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Faith and Marketing

Running a Faith Based Business isn’t an easy thing to do. I’ve been a Christian for over thirty years and our business is based on our Christian values fueled by prayer.  We would like other business owners who share in running a business by faith to unite together and stand strong in our world today. We stand amazed at what God has done in our lives through our Christian ran business and we feel a great desire to encourage other Believers.

We put our full trust in God when we began our business, Apostle Internet Radio, over 7 years ago. When we first started out in the business arena of Internet Radio, 12 years ago, we were yolked to worldly based people who did not believe that a Christian Radio Station could survive and make money in the world we live in.  After much stress and the near loss of our business, we closed the book on our original stations (mainly secular stations) and branched out on our own to the calling the Lord had given us 5 years before.

Apostle Radio was a vision from God. In pure faith, we started our company on a shoestring and a prayer.  The struggles we faced – lack of knowledge of Internet Marketing, Fear of the unknown, Bad Reputation of the world wide web, and the fight of change, were stressful and sometimes very defeating. The only place we had to turn was to God, the one who directed us to this new and challenging venture.

There were times when I personally was ready to give up, walk away and not look back! These were the times when I had not put my full faith in God and the vision He had bestowed upon us.

How do you over come?  Prayer!!!

I would pray a hundred times a day, lol that’s what it seemed like, asking God “what I was doing wrong” “why couldn’t people understand” “how are we going to survive” and then I would start the day over again, experiencing the same thing.

Then one day it came to me… God placed me in this position to learn what the meaning of “Total Faith in God” really meant.  It’s easy to say “I trust God” but when it came to finances and paying bills, well…I felt like I had to do it on my own since my prayers weren’t being answered fast enough to keep the phone and electricity on.   So when God asked me “do you have Faith in Me”  I realized that He was talking about unconditional, unquestionable, total trust and faith that He would take care of me in all aspects of my life.

Once that sank in …. (about 3 months of struggling) I said ok… I am throwing you the reigns to my life, my finances, my business, the whole works.  I no longer want this stress and struggle in my life.  7 years later we are still here, still putting the Word of God out on our Internet Radio Station, Apostle Radio and we are maintaining our home, office and some fun time by the Grace of God and the Faith we have in Him.

We don’t worry how our bills will be paid, God always provides. We don’t stress over who our next client will be, God always provides. We don’t fight the lack of knowledge or the fear of the Internet, God has allowed technology to catch up to us, and we no longer struggle with who we are,  God has marketed and branded us to the world by giving us the knowledge to teach others, the building of trust to dispel the fears, and the longevity in business to prove that “the Internet is not just a passing phase”.

You must have Faith in every aspect of your life to find the success you desire. God does fill our desires and flourishes our needs. And God will bless you abundantly when you Walk by Faith in Life and in Business.

So why do we Market by Faith? My question to you… is there any other way? 🙂

I would love to hear your success stories.

It’s time for some God Sized Dreams to be brought to fruition and that can only happen when a believer makes God part of every decision.

Do you rely on Faith to Market your Business

Questions first- Answers follow:

1)How many times have you made decisions in your business and had a tight feeling gnawing at you in the pit of your stomach?

→ Many of us have experienced this gnawing in the pit of our stomach. This is the first indication that something just doesn’t feel right in the deal we are about to make. It’s a warning for our spirit, a red flashing light that is given to us. However, it is our choice how we react to it and what decision we make.

2. How many times have you ignored the feeling?

→ Don’t get defensive! Many times we choose to ignore this feeling, thinking that we know this is the right way to go. Sometimes it turns out ok, many times it doesn’t. We justify our actions by telling ourselves that “it was a learning lesson” but we know that it usually ends up making us bitter to which ever media or company we lost our butts too.

3. How many times has that decision come back to bite you in the butt?

→ On a normal, especially for me, when I go against the gut feeling I have a 98% rate of it coming back to bite me in the butt.  This is true in most businesses, however business owners fail to see it until years down the road. Why?  Because the are focusing on what to do to grow their business in a frame of mind that leaves them open to every “best thing since the butter knife” scheme that comes along.

4. How much money has been wasted by making those bad decisions?

→ Thousands of dollars each month are wasted on these bad decisions, especially for new or young companies trying to make their mark on the community and the world.

5. How to avoid making bad decisions?

→ Listen to your gut feeling. It’s there for a reason!  As a sales person and the Head of our Marketing Dept. I know when someone is hesitating about using our services.  The body language is totally different and will change when you switch from services to when you start talking money, especially when it is out of “their perceived price range”.  So my advice here is… if you have a gut feeling, take a day or two to think about what is offered, do the research to make sure they are who they say they are, ask for local references in the area already using the service, make sure it is a fit for your business (this is a big key) and find a friend or coach to discuss it with if you still have doubts.

No matter what you think, do or attempt the final piece of advice is to pray about it!  God gave you the Holy Spirit as a guide. So why not talk to the Master when you are making decisions in your business.

Market your business by Faith, trust the message you receive and reap the rewards of your do diligence. Have a safe and fun Memorial Weekend and God Bless all of you who are striving to include God in your life, your business and your Marketing.