Faith-based Business Mentoring Program Releasing Christian Economic Stability and Growth
(HAYWARD, CA) --- It’s not enough to claim Jesus as personal Savior. It’s not enough to attend worship faithfully, read the Bible, and have prayer daily. It’s not enough to enjoy a church social from time to time.
Dr. Willie Anderson, pastor of New Bethel Community Church, Hayward, CA, says believers are called to go forth for economic stability and growth within their own households. Then they are to establish this same victory via Christian businesses in their neighborhoods. Then they are to mentor the next generation in reproducing the same.
Anderson has established “Churchpreneur,” a Christian mentoring program, for this very purpose. The aim, he explains, is to release 500 new Christian business men and women into the communities around his area. Then he prays that the fruition will spread nationwide.
“I strongly believe that God has not only regenerated our souls through salvation in Jesus Christ,” said Anderson. "The Bible clearly declares that he has also given us the resources we need to prosper in every area of life – including in our finances and futures.”
Added Anderson, “Just as the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt, so our personal walls of opposition will be rebuilt. I am referring to walls of despair, hopelessness, financial burden, and other woes that prevent us from moving forward into the purpose that God intends for our life.”
Anderson said that students who enroll in Churchpreneur “will gain fundamental knowledge of what it means to be blessed going in and coming out, as Deuteronomy, chapter eight says.”
He explained that those who operate in a “kingdom mindset” understand that “we are blessed to be a blessing, we are the salt of the earth and therefore we are also our brother’s keeper. Kingdom minded individuals seek solutions to problems. Successful people in the Kingdom of God have much; therefore much is required of them"
Anderson himself has the credentials to lead such a mentoring effort. He holds both a BA and Doctor of Ministry degree from Sacramento Theological Seminary, and he completed the Summer Leadership Program in Economic Development from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.
Anderson said the church needs to be concerned about the poverty mentality of many believers. He sees families in economic trouble, though members of that household claim to be God’s children. He seeks through Churchpreneur to bring fresh hope to such homes in changing the cycle of poverty and suffering.
Anderson explained the three-fold purpose of Churchpreneur:
-- To instruct believers on the power God has given them to transform their finances and economic futures.
-- To equip them with the knowledge and resources to become what Anderson called “kingdom entrepreneurs” – successful businessmen and women who not only provide adequately for their own families, “but who are able to pour resources back into the work of God’s kingdom,” he said.
-- To provide mentors who can coach them and model godly attitudes and actions in the area of finances and business.
The purpose, he emphasized, is not simply to gain wealth for self and family. He explained that Churchpreneur is designed to establish “a scriptural cycle of giving and receiving and giving again” in the lives of believers.
For those enrolled in the program there is a five-week orientation phase. Intensive spiritual instruction is provided as well as personal mentoring made available. The focus is on personal, career and financial stability.
Those who graduate from that initial phase are then offered the option of continuing in the Promised Land Business Academy, where they get hands-on instruction in beginning and establishing a business enterprise.
“Our graduates will be prepared not only to bless their families and the church, but the community as well,” said Anderson. “This is a program for community transformation, and the way that happens is through transforming the lives of community members.”
Susan Zahn, Founder and president of the Christian public relations firm WDCMedia, said, “I see this as a tremendous innovative opportunity for genuine believers to break out of their routine religious mindsets. The training received in these sessions will spark the creative mind to think new thoughts in the Lord, act new acts in the power of the Lord, and come upon fresh blessings of wisdom and sacrifice. I personally am very excited about what this pastor is going to do to help people help one another and therefore help further the Kingdom of God"
Classes at Promised Land Business Academy are free and begin the week of Jan. 8th 2006 at New Bethel Community Church in Hayward, California.
For more information on the Churchpreneur program, visit www.churchpreneur.org.
You can also contact them by phone at 510-825-9346, or by mail at Churchpreneur, 2889 Kelly St., Hayward, Calif. 94541.
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