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The Vocation of the Entrepreneur

The Vocation of the Entrepreneur

Are you called to enterprise?

That question is difficult to discern, especially when religious traditions have little to say about engagement in the marketplace. If you're a person of faith and drawn to business, it feels like you're on your own to figure it out.

But you're not alone. This workshop starts with that reality, because many people are discovering that entrepreneurship is a vocation, a calling to use God-given gifts to repair the world.

To get to that reality, you have to wrestle with your tradition as well as the dominant culture, which gives us just one narrow view of the entrepreneur: He (always “he” in the dominant narrative) is ambitious, driven, 110% committed and in it to win it 24-7. It's hard to see where faith fits in this definition of entrepreneurship.

That view is a caricature, of course. The reality is more complex. The emotional life of entrepreneurs goes up and down, and there are as many types of entrepreneurs as enterprises. Yet one thing they share in common: a sense of possibility — and here's where the faith connection becomes clear.

An entrepreneur sees potential where others see only problems; believes the world needs what the entrepreneur has to offer; and, filled with conviction and hope, undertakes a venture full of risk. That's a journey of faith for sure.

Yet entrepreneurship and faith are rarely connected by religion or culture — even though a growing number of people believe that business can be a force for good: for human flourishing, meaning-making and community-building.

Do you yearn to make the connection? If so, join entrepreneur and theologian Daniel Pryfogle for a special event Jan. 24 in Raleigh, N.C., to explore your vocation and work out a theology and spirituality of enterprise that affirms and sustains your engagement in the marketplace. You'll engage with other leaders to consider:

  • Formation: What personal, cultural and religious stories shape your understanding of entrepreneurship and what narratives invite you to contemplate a different way?

  • Vision: How do you cultivate a faithful imagination for business, a critical and creative insight for what's present and what's possible in one's self and the world?

  • Disruption and Innovation: How might your venture challenge the status quo and contribute to human flourishing?

  • Provision: How do you deepen trust in others and a Power greater than yourself to sustain you in the entrepreneurial journey?

The workshop will be held on Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Cannon Room of HQ Raleigh at the Capital Club, 16 West Martin Street, in downtown Raleigh.

If you're looking for a new take on entrepreneurship, a way to integrate faith and work, or clarity about your calling, check out this inspiring exploration. 

Fee: $65 

Sign up today!

About Daniel Pryfogle:

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Signal Hill, a leadership and brand studio that helps people lead through story, and founder of Senior Correspondent, an award-winning digital news venture that amplifies the voices of older adults for the good of society. He is also co-founder and pastor of Sympara, a covenantal community. Trained as a journalist, ordained as a minister, and baptized in business as an entrepreneur, Daniel delights in accompanying leaders as they discover and act on the power of their stories. He comes from a family of ministers and entrepreneurs, which means he has spent his life wrestling with vocation and mixing it up in the marketplace. He has taught in the Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management and the Faith-Based Leadership Institute. He guided the development of the Nollau Institute, a yearlong leadership formation program of the Council of Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Learn more about Daniel here.