Entrepreneurial Leadership (InterVarsity Press, 2013)
"This book, published in May 2013, is already being hailed by leading practitioners and educators throughout North America, Europe and Asia as the definitive guide to Christian entrepreneurial leadership, backed up by exhaustive research, practical experience and decades of teaching marketplace theology. Collectively, Richard J. Goossen and R. Paul Stevens have interviewed and worked with 100s of entrepreneurs in startups to multibillion dollar conglomerates, they have taught for over 60 years, and they have published and/or edited over 30 books. This book is ideal for individual study or as a mini-course for any fellowship group, leadership cluster or university class interested in learning the
essential biblical principles of entrepreneurial leadership. The book includes study questions at the end of each chapter. Further, and this is rare, the book is supplemented by online access to numerous interview transcripts and video profiles of highly-successful entrepreneurs. Be inspired to find your calling and to make a difference in the marketplace, church and beyond."
Endorsements from Thought Leaders & Top Practitioners Around the World......
“The church has long had an uneasy relationship with businesspeople. Too often entrepreneurs are regarded as second class Christians, useful only for their financial contributions to fund the “real” work of ministry. That’s a shame. And that’s why Entrepreneurial Leadership is such an important book. It not only counters this dangerous misperception; it provides equips entrepreneurs with the tools they need to live out their callings for God. Goossen and Stevens are gifted guides, adept at helping Christians understand and practice entrepreneurial leadership. I’ll be
recommending this book to every business and church leader I know.”
Drew Dyck, Managing Editor of Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Carol Stream, IL
"Anyone who wants to be his/her own boss -- to pursue opportunity and risk responsibility -- should think about God as entrepreneur. Goossen and Stevens bring an entrepreneurial God into dialog with the successful leaders of their research to enrich and enlarge our understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneurial leader and a follower of Jesus, in the workplace, the church and the world. This book will make you think about who you are, why you do what you do, and how you do it."
Walter C. Wright, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director, Depree Leadership Center, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
“There are so many books on leadership in the market that one wonders if there is need for another. However, Entrepreneurial Leadership: Finding Your Calling, Making A Difference demonstrates that the topic is far from exhausted. The rigorous, scholarly, yet popularly articulated research and ideas of Stevens' and Goossen's book truly command thought and reflection on the part of both established leaders and those just entering the roller-coaster world of guiding and directing others in the pursuit of a large vision. I'm impressed. I think you will be, too.“
Jim Cantelon, President, Visionledd (www.visionledd.com), author of When God Stood Up & Co-Host, “100 Huntley Street”, Crossroads Television Systems
“Wow! Entrepreneurial Leadership is chock full of wisdom, insight and provocative spiritual sidebars. Don’t speed-read this gem, you’ll miss the meat. Goossen and Stevens don’t just plow new ground—they dig deep. Their harvest is rich with meticulous and fascinating research from real life entrepreneurs. I was sobered and convicted, then inspired. The Risk-Taking God. The Temptations of Reward-Seeking. Five Misunderstandings of Calling. Managing Your Own Ego. Why Entrepreneurs Struggle With Church. It’s all there—and more. It’s an entrepreneurial feast. I’m buying a case of books for my entrepreneurial colleagues and the pastors who don’t get it—yet!”
John Pearson, author, Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit, and publisher/editor, Your Weekly Staff Meeting eNews, San Clemente, California
“At last, public policy, business, academic, and church leaders are beginning to come together to explore the pivotal role that entrepreneurs play in value creation and societal wellbeing. For decades, Rick Goossen and Paul Stevens have been at the forefront of empowering such conversations, bringing together diverse communities to explore the creative and redemptive nature of work in all of life’s settings. I can think of no better guides to assist Christian entrepreneurs in their mission-critical journey. “
John R. Terrill, Director, Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
“When entrepreneurship and authentic Christianity converge, the impact is almost always transformational. We see this in history and we see it today, all over the world. As this book represents that convergence, prepare for the transformational mission to which you’ll be called!”
Peter Heslam, Director of Transforming Business, University of Cambridge, UK
"Rick Goossen and Paul Stevens have drawn upon many years of experience, reflection and research to craft a thoughtful and truly unique volume. This book should be widely read as it is brimming with theological and practical insights that apply to entrepreneurial leadership as it is practiced in many settings."
Kenman Wong, Professor, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA & Co-Author, Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace.
“Evangelicals for much of the 20th Century ignored the political, economic and social marketplace, focussing instead on preparation for a more heavenly world. Goossen and Stevens break out of those fences, leading us to understand the Christ-given gift of the entrepreneur. This comprehensive treatment of Christ-centeredness in the marketplace provides a curriculum, offering wisdom, encouragement and counsel in this vital arena. It is not too much to say this book is an historic breakthrough on a subject too long ignored. I’ve begun my list of those to whom I will send a copy.”
