In just a few weeks, Orlando will be experiencing Nehemiah Week on October 16-22, 2017 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. Hosted by the Nehemiah Project, this will be a week long gathering of like-minded kingdom business leaders from all over the world and the U.S. to discover together how to fight the good fight and extend God’s kingdom business rulership into new territory.
Christian businesses are attacked personally, relationally, circumstantially, and strategically. Nehemiah Week will present tools and strategies that businesses should use to combat these attacks and overcome spiritual warfare in the marketplace.
Inspiration and Vision
The Nehemiah Project was started by Patrice Psague. Patrice grew up with the idea of business in Cameroon, Africa. His wife is from Haiti. When he came to the U.S, he became a Christian and started thinking about what the Bible has to say about business. His idea was to articulate how to help entrepreneurs understand business from a biblical point of view. Founded in 1999 in Washington DC, the Nehemiah Project has since expanded to 16 different countries around the world. Its biggest concentrations are Orlando, Washington Metropolitan Area, and its headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
The Nehemiah Project focuses on Biblical entrepreneurship principles, and understanding what the Bible has to say all the way to starting a business. The name is derived from the efforts of the Old Testament prophet, Nehemiah, to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah Project seeks to rebuild the idea of what biblical business is.
In 2005, the Nehemiah Project hosted its first Nehemiah Week. It starts with a Kingdom Business tour visiting four different places in Orlando. The purpose is to increase people’s understanding of how to bring Christ into the workplace. Getting others to see that this is what it looks like when kingdom principles are put into effect. Attendees with also enjoy a BBQ lunch. After, will be the start of a 3 day Biblical Entrepreneurship Conference. The theme is Spiritual Warfare in the marketplace and how we have to deal with it to succeed. There will be a number of people speaking and training about this. Speakers include Peter Lowe of Get Motivated and Tom Mears of Burgerville USA.
Each day will concentrate on one of three things. Training, Coaching, and Access to Capital. One of the biggest problems leaders face is not being able to get capital to grow their business. Also, attendees will enjoy an exciting rendition of Shark Tank and share why others out to invest in their business. They will receive practical advice on how to make it better.
Included is a business plan competition with business leaders from Haiti, Madagascar, and Ukraine presenting their plans and being judged. The first place winner will receive a cash prize. In addition, there will be a Celebration Banquet to see what God is doing all over the world and to celebrate the accomplishments of people.
The battle that Christian entrepreneurs face is not people or circumstances. It is a spiritual battle against the heart, mind, and your identity. Satan has a different idea for how businesses should work based on greed. Kingdom businesses operate in Gospel-centered selflessness and service.
The Nehemiah Project will unpack these significant aspects of Christian business and more during the October gathering.
Learn more about Nehemiah Week 2017 here.