10 Keys to Grow a Faith-Based Business

Perhaps like you, I usually learn more from my mistakes than my successes…and trust me, I have made countless business mistakes.

Yet through my stumbles and falls, I have learned many valuable lessons along the way.

Here are 10 simple yet important keys I’ve learned on how to grow a faith-based business.

10 Keys to Grow a Faith-Based Business

 1. It’s not your business – it’s God’s business. (Psalm 24:1) He can do whatever he wants with it. Giving up this kind of control seems ridiculous to our non-Christian friends, and even scary to many who are.  Yet by totally dedicating and giving your business to God, He can then begin His work in and through you – the work you were eternally destined to do.

2. Getting rich is not the goal – bringing glory to God is. (Psalm 34:3) Gods want us to earn a profit – even demands it (Matthew 25:14-30), but not at the loss of all else (family, relationships, brand image, customer loyalty, etc).

3. The business is not your #1 priority – your relationship with God is. (Leviticus 26:1) Since we entrepreneurs are wired to create, produce, market, sell, and be the first-in/last-out, it is easy for us to allow the business to dominate our lives, even at the expense of our time with our Creator.

4. Build your business mission to align with your personal mission. (Jeremiah 1:5) God wired you to be you. So when you align your unique talents, gifts, skills, interests, and passion into your business mission, you are walking closer to a fully integrated and rewarding life, both for your business and your family.

5. Take your hands off the wheel. (Proverbs 20:24) Allowing Jesus to take the wheel is a both joy and a relief. This is where your leap of faith takes wings, to allow Him to steer your business wherever He likes. It does not mean you do nothing and wait for Him, but rather you do everything you sense He wants you to do with excellence (see #10).

6. God’s timing in indeed always right – always best. (Isaiah 55:8-9) So many times I have pushed and prodded to get everything done on MY schedule and in MY time. If you are following #5, then it is easier to rest in His timing rather than yours.

7. God’s idea of “success” may not be yours. (Joshua 1:8) God is all about you being a success. But His concept of success (principles, purpose and people, bringing glory to Him) is in direct opposition to the general marketplace (profit, prestige, power, and bringing glory to yourself). Don’t confuse the two.

8. God can turn your mistakes into triumphs. (2 Samuel 12:24) I am so thankful for this. So fret not if you try something in good faith toward fulfilling your mission and it fails. (Philippians 4:6-7). Learn from it and keep moving.

9. He’s always there ready to listen and respond. (Psalm 46:10) If you are unsure of the next step, task, decision, then (a) study His word, (b) seek Godly council of others, and (c) pray (#BeLed). He’ll tell you what next to do.

10. Give it all you’ve got, and leave the results to God. (Joshua 14:14) This is one of the main themes from the wonderful football movie, “Facing the Giants.” Just like Coach Taylor tells his team, when you give it your best (and follow the other 9 lessons), then God will grant the results He deems appropriate, which are often far more than you imagined. (Ephesians 3:20)

Your Keys?

This list is certainly NOT an exhaustive list of even all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Would you be willing to share one or two key lessons you’ve learned? This string will help thousands around the world who read my blog.

Thank you for sharing your keys.

About Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Harris is President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award winning business books.


  • Eric Snyder says:

    Jim, I have to say, this is the absolute BEST compilation of leading a company for Christ that I have seen in my 40 years of pursuing that goal; excellent stuff! Put these 10 steps into practice and your business, along with your personal life, will be radically transformed (assuming you’re NOT doing them now!). I hesitate to add anything because this list is just great, but I have learned that being generous with your employees, your vendors, your customers & the ministries you’ve been led to help support is an 11th Key, generosity (Deut 15:7-8, Prov 11:24-25, I Jo 3:16-18). And, the 12th Key is realizing the SOURCE of your provision. It isn’t the bank, the VC, the attorney, the IPO or the “big deal”, it’s God; (Luke 12:31 & II Thess 1:2).

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Wow Eric – I think I need to drop two from my list and add YOURS into the Top 10 List!!! Wonderful words my friends. Thank you so much for you kind endorsement of this list.

  • Godefroy Rajaobelina says:

    Thank you Jim

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Thank you so much Godefroy. You are indeed welcomed. Appreciate your feedback and encouragement more than you can imagine!

  • CURT FOWLER says:

    These are great and love Eric’s extra two. Thanks for sharing!

  • Gerry Dagonese says:

    This list is so on point. And I also love Eric’s contribution with the additional two. I am not sure dropping any of the others to include Eric’s two is necessary except to make it a list of ten. To number 9, there is at least another very important addition: James 1:5-8 gives us assurances of our Lord’s willingness–promises–to provide the needed wisdom. However, we need to know in our hearts that He will be faithful and provide that wisdom lest we do become like the waves of the seas tossed by the winds. In any aspect of life, that is not a very comforting place to be.

  • Anne says:

    Thank you for these priceless points! It makes me change my mind on business! I will write them down to start practicing today!

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