Marketplace Ministry in the Ukraine

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David Tinney is one of our Kingdom Business Journal Authors, and a friend.

In January 2008 he had just returned from the Ukraine and wrote me this note:

 

Lowell,

Just returned from Ukraine on Wednesday night. It was a blessed trip, my wife, Judy Tinney took some extra time off from school, they were on spring break one week, and accompanied me. We were in Nikolayiv, Kherson, and Odessa, as well as a few days in Kiev visiting friends, however we did not minister in any churches in Kiev.

Things are changing in Ukraine. They are more established in capitalism; and, along with the prosperity comes materialism. However, I still sense the hunger, deep hunger in the believers. All the services were good, with one standing out above the rest. Last Saturday, I was asked to speak in a small church (45-50 members) in Yuzhne, a small city about 25 miles east of Odessa. I asked Judy to greet the church and share anything she had. As she began to speak encouragement to the children present, I sensed the Holy Spirit instruct us to “bless the children”. I waited until she was finished and she turned to me with the microphone. I then said, “I believe the Lord would have us to bless the children.” I instructed Judy to begin praying for the 7-8 children present; and, as she did, she would have encouraging words for them. One child, a girl about 10, stood out to me. As I gazed upon her, I sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to speak to her. As I obeyed, a word came forth to her, that even at this tender age, God had gifted her with the heart of a pastor. The Presence of the Lord was very real, and as Judy finished with the last child, I was overcome by the Presence of the Lord. Frequently, when I sense the Lord in this way, I weep and find it difficult to speak, which is good; because, usually the Lord will give me specific words for those present. This time was a little different. I had felt that I would speak from Deuteronomy 28. As I waited on the Lord, I knew for certain the exhortation from this chapter was a timely word for this young church. I believe, and from past experience, that as I delivered the message, it was in the power of the Holy Spirit. Many were weeping as I preached, along with the pastor of the church. As I finished, the pastor asked me to pray for those who were in business or wanted to be. It was a powerful time of personal ministry and I rejoice that He had allowed me to be a vessel for the Holy Spirit to touch these believers.

The next morning, Sunday, I spoke in two services in Odessa, one at 10am, the other at 2pm. In the first service, a woman gave a testimony of how she started her tourism business 4 years previous after attending my business seminar in Odessa. Today, she has the original office and an additional 40 branch offices in cities all across Ukraine! I remember her and her husband from 4 years ago. They asked me to come their office and consult with them. I spent perhaps a couple hours explaining how I had started my office in the USA and another one with my close friend Nikolay Omelchenko in Kiev in 1998-1999. When I returned to the USA, they emailed me a few times and I responded, as well as sending a few American clients their way that intended to visit the Odessa area. Then, I lost track of them and had heard nothing more from them. In her testimony, she said that while attending the seminar, she received the courage to start her own business as well as a dance/drama team in the church. Today, that group travels all over Ukraine ministering evangelistically as well as in the local churches. I must give credit where it is due. On that team four years ago to Odessa, Rita and Sarah, a mother-daughter team from Siloam Springs, AR, ministered with us doing interpretive dance and flag ministry. It was they who sowed the seeds of dance ministry that is now flourishing in the Odessa churches.

As this lady, Tateyana, drove Judy and I to the afternoon service, she explained that she and her husband speak in business seminars all over Ukraine. Her husband is the president of the 1000 Club of Pastor Sunday Adelaja and a successful real estate developer. Tateyana said she testifies in all the seminars she speaks in that she received the inspiration to start her business from the seminar of David Tinney. After listening to her, I looked at her in the eyes and said, “So you’re the one spreading my name all around Ukraine?” Smiling, she said, “Da, da, da!” (‘da’ is ‘yes’ in Russian). We all laughed. The second service went well; but, Pastor Vitaliy was in Bucharest Romania kicking off the initial public service of a new church he founded from a home group 18 months before. Pastor Vitaliy has a goal to plant 200 new churches in his region in the next 2 years. Incredible!

