and oldest natural history museums in the world houses more than 24 million specimens and artifacts. One of the jewels of the Field Museum is “SUE,” the largest (13 feet tall) and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil in the world. The Shedd Aquarium, at one time the largest indoor aquarium in the world, is next door.

5. 360 Chicago, 875 North Michigan Avenue — Take one of the fastest elevators in the world to the 94th floor of the historic John Hancock Center. 360 Chicago heralds “the best views of the Magnificent Mile,” featuring TILT, an attraction that allows visitors to get a 30 degree angle over Michigan Avenue. For those who love heights, Skydeck at Willis Tower also provides breathtaking views and experiences.

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!

Wisdom is Shown by its Results

Wisdom is Shown by its Results

As Matthew 11:19 says, “God’s wisdom…is shown to be true by its results” (Good News Translation). God strategically positions us in the marketplace to not only bring His compassion but also, through our work performance, demonstrate His wisdom and ultimately His influence.

In these last of the “Last Days,” according to the Scriptures, we will experience an outpouring of God’s wisdom and witness explosive inventions that can only be compared with God’s original Creation. And this outpouring will come through the Church, the Body of Christ. It will not be the intellectual, technological, or scientific wisdom taught at universities. It will be the wisdom that only the Holy Spirit teaches. It’s the wisdom that established Daniel to counsel the Babylonian government, and Joseph to bring forth the most powerful economy the world had ever seen, which brought them both to prominence and marketplace leadership.

In the Faith and the Marketplace book, you will learn how to apply your faith in the marketplace to achieve “ten times better” results or performance in whatever your field or endeavor. This success can happen in the life of every believer once they find their place of grace (purpose) and understand kingdom principles.

Every Christian serving in the marketplace needs a teacher, someone to bring an understanding of “how to” apply the Scriptures in their everyday situations. In the Faith and the Marketplace book, you will see clearly that this “divine partnership” of kings (those working in the marketplace) and priests (clergy and five-fold ministry) in these last days is not an option. If the Church is to preserve humanity, destroy poverty at its roots, and turn society from its path of self-destruction this partnership is a requirement. Revelation 1:6 states, “”And hath made us (the church) kings and priests unto God…”

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! Register today for $149 per person or $99 per person for groups of five or more.

Leaders Winning God’s Way

Leaders Winning God’s Way

If marketplace leaders (kings) are to optimize their performance and have amazing results in their given assignments and professions, they’ll need someone graced with spiritual acumen and discernment to teach and speak the words of the kingdom into their lives, and to impart to them the divine guidance and wisdom required for them to succeed. This someone (a priest) is anointed by God to be a part of that marketplace leader’s arsenal to WIN IN THE MARKETPLACE.

This priest receives “inside information” from God to assist leaders in making right decisions that will result in the highest and supreme good for their businesses, schools, industries, communities, and nations.

Even non-Christians understand the principle of a spiritual advisor.  For example, several multi-national companies hire Vedic astrologers to make predictions in the stock market and in new business ventures, and to offer astro-tips in financial management. Why? They are seeking information and solutions on a supernatural level to give them a competitive advantage to win in the marketplace.

My point is, even those who don’t know Jesus Christ understand that we don’t live and conduct business in just a natural environment, but also a spiritual one. They even realize that the realm of the spirit is more powerful than our physical world, and actually controls the realm of the natural. Like divine wisdom, supernatural wealth, THE BLESSING, and God’s favor, the anointing of the priest is a covenant gift to kingdom marketplace leaders. The priest is to help kings succeed in business or marketplace matters, mainly by taking them beyond the boundary of the natural or the intellect.

Examples of the priest’s service to the king are shared throughout the Bible: Melchizedek, the “priest of the Most High God,” who reminded Abraham to tithe after Abraham had slaughtered the enemy and took the spoils; Nathan, the prophet, who the Lord sent to King David to speak with him about his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, and to call him to repentance, “Thou art the man”; or the Levite priest who spoke prophetically to King Jehoshaphat, and all of Israel, giving them inside information to the outcome of an impossible-to-win battle. He told them how they were to fight it, declaring “the battle is not yours, but God’s.” In each case, it involved a realm above this natural, physical world— the world of the spirit.

