We are a 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the Fellowship of Baptist World Ministries.
I have often noticed that any place where there is little business doing is bad for religious effort I could indicate districts, not far from here, where business is slack; and there you will find there is very little good being done. All along the valley of the Thames, there are places where a man might preach his heart out, and kill himself; but there is little or nothing of good being accomplished in those regions, just as there is no active business life there.
Charles Spurgeon, The Soul-Winner Chapter 6
Introduction and Opening Statement
We need to recognise that all work and all business is God’s work, as we are called to it and as God gifts us for it. Being in business or a particular craft or profession is just as much of a calling as that of pastor or any recognised “spiritual” calling. Work and business should be carried out with just as much diligence, professionalism and dedication as those more readily designated as the spiritual callings.
All gifts and talents come from God, as do all knowledge and wisdom. God has provided us with a meaningful existence, with meaningful work in our lives, so that we can see who He is and worship and praise Him accordingly, in everything we do. Working with conscientiousness and integrity, enthusiasm and diligence, is the original form of obedient worship to a sovereign God.
The world of work, business and commerce, is God’s way of allowing us to live in this world. Business is God’s way of redistributing wealth. He gave us dominion over the earth to subdue it and manage it according to His will in a perfect creation. The separation of gifts and callings into spiritual and secular has done great damage to the body of Christ and the self-sustainability of our communities of faith.
Work is praising God by the proper and full exercise of those talents and skills He has given us.
People in business are often viewed with suspicion because they deal in wealth creation. Pastors are wary of getting involved and becoming spotted by the world. Business people have temptations and trials of which many Pastors have little knowledge or understanding.
In BTPN we hope to redress that balance, so that the saints and their Pastors can work together in partnership.
In BTPN we have refined our understanding of mission work and we state it as follows:
The Purpose of BTPN:
To Work towards Self-Sustained Communities of Faith through God-directed Business Enterprise Development.
BTPN Mission Statemen :
Equipping fellow Christians to support their families, churches and ministries through the creation and development of small businesses in their local communities.
A kingdom business is a profitable business designed to live out Gods will for people and communities and bring lost souls to Christ.
In addition to teaching Christian business principles and practices to entrepreneurs, we also teach Pastors and church leaders about the needs of businessmen and women. There is a mixture of theological and practical sessions aimed at helping Pastors to deal with business and the people in it.
In Ephesians 4, we read:
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Eph 4:11-13 NKJV
It is the saints in the business community who are often neglected, and who need helping and equipping for the work of ministry by their pastors and teachers.