Discerning Your Calling

Podcast Episode 52 - The Secret Farm League of Faith Driven Entrepreneurs: Jon Hart of Praxis Academy

Podcast Episode 52 - The Secret Farm League of Faith Driven Entrepreneurs: Jon Hart of Praxis Academy

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On this episode, the team talks to Jon Hart, Partner at Praxis Labs about his work with Praxis Academy, a week-long on ramp into the Praxis community of redemptive entrepreneurs targeting the under 25. For 5 years, this organization has encouraged college-aged entrepreneurs to more actively view their aspirations within the context of their faith, impacting 750 people, from 160 universities and 20 countries.

Why do You Work? (Audio)

Why do You Work? (Audio)

"Why do we work? If you don't know why, it doesn't matter what you do." In his timeless keynote address at the Believers in Business (BiB) MBA Conference at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in 2016, Andy Mills discusses three themes of why we work.

Podcast Episode 45 - How to Shorten Your Time in the Desert: Julie Barrios, Founder of Nuos Formation

Podcast Episode 45 - How to Shorten Your Time in the Desert: Julie Barrios, Founder of  Nuos Formation

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We find the team chatting with Julie Barrios, of Nuos Formation, a spiritual formation enterprise focused on helping the entrepreneur develop healthy inner lives as part of purposeful living as a faith-driven entrepreneur.

What does it mean to integrate our faith and work?

What does it mean to integrate our faith and work?

“Amy Sherman keenly casts a vision for vocational stewardship that grows God’s Kingdom and shapes the world, exploring what we do as well as how we do it. She concludes by suggesting what it might look like practically-speaking to deploy our vocational power as Christians in various sectors.”

Calling versus Business Decision

Calling versus Business Decision

“I was in search of my Calling (upper case “C”), my purpose and I was not getting any younger. I had narrowed things down to two possibilities.  I could go into vocational ministry (working for my home church in the states) or join a good friend of mine and start a business.” In this post, Rick West shares his journey to discovering his own calling and gives advice to budding entrepreneurs and Christians alike, to “skip the pros/cons list. Jump right to prayer, spend time with your spouse and find someone with some gray hair to impart truth into your life…”

Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

“Our cultural obsession with passion as a prerequisite for work threatens to cut vocational formation off at the head. In other words, if we insist on using passion as a measure for what we ought to do—or worse, proverbially prostrate to passion as if it were the holy grail of work—we will stunt the rate at which we try things, iterate, and reflect. Trying things, iterating, and reflecting are some of our greatest tools for learning about how God is forming us and fitting us for this world.”

The Heart of an Investor

The Heart of an Investor

The Lion's Den, with their conferences in Dallas and Birmingham, have been partners in the Faith Driven Entrepreneur movement for more than 5 years.  Think "Shark Tank" meets the Kingdom of God and you have a sense as to what happens at these events.  This is installment #3 of 4 highlighting their work.  This video is about walking out your faith and growing spiritually by helping and teaching others.

Wisdom From John Piper

Wisdom From John Piper

Today, we wanted to share John Piper’s wisdom on How can young workers glorify God at work? from his Desiring God website. He emphasizes different concepts of Dependence, Integrity, Skill, Corporate shaping, Impact, Communication, Love, and even Money. Enjoy the read!

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…

Seasons Change…But God

Seasons Change…But God

Be inspired and encouraged after reading a little bit of Brittany Norman’s entrepreneurial story through many seasons of change. Things don’t always go as planned and many times we’re not sure which direction to go. BUT GOD is always with us, guiding, and providing.

Podcast Episode 27 - Responsibility of Calling: Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

Podcast Episode 27 - Responsibility of Calling: Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

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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.

Podcast Episode 26 - Why the Institutional Church is a Necessary Part of Community

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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. 

A Journey of Entrepreneurship and Faith

A Journey of Entrepreneurship and Faith

There are some things in life that you cannot fully understand until you experience them, and I would venture to say that founding a startup is one of them.  I knew it would be difficult, but I underestimated the difficulty and the depth of which the experience would penetrate my whole self and the ripple effect it would have on all aspects of my life.  

In 2011 God called me out of my comfort zone and into a journey of entrepreneurship.  In His wisdom and grace, He opened my eyes to a problem, gifted me an idea, and aligned the burden on our hearts to pursue a dream that would somehow glorify Him! …

Podcast Episode 19 - How to Discern Your Calling: Interview with Dave Blanchard (CEO of Praxis)

Podcast Episode 19 - How to Discern Your Calling: Interview with Dave Blanchard (CEO of Praxis)

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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.