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It was a cool autumn morning in October 2012 and the stench of last nights party wafted up into my nose. People started arriving for church and the local community centre/pub quickly became the house of God. I loved our little church and my husband and I were honoured to be called the pastors of this amazing little flock.
It was on this morning with this very group of people that would share a word that God put on my heart. Little did I know that sharing the word was not only for them but at the same time it birthed something in me.
The message was entitled Anointed for Business and it was coming from my place of frustration as a pastor not from being a businesswoman, as I didn’t have a business at that time or ever think I would. I longed to see the church bursting at the seams, to see it relevant outside of the four walls of the community center that we were meeting in. I desperately wanted to see the people so passionate about Jesus that they couldn’t contain it during the weeks as they went to work or school and got on with everyday ordinary life. I firmly believe then and still do today that church is not a Sunday meeting but it’s a living, active organism that impacts every area of life on every day of the week.
And so I shared my message that Sunday, Anointed for Business and part two the following Sunday Anointed for Business II. At the end of the talk, I invited people to come up to the front to be anointed for business. It was a very special and powerful time of empowering our church to go into their workplaces and be salt and light, to see that every day and every place was, in fact, their mission field. Little did I know that as I anointed others for business, that a seed was planted inside of me too, one that would grow into a business.
It wasn’t long afterward that I started to wrestle with God about starting a business club. My first business had failed and I was content with being a full-time pastor with my husband, I didn’t want or need to start a business. Running a business was the furthest thing from my mind yet the niggling thought persisted – start a business club!
So I set a date for a November event, then canceled it, then set a date for a December event, then canceled it. Finally, I set a date for a 16 January 2013 event and launched the very first Women’s Business Club (then called King’s Daughters Business).
It is five years later now and boy oh boy have a learned a lot! Setting up and running a business has been a rollercoaster ride, it has had incredible ups and some really horrible downs but worst of all it never stops, the rollercoaster just goes on and on and on!
At first, all my energy went into building the business and establishing my reputation as a businesswoman. My passion for evangelism in my business slowly faded as I was very quickly consumed by all that my business demanded from me. A few years in I hated the business and just wanted to quit – it has become a monster that I couldn’t tame. Then sometime after that, I remember how it all began and why I started it in the first place.
My deepest and truest passion is to help people realise their potential. With all my heart I believe that God put something special inside of each and every one of us and we can either find it and unleash it or go through life struggling because we either don’t know it’s there or suppress it for whatever reason. In my role as a pastor I loved to support people and help them unleash their potential and as a businesswoman, it was no different.
I have come full circle but with a few scars and much more wisdom and understanding. My passion now is to do both, to run a successful national business and to be anointed to reach out into the confused, hurting, lost and broken world with a message of hope.
In my next post, I will share a little bit more about my journey. In the meantime please share your story with me, I would love to hear from you – leave a comment below.
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