Choosing inconvenient neighbors makes us more redemptive entrepreneurs. Jon Kontz shares his thoughts, “I know I need to be a good neighbor, yet I feel pressed to choose between community and opportunity.”
It’s hard to see a bright economic future for Illinois, at least before a serious reckoning. With already so many people are leaving (more than 45,000 in 2018 alone), the trend has been named the “Illinois Exodus.” That means fewer taxpayers to share the burden, which likely leads to higher taxes, which likely leads to more departures.
It’s common to think of corporate values as a concept that has always been around, but Lake Lambert, President of Hanover College in Indiana, is here to educate us and show that this isn’t actually the case. Lake is the author of Spirituality, Inc—a book that examines the history of religion in the American workplace—and he joins Henry, William, and Rusty to share what he’s learned about workplace spirituality from the past and what we might expect for the future.
Each year, nearly 20 million people lose their jobs. That’s how this article opens, but don’t worry—it gets hopeful from there. Hear Matt Rusten from Made to Flourish explain the role of the church when it comes to unemployment and how community can and should play a role in helping people get back on their feet.
Today, we’re in Kansas City with Tom Nelson. Tom is the visionary pastor of a multi-site church called Christ Community, and he’s been widely recognized in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur community for his book, Work Matters. He also serves on the board of The Gospel Coalition and is President of Made to Flourish—a network of pastors trying to establish what it looks like to be a Monday church. What we love about Tom, and why we had him on today, is that he is working on a replicable model for what it looks like for the average church to affirm and encourage entrepreneurs. Join Henry, William, and Rusty to hear how Tom’s work could affect the way you worship, the way you work, and even the way you live.
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Today we’re connecting with Matt Bird, who is based in the United Kingdom. Matt is the author of several books, including Relationology, The Secrets of Story, and Freedom: How to Live Your Life for Jesus Free From Anxiety and Worry. Another one of his books, Transformation, takes a look at how God is connecting churches across communities, cities, and countries to bring about social, political, economic, cultural, and spiritual transformation. This book is the product of Matt’s work with businesses and churches in helping them both improve one another as they increase their impact, which is the subject of this episode. Listen in to hear how they do it!
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 share “10 Key Points About Work in the Bible That Every Christian Should Know.”
RightNow Media @ Work presents the Work as Worship Retreat: Rather than taking your people somewhere else to experience the event, they've made it easy to bring the event to your Church! This year's lineup include Pastor and Best-selling Author Francis Chan, New York Times Best-selling Author Jon Acuff, Steve Green the President of Hobby Lobby and many others, including the debut of some exclusive RightNow Media Original Video Stories. Be sure to check it out at www.workasworshipretreat.org
We are excited to share with you some of the great Entrepreneur Profiles from around the world compiled by our friends at Generosity Path. Below, we meet a Christian family who is on the generosity path and ask them what God has taught them about giving.
This week, meet Juerg and Benzli Opprecht from Switzerland!
These are all time classic sermons that have nothing, at face value, to do with entrepreneurship, and then upon reflection… everything to do with the life of a Christ following entrepreneur. John Piper wants more than any others I know, to make sure that we don’t miss the centrality of the Good News. Try to stick around for the whole thing. The last 15 minutes are, I think, a thing of beauty.
“Successful entrepreneurs who just happen to be Christians (entrepreneur Christians) are often praised, celebrated, and asked to serve on ministry boards either because of their business prowess or their deep pockets and ability to give funding. These people are sought after as mentors to the next generation. Unfortunately, the entrepreneur Christian’s values are passed down through the gene pool of the church. What is far better, of course, is to find great Christians who just happen to be entrepreneurs — then and only then can we really get somewhere…”
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.
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.