What Do We Plan to Do With an MBA?

“Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling never fails of employment.” Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Now that the celebration is over, I ponder on what the Jeub Family will be doing with its Masters in Business Administration. Our family has never made a large amount of money, so I often quip the avenue now will be to “make a lot of money.” This is tongue-in-cheek, really, because we have many more goals and values than simply making money. Here are the goals of the Jeub Family as of 12/18/05:

1. To grow Training Minds Ministry. This educational 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry provides camps, seminars, local classes, and resources for academic speakers and debaters participating in the National Christian Forensics & Communication Association. This ministry started out as Jeub’s Debate Publications–way back when I was a public school teacher in the 90s. Check out our mission statement. We have big plans for 2006 and are now seeking donors to help finance these exciting educational and ministerial programs. If you would like to help or see the benefits that come out of helping, see our donate page.

2. To develop Monument Publishing. Part of the requirements from the IRS for establishing the educational non-profit ministry was to create a separate taxable publishing arm. Monument Publishing currently publishes works associated with Training Minds Ministry, but we want to broaden its opportunities to include quality publications that tie the “heart and the mind.”

3. Grow Internet Asset Manager. When I was sitting at Commencement, approximately 70 Regis graduates received their diplomas for Masters of Non-Profit Management. The graduate next to me knew of Training Minds Ministry and asked, “Why aren’t you getting one of those diplomas instead?” Good question, of which Internet Asset Manager has a great answer. Non-profits aren’t lacking for non-profit management; they are lacking in electronic development. As I learned early-on working at Focus on the Family, one of the nation’s largest and most influential nonprofit ministries, understanding the Knowledge Age was the biggest need for ministry in the 21st century. I plan to grow this business with the end-goal of powerful ministry.

4. Jeub Family. Why is business (such a capitalistic venture) so important to family? The answer to that is exciting. I believe that business is imperative to accomplishing your calling. As Thomas Jefferson said of business, “A man who qualifies himself well for his calling never fails of employment.” I am not so concerned of employment as much as I am concerned of calling. As a parent of 13 children, my job, really, is to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6)–essentially guiding him to his calling. Mom and Dad’s job in the Jeub Family (and I would argue with yours, too) is to empower each child to follow God’s will.

What this will look like I don’t yet know. Like all parents, I’m figuring that out as I stumble through life. This isn’t daunting…this is exciting! Jesus Christ is walking alongside the Jeubs, teaching them and molding them according to His purpose. The four bullets above is what God is laying on our plates now, but I’m sure it will be much different 5 years from now. If that doesn’t sound exciting, I don’t know what would!

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.