I love the Embassy of God churches for their heart to plant new churches. Bishop Anatoliy told me they were planting from 5-12 new churches each month. He is concentrating his efforts this year in Russia, establishing 7 new schools across Russia.

We also ministered in Kherson, Nikolayiv and Yuzhno Ukrainsk. I was in those 3 cities last November and had promised to return this spring. It also was a blessed time. We have close relationships with many believers in this region of Ukraine. We’re planning on returning in June as Pastor Oxsana in Nikolayiv has invited us to attend her wedding to Andrei, a seasoned believer and businessman.

Many other things happened, too numerous to tell in this email. The weather was good, typical early spring weather, cold at night and in the 50’s during the day. Most of all, I was happy that Judy was with me to share the experience.

Love & Blessings,

David & Judy Tinney

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Leadership

I was visiting with another business owner tonight, and a the topic of leadership came up.  Both of us are get in there, get your hands dirty type leaders.  We agree that as a leader you should never ask an employee to do anything you aren’t willing to do.  

Now that I am running the restaurant, I do everything.  It is hard work, but I have great help and I believe that because of this leadership style, they are willing to get in there and get their hands dirty and get the job done. 

What kind of leader are you?

 

Share your comments below and lets compare notes. 

Who is your ideal customer?

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Apply these 5 steps to your current client list and then work in order to determine who your true ideal client is.

1. Find your most profitable clients.
2. From the above group, identify those who refer.
3. From that even smaller group, find common demographic characteristics.
4. Take the time now to understand the behavior that makes them ideal.
5. Draw a fully developed biographical sketch to use as a marketing guide.

This is an exerpt from a, “Marketing for Free” class I taught.

If you are interested in learning more, leave a comment and with your e-mail and I will be glad to send you the booklet from this class.

Blessings

On-Demand Office Space

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Are you an entrepreneur needing an office space or a place to meet clients?

The on-Demand Office Space is a great choice for start up businesses.

We have a great example of this in Joplin, Missouri.

The Hive – http://www.thehivejoplin.com/

The Hive

They provide a collaborative environment for small businesses, start ups, sales teams, and entrepreneurs. They have a variety of membership options to fit your needs without the large upfront costs of traditional office space. The Hive is much more than just an office space!

The Hive is designed to educate entrepreneurs and create a supportive atmosphere so you can reach your goals. Hive members have opportunities to network, collaborate, share best practices, develop partnerships, share leads, and form friendships. The Hive is dedicated to the success of it’s members! They host a variety of events, including member only forums and training that provide opportunities to network and achieve success.

The Newman Innovation Center http://www.newmaninnovationcenter.com/TheCenter.aspx

We are very fortunate to have a second choice in Joplin.

The Newman Innovation Center was born in 2001. A taskforce of local community leaders was formed to seek the best possible options for developing long range plans. The first task facing the newly formed committee was to seek ways of funding the project. A fundraising sub-committee recommended a two path solution. An application to receive federal funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration was granted. The grant application, in the amount of $1.2 million dollars, required local financial support that equaled one half of the funds. Over $700,000 was raised locally from foreward thinking individuals and businesses. The construction process to rehabilitate the 1912, two story, brick building began in early 2005. Completion of the first phase of the project was late January of 2006.

The 11,000 sq. ft. facility offers leased space for office, manufacturing and wet labs. Shared resources will be available to all of the tenants. The center will offer two conference rooms that will be use by the tenants as well as meeting rooms for client and community outreach.

The purpose of an innovation center is to create a positive environment for developing, supporting and promoting entrepreneurs; with an emphasis on those pursuing innovative technology.

Newman Innovation Center

So, if you are in need of office space for your start up business, contact your local chamber of commerce or look in the yellow pages under office space and see if you have a similar facility in your area.

