Christian Business Networking:
The New Testament is full of stories where the apostles encountered opened or closed doors that either assisted or hindered them in their ministry assignments (Acts 8:26-40, Acts 16:6-10, 1 Corinthians 16:9, 2 Corinthians 2:12). Similarly, open or closed doors in the marketplace can often be the difference between the success and failure of a business. Just as Paul needed Barnabas to get him in front of the leaders of the early Church that were suspicious of his conversion, we often need the “right connections” to open doors to business leaders in the marketplace who may be suspicious of our business offerings (Acts 9:26-31).
Sozo Services provides networking solutions to identify and connect with other Christian business partners for joint venture opportunities or sales. The Bible says that we are to prefer one another (Romans 12:10). In addition to the trust factor, a major problem with doing business with unbelievers is the spiritual baggage and “open doors” that they frequently offer the enemy into your business deals. Frequently, Christian businesses are puzzled when their business deals are aborted, and realize too late that their non-believing business associate provided an open back door into the business opportunity. The intercessory prayer coverage that we offer and have described above, can help negate these open spiritual doors in situations when we must deal with non-believers in the business marketplace.
Our team’s network of business contacts includes relationships with leaders in industry, associations, non-profit organizations, Christian media, Government, and spiritual leaders. Since each business opportunity is unique and treated individually, we do not believe in “name dropping,” nor promising open doors with any particular networking relationship, but rather we believe that the Holy Spirit will show us the who, how, and when for each assignment.
I truly believe that in order for business owners to operate effectively for such a time as this, cutting edge business intercessors are not only recommended, they’re essential.