12 Signs You’re a Spiritual Entrepreneur

So you’re building your team—you’re even assessing your personal gifting for everything that lies ahead in ministry.

What’s the gift set you’re looking for in a leader (or in yourself) that will really help move your mission forward, reach new people and prepare for everything ahead?

At some point at the senior leadership level of your church, you’re going to need a handful of what I call spiritual entrepreneurs.

Often these people are misunderstood in the church.

For the most part, shepherds and chaplains have run the church. I’m not saying we don’t need shepherds or that we don’t need chaplains in the right place. Not at all. We do.

But what happens when all you have are shepherds and chaplains?

Here’s what happens: the kind of radical change that both the church and the world need doesn’t happen. Instead, leaders hold the hand of a sick church and comfort it while it dies.

I know that sounds harsh, but look around you. Isn’t that mostly what’s happening? I also know enough good shepherds and chaplains to know that they find the handholding of a dying church deeply frustrating and frightening. They don’t want their church to die, but there aren’t enough leaders around them with the gift set or mindset necessary to turn it around.

Something’s Missing…

The missing gift set in the church is spiritual entrepreneurship—something the New Testament calls apostleship. It’s the kind of radical determination, innovation and fierceness the Apostle Paul showed.

As I wrote about here, the church today is filled with shepherds, to the point where shepherds are perhaps over-represented in church leadership. What we need most as we navigate new waters in a post-Christian culture is not more shepherds, but spiritual entrepreneurs.

Whether you call it spiritual entrepreneurship or the gift of apostleship, what we need is a new generation of Apostle Pauls who forge out in new directions. Who experiment boldly. Who dare greatly.

Spiritual entrepreneurs are the kind of leaders who will find tomorrow’s solutions when most leaders can only see the problem.

In a marketplace that’s in love with start-ups and new ventures, we need some leaders who are inclined to spend their lives in the marketplace who will take their God-given talents and energy and throw them full time behind the mission of the church.

Are you called to it? As I write about here, the fact that you have the gifts might be enough of a sign that you’re called.

So what does spiritual entrepreneurship look like?

What are the characteristics of leaders who can forge fresh ground in the church?

And how do you know if you might be a spiritual entrepreneur?

As I meet church leaders who are actually reaching unchurched people in massive quantities, here are the qualities I see among the leaders. (I wrote about 5 characteristics I see in their churches here.)

Spiritual entrepreneurs:

1. Think big

Too many churches die of small thinking:

We don’t have enough

It won’t happen

Stop dreaming

That’s plenty for now

Who will pay for it?

Leaders who serve an infinite God should never have their imaginations deadened by small thinking.

Spiritual entrepreneurs aren’t.

They think big. They dream of what could be, not what is, and they see the opportunity in every obstacle.

2. Believe God can

We serve a God who created amazing things out of nothing. Why do we think he won’t do the same for his church?

Spiritual entrepreneurs believe he will. And they see him do it.

They would agree with Henry Ford who said, “Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t, you’re right.”

Before you dismiss this as positive thinking nonsense, remember Jesus couldn’t perform many miracles in his hometown because of people’s lack of faith. Then, moments later, he walked on water and fed 5,000 because people in those communities had faith.

Spiritual entrepreneurs believe God can. And they see him do it.

3. See abundance, not scarcity

Spiritual entrepreneurs see abundance, not scarcity.

Give a dying church $10,000, and they’ll think they’re broke and need to conserve it.

Give $10,000 to a spiritual entrepreneur, and he’ll see it as seed money to start something big.

To a dying church, 5 leaders are defeat. To a spiritual entrepreneur, it’s a start.

Same facts. Different mindset. Attitude is everything.

4. Think vision first, resources second

So what comes first? Vision, or resources?

Spiritual entrepreneurs are very comfortable with the reality that vision precedes resources.

Casting a big vision (a solid, on-mission vision) will often lead to significant resources down the road.

Waiting for big resources so you can have a vision is a recipe for death.

5. Invest in personal and team development

Spiritual entrepreneurs aren’t crazy spenders, but they see a key distinction between an expense and an investment.

They realize that going to conferences, networking with other leaders, buying books, and doing whatever it takes to make themselves and their team better is an investment.

Sure, there are limits, but smart spiritual entrepreneurs will often spend a minimum of 10% of all the money they receive making themselves and their team better.

