Start with the end in mind. -Stephen R. Covey
Opening a food business is extremely difficult! If I can be frank, it's hard as hell! What makes this experience worthwhile? Simply put--my family! The Gospel Chick is certainly only in the infancy stage of operation, however, I keep the evolution of our enterprise as my primary consideration. I always try to extend my vision to include the mature result that I one day hope to fulfill. I know that one would think of the idea to consider and visioneer the conclusion of your business or organization as ridiculous. For me, not so much. One day, I hope to pass this company and brand down to my children and grandchildren. T.D. Jakes, famed author and pastor, eloquently shares in his book Soar, "knowing what you hope, envision, want and would like to happen is crucial to how you build your vision from the ground up.": This thought urges one to consider how they lay a foundation to build things.
As we move to build and expand the brand of The Gospel Chick to include The Holy Hell Kitchen, we were led to consider the community and people at the center of the brand. You might ask, "What about the food?" Food is our passion, however our obsession is offering Calvert and Southern Maryland community the best hospitality experience through our sharing of authentic southern cuisine. One of our new goals is to become a household brand in the Southern Maryland community. One of the greatest risks with this sort of thinking is that one must consider people over profit. While we are in business for profit, we are seeking to build a community that will gather, grow, and "go" with us on a journey that we believe is centered on faith.
When most people think of faith, they typically think of Christianity. Before I proceed more deeply into my thoughts about faith, it is important to clarify that we are not trying to push a Christian agenda in our brand or this blog. While we are Christians, I know some people tune out when they hear things centered around faith, particularly Christianity. I want to be cautious that our particular brand of faith doesn't stop someone who doesn't share our faith from hearing this message. I truly believe that whatever religion you subscribe to or practice (or even if you don't subscribe to one at all), we can all hear the voice of God inside us. So, if your God is recognized by the name of Jesus Christ, Allah, Buddha, or Krishna, it doesn't really matter to us! What matters most is that you are open and respectful to all around you--your community!
The faith we share as we open The Holy Hell Kitchen and expand The Gospel Chick footprint is simple. We are believing in a concept that we physically, tangibly, and fiscally can't source on our own. Yet, we are hopeful for a community of supporters and believers to birth a dream, share hope and sow love during the most unusual time in our world--a global pandemic. Business experts say the timing is not right, yet we believe the is time is always right! This is the faith that we stand on--and there is "no shame in our game." Whether it's physically or literally, we are called to feed one another. We choose to feed our community through Authentic Southern Cuisine, Radical Hospitality & Superior Customer Service. One of my favorite chefs, Todd Richards, stated that "food is a religion on its own." We are simply trying to be great preachers of the cuisine through the sharing of real food for real people--our neighbors and community! We invite you to consider "the end in mind" amid this pandemic - Friends, walk in faith, put both feet on the ground in the midst of the storm and walk boldly while maneuvering through unfamiliar territory! Let's faith it together! #itsthegospel #itsafamilyaffair