In the steps of creation the word logos was used. Logos has been translated into 25 different English words. Logos means the expression of thought, the embodying of a conception or idea. It also encompasses the work required to bring the idea to fruition. To establish a plan for oneself involves putting a structure to what it is you are planning to do. Therefore, I, the audacious one, do hereby call the potentials as outlined by God’s Word active and verifiable in this day. And to this end I do put forth this proposition to be outlined in its entirety for consideration, thought and prayer on the part of you the reader with the freedom to develop the concept or some variation thereof at your own discretion. This is of course predicated upon finding merit in its premise. It is my belief that this is a portion of occupying until the Lord comes and a means to demonstrate kingdom principles on earth while simultaneously administering the Lord’s Table for the needy. For lack of a formal title I shall dub this enterprise “God’s Refinery”. An incubator is an enclosed apparatus in which prematurely born infants are kept in controlled conditions, as of temperature, for protection and care. Business incubators are programs designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by incubator management and offered both in the incubator and through its network of contacts. Incubators vary in the way they deliver their services, in their organizational structure, and in the types of clients they serve. Successful completion of a business incubation program increases the likelihood that a startup company will stay in business for the long term and they become independent. Older studies found 87% of incubator graduates stayed in business, in contrast to 44% of all firms. This concept will be ignited as a microcosm in which people shall prepare to rule and reign with our High Priest. It is a place of training and learning to operate in the principles of higher law. The entity will be built step by step, carefully planned and constructed preparing each portion for specific purposes. This place or person is to be loved as God’s own and doted upon with affection and to be carefully equipped with every component necessary for the reproduction of God’s creation methods. It will be a place to learn of God’s absolute sovereignty over every circumstance while disregarding the obvious conditions, acknowledging God as the instigator behind every event. The incubator is prepared and operated as a precision machine in a carefully planned environment designed to continuously generate the cyclical conditions for spiritual growth. It is an incubator designed to produce the spiritual offspring of God. It shall be very much like Gilgal which represents spiritual conception both spiritually and naturally for Gilgal was the first tiny possession for Israel in the land of Canaan. It was the embryo from which grew the possession of all the Promised Land. In the wilderness near Gilgal Jesus was taught and tested by the Spirit of God. This is the place to become pro-active instead of reactive, becoming a warrior, a person of battle, a soldier in Christ.
If you remember the discourse of “In my Fathers House there are many mansions”, then you have the right concept in mind for setting up an environment of an incubator. Rather than traditional building partitions with closed ceilings, an interior of open-ended and partially enclosed architecture will outline the various neighborhoods. The project is conceived as a city or town, with a series of “buildings” within a high bay space (the heavens), organized hierarchically, with the town square and meeting facilities at the center. Office use spaces will create the perimeter of the community, providing frontage for the primary interior Main Street, and enclosing a number of store fronts/offices, support facilities, the conference center and stand-alone office modules. Whereas most business incubator operations are set up to nurture a business to the point of weaning, “God’s Refinery” moves to expand understanding and the area of influence to an ever larger extent and to continuously create further impact to the surrounding environment. We are to be God’s representatives to this community on earth. We are an image of Him. He created us so: Gen 1:26 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” In 2 Cor. 3:18 we find the progression of being transformed into his image becoming more like him all the time. “For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit”. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” Rom 8:29. My point, our Lord is a Creator, our Lord sustains his people and our Lord tells us to work. “My Father is working until now, and I am working”. Perhaps it is once again my audacious nature but if my Dad had been a shoemaker and taught me his trade and, upon his departure, I continued on with his work, then did I not carry on the trade? Am I not just like my dad? “How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business”? Jesus told you and I to do the things he did and he also said that we by the Holy Spirit would do even greater things because he would be returning to the Father. When Jesus returned to his Father’s business elsewhere, he gave us the charge to carry on in his absence and to prosper in his absence and to ultimately make an accounting to him upon his return. I believe that establishing a means to care for people and to reveal the Wonder of the Lord then I am being a faithful steward. Therefore, I continue on with my proposition of helping people to help themselves so they can help others and the others can help others and onward. Can we do all things through Christ who strengthens us? I for one am going to find out because I believe him and I trust him and I believe this mission of God’s Refinery to be consistent with his charge and I believe our Lord to be a builder and I believe it no small significance that Joseph was a carpenter. So you say what can one man do with his Father? If you have read the scriptures I think you know this answer. Who are you but a carpenter’s son? Who are we in Jesus but God’s sons or daughters and to me that means “always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies”? Moving forward on this project, I see a trajectory then, a principle of duality, because as we tend to the needs of the flesh we are actually tending to needs that are spirit and these two are at war. “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” Gal 5: 17. The part of this verse that I underlined is the main issue to be addressed through the activities of the refinery. Consider: Dreamers may like dreaming, inventors may like inventing, but not so many of them like the effort of putting their ideas into action. In fact the action part of the cycle involves more creativity and innovation than ever, perhaps, to the point of even recreating yourself to be a person of action.