6. Believe this is bigger than you

Of all the criticisms levied at spiritual entrepreneurs, the most common is often that they have big egos and it’s all about them.

Sometimes that’s true.

But most often it’s not.

Big vision does not automatically equal a big ego.

The best spiritual entrepreneurs humbly submit to God and are committed to a vision that is so much bigger than they are.

Personal humility combined with big ambition for the mission fosters incredible leadership.

Think about it this way. The reason we’re talking about Paul 2,000 years later is that Paul’s work wasn’t about Paul; it was about Jesus and the mission of the church.

If your vision is all about you, it will die with you.

True spiritual entrepreneurs know that.

7. Ship first, improve later

Perfectionists make terrible entrepreneurs.

If you haven’t shipped on your vision yet because you’re waiting for ideal conditions or the perfect result, you’ll wait forever.

People email me all the time (usually after going to a conference hosted by a large church with lots of resources) and ask whether a new building or better lighting or a move to a portable location will help them grow.

I always tell them it won’t (here’s why).

Big churches never started big. They usually started very humbly. But because they are led by spiritual entrepreneurs, those entrepreneurs at every stage made the most of whatever they had.

A spiritual entrepreneur can launch a growing church in a dying building with little money.

Then they make all the improvements later as facilities and resources grow.

8. Are fine with ambiguity

Ask a spiritual entrepreneur how they’re going to do it, and the #1 answer is “I don’t know. We’re just going to do it.”

There’s something powerful in that.

If you have it all figured out before you launch it, your vision isn’t big enough.

9. Will risk it all without guarantee of success

Too many leaders hope for some kind of guarantee.

Risk brings no guarantees because it’s risk.

Spiritual entrepreneurs are okay with that.

Most spiritual entrepreneurs want to die trying. Usually, they don’t die trying, but the fact that they’re willing to is crucial.

Ironically, if a spiritual entrepreneur has a solid plan that’s on mission, they usually don’t fail. But you have to be willing to fail to succeed.

10. Never wait for consensus

Too many churches will only move forward if there is consensus.

That’s a critical mistake.

Consensus kills courage. By the time you have consensus, ideas are so watered down they aren’t worthy of the committee that put them together.

Spiritual entrepreneurs rarely act alone (at least the smart ones don’t). But they’re ready to move ahead with a group of early adopters knowing most will eventually buy into whatever is being proposed once they see it working.

11. Let the critics talk while you act

The critics will always talk.

Spiritual entrepreneurs know this.

They don’t get weighed down by critics who criticize what others do and do little themselves.

How do you respond to the critics?

By acting.

Just act while the critics talk. You’ll accomplish something. They won’t.

12. Break rules

Quite obviously, you should never break biblical rules. And the great spiritual entrepreneurs never do. Their character is solid.

But you’re going to absolutely need to break some human rules if you’re going to disrupt the status quo.

Innovation always breaks rules. Why?

Because innovation never asks for permission. It just innovates.

What Do You See?

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12 Signs You’re a Spiritual Entrepreneur


  1. Randy Miller on September 27, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    As always, great insights Carey! Love your inspiration and permission-giving.

    An organization called FiveTwo (https://fivetwo.com/) trains entrepreneurs to clarify and activate their calling by launching ventures that create an eternal difference in their communities. Using a signature, proven process called StartNew (https://startnewtraining.com/), entrepreneurs build, fund, and launch their venture in as little as 60 days.

    Entrepreneurs fulfill their God-given calling and more people know Jesus.

    Would love to explore with you what practical, next steps might look in order to apply the insights from your post.

  2. David Faulkner on September 26, 2021 at 11:39 am

    I’ve read this article a few times since it was published, maybe every time you’ve promoted it in an email, Carey, and I don’t know whether to cheer or to cry. I can’t claim to be completely an entrepreneur – I identify with some of the traits and struggle with others – but what you say under ‘Think Big’ about small thinking are words I have heard virtually verbatim in churches. I remember one church refusing a challenging vision and you don’t know them at all, but honestly Carey you could have written the script.

  3. Eniola on September 25, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Incredible article.

  4. Joseph O. Oyaka on September 25, 2021 at 4:36 am

    I have learnt great lessons from this article. God bless you.

