Christian Retailing

Structured for ministry Print Email
Written by Kevin Ferguson   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 09:08 AM America/New_York

KevinFergusonOwner’s pastorate, used book program help to offset costs

If someone would have told me in seminary I would be the owner of a Christian bookstore, I would have laughed. But God is the expert at directing our lives in such a way that my wife and I are humbled and awestruck.

Pay yourself with peace of mind Print Email
Written by Charlene Wiggs   
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 02:35 PM America/New_York

Smart organization and time management mean less stress

CharleneWiggs-TheMastersMercantile (2)Retailers always want more time and money. The good news is that with organization and time management, you can have both. You will be able to spend more time with your customers, have better-trained employees, get your bills paid and experience less stress. How do you make this ideal a reality? Start with being deliberate in how you spend your time.

Find success with church-store partnerships Print Email
Written by Cheryl Blythe   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:42 AM America/New_York

How your store can connect with and serve the local church

CherylBlytheCultivating strong relationships with area churches is vital for the Christian retailer. Church sales can drive the future of your store as a business and a ministry. With economic downturns, technology changes and big box competition, sales from churches will make your store viable and sustain your business through difficult seasons.

Delegate—don’t dump Print Email
Written by Kelly Harding   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 02:39 PM America/New_York

Assigning duties according to ability makes for a great team


As retailers, we have a lot on our daily “to-do” list. From meetings to inventory control, payroll to stocking shelves, we have no trouble keeping busy. It is a given that our daily checklist will go unfinished into the next day only to grow longer. Add in our family or personal life, and it is easy to see how one could become overwhelmed by the day-to-day responsibilities. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a way to accomplish some items without taking time and attention away from others? What if there were one word that would allow us, as business owners and managers, to truly focus on high-priority tasks without sacrificing the remainder of our “to-do” list? There is such a magnificently simple word—delegation!