Existing Business Incubators
I have listed what the latest and greatest world business incubators now afford their tenants in terms of support services. The list is quite impressive and all-encompassing. Yet many of the features are necessary and should be included in the “Refinery”. A number of them are accomplished through working agreements with other entities on an as needed basis. As the incubator concept has evolved, the range of services offered by incubators has greatly expanded. Early incubators provided access to a photocopier and a conference room, clerical support, and perhaps switchboard services. Today, incubators themselves provide, or provide access to, a broad spectrum of office, business consulting, and professional services, and probably would be better labeled as business programs. The most common in-house and outside services offered are listed below:
Typical incubator staffing
Clerical services, switchboard services, voice mailbox, electronic mailbox, telephone equipment, FAX service, postal service, overnight courier service, notary services, photocopier, and VCR/TV equipment, audio-visual equipment, conference room, printing services, furniture rental, laser printing/graphics, auto service discounts, and sports ticket purchasing. Business consulting services may include business plan preparation, financial planning, advertising and marketing, strategic planning, technical and commercial communications, relocation planning, capital development (equity and debt services), business taxes, employee relations, R&D, and government procurement. Professional services include legal/patent services, accounting, business development (including sales/marketing), and technical/scientific support, among others. Professional services may be provided at special discounts to incubator tenants. Some incubators arrange for new tenants to initially receive some professional services at no cost or at a deep discount. Given that entrepreneurs have no time to spare, professional service providers are often regularly available at an incubator and make themselves available for support and consultation. I just laid out a synopsis of how a successful worldly business incubator is designed and structured but the Refinery of which I speak has all of these support services and more as all things are available to those that love the Lord. If you are truly perceptive, then you can begin to conceptualize the real intent of the refinery is to create an economy within an economy, in other words, constructing a building within a building, or you might say a person within a person. When the interior building grows large enough the outer building must be torn down or modified to allow for expansion and further development. And as this expansion further develops it absorbs within itself the economy that pre-existed prior to its inception to create a new economy to be measured. This is not unlike new product development within a company. When a company’s Research Department works on a new product, it usually does so behind closed doors. It is tested, modified and retested before they roll the product out for public consumption. While this invention is going on, the sales, marketing and public relations departments are designing and carrying out ways to inform the consumer of its merits and why you need it to live better or more efficiently. So it is in the political world. Many plans abound that are kept secret from the public until a “test time” has been completed and a trial balloon has been sent out to see if it is shot down by public clamor. (It is like sending the dove out from the ark to determine if it will return again with signs of change.) If it is not, a bigger balloon is launched for the same purpose. Finally, whenever one has generally accepted the premise the power elites openly discuss and implement “change”. This change is but a small part of the overall agenda and if sensitive, you will soon discover new attachments to the original idea that incorporates even more of the same strategies disguised into a more complex package, that further conceals the issue from its modest beginning so much so, the original issue has been absorbed into a greater whole and you either no longer recognize it or don’t care. This same protected environment provides a canopy effect to those Saints who have been called and dared to step out in faith from the world’s systems and trust in the Lord. This concept should be viewed as an embryo or a matrix for the entry of a larger working enterprise to unfold and provide for freedom of expression and individual growth in Christ. In other words, growth continues to the point that one day, sometime in the future, you come to the realization that all of creation is within you and you have become like him both inside and outside of time. When this occurs you will find that all the support services and equipment needed to make a business successful in an incubator, were indeed provided by the Holy Spirit and the success rate is not 87% but 100%. How do I know? “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, (consultants, accountants, instructors, etc.) to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (The 100% success factor)
One project I am contemplating is called the Senior Achievement Corporation. Maybe you have heard of Junior Achievement where those in business or positions of responsibility help young people learn the principles of business, I propose establishing a mechanism to enable people who have learned and performed in their areas of expertise a means to develop and implement income generating potentials to augment or supplement incomes to meet the challenge of rising costs of living. The plan is detailed and too lengthy to expose here but the point is that this is just one idea. There are many other ideas that can be developed including invention and prototype potentials. Maybe you have ideas you have thought about but had no means to develop them. I will assist idea development for those interested. Let’s build an economy within God’s economy.