This week we get into Part Two of the Lightning Round episode, fielding your questions. Henry, Rusty, and William tackle two really important questions for the faith driven entrepreneur: how we handle our resource of money and time.
In Part Two with Chip Ingram, CEO of Living on the Edge, we continue the discussion on faith and entrepreneurship from this Pastor to Entrepreneurs. Topics include ways on keeping church relevant to the entrepreneur's life, to how to handle failures and ways to handle power and influence righteously.
David Brickner, Executive Director of Jews for Jesus, spends time with the team in this week’s podcast. He gives perspective on the tragic events in Pittsburgh and shares a bit on how people of the faith can best share the gospel with Jewish neighbors through relationship building and honoring the common elements between Judaism and Christianity.
Jason Johnson, serial entrepreneur and founder of August Smart Homes, talks to Rusty and William about when the entrepreneurial itch first hit him while working at a large tech company. From humble beginnings, Jason explains how receiving a scholarship to Pepperdine University introduced him to the responsibility of calling and that entrepreneurship was a natural expression of that calling.
In part two from the Alpine Inn, Henry, Rusty, and William field more questions from our guests but first gave some background on Inklings, the gathering of faith driven entrepreneurs in the Bay Area who meet regularly in the same vain of the original Inklings gathering of faith driven thinkers C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Dorothy Sayer and others.
In this week’s episode, we take the show on the road. In the first live broadcast, Faith Driven Entrepreneur sets up at the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, California. This Q&A took place before our Inklings gathering of faith driven entrepreneurs.
This is a special episode for us. One, we think, definitely worth hearing. Why? Well there are few things more important in our lives than effective story telling.
There are few better people (maybe no one??) that do a better job at helping people tell their stories than Nancy Duarte from Duarte Design. They help CEOs of Fortune 100 companies tell their stories, and maybe something more impressive: they are the “go-to” firm to help TED presenters tell their stories well.
In this episode, Henry, William, and Rusty explore the topic of expressing gratitude in the workplace. They discuss how we can be more intentional with showing our thanks and appreciation to others as leaders. A starting point for this outpouring is finding a way to be grateful ourselves. When we do this, it resets our perspective and causes us to be grateful for others, their work, and their contribution.
In this week’s episode, one of our listeners, Marty, asked "how do you discern your calling". This is an incredibly light and easy to answer question that barely impacts an entrepreneur's journey, so this will be short. Of course I'm kidding, this is something we have all asked ourselves, and is something that is incredibly difficult to navigate alone ... so we had to phone a friend. We are super super lucky to have Dave Blanchard from Praxis join us on the podcast to help our listeners think through this issue.
We have a SPECIAL GUEST! Missy Wallace, Executive Director at the Nashville Institute for Faith & Work (NIFW) joins us and gives us her insights into the convergence of faith and work. She tells us a bit about her own journey, how she developed her theology of faith and work, the founding of NIFW and how she is equipping entrepreneurs today.
by Johnny Shiu
Whether it is in personal relationships, marriage, or business, being equally yoked with other Christ followers is highly preferable. Scripture encourages us, if not commands us in this direction. In 2 Corinthians 6:14, the Apostle Paul said, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
While this passage is historically viewed Paul’s warning against idolatry (as verses 7-18 seem to support), we believe that this Scripture also instructs us about business relationships when it comes to working with those who may not be Christ followers.
This issue can be very, very important in the life of an entrepreneur, so in this episode Henry, Rusty, and William share their own views and experiences on partnership and doing business with people that don't yet have the same worldview.
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Henry starts off by providing the evolution in his own thinking about the subject matter. Initially, Henry was focused on hiring or partnering the most qualified and best person for the job regardless of the person’s faith. Over time, he began to see that going through the hills and valleys of business, the person whom you are yoked with is incredibly important. If the person whom you are joined does not share your convictions, faith, and beliefs there may come a time when the institution/business enterprise may be compromised.
Rusty observes that it is often very difficult to hire someone who is equally yoked with you. In high level positions, there may be more opportunity to engage in executive searches and networks to identify those individuals. As a whole, given the size of the marketplace it may not possible to be yoked with a fellow Christian. Frequently, one may come into a business headed by non-believers.