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! Register today for $149 per person or $99 per person for groups of five or more.

Top 5 reasons to attend the 2017 Missions and Marketplace Conference

Top 5 reasons to attend the 2017 Missions and Marketplace Conference

1. You want to grow and expand your business/ministry — Conference founder and host, Dr. Bill Winston, says we are all born with much more potential and for a much greater purpose than where we are right now. With an expected attendance of over 2,500 people, the 2017 Missions and Marketplace Conference brings together some of the world’s most dynamic ministry leaders, business executives and entrepreneurs for a powerful exchange of ideas and information that is designed to move you forward. The conference includes a Career Fair, Business Expo, Workshop sessions and Main sessions. “This conference is the right place for every attendee to receive the empowerment they need to take them to the top of their industry and transform it,” Dr. Winston says.

2. You want to start a business/ministry — The conference draws marketplace and ministry leaders from every sphere of society: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion. Two of the conference sponsors provide resources and expertise to help you in the marketplace. The first is The Joseph Business School (JBS), a world class institution that equips entrepreneurs and individuals using practical and biblical principles to raise up companies and create wealth to transform desolate places into flourishing communities for the glory of God. And the second is the JBS Small Business Development Center (SBDC) which helps new entrepreneurs realize the dream of successful business ownership. Several conference workshops could also be of great benefit, including Start-up to Scale Up: Non-traditional Fundraising for Entrepreneurs and Ministry Leaders.

3. You want to be a better leader — The Missions and Marketplace Conference consistently draws A-list international leaders from a broad spectrum of society. This year you’ll hear from renowned speakers who are industry leaders, including Pastor Craig Groeschel of Life Church, Dr. Deidre Anderson of Women Empowered and award-winning Gospel singer Micah Stampley, among others. Click here to see a full list of speakers. Many of the speakers will also lead workshops, which you can see by clicking here. Attendees will hear personal insights and experiences from these leaders that they can apply to their own journey.

4. You want to grow your finances and financial knowledge — Education and empowerment are core foundations of the conference. Speakers will share wisdom and practical tips to help you grow in this area and challenge and inspire you to new heights. The Business Opportunity Expo is one event at the conference that will help you grow revenue and support business expansion. Attendees will have a chance to speak face-to-face with leaders from companies, government agencies and service providers.

5. You want to be around other people who are pursuing their purpose and passions — since its inception over 15 years ago, the conference has strived to bring elite speakers with a proven track record in the marketplace and ministry to inspire and teach others to be successful. The conference fosters an exchange of challenges, ideas, trends and best practices so that we can all draw closer to God’s grand design for each of us. “God had to place Joseph in the right environment to trigger the anointing that brought forth, through him, the most powerful economy of his day,” Dr. Winston says. “The same will be said about this conference. Through much prayer and planning, this conference will be the right place for every attendee to receive the empowerment they need to take them to the top of their industry… and transform it.”

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! Register today for $149 per person or $99 per person for groups of five or more.

The Ministry of Entrepreneurship

The Ministry of Entrepreneurship

Economic innovation is a major way to provide capital to advance the kingdom of God. Let’s take entrepreneurship as an example. The “ministry” of an entrepreneur is to find a cure (healing) for the business world the same way a physician is trained to heal the body. They are apostles of healing, both meeting the needs of humanity through good gifts and services. And this ministry gift of the entrepreneur needs to be understood and embraced by the priests.

Business and entrepreneurship (as well as any marketplace ministry) is a God-given calling, the same as pastoring a church. Entrepreneurs, through their gifts and passion, tap into their creative capacity to create new products and services that bring solutions to make life more enjoyable, improve health, and harness the earth’s natural resources and more. They expand the “economic pie” by creating new markets and opportunities, instead of fighting with competitors over the same slice. CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION ARE DIVINE EXPRESSIONS OF GOD.
We are made in the image of God, the Creator: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them,” (Genesis 1: 27). As one author wrote, “The entrepreneur’s creativity is akin to God’s creative ability in the first chapter of Genesis. In this sense, the entrepreneur participates in the original cultural mandate to replenish and subdue the earth that God gave to Adam and Eve.” The creative power (ability) that created all matter is “THE BLESSING.”

Creativity and innovation are divine expressions of God and should be encouraged, not stifled or rejected.