Brian C Stiller, DMin, DHum, Global Ambassador – the World Evangelical Alliance & President emeritus – Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto, ON
“Richard J. Goossen has been for years speaking to successful entrepreneurs, organizing entrepreneurship conferences, and writing on entrepreneurship. R. Paul Stevens has been for years speaking as a marketplace theologian and advocating the integration of faith and work. There are numerous good features in this joint work. I like in particular the quote in the beginning and the Mini Bible Study at the end of each chapter. The quote points to the key concept in that chapter. The Mini Bible Study encourages readers to have a biblical foundation to nurture ideas.”
Kam-hon Lee, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Marketing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, PRC
“This book is critical for the 21st Century follower of Jesus. No one has thought more deeply and intentionally than Paul Stevens about the call to be faithful in the places that God locates us. The addition of Rick Goossen’s input on entrepreneurial leadership however takes it to a new level. The call to be transformative locally and globally is both a practical and thoughtful theologically conversation that weaves both the ‘why?’ and the ‘how?’ accessibly. It helps us understand our call. This is a must read for anyone thinking about faithful and ‘salty’ living.’”
Dr. Gary V Nelson, President, Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, ON and author of Borderland Churches
“Today more than ever we need Christian entrepreneurs who impact every area of society for the Kingdom. Rick Goossen and Paul Stevens have provided a tremendous resource that not only envisions entrepreneurs but also provides practical insights built on a solid biblical foundation. Applying the principles in this book, leaders empowered by the Holy Spirit can change the world.”
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO/Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance, New York, NY
“This is an important book that brings together the best research and a great deal of real world experience. I believe this book is a very helpful addition to help reframe how we think about Christian entrepreneurs and, more importantly, it is a book that will help entrepreneurs understand how they can use their entrepreneurial talents and drive to contribute to making the world a better place for all.”
Karl Moore, PhD, Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, PQ, recently ranked among the world’s greatest business thinkers by Business Strategy Review, published by the London Business School
“This seminal book on 'the lost notion of calling' and the inner voice of the entrepreneur breaks new ground, is supported by firm research, and is rooted in the spiritual capital of the Christian Tradition. Anyone trying to find their way in the maze of the marketplace would be better informed by READING it!”
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, Research Professor, Yale University, New Haven, CT and author of Doing Virtuous Business.
“I am delighted that Rick Goossen and Paul Stevens are collaborating in the writing of this much needed book. I know them both well, and they make a wonderful combination: Rick with his business and academic experience, and unrivalled knowledge of and passion for the subject of entrepreneurship; Paul with his wisdom, distinctive brand of insightful theology and practical application.”
Rev. Dr. Richard Higginson, Ridley Hall, Cambridge, UK & Editor, Faith in Business Quarterly
“This book – Entrepreneurial Leadership: Finding your Calling, Making a Difference – by Richard Goossen and R. Paul Stevens focuses on both the spirituality of being an entrepreneurial leader as well as the practical aspects of being one. In its ten chapters, the authors first address the essence of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership, humanistic and Christian models of entrepreneurship and the meaning and importance of work. The remaining chapters focus on the risks and rewards of being an entrepreneurial leader, finding the right opportunity, aspects of being an entrepreneurial leader and making a difference. By uniquely addressing both aspects clearly and concisely with examples, it is a must read for anyone starting or already involved in a Christian activity. The book equips individuals for all walks of life to be an entrepreneurial leader so needed in today’s world.”
Robert D. Hisrich, Ph.D., Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship & Director, Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale AZ, USA
"This book shows us that we can accept the challenge to lead by example within the creative and entrepreneurial character gifted to all of us by our creator. This is the guide to a real, working model for leadership and entrepreneurship; showing us that the key to the invigoration of our whole person and calling is found in Christ."
Allen Knight, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Gainey School of Business, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI, USA
“This blend of Christian anthropology, sociological research, and pioneering discipleship should trigger new fruitfulness in many lives.”
J.I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC
“Richard J .Goossen and Paul Stevens present a comprehensive and exhaustive treatise on entrepreneurial leadership that relates entrepreneurship to calling, giftedness, and God’s purposes. It is an excellent book on integrating faith and work, meaning and work ethic, soul and spirituality, and the essence and practice of entrepreneurial leadership. The book compares the Humanist and Christian models of entrepreneurship that is very helpful for those seeking deeper meaning in their work and business. I will recommend this as a textbook for our MBA students in Manila.”
