Research has proven that family businesses with a faith background (Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim or other) are more likely to succeed generational. So with this in mind, FBLI invited Pastor Mark Jeske of St. Marcus School and Time of Grace (heard in over 500 markets each week to over a million people) to share his insights on the value of faith in business.
Pastor Jeske has six generations of pastors in his family and great insights into how faith intersects business. He says that if you leave God out of ethics all you have is opinions, a statement that we think is rather hard to deny.
He says the reason St. Marcus, one of the most successful choice school’s in the country which is located in Milwaukee’s inner city, has been so successful is that it has:
-Leadership in love with its mission
-Leadership that knows St. Marcus’ value proposition
-Leadership that stays and makes sacrifices
-Leadership that collaborates with other smart people and visionaries.
Pastor Jeske also discussed 10 principles where faith and business intersect and how as business people if we follow these principles our businesses will be better.
- 1. We are stewards — we all have a purpose and it’s not just about money.
“Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath. but righteousness delivers from death.” Proverbs 11 :4.
- 2. Respect the power of greed – money has the power to corrupt.
“The greedy bring ruin to their households.” Proverbs 15:27
- 3. It’s OK to want to build wealth – if you do it for the right reasons.
“The blessings of the Lord brings wealth.” Proverbs 10:22
- 4. Build your reputation – your brand is priceless.
“A good name is more valuable than great riches; To be esteemed is better than gold.” Proverbs 22:1.
- 5. Keep your word – Do what you say your going to do and tell the truth
“An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.” Proverbs 24:26
“A fortune made y a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.” Proverbs 21:66. No cheating
“Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.” Proverbs 20:17
7. Be patient – stick with it for the long haul
“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” Proverbs 13:11
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11
8. Respect the worth and dignity of work – run to work, honor and reward work
“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Proverbs 10:4
9. Collect mentors – there is a lot to be learned
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
10. Be generous
- “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
- Pastor Jeske gave all FBLI attendees two books he has written: “Money Talk – Managing My Life God’s Way” which discusses how when you’re operating in God’s financial wisdom and generosity you’ll gain more in return. And that means living a life that’s more content, more at peace and even more secure as you realign your thinking and invest with him. He also provided attendees “Grace Moments – Good for Business” which is a book of devotions to ponder as you do your job each day and live a live full of integrity.