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! Register today for $149 per person or $99 per person for groups of five or more.

The Kings and Priests Concept

The Kings and Priests Concept

What is the concept of “kings and priests?” It’s a reuniting of the biblical “dream team” of the prophet and the king. Today, that’s the pulpit and the pew — clergy and laymen — working together for the good of the kingdom. Both kings and priests are anointed by God to win every battle and, by faith, literally transform the worst places on Earth into a garden of Eden. Looking back in biblical history, to ensure the continued success of a nation, every Abraham needed a Melchizedek; every King David needed a prophet Nathan; every Pharaoh needed a Joseph (a seer) and in the history of the United States Armed Forces every General Patton needed the prayer of his army chaplain. To solve the problems we face today, which are more than physical, we need the return of this divinely created unbeatable team.

Through the reintroduction of faith into the marketplace and the partnership of kings and priests, our societies will not only be preserved but transformed to reflect the peace and prosperity God originally planned…“ Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Mark Twain, the famous American writer, said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.” Prayerfully, this book will help you discover your purpose here on Earth and the role you are to play as a king or priest in restoring faith to the marketplace once again.

So, whether you are called to the pulpit or the pew, you have a calling. You are no longer ordinary. And you are born with much more potential and for a greater work than where you are right now. Like the Elijahs or Esthers, who decided the destinies of nations, the fulfillment of your kingdom assignment is extremely important. As a clergyman or on the city council, as an educator or evangelist, as an economic rainmaker or homemaker, or a missionary, you are anointed to render exceptional service. And through this divine partnership of kings and priests and, of course, Almighty God, you can effectively change the destiny of millions, if not billions, in cities and countries all over the world.

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! Register today for $149 per person or $99 per person for groups of five or more.

Dr. Bill Winston

Dr. Bill Winston

God isn’t a God of neck and neck finishes. God never intended for His people to just compete in life, but instead to dominate the competition because of the way He has blessed His children. Regardless of our realm of everyday existence in our daily lives – whether it be in business or arts and entertainment or ministry – God has given us influence. We are created for influence.

God never intended His people be those who are looking for handouts. But rather, He wants us to take possession of whatever mountain He has placed in front of us, receiving it in faith. But here’s the thing. When we dominate, God has said we must do it without compromise, winning the right way without looking for the rules to be changed in order for us to win according to what we may perceive to be a fixed worldly system.

If we do that, we are going to be favored and it’s not even going to be close. You see, God wants for us to be undisputed champions. Romans 8:37 says, In all things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Today, God is calling His church to stand apart from the world and to take ownership of the fact that His church is the most influential institution in the world – ever. God has given us influence to dominate rather than just compete, carrying out the mission that He had for us while creating distance between the Church and the rest of the worldly competition.

That has, after all, always been God’s game plan. “God never intended for there to be a close race between you and second place,” Living Word Christian Center Senior Pastor Bill Winston said Friday night during the final session of the Missions & Marketplace Conference. “God never intended us to be neck and neck at the finish line.” As we strive lawfully, as 2 Timothy 2:5 says, people are going to notice a difference between the way we operate and the way the world operates. God has put a Blessing on us that is going to differentiate us from the rest of the competition and is going to give us favor as we look to dominate and begin to take ownership of the mountains He has given us.

But we have to do it God’s way. Too many times today, Winston said Friday, Believers have gotten too close to the world and have started to think as the world thinks. But because God has called His people to be undisputed champions, He wants His children to dominate the competition and not become part of it. As we begin to dominate whether in business or ministry or in arts and entertainment, God has not called us to depend on the system, but to instead, move away from it as we rely on the level of anointing that He has put on His people.

That’s where The Blessing enters our plan for dominating. The Blessing, which God has put on us, gives us supernatural favor and supernatural increase and supernatural dominion. God is telling you that once The Blessing is on you, you are going to have reign over anybody from any nation, in any area of influence or industry and God wants you to say, “Give me this mountain.” And here’s the thing. It’s not even going to be close. “God did not promise you second place,” Winston said. “He is going to make you the head, not the tail.”

Now the only question is: Are you ready to be an undisputed champion, knowing that’s what God intended? If so, get ready to finish strong, believing that at the end, you’re going to win by a mile.