Zenet Maramara, MBA, D.Min., Director, Center for Biblical Stewardship, Asian Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines
"Entrepreneurs can be most challenging for any organization, yet they are so critical at the time called for change. When the boundaries between church and marketplace are diminishing as of today, we need a book to explore the entrepreneurial leadership combines both 'how-to's’ and ‘how-comes’ that carries a strong biblical perspective. This is the book.”
Dr. Joseph Pai, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan ROC
“Entrepreneurship is often perceived as opportunistic or risk taking but seldom associated with leadership. Unless one appreciates that an entrepreneur is also a leader it would be difficult for the entrepreneur to be influential enough to make the difference. The authors have done an excellent job to help us not only appreciate the association but more important proved to us that we are created to make this happen. Becoming an entrepreneur and leader at the same time is natural and not mission impossible!“
Jeremy Gwee, Chief Operating Officer, Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Singapore
"Entrepreneurial Leadership provides a fresh biblical perspective on the concept of entrepreneurship. It is cognitive, critiquing humanistic understandings, reflective and practical. The sober approach to the subject especially in relation to wealth creation and loving your neighbour through work is much needed in the African Christian context which tends to gravitate towards the health and wealth extremes."
Dwight Mutono, Leadership Institute, Harare, Zimbabwe
“This is a book for “Everyone” - whether a business person, student, social worker, factory worker, or pastor, based on the premise that everyone has a calling and an inborn desire to make a difference. Stevens and Goossen have deftly fused the realities of Entrepreneurial Leadership with the truth that God made us and calls us to entrepreneurial activity in all spheres of our life. This book also makes an excellent textbook for equipping students to have a transformative impact locally and globally in their individual spheres through the integration of their faith and their work.” Dr. Gwen Dewey, Chief Academic Officer - Academic Dean, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA
“This book is a masterpiece! God’s Holy Spirit is infused in Rick and Paul’s comprehensive writing and into the perspective that God wants to use us to make a difference for Him in our sphere of influence. Reading and applying this book has the potential to change your business and your life. NOW!”
Terry Smith, Chairman, Smith Gardens, Bellingham, WA
“The partnership of Rick Goossen and Paul Stevens has produced a compelling and useful compilation of theological and practical insights. The book is rooted in the enduring truths of scriptures as well as the lessons learned from interviewing hundreds of Christian entrepreneurs. This will be an encouraging and helpful resource for those who find their calling in entrepreneurship.”
Dr. Mitchell J. Neubert, Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business & Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Baylor University, Waco, TX
“Paul Stevens and Rick Goossen have done marvelous work in integrating faith and entrepreneurial work as well as balancing theological and the practical needs. This book helps me to reflect more in-depth in my practice of entrepreneurship. It guides me to form a solid framework to continue in mentoring and coaching Kingdom Entrepreneurs in Asia. I pray that this book will inspire those who respond to God’s call in becoming Kingdom Entrepreneurial Leaders to become salt and light to the world through their work.”
Jimmy Pak, Founder and Managing Director of Net-Makers Limited, Hong Kong & Coordinator of Toys Christian Fellowship Hong Kong.
“This book is a captivating effort by Rick Goossen and R.Paul Stevens to integrate two big themes theologically and practically – Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Indeed, this books is a handy tool box made available for non-Christians, theologians, pastors and marketplace Christians.”
Cheong Seng Gee, Executive Director, P.O.D. Advisory, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“This is a must read for all Christian entrepreneurs! We are surrounded by cutting-edge books, journals and magazine articles on the “how to” of entrepreneurship, but little has been said about combining the “how to” with the “how come.” Christian entrepreneurs have a bigger calling; they need to build a viable business, but also a business that is pleasing to God and builds the community. This book brings together an entrepreneur and a theologian to present a Christian concept of entrepreneurship and work. What does God’s unfolding of creation has to inform us about entrepreneurship and innovation? How can a business becomes a location for spiritual formation? How do we manage ourselves to be better entrepreneurial leaders and how can entrepreneurs engage their churches and the wider community to make a difference.”
Clive Lim, Managing Director, LEAP International Pte Ltd., Singapore
"In this book, Dr. Stevens and Dr. Goossen vividly demonstrate how we can effectively integrate business and entrepreneurship up to our faith. I am from the Philippines, the only Christian nation in Southeast Asia where more than 90% of its citizens are professing Christians and majority of businesses are owned by small and medium entrepreneurs, this book has profound implications not only to the individual but to the nation as well. If every Christian will operate his or her business in accordance to Biblical principles then he or she can be a credible witness for Christ and make a difference in this world."
Dr. Mary Grace Sumbillo, Human Resource & Organizational Development Consultant & Executive Team, Christ@Work Philippines Inc., Philippines