The Tapestry in Business
The Tapestry Vision seeks to balance "common" business practices with God's desire for a business's purpose, vision, operation and end result. The ability to conduct business and commerce is one of God's gifts to mankind ... it's how we provide for ourselves, our families, and our community.
Simply put, the primary purpose of business is to serve individuals and their community by providing products and/or services. We all have gifts and talents that are natural to us. These are the gifts God has endowed us with from before we were born. They are the reason we exist. In God's perfect order, he has given us the ability to grow and prosper in our business organizations, so that our prosperity can be shared by the entire community.
There are five basic elements (or functions) in a prosperous business. They are Marketing, Administration, Operations, Service and Support, and Research and Development. These five elements work together in harmony. If one element or function is limited or hindered, the others are affected. When one of the elements is missing entirely, the business or organization cannot function as it was intended. The Tapestry Vision reveals the networking of businesses in the local community, to promote growth, renewal and rebirth; to energize expansion of commerce, and to encourage one another to have increase. Whether it's adding employees to an existing business, or creating new job opportunities as an entrepreneur ... building a cooperative network is an exciting endeavor that can generate income and bring great value to the community.
The strategy is to build educational groups and opportunities for local business owners and leaders. Here they can meet new people, learn new techniques, build resources, and work in conjunction with other business people for the good of the community. Whether they meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner, these "Network Success Clubs" include time for sharing successes and challenges, practical teaching and instruction, and a look ahead at whatever a given business requires next. Additional teaching and training is available through online programs, regional seminars, and open forums provided by Tapestry Christian College and Academy.
Regardless of the type of business or organization, the people involved are the key to its practice, its performance, and its success. When a business owner and its leadership is supported and encouraged, you change the environment of that business and enhance its success!
Kingdom Principles for Success in Business
Serve the community to grow and prosper.
Why does your business exist? Who does it serve? Why is it needed? These are basic questions. Your business provides not only for your family, but for all families in your community.
"I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good ... that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor; it is the gift of God." -- Ecclesiastes 3:12, 13
Have a vision that promotes growth, renewal and rebirth, and energizes community.
Every business endeavor faces hardships and challenges. It is the vision you have for your business that keeps you focused and provides the impetus needed to push through.
"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it." -- Habakkuk 2:2
Have a plan to accomplish your purpose and vision.
While vision keeps you focused, you'll make little progress unless you take action. Develop a solid plan with practical, achievable goals ... and work the plan!
"The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty." -- Proverbs 21:5
Provide benefit and value to your customer.
You can have the most innovative product available and provide service that is second to none. But unless there is value and benefit to the customer, success will be limited. Treat your customers as well as you treat yourself.
"If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well ..." -- James 2:8
Practice excellence, integrity and accountability in your operations.
The best source of new business is a referral from a satisfied customer. Never give your customers a reason to question why they do business with you. Always give them a reason to return.
"But take careful heed ... to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul." -- Joshua 22:5
Take care of your employees and staff.
With few exceptions, a business needs more than one person to make it run effectively. Treat your employees with respect. Pay them fairly for their labor, and they will develop their own sense of "ownership" in your vision and mission.
"You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether one of your brethren or one of the aliens who is in your land within your gates." -- Deuteronomy 24:14
Provide leadership as the "Priest" of your business.
Your employees expect you to take the lead in decisions regarding your business. Lead them in Spirit and in Truth as well, and you'll not only have success ... you'll have God's blessing.
"But you are a chosen generation, A royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, so that you may proclaim the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light ..." -- 1 Peter 2:9
Build "community" by building strong relationships with your customers.
When customers enjoy doing business with you, the result is more than "repeat business". Strong relationships survive tough times, and that proves the value of the "community" you're building.
"Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken." -- Ecclesiastes 4:12
Be involved in the social concerns of your community.
It's one thing to exchange money for providing goods and services to your customers. It's another thing to give back to the community. Whether you give time or donate cash, be an active contributor to the social needs in your community.
"There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty." -- Proverbs 11:24
Respect and honor governing authority as God's representatives.
Those who work at any level of government are there to serve God's purpose ... even if they don't know it. When you disregard their authority, it is the same as disregarding God Himself.