Venture capitalists are people who have cash and expertise and relationships they use to help new businesses.
They want to invest some of that cash to give entrepreneurs resources to make purchases, do research, hire staff. Because some things only happen with money.
They want to invest their expertise into the leadership of those same businesses to help the growth happen as effectively as possible. “The three times I tried that, it failed. But if you try this, I’ve found it very helpful.”
They want to make mutually beneficial connections between the business and their relationships. “Give Chris a call, tell him I sent you.”
Recently, I was thinking about young friends with great ideas for serving people in the name of Jesus. I decided that they need spiritual venture capitalists. Not people with suitcases of God’s Special Favor. Not exactly.
But there are people who have spent a long time in conversation with God who can say, “I will pray for you every day. I will ask God to give you wisdom about the decisions you need to make for your project. I will pray that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with us, and that you may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. (taken from Paul’s request in 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2).
And they can say, “Here’s how I avoided that kind of pride and how I got trapped by that kind of activity.”
And they can say, “You need to talk with my friend Don who understands what you are trying to do.”
Some people think their lack of money gives them little impact. But their spiritual maturity is an asset I need. And if you are trying to work alone, you may need it, too.