Kingdom Business Development Limited is a company registered in England and Wales, company number 12673559. It has no association with any other organisation. This is not from choice it is because a collaboration went sour at the end of 2019.
Susan was given a choice. Either set up a charity so that they could control everything she was doing or make sure that there was no risk of anyone associating what she was doing to them. She had already decided that she was going to set up a business at some time in the future as a charity structure was incompatible with what she wanted to achieve. Sadly there was no third option of setting up a business. That meant the only choice was to go it alone and set up a business.
Is it a church or a business?
Even though it is a business Kingdom Business Development Limited has many of the same values and some activities that would not be out of place in a church. It is what some call a hybrid business that mixes ideas from the church world like prophecy with ideas from the business world like marketing and online courses.
We believe that if we see a need in society or some kind of injustice that we should do something about it. This means that they will find a way to DO something to help and support the poor and needy. One of the ways that this is done is by exchanging goods and services that help others for money that in turn can be used to help others. This creates a virtuous cycle in the community.
One of the ways that this can be done is by teaching people how to increase their material prosperity but this has to go side by side with developing ways to use it wisely. This includes helping them to use it wisely including helping those who are less able than themselves.
Another way that this is done is by teaching things that will improve their “emotional” prosperity. just as there are guidelines to material prosperity there are guidelines for emotional prosperity as well. The thing I like about Christianity is that if offers a damage repair system. A way of dealing with the effects of not following the guidelines for prosperity that has a long record of success.
This philosophy places great value upon human life. If a human life is valuable then everyone needs to be offered whatever support they need to be able to see their own value themselves. This we believe produces confident people who are willing to contribute to the well-being of society in a variety of ways.
We believe that everyone has different abilities gifts and talents and that it is important that everyone discovers what these are and develops them. In this way, they can find a place in society where they are comfortable and can perform to their best ability.
This can only add to their recognition of their own value as they and others see themselves as the best person for that role. This also enables and empowers people and makes it possible to achieve all that they are capable of doing.
Our values (aka the virtues we want to promote)
Here is a list of virtues that we would like to see developed in everyone involved with Kingdom Business Development Limited.
- hard work
- consideration of others
- merciful towards others
- commitment to excellence
- be good caretakers of all resources
- desire for constant improvement
In addition to these, we aim to demonstrate love to others by being patient, kind, not envious, not boasting, not proud, nor rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, not keeping a record of wrongs, not delighting in wrong-doing but rejoicing in the good, always protecting, trusting, hoping, persevering and never failing. That is a tall order but we all know that if we aim for the stars then we have a chance of reaching the moon. This is why we have no problem subscribing to the Faithworks charter.
Ideas borrowed from others
Some years ago now there was an organisation called Faithworks whose main purpose was encouraging those within the church do to more to meet the needs in the community. They drew up a charter in 2002 that those they were supporting could use to demonstrate their values to others. The following statements have been adapted from that charter. They were primarily working with charities rather than businesses. However, many of the same principles apply so we have modified their charter to better suit our needs.
We will provide an inclusive service to our community by:
- Never imposing our Christian faith or belief on others. (Remember there is a difference between sharing wise ideas from the bible that help people manage money better and imposing ideas that reflect Christian doctrine or creeds. We welcome enquiries and requests for more information from others that start a conversation but aim to be sensitive enough not to continue those conversations beyond the comfort zone of others.)
- Serving and respecting all people regardless of their gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical and mental capability.
- Acknowledging the freedom of people of all faiths or none both to hold and to express their beliefs and convictions respectfully and freely, within the limits of the UK law.
- Developing partnerships with other churches, voluntary groups, statutory agencies and local government wherever appropriate in order to create an effective, integrated service for our clients as well as avoiding unnecessary duplication of resources.
- Providing and publicising regular consultation and reporting forums to client groups and the wider community regarding the effective development and delivery of our work and our responsiveness to their actual needs.
We will value all individuals in a way that is consistent with our distinctive Christian ethos by:
- Creating an environment where clients, volunteers and employees are encouraged and enabled to realise their potential.
- Assisting our clients, volunteers and employees to take responsibility for their own learning and development, both through formal and informal training opportunities and ongoing assessment.
- Developing an organisational culture in which individuals learn from any mistakes made and where excellence and innovation are encouraged and rewarded.
- Promoting the value of a balanced, holistic lifestyle as part of each individual’s overall personal development.
- Abiding by the requirements of employment law in the UK and implementing best employment practices and procedures designed to maintain our distinctive ethos and values.
We will develop a professional approach to management, practice and funding by:
- Implementing a management structure, which fosters and encourages participation by staff at all levels in order to facilitate the fulfilment of the project’s goals and visions.
- Setting and reviewing measurable and timed outcomes annually, and regularly to evaluate and monitor our management structure and output, recognising the need for ongoing organisational flexibility, development and good stewardship of resources.
- Doing all we can to ensure that we are not over-dependent on any one source of funding. (We promote business-related strategies for earning money and encourage those who run a business to have a philanthropic outlook. Funding in the sense of looking for grants is a secondary strategy. However, the basic principle of not being overly dependent on a single resource, other than the one God, is a very sensible one.)
- Implementing best practice procedures in terms of Health and Safety and Child Protection in order to protect our staff, volunteers and clients.
- Handling our funding in a transparent and accountable way and to give relevant people from outside our organisation/project reasonable access to our accounts.