Practical Advice

Dear Son ...

Dear Son ...

A White Paper from The Christian Economic Forum

Matt Lesser shares a personal letter he received from his father to encourage him as an entrepreneur —“We have the opportunity and the responsibility to influence generations for God’s Kingdom through the marketplace. It will take concentration of effort and unified commitment to creating financial, cultural, and Kingdom returns…for such a time as this. As you embark on this journey, keep these principles at the forefront of your thinking: Vision, Impact, People, Balance, and Returns.”

How Christians Can Experience Deeper Rest

How Christians Can Experience Deeper Rest

Please enjoy some of the great content from our friends at Theology of Work, originally published on their website. TOW Project resources are meant to be both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical. In this article, they discuss both Biblical examples and practical ways for believers to experience deeper rest.

The 7 Most Common Mistakes of Coaches

The 7 Most Common Mistakes of Coaches

In this post, Dr. John Ng of Eagles Leadership Institute out of Singapore discusses why coaching has become a necessary tool for managers and leaders today but how many coaches do not perform well in their roles. The reasons why range from planning to chemistry to just simply talking too much!

Purposed worKING: Two or More

Purposed worKING: Two or More

In this post, Rusty Rueff shares one of his daily devotional blog posts. Rusty connects the difficulty of running a business with lessons from our spiritual journey. To do so on one’s own is not the easiest, instead when two or more work together, we can strengthen one another. Take a look to read more.

How to Be a Great Mentor

How to Be a Great Mentor

Rick Woolworth shares his top tips on how to be a great mentor -  1) Share your stories; 2) Mentor the whole person; 3) Introduce your mentee to your network. He also reminds us that “mentoring is not only wonderfully rewarding, it is one of the few things we do where we get better with age. By utilizing the three practices presented here … you can become a more effective mentor and have a generative impact that will be felt for years to come.”

Invest in Emotional Health

Invest in Emotional Health

A White Paper from The Christian Economic Forum

“I am increasingly convinced, however, that we have missed an important foundation of healthy culture and effective leadership. Emotional health is not a popular or familiar topic. These issues cannot be fully resolved by the human resources department of a company. They also cannot be fully addressed through a Corporate Chaplain program. Professional counseling or therapy is needed for individuals to be equipped with the appropriate tools, awareness, and resources.”

Podcast Episode 36 - Living in a material world: Mailbag questions answered.

Podcast Episode 36 - Living in a material world: Mailbag questions answered.

In this week’s podcast, the team answers a few of your questions around profit making and taking as well as consumerism. One Bay Area listener shares his struggles with being in what he believes is a money-driven industry. 

The 3-Sentence Email Guaranteed to get a Response

The 3-Sentence Email Guaranteed to get a Response

“When coaching new entrepreneurs and authors about strategically connecting with influencers and potential clients, I use the three-sentence rule to focus a message. I’ve used it myself, and with clients, to establish new business relationships, referrals and even coveted book endorsements. What matters is — the why, the who, and the what.”

Podcast Episode 35 - God Loves Idiots too: John Marsh of Marsh Collective

Podcast Episode 35 - God Loves Idiots too: John Marsh of Marsh Collective

The team sits down with John Marsh of Marsh Collective, of Opelika, Alabama to discuss storytelling, what it’s like to run 10+ businesses (the collective part of Marsh Collective) and how to be the steward of 10 square city blocks for the glory of God and Kingdom while being totally unqualified to do so.

Podcast Episode 34 - Part Two: Lightning Round

Podcast Episode 34 - Part Two: Lightning Round

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.

Purposed worKING: Bold Moves pt.2 - Taking It To the Streets

Purposed worKING: Bold Moves pt.2 - Taking It To the Streets

In this post, Rusty Rueff shares one of his daily devotional blog posts. Jesus told us to go and make disciples. Rusty was reminded of this fact with the inspiring strategy Coco Channel used in her initial marketing plan to launch her business. Take a look to read more.

Podcast Episode 33 - Part Two: Interview with Chip Ingram (CEO of Living on the Edge)

Podcast Episode 33 - Part Two: Interview with Chip Ingram (CEO of Living on the Edge)

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.

Faithful Founder (3 of 3): Spotlight, Compromise, & Kingdom Impact

Faithful Founder (3 of 3): Spotlight, Compromise, & Kingdom Impact

“In this final post, I’ll get into the implications of 1) living in the spotlight —Our identity is not in our performance, but in Jesus’ perfect performance on our behalf; 2) dealing with compromise —Caring for people beyond your obligation is another way to live as a faithful founder – although I fear all the times I only did the minimum required; and 3) aiming to leave a kingdom impact —Kingdom impact can happen on a personal level, a community level, or even an industry level.”

Podcast Episode 32 - Part One: Interview with Chip Ingram (Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church)

Podcast Episode 32 - Part One: Interview with Chip Ingram (Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church)

In Part One with Chip Ingram, Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA, Henry has Chip walk through his experience pastoring many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Friends Don't Let Friends Sell Businesses

Friends Don't Let Friends Sell Businesses

“We are heading into the season where many business sales are going to wrap up and close before year-end.  Typically, there are lots of good reasons to close a deal before year-end.” But there’s much more to it.

In this post, Bill High reminds leaders of the pros and cons of a business sale. He highlights a great opportunity during this process “If an owner donates some of his or her ownership interest prior to the sale, they can deduct the fair market value of the shares donated. Taxes go down. Giving goes up.” The key is in planning ahead!

Andy Stanley's podcast with Dave Katz

Andy Stanley's podcast with Dave Katz

This interview with Andy Stanley, founding pastor of North Point Community Church, and Coke Consolidated’s CFO, Dave Katz is one you definitely don’t want to miss! Take a listen and discover great tips from Dean on “accelerating culture” in your business.

Podcast Episode 31 - Interview with David Brickner (Executive Director of Jews for Jesus)

Podcast Episode 31 - Interview with David Brickner (Executive Director of Jews for Jesus)

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.

Discerning Your Calling

Discerning Your Calling

There is an unbiblical theme permeating the Church today which elevates the callings of pastors and “full-time missionaries” above “secular” vocations. If you’re an entrepreneur, photographer, artist, salesperson, doctor, musician, lawyer, or janitor, you have likely sensed this often unspoken hierarchy of callings.

But… The highest calling on your life isn’t necessarily being a pastor or missionary; it’s glorifying God and serving others in whatever work God has called you to do. “Calling” is one of the most confusing ideas in the Christian life. How can your work feel like a vocation—a true calling on your life? What does the Bible have to say about the work God has uniquely equipped you to do? What are the best questions to ask when discerning your calling? Read more to find out…

Podcast Episode 30 - Part 1: Lightning Round

Podcast Episode 30 - Part 1: Lightning Round

This week’s episode finds Henry, Rusty and William fielding more questions from listeners in Part One of Lightning Round. The team tackles the question around how to balance godly contentment with the discontentment with the status quo that is the fuel of much entrepreneurship.