The Swedish attitude towards the “entrepreneurial spirit” hinders us from the planting of new churches!

I read an article in last Sunday’s SVD under the business and economy section, Linda Skugge quoted Signhild Arnegård Hansen who stated that the attitude of Swedes hinders many from becoming entrepreneurs.

I will not confuse the planting of new churches with business endeavors, but this article confirmed something that I have been fighting against for many years; the fear many Swedes have, both Christian and non-Christian alike for insecurity and instability especially in the financial area of their lives.

I have literally met hundreds of people throughout my years in Sweden who expressed to me the calling and desire to be pioneers and church planters. However, few of them have actually become involved in ministry in these areas.

There are a number of reasons for that… one of the main reasons that I see after having talked with many of them is the unwillingness to make sacrifices. Many of them would be interested to be involved in a church plant or pioneering ministry IF THEY WERE EMPLOYED!

I suspect that the overwhelming majority of our potential pioneers and entrepreneurs are brought to slumber and cuddled to death within our anti-entrepreneurial church environment and society.

Another reason for the quenching of the entrepreneurial spirit is found in the educational modes within our Bible schools and theological institutions which prepare and equip teachers and (maybe) hopefully pastors, but surely not prophets, evangelists and apostles. In these organizations and institutions little attention is given to the development of leadership and the release of entrepreneurs… If you ask me (who is?) we have a whole lot of equipping and releasing to do in the Church to catch up to the challenges of the 21st century. We have a whole lot to learn and to sacrifice if we ever want to regain the kind of pioneering spirit which exploded in tremendous missionary and church planting endeavors within our nation and beyond as found in our rich and courageous history within the Swedish churches!

That’s the Way I see it!

John van Dinther


4 responses to “The Swedish attitude towards the “entrepreneurial spirit” hinders us from the planting of new churches!

  1. Great points John!

  2. smart och intressant!

    Let’s not cuddle ourselves or eachother to death! But dare to live for Christ!

  3. Tack John, för en bra text. Jag instämmer och eftersom jag är inblandad både i församlingsgrundande och utbildning ska jag försöka ta vara på det du säger. Jag tycker du har helt rätt i båda punkterna och hoppas att vi steg för steg ska kunna ändra på detta. Det är nödvändigt om vi ska lyckas med vårt uppdrag.

  4. Utmanande text. Tack

    Det hender veldigt interessanta saker i den Angelikanska kyrkan och metodistkyrkan i England for tiden. Man har innsett at ting må forandres og man har åpnet opp for “fresh expressions of church” (

    Også innen presteutdannelsen vurderer man endringer med mer fokus på evangelisering, misjon og nytenkning for å nå kirkefremmede. Blir spennende å følge med på utviklingen i England. Kan hende vi har ting å lære derfra.

    Gud velsigne deg. God jul!

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