Christian Franchises and the Modern World: How Faith Works in the Marketplace
To begin with, let’s dispel a common myth: There’s no such thing as a Christian franchise or business. People are Christians; businesses are just businesses. At Office Pride, we are a faith-based business, and as such we operate under certain principles. One of them is that everyone is welcome here, no matter what their faith, as long as they embrace our values and are willing to live by them. It’s true many of our franchisees are Christians, but it is character not faith that we look for in a potential new franchise owner.
For us, Christian franchises mean we believe the Bible has a lot to say about running a business and we follow the Bible’s teachings on how business should be conducted. We expect the same from our franchisees and their employees. Customers can trust us when we say we’ll provide specific services at a certain price, because our word is our promise. We treat our lowest-paid part-time worker as respectfully as our top-paying customer. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the Lord.
At Office Pride, we believe in teaching our franchisees how to fish, metaphorically, rather than just giving them a fish, in keeping with the tenets set forth by the Bible. We know by treating everyone fairly and providing our franchisees with the tools to be successful it will translate into success for everyone.
In every business, faith-based Christian franchises or otherwise, there will be challenges and difficulties. Financial struggles can occur. Personnel matters will crop up that have to be dealt with. Customers come and go, slow periods happen, sometimes employees have to be replaced. We live in the real world, and true believers understand that things aren’t always rosy. But that’s the beauty of having faith to lean on. We have a guidebook that tells us how to act with honesty and integrity in every situation – the Bible. And we keep putting one foot in front of the other during those challenging times, trusting that God has a plan for us and will show us the way.
Maybe you’re wondering to yourself: How do Christian franchises work in an increasingly globalized world? The short answer is, quite well. At its core, Christianity stands for mutual respect, opportunity, honesty, and forgiveness. These turn out to be traits that are well-suited for business in general, and Office Pride is concrete proof of this. Our core values have enabled us to create a network of chain of Christian franchisees that is filled from top to bottom with are hardworking, respectful individuals who are experts in customer satisfaction.
Care to learn more about our Christian franchises? Download and read the Office Pride Culture Book and contact us today.