PERSONAL CHRISTIAN BUSINESS ATTRIBUTES
The marketplace is a competitive environment that provides opportunity for all, Christian and non-Christian, to compete for market share. This environment requires participants to exercise attention
to detail, a global perspective and organizational stewardship. The business person today is a hybrid
of these important requirements. A
successful business person today has a higher demand than just the
profitability of the business. The
commitment to profitability, though essential, also demands from the business a
responsibility to the environment, employees, and the community.
The marketplace is a competitive environment that provides opportunity for all, Christian and non-Christian, to compete for market share."
Do attention to
detail, a global perspective, environmental issues, employee fairness, giving
back to the community and organizational stewardship outline the expectations
of a Christian business person?
What attributes come to mind that will assist a Christian business
person toward accomplishing all that is expected? Employee attributes can and will contribute to operating
successfully in a competitive market environment.
The Exhibit G below identified fifteen (15)
attributes that contribute to a successful employee. The comparison below identified participants in the same
business industry, however, one group in church employment the other in a
The consensus seems
to be that a Christian business person will model Christian stewardship! The surveyed group identifies this
person as one who demonstrates accountability, integrity, trustworthiness,
dependability and honors commitments.
” The successful business person is a hybrid, and embodies the management concept of being a steward. "
What is stewardship
for a Seventh-day Adventist? “Stewardship is a fundamental doctrine for a Seventh-day
Adventist Christian, based in the belief that God, at
creation, established the first humans as the caretakers of the world, and that
this responsibility has passed to all progeny of that original couple.” The successful business person is a
hybrid, and embodies the management concept of being a steward. A steward does more than just
manage—though that is an integral part of stewardship. I believe a steward goes
beyond the bottom line and encompasses attention to detail, a global
perspective, environmental issues, employee fairness, giving back to the
community and organizational stewardship.
It was Peter Drucker who defined Christian Stewardship, though it was
not his intention, with the following statement that has been a guiding concept
for me and one which I want to share with you: “Management
is doing things right, Leadership is doing the right thing.”2
1. Douglas Christian Larsen: eHow Contributer, at
2. Peter Drucker: Essential Drucker: Management, the Individual and Society at http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/6859293-essential-drucker-the.