"Business Excellence from a Biblical Perspective"
10 Attributes of a Marketplace Ambassador
- Walking daily in intimacy with Jesus Christ
- Living in accountable relationships with believers
- Sharing faith in Christ in my sphere of influence
- Helping others grow spiritually through life-on-life discipleship
- Living an integrated life with proper life priorities
- Living a life of generosity
- Applying biblical principles in all areas of my life
- Maintaining a standard of excellence with integrity
- Genuinely caring for people
- Living out God’s call on my life
We are on a Mission
Forums is not for the weak-hearted. It is also not a solo mission. We need courageous businessmen who abound in love and are strong and immovable in their commitments to scriptural truth…friends who stay on guard and stand firm…believing who enthusiastically invest in doing God’s work!
Your partnership with us will never be useless. You will play an essential role in stemming spiritual erosion in the marketplace and in the lives of people every day.
CBMC Executive Business Forums, connects Christian business owners and professional leaders by providing a confidential environment of accountability and mutual support in small closed group settings. This builds deep trust in one another and is important to know, that what is shared both business and personal issues, will be held in strictest confidence. Add prayer and Godly counsel and you have a learning experience that will result in personal and professional growth.
The purpose of Forums is twofold; first, to help you grow and develop your company so that you have a sound business and second, to help you integrate your faith in the marketplace. Having a strong business and a strong testimony creates a credible platform to share the Good News in your sphere of influence…employees, vendors, customers, and others
10 Key Points About Work in the Bible Every Christian Should Know
The Bible makes it clear that work matters to God. No matter what your profession or occupation – whether you’re a parent, a bus driver, an artist or an engineer – God cares about your work. Here are ten key points about work drawn from the Bible. They provide a practical foundation for Christians asking what the Bible says about how we should approach our work.
God created all things and He has revealed that, in His sovereignty, He is progressing created order through a process of Creation, Fall and Redemption. God’s created order started with the perfect garden (Garden of Eden) and will be consummated in the perfect city (New Jerusalem).
God has chosen to create men and women in His image to, among other things, work and tend this created order for His glory and for the betterment of humankind. In ways we can’t fully understand, the good work we do now, done with and for Him, will survive into the New Jerusalem. Work itself has intrinsic value.
Although the roles might have apparent differences in importance, our callings are equal. They are a spiritual calling. There are no second class callings from God. We will be worthy of this calling if we are devoted in our relationship with Him and look to Him only for leadership and strength.
- Explore this idea further by reading the following Bible verses:
- Click to explore these passages in the Theology of Work Bible Commentary:
- Check out the Theology of Work Project’s Calling and Vocation Overview
We are responsible not only for the quality of our work, but also for our faithfulness to God in the way we pursue that work, and for our own good character while working. We will be judged and rewarded accordingly. However, God is ultimately responsible for the outcome and impact of our work.
- Explore this idea further by reading the following Bible passages:
We should work as if yoked to Jesus Christ. The “foundation of His throne is Righteousness and Justice, with Love and Faithfulness going before Him.” Our work, and the decisions we make, should be based on these principles: aligned with God’s moral standards, always concerned with the fair treatment of others and with a clear expression of Christ’s love for all people.
- Explore this idea by reading the following Bible verses:
From the products and services we provide, to providing fair financial rewards, and providing opportunities for others to exercise their gifts and talents. Our work is an opportunity to seek the peace and well being of our organizations, cities, and nations. Humility and gratitude should be the hallmark of our character. We should always acknowledge God in our work and consider that being an ambassador for Him is a weighty, but honored, responsibility.
- Explore this idea further by reading the following Bible passages:
God invites us into a deliberate pattern of regular rest. These periods of rest are intended to be restorative and are also opportunities to intentionally take time to consider Christ and our relationship with Him.
We should allow God to direct the use of all that He has provided through our work for the betterment of others and the furthering
of His kingdom. These provisions include our gifts, time, financial capability and influence.
We need to be in relationship with other followers of Christ to provide support and accountability. We should look for mentors and look to mentor others. We should commit to our local church body and help to bring the world of work into the church and the church into the world of work.
We should always acknowledge that work is a gift from God, as is our ability to be happy in it. Alternatively, labor and achievement that spring from our envy of others is meaningless and will never bring contentment and joy. We look forward to the day when we will
work together in perfect harmony in the presence of God in the New Jerusalem.
The Benefits of Executive Business Forums
Wisdom, giftedness and experience drawn from the men in your group. “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:8
Gain the courage to follow through on the tough decisions and issues as they arise. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Experience the power and ministry of prayer as a group and with individual members. “Give ear to my prayer, O God; and do not hide Yourself from my supplication.” Psalm 55:1
Expand your personal and business relationships, so that you may draw wisdom from counsel beyond yourself. “Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.” Proverbs 19:20
Tap into the many valuable CBMC resources that will help your business grow in the right direction and will help you grow closer to God. “He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in Integrity.” Proverbs 2:7
Receive and impart understanding, empathy, and encouragement when facing both difficulties and opportunities. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1Thes. 5:11
Going deep and gaining the trust and confidence in one another that comes from honesty and transparency in a confident environment. “Argue your case with your neighbor and do not reveal the secret of another, or he who hears it will reproach you, and the evil report about you will not pass away.” Proverbs 25:9-10
Frequently Asked Questions
A Business Forum group usually meets once a month for 3-4 hours morning or afternoon and some evenings (e.g. 8:00a.m. – 11:30 a.m.), and on a fixed date (e.g. the second Tuesday of the month).
A typical Business Forum has only eight to nine members. This size gives each man ample opportunity to present timely issues during the meeting. The expectation is that each man will receive Godly counsel for important pending decision or action.
To provide members with a truly valuable experience, each group has a trained moderator. The moderator is responsible for creating am environment that fosters, openness, transparency and full participation by each man.
- Honor God in their business and in their personal life.
- Be accountable to the Business Forum group
- Be involved in the dialogue and in the other member’s lives
- Attend faithfully and be on time on meetings
- Financially support the CBMC Business Forum Ministry ($150.00 Monthly)
- Maintain strict confidentially
- Review involvement on an annual basis
Forum candidates are grouped based on criteria such as geographic location, business type and personal chemistry.
- Welcome / Refreshments
- Business Issue
- In-dept discussion of Host’s issues
- Roundtable discussion of issues facing the other members
- Host the meeting by arranging a meeting place
- Provide food and refreshments for the members
- Present a well thought out business Issue
- Develop business issues to be discussed… (limit to 45 minutes and three issues).
- Organize your thoughts and complete your Issue Worksheet. (Have copies for each member and include financials if appropriate for discussion.)
- Begin each session with two positives…a “god sighting” in your personal life and something in your professional life. Then share your issues