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On Kingdom Business: Transforming Missions Through Entrepreneurial Strategies Paperback – July 28, 2003

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"Probably nowhere can you find the range of actual examples and keen insights offered by the spectrum of contributors to this landmark book. We are deeply indebted to both the contributors and the editors for so stout and comprehensive a set of documents, on so crucial and yet baffling a challenge."
Ralph D. Winter, President, William Carey International University

"Forthright, practical, and compelling! On Kingdom Business addresses the tough questions surrounding profit making in the name of Christ, and convincingly validates the fact that authentic ministry can indeed take place within the context of authentic business."
Christian Overman, Executive Director, Worldview Matters, Inc.

"Kingdom entrepreneurship has come of age as global Christian businessmen and women unite to extol the virtues of investing in God's kingdom. On Kingdom Business is definitely recommended reading for discerning Christians committed to Great Commission ministry."
John Vong, Research Director, Geneva Global, Inc.

"Businessmen and women are fulfilling the Great Commission by more than giving money. On Kingdom Business tells their stories and reveals the methodologies that work in today's world."
John H. Warton, Jr., International Director, Business Professional Network

"Business is not a necessary evil or a cover for the 'real work' of missions but a way to create investments, jobs, economic vitality, and a hearing for a credible gospel. It is hard work, but these pages are filled with the examples and learnings of extraordinary men and women-evangelistic entrepreneurs."
Fred Smith, President, The Gathering

"Today's mission context demands the mobilization of tens of thousands of businessmen and women committed to spreading the gospel through genuine business. On Kingdom Business reveals several best practice models and discusses key issues related to kingdom entrepreneurship."
Chuck Madinger, Missions Pastor, Southland Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (July 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158134502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345025
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Eldred has founded numerous successful companies, including Ariba Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBA), the leader in the Internet business-to-business industry, and Inmac, which went public in 1987 and later merged with Micro Warehouse. He was named Silicon Valley "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1988. Internationally, Mr. Eldred is co-founder and director of Epicenter Technologies, a 1,000-person call center business based in India. He has also founded other ventures in Europe and China.

Currently, Mr. Eldred is an investor and founder/CEO of Living Stones Foundation Charitable Trust, where he focuses his efforts primarily on charitable projects. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Crosspoint Venture Partners, named by Forbes as the most successful venture firm for three years in a row. Mr. Eldred is also chairman of Parakletos Venture Capital. He is in much demand as a speaker and as an advisor to various business ventures.

Mr. Eldred holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was the Lauder Executive-in-Residence at Auburn University School of Business and was named a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

Mr. Eldred is the author of God Is at Work: Transforming People and Nations Through Business (Regal Books, 2005; Manna, 2009), named the number one book in the field by the Business as Mission Network, and the co-editor of On Kingdom Business: Transforming Missions through Entrepreneurial Strategies (Crossway Books, 2003), winner of a 2004 Christianity Today Book Award. He has been profiled in Executive Influence by Christopher A. Crane and Mike Hamel (NavPress, 2003).

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By B. Phillips on October 21, 2003
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I found this book just by searching on the title after reading a paper that a friend in India wrote on kingdom business. I have been hungry to learn what it means for me as an entrepreneur to have a Matt 6:33 'his kingdom first' mentality in running a for profit venture. I devoured this book and found it to be one of the most helpful I've seen yet, even though a primary focus of the book is more along the lines of how to advance missions more effectively.
The first section covers eleven case studies each written by a different author involved in a kingdom business. True to the title, most of these are ventures that seek to make a positive impact in Christian missions, particular in countries with restricted access. They are mostly (but not all) small companies primarily with a local presence trying to figure out how to survive in a self-sustaining way in addition to finding ways to serve people with a meaningful impact economically and spiritually. This is in juxtaposition with larger multinational, leading edge businesses or businesses with a presence only in a western country. However, I found many lessons and examples in the case studies that can benefit a Christian business person in these other environments as well.
The second part covers 9 essays on the subject of business and ministry, kingdom companies, etc. again each written by a different author. And the third section is a review or analysis of the case studies and the lessons learned. These sections were full of thought provoking nuggets for me as well. The appendices also include a fairly comprehensive bibliography of related reading material.
I came away with a stronger conviction that in all of my endeavors, business or otherwise, I should be asking "what can I do to seek first his kingdom?".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Victor Downing on January 14, 2006
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This book (along with Eldred's, God Is At Work) is the owner's manual for every Christian who has ever wondered if there just might be something redemptive about work. There is no fluff, no wasted words, no mental lapses, no insider-theological-jargon in this book. Instead, this book is packed with superior Bible exposition (especially see Wayne Grudem's, "How Business in Itself Can Glorify God"), many realistic examples, historical precedence, completely actionable conclusions, and a one-stop-shop bibliography.

Every pastor who takes seriously his responsibility to "tend the flock" must become completely conversant with the content of this book... and then must go out an LEARN about the world of his parishioners-at-work. Every Christian --especially every investor and every owner-- who reads this book will be wonderfully encouraged or strongly convicted and then powerfully motivated to make money make an eternal difference.

As a devoted follower of The Christ and a successful entrepreneur with Fortune 100 clients and assignments in Asia, North America, and Western Europe, I urge you to redeem your time by buying, studying, and implementing this book. Vic Downing, Silicon Valley California.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sijefredo Loa on January 9, 2007
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This is an excellent book for this interested in participating in foreign missionary work abroad either for a limited duration or a life time. This book is divided in two parts: why new strategies on doing missions must be implemented (it advocates doing so through business endeavors that are favorable to building national infrastructures) and examples of how these strategies have yielded results and those that have not. The book is a wealth of information on a paradigm shift for doing foreigh missions, a necessary read for all involved in such a calling.
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Credentials, - The authors credibility is off the meters! Learning from someone with Mr. Eldred's credentials and connections intrigued me to purchase, and, upon that merit alone I wasn't disappointed. The case studies, experiences, and data were very telling of his sophistication as a high growth entrepreneur and I find the material to be accurate in that regard.

Content, - The stories are from real Christian companies that are still up and running today. So this is an A+ for content. You can even Google these firms and they have withstood the test of time.

Topic, - This topic is so needed in ministry today. In fact, business literacy is amongst the top 3 or 5 things I'd say the body of Christ needs in order to fulfill its duties.


No visual, - Ugh. And this reason alone caused me to say the book needs an update. Business books with little to know visuals are slowly going extent, and I can't help but hope more Christian business books catch on fast. There were no diagrams, flow charts, murals, product photo's, executive portraits, money maps nothing, absolutely nothing to occupy the 90% of our brain that is visual [which means its left to picture something else while we read]. Just page after page after page after page of words.

No Storification,- Again, a symptom of an outdated book layout, it reads more like a textbook than a story. And yea sure, it is a textbook of sorts, but textbooks too should be themed and storified as it makes for clarity and ease of reading.

Overly niche, - He stayed on the topic of using business ownership to reach nations where Christianity is illegal or forbidden. While this is a noble cause, I think that is way too niche a use for kingdom entrepreneurship.
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