COUPLES IN BUSINESS
Cultivating Intimacy while growing a Kingdom Business
There are no scientific studies that indicate that entrepreneurs have a higher chance of divorce. However, according to Inc Magazine, launching a business can shatter the foundation of a marriage due to increased financial pressures, and the business can often feel like the “other lover,” drawing the attention of the spouse away from their marriage. Moreover, troubled marriages can put even a thriving business at risk. Headlines are full of influential, well-known CEOs facing marital failure.
The global rate of divorce has increased over the years, with over 50% of marriages in the United States ending in divorce. Though most Christians will agree with the biblical stance found in Malachi 2:16, stating God hates divorce, there seems to be no major difference between Christian and non-Christian divorce rates.
DOES BUSINESS SUCCESS REDUCE THE RISK OF DIVORCE?
Here are seven keys to minimizing the risk of divorce in business:
- Make sure that the business fits in God’s plan for your family, not just one of the spouse
- See the business as a family business, not his or hers, even if one of the spouses is not actively involved.
- Have clear rules of engagement between the business and the family
- Have routine meetings to update each other and pray about the business
- Have a clear role for the non-involved spouse, even if it is a passive role
- Identify key activities that the non-involved spouse can be involved in without disrupting the business operation
- Engage the non-involved spouse in some coaching sessions, update each other, and agree on key decisions that will significantly impact the family