  5. charles.areson on September 24, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    You know I don’t know if I’m glad I read this or if I’m depressed reading it. I never saw myself in the role of a spiritual entrepreneur but I see these things and say yes that’s what I’ve done. However, they haven’t been successful by the traditional metrics we use in the church. They haven’t been received enthusiastically either. So I’m just a bit discouraged, okay, a lot. This being said I know not every harvest comes on our timetable, so I need to take this information and realize what I’m doing isn’t bad. I need to use what God has given me and trust Him for the results at the right time.

  6. Tini the Writer on September 24, 2021 at 8:51 am

    This is some really good stuff! It’s a great morning for me to read this. Motivation! 💪🏾

  7. Aaron on September 24, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Thanks for the Post. Some helpful insights here. Perhaps one more sign of a spiritual entrepreneur could be that they’ve had their employment ended in ways they never would have thought. When spiritual entrepreneurs do what they do, it makes the establishment very uncomfortable!

    • Robert on September 24, 2021 at 9:07 am

      I think you’re probably on to something Aaron. Hopefully, if your observation is in some way based on personal experience you’ve come through it well. The author/speaker/thought leader Alan Hirsch said something very similar. His observation was that the church has largely exiled the APE’s (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists), and the current widespread trends in the church demonstrate the results of those roles and voices being absent. It would be incredibly live giving if the established pastors/shepherds leading churches made room for more APE voices, but often it appears they are more often perceived as threats than assets.

      • Steve on September 26, 2021 at 8:58 am

        Yes. It is as if the church is operating at 40% capacity (missing the APs & Es).

        A pastor-centric approach to church has seemingly created a mostly sheep-shepherd relationship between the pastor and the congregation. And that’s ok until you start thinking about your calling or purpose. I wonder if we are called to be sheep or to be a shepherd or to make disciples or to be a teacher. Or something else. Or several things.

        Sheep and disciples are different. Their existence, their functions and their roles, are not the same. It’s good to have a shepherd but Jesus (the ultimate Shepherd) was also a Teacher who also wanted us to be/make disciples (students, followers). Perhaps, I can be a sheep and a disciple. Both follow. Both learn to some degree. But disciples/students are also called to teach (go make disciples teaching them to observe) whereas sheep arguably do not aspire to become shepherds. Can a sheep even become a shepherd? Figuratively, maybe it’s possible, but it’s a bigger cognitive leap than a student becoming a teacher, which happens in education all the time, everyday.

        Beyond participating in the Church as sheep-shepherd, or disciple/student-teacher, we can also be part of the Body of Christ. We can be a foot, a hand, an eye (i.e., an encourager, a helper, a giver, a leader, a prophetic voice, and/or one of the many other possibilities). The sheep doesn’t really fit into the Body of Christ model/metaphor for church. The disciple/student, teacher, or Shepherd doesn’t neatly fit either. The point is that there are multiple images (metaphors, models, structures) given for the Church Jesus is building. The language used for each doesn’t necessarily crossover. I don’t know that one model (e.g., sheep-shepherd) was supposed to become the dominant one.

        To widen out a bit more: We can also be Ambassadors for Christ, ministers of reconciliation. And, if we see ourselves representing Jesus, we are less likely to make bilateral agreements that do not take into account what He wants. Even the sheep-shepherd model becomes sheep-shepherd-Shepherd.

        Also, I am concerned that the sheep-shepherd model of church can become a sort of codependent existence rather than a mission focused or purpose driven one. Henri Nouwen alludes to this in a sermon series he did on Communion, Community, and Ministry. He explains that without true communion with God, we become possessive of each other (creating an unhealthy community/local church). Nouwen is saying that following a local shepherd, and/or being in community with others, is not a substitute for personally knowing Jesus—as Lord, as Savior, as Shepherd, as Teacher.

        Our existence as believers/followers (disciples/students, sheep) is more multi-faceted than we may think. There are many ways serve in the Church through our gifts and calling—and through the Holy Spirit.

        I would like to read what Hisrch has to say on this subject. Not only is the Church possibly operating at a fraction (2/5) of it’s capacity, but we may be over-emphasizing one model/metaphor for Church among several.

  8. L. Renee Richardson on October 25, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Powerful and encouraging read!
    I love your work.
    May God bless you beyond measure.