Blessings

Do Great Things by Aaron Broyles- Book Review

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I am a get information reader. I am not one to just sit down and read a book for the pleasure of it, so that is why I really like this book. Do Great Things is an action book, a self-identication manual. Aaron challenges you from the first chapter with the question, “If you knew you could do whatever your heart was designed to do with complete fulfillment, excitement, passion, and adventure, without the possibility of failing, would you do it?” This really got my attention and made me want to read on.

Many of us need to change our thinking in order for us to do great things. Aaron does a great job of helping you through this process with challenging self-examination questions and assignments. He helps you to identify your life’s priorities. Aaron then walks you through goal setting and helps you identify specific goals with a specific plan to achieve your goal, anticipate the obstacles, create urgency, and then document and review your goals daily.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle.

I love this quote in reference to seeing or making opportunities that others don’t see. I have always been a person that asks lots of questions, and I try to figure things out especially when looking at the big picture. Aaron gives some great examples of this and helps you to think outside the box.

Aaron goes on to talk about how Doing Great Things takes hard work, action, leadership, and wisdom.

This is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone in business, thinking about going into business, or just wanting to identify their God given purpose in life.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Get your copy of Do Great Things.

CASH or CREDIT?

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Are you a salesperson? I remember when I used to do in-home demonstrations and in order to process a credit card I had to hand write the information then go to the office the next day and process it. Too often it was denied and then I had to contact the customer and ask for another form of payment. It would have been really nice to process it on the spot!

NOW I CAN! I found Square Register, a mobile app that allows me to process transactions as a cash sale, credit or debit sale, and it even will figure sales taxes.

I was able to go in and set up my business informaton with name and contact informaton and then enter all my products with prices and tax rates.

At each sale I just entered the amount, checked either cash, credit, or debit and processed it. I am even able to give a receipt to the client by e-mail. When I ran a debit card they are required to sign on my phone and then enter their email address in order to recieve the recept. At the end of the day I just looked at my transactions and I was able to calculate the amount of my sales for the day, on my phone. When I got home I pulled it up on the computer and went into my account and it even has a reporting feature that shows each sale, what was sold, how many sales were cash, credit, or debit, amount of sales tax collected, and even trends.

It is so cool.

They have 2 payment options. I chose the flat 2.75% of the sale, but If I had more volume then they have a fee for the year.

I encourage everyone to check this out!

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Ministry in the Marketplace = KINGS

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Are you trying to figure out how work and ministry are related? Ministry is for church and work is to get a paycheck…. WRONG!

If you are out in the workplace then you are in a place to do ministry.

If you would like to understand this more I would like to recommend our friend John Garfields book, Releasing Kings.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Be Blessed

Accidents Happen

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Our friend John Garfield shared a very valuable lesson about when accidents happen.  With all that has been going on I thought this would be a great time to share it.

Enjoy!

 

Kings and the Sovereignty of God

 

John Garfield – Releasing Kings

Accidents are a real part of life, even for Kings. Setbacks and misfortune are usually a real part of everyone’s life. Often times when something goes wrong we reel in our initiative and question both our own walk and God himself. Kings must have a theologically correct stance on problems because they live so close to real life and spiritual warfare – or they risk losing their willingness to be entrepreneurial (bold and decisive).

 

Historic Roots – Our evangelical beliefs have surprising roots in Church fathers like Augustine and the Protestant reformation. In the 4th and 5th centuries Christianity was opened to Greek and Roman thought. The Middle Ages was a transition when Christian thought adopted some of the tenants of Greek philosophy. God was thought to be a prime mover or force rather than having a personality and emotions. This philosophic force was an element of the protestant reformation when the term “sovereign” came into common use. “Sovereign” came to mean that God is the One Who causes all things. In other words, He is the Sole Originator of all thought, decisions, and actions. This word was superimposed over the Greek-originated concept of God as a force and came down to us essentially unchanged.

