The Business of Salvation - Teach Christians to Fish
The Business of Salvation - Teach Christians to Fish
BreakThrough To People Network
BreakThrough To People Network

BTPN - The Business of Salvation

What is a Kingdom Business?

  1. A Kingdom Business is Vocational ... That means that a person is called by God to be in business. To have a “kingdom business” you must know that God is calling you into business. Do you know?

 

  1. A Kingdom Business is Intentional ... That means that there is a clear purpose for the business that impacts God’s kingdom. To start and operate a “kingdom business” you should be clear in your heart as to how that business will make a difference for Christ in the world.

 

  1. A Kingdom Business is Relational ... This means that it is vital how you treat people who work for you, whom you buy from, or whom you sell to. “Kingdom businesses” are devoted to treating people as Jesus would treat them and to consistently demonstrating in word and action that He is Lord of their lives and business.

 

  1. A Kingdom Business is Operational ... If business is a calling from God, the business is run with excellence and great attention to quality. Conducting business, if it is God’s will for you, is like worshipping. It should be done as an act of devotion to God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

Who is BreakThrough To People Network (BTPN)?

BTPN is a Christian Mission Organization with a clear purpose:

Working towards Self-Sustained Communities

of Faith through God-Directed Business

Enterprise Development.”

What that means is:

  1. We want Christian communities to be able to be sustained without outside assistance – through the leadership and work of the people in that community in that location.
  2. We believe that God directs this process by using the marketplace to present Christian principles in everyday situations.
  3. We develop new micro enterprises to enable the community of faith to develop skills for supporting themselves.

 

What BTPN does:

  1. We bring Christian business coaches to a location in a country to develop enterprise skills in God-gifted believers.
  2. We help believers to develop a new enterprise based on their idea – what we do has been compared to an incubator where we ‘hatch’ their idea.
  3. We follow a three phase cycle to accomplish this process:
    1.    Phase I:  The Foundations of Business (28 hours of intensive instruction giving the skeleton of business skills and equipping the candidates to do a marketing survey)
    2.    Marketing Survey: An assignment which prepares the candidate to put together a good business plan. Based on the quality of the survey turned in, the candidate proceeds to Phase II or returns to Phase I.
    3.     Phase II:  A more personal one-on-one approach where candidates work directly with business professionals to develop a workable business plan and three-year financial projection.
    4.     Funding Process:  At present, the candidate in the BTPN training must pursue finding funding on their own. In the past, based on the quality and vision of the business plan, the candidate's business plan was made available to American and European Christian business people and churches for funding. 
    5.     Phase III:  Those candidates who have been funded will be invited back to further develop their understanding of business management and financial skills. Those candidates not funded are invited to come back the following year in hope that they will be more fortunate then.

 

What is a micro enterprise?

  1. Micro Enterprise is not adding to an existing business. If you already have a business in place, you are welcome to receive information and advice from our Phase Conferences, but we will not fund your idea to expand your present business.
  2. Micro Enterprise is not Small or Medium Enterprise. Small and Medium Business involve many employees and larger location requirements than BTPN is set up to accomplish.
  3. Micro Enterprise is usually one or two people doing a type of work which can be set up in a small setting – perhaps even in a home setting. It tends to be simple, but very expandable.
  4. BTPN Micro Enterprise projects should be developed with the idea that the new enterprise will grow as the expertise of the candidate grows.

What will the Phase Conference cost?

  1. It will cost the candidate many hours of prayer and study to accomplish this task. Their hard work is the basis of any new enterprise.
    
  2. The candidate will provide their own transportation, housing and meals for the four day conferences. They must have some investment in this effort to start a new enterprise – this is some of that investment.
    
  3. The candidate will need to be on time for all sessions.
    
  4. BTPN will provide a lunch meal for the candidate each day of the conference and BTPN will provide all conference materials.
    

 

Who can be a candidate for this process?

 

A Christian with a strong testimony of their relationship with Jesus Christ. This includes a man or woman who has an:

  • Active involvement in the local church.
  • Willingness to explain the Gospel to unbelievers in their community.
  • Approval and nominating of their Pastor.
  1. The candidate must be willing to work in a team with the local Pastor to impact the community with the Gospel of salvation. This willingness needs to be shared by the Pastor.
  2. The candidate must be ‘people focused’ instead of ‘money focused’ – while making a profit will be important, employees and customers are more important.
  3. The candidate must be actively looking for opportunities to assist the work of the church including looking for ways to start new churches and develop new believers. This may involve working with a Christian missionary in your area.
  4. The candidate must be willing to work hard and demonstrate Christian principles through their life and the business. Many of these principles are introduced through our Phase Conferences.
  5. The candidate must have a good idea for a new enterprise.

 

The candidate's Pastor needs to attend the conference on the first day with them to hear and see what they are involved in and understand the nature of the teamwork we are asking for between the candidate and the Pastor.