  9. Robbie Jones on October 24, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Thank you Carey for posting this powerful article! One comment that I often share with staff and BOD is that “we have to be willing to risk and lose it all to see God do something supernatural.” It is amazing to look back and realize that only God could have accomplished such an incredible thing.

  10. David Owen on October 24, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Loved this post! I am wondering if we could add one more characteristic from the experience of a 77 year old “retiree” who develops other leaders: “Chafes while working under other leaders who either can’t see the big picture or if they do will not share it.” I want to be a humble follower but it’s tough, especially right now. I think a whole movement could be birthed at this point! Thank you very much for stirring up vision in leadership!

  11. David Mende on December 27, 2019 at 6:35 am

    This article could also be entitled ‘How to be a spiritual entrepreneur’ as it greatly motivated me to step out of the boat and believe God for great things! Thank you, Carey.

  12. Helen Bothma on November 9, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Great blog Carey! Thanks so helpful. Going to discuss with out church leaders.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on November 11, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks Helen!

      I hope it sparks a great conversation!

  13. Anthony Payton on November 9, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    For someone like me–the makes a living by talking, I find myself at a loss of words to express how thankful I am for your post. I’ve always found your writing informative and inspirational, but this one struck a nerve.

    I’ve always consider myself a spiritual/social entrepreneur. After 24 years of pastoring an inner-city church with very few resources outside the outstanding people that you’ve been allowed to serve, I’ve had to learn to make bricks without Straw.

    Thank you for reminding me that I still have some dreaming to do and some bricks to make

  14. Rev. C.J. Barry Kentner on November 9, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Thanks in abundance for your post of November 9th, 2019.
    It is possibly the best one since I have been reading your posts… and that only covers about two years;….since Midland’s opening.

    I may have stolen one of your proteges because he moved to Dresden Ontario, but he has
    applied himself well and is studying the Bible for those who would be interested, and JP has
    also committed to going to Bible School.

    Just to assure you that you are right is a real privilege for me…because I am a forward
    thinker as well. (at least I think that)

    Rev. C.J. Barry Kentner
    Dresden ON.

  15. Beck Gambill on November 9, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I am an enneagram 4 and have spiritual gifts of discernment, apostleship, and prophecy. I’m very comfortable with ambiguity and action. I’ve always been a rule breaker, I don’t understand the status quo, especially when I see God calling us to something better. I believe in investing in and equipping the next generation to be a bold church and I’m not afraid of them making mistakes or of them creating a culture that looks different than our current church culture, as long as it’s founded on truth. I’m a woman married to a pastor who’s an enneagram 1. He is also a visionary, to an extent, and isn’t afraid of change. But he’s less comfortable rocking the boat than I am, and he always needs a plan. Whenever I take risks and have ideas I have to give it up in the long run to keep the peace and avoid freaking everyone at church out. I recognize I’m not in a culture that is ready for what I envision. Sometimes I dream of a day when I have the opportunity to church plant or oversee a ministry of my own.

    • Beck Gambill on November 9, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Of course a true spiritual entrepreneur doesn’t allow that to stop them I imagine. And I’ve found ways to skirt the limitations and invest outside of the system that would confine me.

    • Michelle Mihalakis on October 24, 2020 at 1:25 pm


      I have lived this article and my words to you is find something that you can be over all by yourself in the ministry that you and your husband share. That would be a good place to start, then you can see the possibilities. Personally you must feel very stifled and that has to be difficult. Have a talk with your husband and see if there is something you can be over yourself in the church. Just your baby….

  16. Ross on November 9, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I’ve spent 30 years as a business consultant helping entrepreneurs weather the storms of radical change and turning companies around. I now find myself in the role of “accidental” church consultant. This is by far the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced and it’s energizing. Your post has hit home on a number of outstanding topics. Well done. What would be interesting to take this idea of yours to the next step is find a forum where “spiritual entrepreneurs” can gather (online?) to wrestle with articulating the problems the church is facing, share ideas and experiment with solutions. Do you know of such a place? I’d love to participate.

