Entrepreneur and Author Uses Business Savvy to Unite Sacred and Secular

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New book explores new ways to revitalize aging and declining small churches.

As the church continues its march through the 21st century, it is wise to explore new ways in which to transition aging and declining small churches into growing centers of vital, life-changing ministry. Wade A. Martin's Spiritual Entrepreneurialism ($10.99, paperback, 978-1-60477-402-3) does just that by incorporating business ideas into the church that form a marriage between the sacred and the secular spaces. It is a story of how one small church, aging and in decline, experienced renewal and transformation by bridging the power of the Holy Spirit with business development tools from the small business sector. This book briefly explores the entrepreneurial drive of the early pioneers of the American Methodist movement and how recapturing the passion of their entrepreneurial spirit and using proven small business development principles can change a congregation for Jesus' sake.

Says Martin, "Many taboo the idea of incorporating business ideas into the church, wanting to keep the two aspects of life totally segregated. My experience in both the business world and the church indicates there is much the church can learn from small business, not so the church becomes like a small business, but so the church becomes vital and energized. Small business development principles are tools used for renewal, not the end in and of themselves."

Martin, who is pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Maryland, previously served in the U.S. Navy, had leadership roles in small private and public companies, and served as chair of the board of a nonprofit organization. Utilizing his whole life experience--education, past career, and current vocation--he has written this book from a practical application perspective so that readers will take advantage of his knowledge on the subject and use it to revitalize their churches, communities, and lives.

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 4,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Spiritual Entrepreneurialism through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.

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