 

When accidents happen, we’re prone to think of God as being responsible because of our evangelical heritage. If a family loses a child, then we hear Christians consoling one another that God took the child home to soften the blow that death was known and planned by a sovereign God. What happens if we assign God responsibility for the bad things that happen according the theology that most of us subscribe to? In an effort to avoid resenting God and becoming bitter or rebellious, we accept whatever comes to as God’s best. We view ourselves as sinful, small, and occasionally disposable. Passivity pervades every facet of our lives “plus” we move toward viewing God as impersonal, uncaring, and unreliable. We view ourselves as ants under the cosmic Lordship of a God we neither understand nor trust. Lastly, we never admit to ourselves or anyone else this is true because we know it is disrespectful toward God. Wrong theology leads us to emphasize the nobility of death instead of the life of resurrection. We naturally gravitate toward pessimism, cynicism, skepticism, doubt, unbelief, caution, wariness, and a steadfast refusal to take a risk – trust God in a step of faith to do something beyond our natural strength.

 

If, indeed, God orchestrates every detail of our lives, then logically the only thing we can do is align with our predetermined path. Under this view of God we must be concerned primarily with avoiding rebellion, presumption, and personal ambition – all things that compete with the will of “The Force.” Our spiritual disciplines are directed at zeroing out personal initiative so we don’t get out of God’s will. Like robots, if God doesn’t touch the joy stick, we don’t make a move. We’re left theologically unwilling to take a risk and follow a leading that we might confuse with personal initiative or rebellious ambition. Worse yet, we become impersonal and uncaring the more times we are hardened by the death we see in the normal course of life. Age increases our cynicism instead of our love and enthusiasm for walking with God.

 

Where’s Reality – God is entirely personal, emotional, and knowable. He does not orchestrate every detail of our future – He leaves much to our initiative and delights in leaving room for human enterprise. He does have a plan to redeem the world and he does have the power to intervene whenever he chooses. However, the future is open instead of orchestrated. Accidents can happen and God is not responsible. For example, 18 died in one accident recorded in scripture. Of those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them; do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! Luke 13:4-5

After a shipwreck where the crew survived, Paul was “snake-bit.” A bad situation that was not part of God’s plan that probably required some level of healing! Note that the locals ascribed God the responsibility for his death. When that didn’t happen, they decided he wasn’t human. It was an accident that they had no theology to support!

4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. Acts 28:4-6

Snake-bit? – Have you suffered a loss, a failure, a setback? Of course! We all have. Did God plan to destroy a part of your life? No, he did not. Was he judging your desperately wicked, sinful heart? No, he created you and likes you the way you are.

 

Might men that “overcome” – You see, God comes in on the resurrection side of the equation to add “life” and “blessing” to us. Once we understand who God is and what He’s really like we can know both Him and His power. We are not insulated from accidents or suffering. We just know that when death occurs it’s a signal to start looking for the resurrection. We know a loving God that assigns angels to watch over us and protect us. We know the armor of His protection in spiritual warfare. And most of all, we know the joy that comes to the heart of our heavenly Father when we initiate and create and exercise faith to do the greater works that go beyond our strength and utilize His power.

 

Walk toward the desires of your heart. You will find God waiting for you there. Your life is a great adventure and you are scripted to be its hero. In fact, Jesus is handing you the pen to help write the script… and he’s giving you an anointing to make it so.

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

I believe this topic is pivotal for Kings and I’m personally drawn to knowing the God of the Bible instead of the God of tradition. Here are three resources that will take you further down this path of freedom that will bless your heart.

Who is God (Chapters 17-18) by Harold Eberle

 

Releasing Kings (Chapters 7-8, especially page 56)

 

Our Newsletter from March, “Initiative is Precious.”

 

 

Blessings,

 

John & Harold

 

 

PS: if you enjoyed this article you might also like “Six Ways to Find Your Heart’s Desire.”  The full story is in our book Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace, particularly chapter 7.