Welcome to Called to Business

Our Mission is to:”Encourage and equip ‘Christian Business Leaders’ to be effective in the marketplace.”
Our desire is to:“Affirm God’s calling in you; to enhance business leadership and effectiveness, and to unlock the potential of your God given talent.

Seeing Clearly?

“No longer do I call you slaves; for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15.)

Openness and transparency, a question of culture and leadership style, or a spiritual mandate? Control is often an illusion. Those that are too controlling move people from commitment to mere compliance, and often to passive if not overt resistance.

Openness, transparency and free communication come with a set of risks, which are far outweighed by the trust and positive productivity that they engender. Engagement to a clear vision and open communication are a powerful cultural mix.

Innovation, creativity, customer service, and productivity, are all increased in an environment of trust and empowerment. If people don’t know what’s going on, they will make it up anyway; they might as well talk abut what is really happening.

Quick Prayer. “Jesus, help me to open up and be secure in you, and more open with others.”

Can I get a Witness?

Where would we be without witness? Letting people know what has happened to us is a fundamental part of following Jesus. Why do we need to invite people to church to hear about Jesus? The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts of sin, calls to repentance, and brings about the wonderful regeneration of our souls, as we move into communion with the Father.

Witness should be the natural result of our rebirth. Jesus’ last words were “Go into all the world….” It is in the world, in the marketplace, that we need to be testifying, naturally, spontaneously and under the Spirit’s guidance as He gives opportunity.

So often when we talk about reaching the lost, it is the poor, the needy and those overseas. God loves the rich, wealthy, powerful, influential just as much. We are called to be salt and light and to grow where we are planted.  In the marketplace, our lives, actions, responses, words, who we are and what we do, should demonstrate the love of God for a fallen world.

We are fallen sinners saved by grace, but now redeemed by God, bought for an incredible price, it behoves us to reach out to those around us and share the gift given so freely to us.It is our duty to demonstrate God’s love, and influence for good the world around us.

It is after all the  “Good News”.

Reconciliation.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:18-19) (NIV)

What is it to have a ministry in reconciliation? When we preach in church we minister to a very small minority. When we demonstrate and communicate our faith in the marketplace we are impacting a majority. If we are to see a significant move of God with multitudes saved, it will be because we have taken the gospel out of the church and into the real world.

We have a mandate from Jesus and the demonstration of His disciples who took the Gospel out into the world. Francis of Assisi said preach the Gospel at all times, use words if necessary. Let our lives show the imprint of the God we serve.

The power of influence today sits less with governments and more with business. Global business transcends borders and the influence, both good and bad, of economics and trade, dictates global stability and prosperity. Redeeming business should be a priority.

The current crisis is as much a crisis of faith as economics. We would be in a better state had the mantras of free trade and financial liberation, been seated in a base of ethics, moderation, social conscience and fiscal responsibility.

Bring reconciliation to your family, business, staff and management, industry, and marketplace. Demonstrate ethics and generosity, go the extra mile, take the time to share your faith, and impact your environment for good. The Holy Spirit will empower you, and guide you as you serve Him and His purpose in your call to business.

Money.

There is an often miss quoted scripture that ” Money is the root of all evil”. The verse in question is; 1 Tim6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs”. (NIV)

Money is neither good nor evil, it is amoral, a tool which can be used for good or damage. It is the profit motive that drives business success. Profit is not a four letter word. It is a motivator and a goal, it brings with it growth and investment, sustainability and employment. Money buys freedom of choice and options to give and sow into the work of the kingdom.

The issue with profit is, at what cost will you seek to attain it? What is it in you and your business that constrains the wanton pursuit of profit at all cost? Greed is moderated by giving; God calls us to a generous life, a giving life, as demonstrated by His Son, who gave his life for all.

The pursuit of wealth for wealth’s sake will bring with it collateral damage in other areas of life, if not counterbalanced with a generous spirit. Moderation is  a virtue and Gods principles of giving and sacrifice, bring balance to our natural tendency for greed.

The Holy Spirit will encourage and convict us as we seek to work out the balance of a healthy drive for a successful business and the social, ethical, and moral imperatives, within which context the push for gain is contained.

May God bless your business, and balance your life, with generosity and wisdom.

A Call to Business?

The short answer in an unequivocal, absolute yes! There is no separation between the secular and the sacred. You can work out your God given gifts, talents and calling, in a business role , as much as you can in traditional ministry.

If you are surrendered to God, and doing what He is asking you to do that constitutes a call. If you are called then you are empowered. The gifts and fruit of the Spirit can manifest just as well in a secular role as in a ministry within a church environment. God is interested in the details of your everyday life and vocation.

Often as business leaders we denigrate our role as just providing finance for the Kingdom of God. Funding the “end times” if you will. This is an important factor but in in no way the totality of your call to business.

We are called to;

Demonstrate the Christian life.
Minister to those around us.
Witness to the lost.
Bring reconciliation to the immediate workplace.
Bring restoration to the wider marketplace.
Have influence in society for good.

We are called to business as “salt and light”.(Mt 5)

Jesus left us a very clear mission statement:

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mk 16:15)