The Center for Faith and Enterprise was launched in 2009 by Rob Tribken (information on left panel) and a group of like minded California entrepreneurs who wanted to find better ways to help people in business and related fields connect their faith and their work. In today’s economic and social environment, we believe it is especially important to affirm the importance of work and enterprise from a religious or spiritual perspective and to recognize the ways that faith and spirituality can support and inform everyday work.
The Center therefore adopted as its mission to...
...affirm the value of business and related vocations; the importance of faith, healthy markets, and enterprise for human well being; and the role faith and spirituality can play in supporting and informing our work.
1) Help people in business and related professions see their work as an important calling that can promote human well being, with all this means for the sense of purpose, effectiveness, and fulfillment with which they work.
2) Help people find ways for their faith and spirituality to support and inform their work, through programs such as Spiritual Practices for the Active Work Life, in order to help them work with a greater sense of purpose, fulfillment, and effectiveness.
3) Provide programs and material that churches and other religious organizations can use to minister to the vocational aspects of people's lives.
1) Properly understood and pursued, business enterprise is a value producing activity and in fact is a primary engine for economic development and materially improved lives -- when combined with relatively free and healthy markets. This should have positive theological significance for Christians.
2) Our faith should inform and support our work. It should help us work witth a greater sense of purpose, effectiveness, fulfillment, and wisdom.
3) Business effectiveness is heavily dependent on networks of collaboration and collaborative relationships. Therefore, the ethics, values, and practices promoted by the Christian faith can play an important role in the development of personal, organizational, and business effectiveness. We acknowledge, however, that developing and maintaining what we think of as Christian character is a continuing challenge.
4) Free markets are generally superior to government controlled economic activity not just because of economic efficacy but also because free markets allow and encourage a fuller flowering of human potential.
5) Free, healthy markets require a moral foundation if they are to survive over the long term. This requires a culture which encourages honesty, fair dealing, and thrift. Government action cannot take the place of a healthy culture.
6) The key to ending poverty is not attempting to redistribute wealth but rather helping the poor to create new wealth for themselves, their families, and their communities as they act as entrepreneurs, employers, and employees in the marketplace.
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