  17. Brett W. on December 17, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for this! I am planting a church and it was comforting to see some of the things I have been feeling about myself validated in some ways! I am a pastor of a church currently and it is hard not having traditional pastoral gifts. Thankfully we have others on staff who do! Thank you for writing this. I think it is an encouragement to spiritual entrepreneurs everywhere! =)

  18. Ryan Toews on December 16, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Yes! Am very thankful for you sharing what spiritual entrepreneurship looks like.

  19. Matthew Uduimoh on December 15, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Great stuff .
    A blessing you are to the body of Christ.
    Resources will always follow every vision worth its onion… My take.

  20. Daren Wride on December 13, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I think that part of the issue is a weak view of “shepherd.” We’ve reduced it to a chaplaincy, caring/comforting image. The biblical image is David- who as a shepherd fought off lions and bears, and of course Jesus who was a bold, visionary leader. As a result, people who may be gifted in mercy but not leadership are encouraged to, and end up in pastoral leadership roles where they get trounced.

  21. Chris on December 12, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Carey, this is your best post that I’ve read. Maybe your best post ever. But challenging too, because I’ve never fitted into the standard job descriptions, and now I have some work to do! Thanks so much for all you do.

  22. Leigh Bracken on December 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Great article, but when it came down to having to buy information “Breaking 200” I got turned off. A lot of you articles are good, but they almost always seem to come down buying a course. I’m thankful the apostle Paul didn’t charge a fee to read his letters.

    • Leigh Bracken on December 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Actually, what I was referring to is the “Breaking 200” course. My thoughts were that if I had a surefire way for churches to increase healthy attendance, I would be posting it everywhere for free. That’s just my opinion and not at all trying to be disparaging towards you.

      • Brett W. on December 17, 2018 at 3:42 pm

        Leigh, I could see how at first glance that would be your reaction. My wife and I were career missionaries living on the giving of others for over a decade and always saw God provide. When we came back to the US to plant a church, I was dismayed to see one particular website charging for courses and seminars, etc. But the more I thought about it, I really liked the idea. There is a cost to producing these things and they are worth paying for. If more people are able to pay for these things, it will free up mission dollars for other things that can be offered for free. I think the Christian world actually needs to move more towards producing quality material that commands the price of what it is worth. I haven’t bought the “Breaking 200” course that is mentioned, but I did end up buying Carey’s book and it was well worth the price! There is a lot of free stuff out there that is subsidized heavily by people giving. But there is also a lot of quality stuff out there worth charging for.

    • Candice on October 24, 2020 at 7:03 am

      You made a perfect analogy, and I agree. I do not think this is what Christ had in mind for evangelizing and spreading the Good News!

      Carey provides leadership nuggets likened to a trailer
      for a movie!

      And, he is not alone and his “merchandise” pales to
      Thom Rainer whose ministry is not only also up for sale, but the prices are exorbitant. Albeit some discounts now secondary to the pandemic.

      It must work as Rainer now has his sons pitching products.

  23. Ryan Miller on December 12, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    What a fantastic post, Carey. I needed to read this today. I’ve recently felt beat up for being a spiritual entrepreneur, but your post dumps fuel on my fire. Thank you.

  24. Breshana on December 12, 2018 at 10:14 am

    What I love a lot about this article besides the great content is how spiritual entrepreneurs have been redefined for me. I see so much online the term “spiritual entrepreneur” being those who don’t necessarily hold fast to biblical principles. They are into the universe and woo like stuff. But I love how you used this term and applied it to those who are biblically minded people who have a purpose and desire to fulfill our calling through entrepreneurship and that every part of it is spiritual.
    thank you!

  25. Tim Bistline on December 12, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Such a challenging and timely word for me today and in the context of ministry I find myself in at 52. Still wanting to move forward and create and resurrect the dying churches in our conference and trying to do that very thing with the local church I lead. I think I stink at it, but the desire is still there and we are believing for answered prayers as we continue to keep the foot on the kingdom gas pedal. Be blessed and thank you for all your work in mentoring us who look to you and listen to you for help!

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  29. Monica Shearer on March 14, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Brady Shearer’s Mom here saying that you are still an inspiration to our whole family. We quote you lots!

  30. Rick Bundschuh on March 13, 2018 at 11:53 am

    One added observation on a great article. All great movements seem to have an innovator at their core. Ironically, when that innovator passes on those movements usually look for the opposite kind of person to maintain things, thus dooming that movement. Every successful church with an innovator should be attempting to raise new innovators if they want to sustain their momentum.

