“Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” (Prov.3:3-4 TLB)
The story of Chick-fil-A is one of a fast food chain that is programmed to last. Reading their success story from the Entrepreneur Magazine really fascinated me. Its history dates back to the 1940s, when its founder S. Truett Cathy opened the Dwarf House. In 1967 in Atlanta, he used the recipe of the country’s first chicken sandwiches he introduced to the market to open the first ever Chick-fil-A.
The corporate culture of the fast food company stamps it with a specialty of vision which separates it from all its competitors. The company’s official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists “ To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us.”
No wonder the company has remained an A graded company; and its popularity is extremely high. It makes more money per restaurant than any other fast food chain. According to data from QSR Magazine, in 2017 alone its average sales per restaurant was about $4 million , compared to its competitor McDonald’s whose average was $2.6 million. And what more? By 2020, Chick-fil-A is expected to become the third-largest fast food chain, surpassing Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Burger King , according to a recent report by Buzzfeed.
Chick-fil-A has consistently followed some of the fundamental steps we started discussing last week and the ones we shall discuss today. And that has contributed in no small measure to their exponential success.
Last week we discussed 6 steps out of the 12 identified scriptural steps to building an enterprise that will last. (You can see last week’s post for the first 6 steps)
The remaining 6 steps are as follows:
1. Have a Definite and Clear Vision.
Vision gives you clarity, speed and longevity in business. Without vision, the business is destined to fail.
2. Give Yourself Wholly to the Demands .of the Business.
Failing to give yourself wholly to the business will create a hole in that business that could lead to its extinction. But giving yourself wholly to it makes it wholesome.
3. Let Your Company Sit on the Green Grass – Word Pasture.
Let your business be founded and operated on the principles of Scriptures. It is refreshing and gives you all round rest. ( Mark 6:39; Psalm 23:2)
4. Declare God’s Promises and Prophecies.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Speak life to your business and see it live.
5. Engage in Kingdom Practices.
Kingdom practices provoke the covenant to work for you no matter the circumstance. Kingdom practitioners serve God with everything they got – especially their lives and finances.
6. Connect to Your God – ordained Prophets for Impartation of Grace.
Prophets are ordained for your prosperity and to help you spiritually. Know that the spiritual controls the physical. And impartation of grace leads to establishment of destiny. (Roms.1:11)
It’s important to note that prophets speak God’s Word into your life and business. They don’t take the place of the Holy Spirit and they don’t make a merchandise of it.
If you build on these foundations, rest assured that the superstructure will withstand any contrary wind and will never wind-up. Rather it will be a blossoming institution that will be there at Jesus’ second coming.
To your lasting business,