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A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead their business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principles – Last week we looked at Human Resources – Pay Decisions. God requires fairness in paying employees, yet paying for performance is Biblical. Think about the parable where those who came to work at the end of the day were paid the same as those who worked all day, or the story of the faithful servants who were rewarded based on their performance. Is your enterprise known as a good place to work where wages paid are fair?

This week we will review Organization (Partnerships and Managers) from the Business By the Book Workshop.

Partnerships
The Workshop focuses the potential conflict in values Christians can experience when in a partnership with an unbeliever. When considering partnerships ask yourself: 1. Does this person have unquestionable integrity? 2. Does this person handle money according to God’s principles? 3. Does he or she have a reasonable lifestyle? 4. Is the spouse in tune with the partnership? 5. Is he or she as hard a worker as me?

In 2 Corinthians 6:14 the Apostle Paul wrote Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? Remember – A big ox and a small ox yoked together are unequal!

Questions to ask: 1. Which partner will be the managing partner? 2. Do we agree on fundamental core values? 3. Do we agree on business operating methods? 4. Will having this person represent me be positive? 5.Will this person bring unity or disunity in the organization?

Some additional positions to be clarified before entering into a partnership: 1. Will we sue to collect debts? 2. Will we hire non-Christians managers? Employees? 3. How many hours will we commit to work each week? 4. How much travel time away from home will we spend? 5. Will we evangelize through the business? 6. Will we execute a buy sell agreement? How will it be funded? 7. Will we sell the business at some future date? 8. Have we defined our respective responsibilities? 9. Are we willing to be accountable to each other, and to an outside group?

The reason Christians should insist on putting things in writing is not because of mistrust, rather it is because we value relationships and desire to protect them from inevitable misunderstandings that occur with verbal agreements.

Are you in a partnership? How are these principles working?

Managers
While managers are not equal owners like true partners, the principles on partnerships can be applied to managers. How are these principles as relating to managers working for you?

Bit of Wisdom
Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2NLT

Forums Ministry News
The Business By the Book Workshop is an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. To view a promotional video, go to http://www.crown.org/cart/videos/BI277/BBTBMed.asp

The Downtown Baltimore Business By the Book Workshop continues, another is being considered for Bowie. Consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email plantz@cbmc.com

The Hunt Valley BBB Group held their initial meeting last Friday. For information on BBB Groups contact plantz@cbmc.com

For more information on Forums Groups go to
http://forums.cbmc.com Existing Groups are in Metro North and Bel Air. If you’re interested in exploring joining a Forum Group, or know someone who might be interested, email:
plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com

The Forums Ministry includes Business by The Book Workshops, BBB Groups, Forum Groups and the Business Leadership Forum. See
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Paul Lantz
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