Business as Mission and Mission as Business
JOYOUS INITAITVE EXECUTIVE RESIDENCY 2019
PROCEEDINGS FROM THE JOYOUS INITIATIVES’ EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
HELD AT MOUNT CARMEL, IFEWARA BETWEEN 19TH – 21ST DECEMBER, 2019.
The Retreat began on Thursday 19th December with the arrival of resource persons and participants. The agenda was open-ended; and as such, modulations were permitted as suited to each person’s convenience. That evening, we held Reviews of the year 2019 where all shared testimonies of remarkable events, achievements or challenges through the year. A major discussion held later that night was on the concept of Business as Mission and Mission as Business. Rests and Breaks were adequately sandwiched between
The next morning, we held a practical study on Matthew 25; the parable of the talents. Afterwards, some critical questions were raised on challenges to Missions and Business Startups. One of the proceeds of this was an Innovative project, a solar-powered Vaccine Cooler carried out by Ayooluwa – one of the participants – during the year which however was unduly suspended due to certain challenges. The resource persons from their wealth of experiences and administrative insights proffered solutions to tackling such challenges. Currently, the project is now being kicked-off with strategic plans and goals prompted from the retreat.
The main theme of the retreat was on Goal-Setting. A presentation seminar was held on that theme and manuals were given on step-by-step process to Goal Setting. An in-house assignment was given to each one on Life Mission Statement and Perceived Goals for 2020. This was set individually but assessed jointly. This was an opportunity for each one to put to practice the key lessons on Goal setting.
Prayer Sessions were held during the residency retreat where all could share and raise bothering issues. With agreement and oneness of mind, such issues were committed to God. The venue had Prayer Huts where all could have personal prayer sessions during breaks.
The Residency Retreat was held in such a serene, refreshing and executive Environment. It was a big opportunity to learn, network and be mentored.
The programs were held interactively with practicable insights. Overall, it was a God-glorifying event and a huge blessing to all present. Some Highlights and lessons learnt are further stated below.
People going into ministry should not have the mentality of just going into it financially blinded
Ministerial Administration should be taken seriously; it has a great influence on how far the ministry would grow
In this century, if you want to go into ministry, you need to have Business Acumen as well
Always have a plan; e.g. 5 years ahead. Nobody will build a house without counting the cost.
Teach your kids to manage cost and finances; teach them to Save from early age
For youths, Start saving and planning your home, don’t be over-dependent on parents. Plan for your own future
Challenges to Missions include our mentality of underrating and underpaying our local church outputs compared to how the secular world honour their celebs.
Need for Business Model in Missions. Missions will succeed more when we run it like business
The Church/Mission should also learn to be professional and develop expertise in whatever Business venture they go into e.g. Mission Schools
Missions need Structures to make them sustainable; just as Businesses have Business Models
We also have to be strategic in constituting Board members. Bring people resourceful from varieties of the field; e.g. Education, Business, Technical and Theology