  31. Fr. Michael J. Nicosia on March 13, 2018 at 10:15 am

    All the vision and spunk in the world is futile if others don’t own it, too. True to #10, “Spiritual entrepreneurs rarely act alone (at least the smart ones don’t),” because without the critical resource, viz., committed adopters, the entrepreneur shoulders all the work and will get no where.
    Spiritual entrepreneurs also need to be inspireres and motivators, that attract and empower the gifted resources required for the task.

  32. Keith Manuel on March 13, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Carey, I enjoyed the read and found it helpful as we look for a leader in our city to help lead and coordinate what God is doing through different groups. Lots of spiritual activity in silos in our city, but I believe much more can be accomplished for the Kingdom through the synergy of Christians working together in honoring the Name of Christ.

  33. Tiaan Venter on March 13, 2018 at 3:56 am

    A great read full of insight!

    In a Church of 60 people with the capacity to grow to 250 within the next 2 years. What would be the most important positions to recruit for now? I am talking full time staff. Ex: Executive pastor….

    Thanks Carey.

  34. John Benn on March 12, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    It’s nice to have a name for who I am. It’s why I’m coming to value your blog anf posts so much; it’s helping me connect my seemingly random dots. Thank you.

  35. Brent Dumler on March 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    #10 through #12 are spot on! The hurdle some church leaders face, however, is their governing structure. Their BOE, executive team, etc., depending on the authority they have been given, can be powerful extinguishing agents to a leader’s vision and direction. You have addressed this in the past at conferences. I think this post can lead to healthy direction for any leader. The process for change is just going to look different from one church to the next. Great post!

    • Dave Cornwall on March 13, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      “Extinguishing Agents!” Yes, I love that! Sad, true and accurate!

  36. Michelle Nolan on March 12, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Great article!

  37. Bob H. on March 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Hey Carey,

    This is simply grand stuff — in every sense of the word! Thank you for posting it!

    Bob H.

  38. Gary J Westra on March 12, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    This very consistent with our research on “Turnaround Pastors.” We found seven distinct differences between turnaround pastors as compared to maintenance-oriented pastors. We published the study in “Pastor Unique: Becoming a Turnaround Leader.”

    Well done, Carey. There is much sound wisdom here.

  39. @s.wakefield on March 12, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Love this! These are so practical and explain what’s going on in my head most times. I also love that you didn’t discredit shepherding / chaplaining as I think those are some of the gifts within the body that also make the greater whole so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this!

  40. Vicky Kajengo on March 12, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Wonderful! I enjoyed reading this and see myself there.

  41. Pablo Suarez on March 12, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Beautiful and very inspiring! We need to be brave to follow Jesus and we need to be creative and intentional. We need to have dreams!

  42. Greg W on March 12, 2018 at 9:06 am

    #13 Don’t expend a ton of energy trying to make the future fit into the systems of the past. Denominations and church planting organizations are designed to produce churches like we have, not something new. Paul took a shot at the synagogues, but didn’t wear himself out trying to make it work there.

    #14. Get their affirmation from God, not people. Most of the church people are going to disapprove, some will brand you a heretic. Apostleship isn’t for the people-pleasers.

  43. Ivory Dorsey on March 12, 2018 at 8:35 am

    NUMBER 11 IS BY FAR THE GREATEST THREAT TO ANY ORGANIZATION: YOUR SOLUTION IS PERFECT: .”Let The Critics Talk While They Act. The critics will always talk.Spiritual entrepreneurs know this. They don’t get weighed down by critics who criticize what others do and do little themselves. How do you respond to the critics?
    By acting. Just act while the critics talk. You’ll accomplish something. They won’t….”GREAT INSIGHT

  44. Robert Bess on March 12, 2018 at 6:50 am

    One of the things I find so helpful in reading your stuff and seeing you share your heart (Saw you at Exponential 2018, Main Session and Breakout) is it helps me realize that I am not crazy for thinking some of the stuff I think! I used to think I was way off track for trying very different non-establishment things, but now I know I am just a Spiritual Entrepreneur. Thanks bro! Keep doing what your doing, it helps tremendously.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on March 12, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Man thanks for th comment. This encourages me so much. We need permission to share ALL the gifting in the church, including entrepreneurship.

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