Interestingly, the Apostle Paul addresses this scenario in the context of husband and wife. In sum, if a husband joins with an unbelieving wife, or vice-versa, Paul warns that you must not divorce. (1 Cor. 7:12-16) The point is we do not know if the unbelieving spouse would actually be saved through the believing spouse. Similarly, in business God can work through the believer and sanctify those who may not believe.
At Snocap, Rusty ended up working with a great person, Mr. Ali Aydar. While Mr. Aydar’s beliefs were not readily known at the time, Rusty built a relationship with him. Mr. Aydar now goes to church where Rusty goes; in fact, Rusty teaches Aydar’s kids in Sunday school. No matter the circumstances God seems to be able to work through it for his glory.
From William’s perspective, he comes back to his “why.” He adds that we are guided by God’s word. We need to use discernment. William makes sure he shares his why with others in any venture when possible. In fact, it’s important for your potential business partner to know everything that makes you tick. It is an opportunity to be authentic.
To be clear, Henry, Rusty and William all agree that employers in the United States must abide by all employment laws. And as faith driven entrepreneurs, we arguably may be held to even a higher self-imposed standard. We are by no means endorsing any type of discrimination in hiring practices.
As with many issues, we are in the world but not of the world. As faith driven entrepreneurs, we are in the world but not of the world. In business, we are confronted with issues that come with a spectrum of possibilities, i.e., gray area. Through thorough and honest vetting, prospective business partners may opt out if they do not share our convictions. Weaving together William’s point about sharing our “why,” and Rusty’s comment on how the hiring process can be a self selection process, prospects have ample opportunity to pursue the business opportunity or to pass.
In the end, as Christian entrepreneurs we not only abide by the law of the land, but also the word of our God. In the multiplicity of business scenarios, we can be authentic, faithful, and integrous in our work.
by Johnny Shiu
In this episode, Henry, Rusty, and William discuss the issue of calling. Many of us have heard God calling us to a particular purpose.
Romans 8:28 says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
To fulfill God’s purpose, we may be individually called to contribute through our lives and work.
In the work context, Rusty reminds us that you can be a Faith Driven Entrepreneur in any sector, whether it is in private, public, or the ministry space. We look to God for drive and direction.
How do we know that we are being called? What does it mean to have a calling?
Citing Pastor Tim Keller, William gives us a framework, which consists of three elements:
Affinity - what are you naturally drawn to
Ability - strengths and weaknesses
Opportunity - what’s needed of me
We all have an affinity towards something, whether it is a particular type of work, or industry. Of course, it is not enough to be attracted to a type of work, we need to play off our strengths while recognizing our own shortfalls. And all the while it is important to identify opportunities that match the two prior criteria.
Simply put, for our affinity we should “look out”; our ability - “look in”; and opportunity - “look up!”
When we are called God may place a burden in our heart. The burden could be so deep that it keeps us up at night. We also might feel a deep conviction that no matter what, we must pursue x or y or z.
Now, God may not speak to us audibly. The calling should not violate scripture or what God represents. This is why it is so important to have a framework that helps guide us.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, some of us may not even know that we have been serving in our calling. It might not be until we look back that we realize we have been doing what God has called us to do the whole time.
We hope you enjoy and as always, comments and reactions are welcome!
As Christians, we are all called to make disciples based on the Great Commission. How does that apply at work? In the workplace, how do we live out our faith honorably without perhaps overstepping the professional line?
In this episode, Henry, Rusty, and William tackle the question should we even evangelize at work in the first place?
In a competitive marketplace, a company’s benefits package is an announcement of its values and mission. We don’t really have look any further than the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do to you. In scripture we are told “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 12:31) Jesus here compared loving one’s neighbor as loving the “self.” Clearly, God knows that we love ourselves. The charge here is to love others with that same love.
In this episode of the Faith Driven Entrepreneur Podcast, Henry, William and Rusty tackle the issue of language. At one level, they aren't going to tell you anything that will surprise you....cursing is a bad thing and it's not helpful in the workplace, or anywhere else for that matter. The book of James hits this issue squarely, and so do dozens of other references. Yet there's some nuance here that we think is worth exploring as the effective use of language and even emotion are so incredibly important for us as leaders in the workplace.
In the first podcast, Rusty, Henry and I tell you a bit about why we started this podcast and what you can expect on the coming episodes. Included are the heart behind the project and a fantastic discussion of which colleges we are faithful too.