The concept of workplace ministry is, of course, not new and there are several ministries that are focused on bringing business owners together in peer groups to encourage and challenge one another. Many of you will be familiar with the work of YPO, YEO and Vistage. There are groups that are just as good, if not better, in the faith driven space. What follows is a listing of some that we've come to know. No website, no podcast, no thing can replace the value that comes from meeting with people face to face to explore how God is working through people's lives and businesses.
Lastly, just about every good pro sports team in America has a Chaplain. That comes as a surprise for many, but it shouldn't. Owners of organizations that are all about getting the best out of human talent know that they need to provide for career advancement, financial needs, healthcare AND spiritual well-being. So should you. Check out the last two names on this list: Corporate Chaplains of America and Marketplace Chaplains. From full time chaplains to every other Friday morning, these guys are very, very good and may provide the biggest ROI in your business.
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C12 - Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs in Tampa, Florida, C12 has grown from three local Peer Advisory Groups to the nation’s largest network of Christian CEOs, business owners, and executives. C12 is a leader in the movement of God in and through the marketplace. Located in major metro areas across the United States, The C12 Group serves businesses with 5 to 5,000+ employees and annual revenues ranging from $1 million to $1 billion+. To find the C12 group closest to you, see this link.
CBMC - CBMC's mission is to present Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to business and professional men and to develop Christian business and professional men to carry out the Great Commission.
Center for Faith + Work Los Angeles - Dedicated to transforming our relationship to work, fostering human flourishing and renewing Los Angeles. CFWLA provides workshops, courses, an intensive nine month fellows program and annual conferences all designed to enable theological + spiritual formation, creation of rich transformative community, and initiation of concrete expressions of cultural renewal in the greater Los Angeles area.
Convene - Founded in 1996 by Brian Thatcher and a group of five CEOs and business owners, Convene was created to meet a vital need. God gave Brian and his partners a passion for successful business leaders that were isolated and lacked the tools, support and relationships they needed to build profitable businesses. At the same time, they helped them integrate their faith with their work to make a great Kingdom impact.
Corporate Chaplains of America - CCA's mission is to “build caring relationships with the hope of gaining permission to share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ in a non-threatening manner.” As global economies rise and fall, one need remains the same – the need of souls to find lasting hope.
His Way At Work - Inspiring and helping Business Leaders to improve their workplace by having God at the center and caring for people as He did to create Eternal Value. Collecting and sharing Faith-At-Work best practices for over a decade.
FaithTech - a global network comprised of city level movements building technology products, communities and ideas rooted in Jesus Christ. Started in Canada's tech hub Waterloo, the FaithTech network is now in Silicon Valley, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and growing.
FCCI - If you’ve been blessed with a business stewardship, then your business should be about more than just the bottom line. FCCI gives you the tools, training, and life-on-life experience you need to integrate your faith through your business.
Marketplace Chaplains - 1,500 chaplains across 49 states. These guys have been at it since 1984.
Truth at Work - Truth at Work is one of America’s leading and fastest growing marketplace ministries. Since 1998, we have developed products, programs, and services to serve thousands of Christian business and marketplace leaders
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