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Yes, a Faithful God

Yes, a Faithful God

This article was from a collection of whitepapers compiled for attendees of the CEF’s 2018 Global Event. We share Darin’s whitepaper in anticipation of 2019 CEF whitepapers launching soon! Read Darin Owen’s view on how to start, build, and grow prosperous companies.

Churches brace for the ‘Illinois Exodus’

Churches brace for the ‘Illinois Exodus’

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.

Podcast Episode 64 - God of the Second Shift with Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute of Faith and Work

Podcast Episode 64 - God of the Second Shift with Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute of Faith and Work

Join William and Henry in the Mile-High city as they talk to Jeff Haanen from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. His article, God of the Second Shift, made waves in the faith and work world, and we’re excited to have him on our podcast today to talk more about how we can move this conversation around theology and business from the corner office to the manufacturing floor. Tune in to hear what Jeff has to share about what a theology of work means for those in the working class.

Why the Kingdom of God Matters if We Want to Help the Poor

Why the Kingdom of God Matters if We Want to Help the Poor

“…as I’ve studied poverty and listened to the voices of others, I’ve become convinced that the problems poor people face aren’t solely material in nature. The material poverty that shows up in our world is really the result of something much deeper: broken relationships.”

Podcast Episode 62 - When did Corporations Grow a Conscience? with Lake Lambert, President of Hanover College

Podcast Episode 62 - When did Corporations Grow a Conscience? with Lake Lambert, President of Hanover College

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.

Scatter.org is Live! A Free Learning Platform For Your Church or Network

Scatter.org is Live! A Free Learning Platform For Your Church or Network

AVAILABLE NOW - Scatter.org is a free learning platform on work, calling, and culture, named after the concept of the church "scattered" throughout our world during their work week. We've designed it for people in your network.

Flashback Friday - Work/Life Balance at Bandwidth.com

Flashback Friday - Work/Life Balance at Bandwidth.com

For Flashback Friday, we revisit RightNow Media’s video “Work/Life Balance in Business: The Story of Bandwidth.com”. From startup to IPO, Henry reflects, “This video feels to me like a time capsule.....so much at Bandwidth has changed, so much is the same. “

Podcast Episode 60 - How an Interview with Hulk Hogan on Their Wedding Day Started a $40 Million Business with Jeff and Ally Davidson of Camp Gladiator

Podcast Episode 60 - How an Interview with Hulk Hogan on Their Wedding Day Started a $40 Million Business with Jeff and Ally Davidson of Camp Gladiator

When Ally Davidson woke up on the morning of her wedding day, she had no idea the journey that God had prepared for her, nor did she anticipate it would start with a tryout for the television show American Gladiator that very same day. Fast forward a few years and Camp Gladiator has over 3500 locations across the country with over 100,000 members. Tune in to hear the story of Jeff and Ally Davidson—how interacting with Hulk Hogan jump started their business, how they’ve seen community and exercise drastically affect people’s lives, and how their faith impacts everything they do.

Getting Our Story Straight

Getting Our Story Straight

Adapted from Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream by Brian Fikkert and Kelly Kapic —aiming to expose the misconceptions of both Western Civilization and the Western church about the nature of God, human beings, and the world, they redefine success and offer new ways of achieving that success.

Live with the End in Mind - Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart

Live with the End in Mind - Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart

One day, our jobs will end. In that moment, what will people say about you? Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, addresses the importance of building a lasting legacy through a life of honesty and humility. 

Podcast Episode 58 - Becoming Bilingual: Fluency in Metrics and Story with Matt Bird

Podcast Episode 58 - Becoming Bilingual: Fluency in Metrics and Story with Matt Bird

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!

3 Stages of Business Growth

3 Stages of Business Growth

“There are other ways of writing about the stages of business development. I’ve done it myself, but I find quantifying it in this way—0 to 1, 1 to 5, and 5 to 50—makes sense to a lot of my clients. It works in any industry, any style of corporate culture, and every market I can think of.”

Podcast Episode 57 - Combating Loneliness with Community: Scott Weiss from Ocean Accelerator

Podcast Episode 57 - Combating Loneliness with Community: Scott Weiss from Ocean Accelerator

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Today we’re in Cincinnati, Ohio connecting with Scott Weiss with Ocean Accelerator. They have an incredible birth story—coming from the lobby of Crossroads Church in Cincinnati they launched into an accelerator for fast growing tech companies. For the past few years they’ve been on a mission to equip faith driven entrepreneurs and owners that bravely step out to change the world. Whether its their Ocean Conference or their accelerator, they’re committed to investing in entrepreneurs who have a faith in God and a passion for success. Listen to the full episode here!

Why Are There No Christians Left Anymore?

Why Are There No Christians Left Anymore?

Rick Goossen, Chairman of Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (ELO) Network, discusses “There are virtually no ‘Christians’ left in North America.  Where have they all gone?  How did it become so complicated to be called a Christian?  Does it matter?”

"Workism Making Americans Miserable" - Commentary by J.D. Greear

"Workism Making Americans Miserable" - Commentary by J.D. Greear

The Atlantic’s article, Workism Is Making Americans Miserable, is one of those where someone has a brilliant insight the Bible teaches as a core principle: the futility of making work an idol. However, the Bible’s presentation is more complete—man shall not live by work alone, but man was made for work.

Podcast Episode 54 - Governance without Giving up Control: Byron Loflin, Founder of the Center for Board Excellence

Podcast Episode 54 - Governance without Giving up Control: Byron Loflin, Founder of the Center for Board Excellence

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Byron Loflin, founder of the Center for Board Excellence, joins the team this week, helping us get a handle on the importance of good governance within our organizations. He shares with us his views on why governance is core to servant leadership and promotes healthy, humble accountability that provides a stable runway for your organization’s success.

A Spiritual Forecast

A Spiritual Forecast

Greg Leith, CEO & Board Member of Convene shares that “the spiritual forecast for our world is rather cloudy. Yet, regardless of the leader of your country, you’re still a leader in your company. The spiritual forecast for the world depends on you, and it starts in your business.”

Podcast Episode 53 - The Entrepreneurial Story that led to 370 Million Reading the Bible - Bobby Gruenewald, Founder of YouVersion

Podcast Episode 53 -  The Entrepreneurial Story that led to 370 Million Reading the Bible - Bobby Gruenewald, Founder of YouVersion

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EPISODE 53

Bobby Gruenewald of YouVersion joins us this week giving us the low down on the origins of this wildly popular bible app with 370M+ downloads and counting.

The Spiritually Healthy Leader: Confronting Unwanted Sexual Behavior

The Spiritually Healthy Leader: Confronting Unwanted Sexual Behavior

Jay Stringer, a licensed mental health counselor, ordained minister, and author of "Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing", joins Greg Leith of Convene to discuss a topic that few dare to touch. How does the power of a leader infused with their sexual brokenness impact their lives and the lives of those that they lead?