The Presence of Christmas in your Business

Have you ever noticed the sudden change that occurs in the environment every year beginning Thanksgiving Day?

The Christmas season is the one time every year when the World System (unknowingly) participates in Thanksgiving, Praise, and Worship. Radio stations change their entire format to Christmas Carols. Community and School Choirs sing concerts praising the Lord and most corporations do some sort of charitable giving supporting the less fortunate. As a result, people are happier, more charitable and the petty differences that separate us don’t seem as important. Business profits boom throughout December as folks take part in the annual holiday rush. In fact, many small businesses do as much as 50% of their sales between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  This is no accident. There are Biblical principles at the core of this.  What would it mean to your business if you could operate every day under the same conditions as the Christmas Season? You can! I call it the Present of His Presence.

 The Christmas Season is proof that God’s presence can touch and change all Seven Mountains of Society.  That same presence is within you and through thanksgiving, praise, and worship you can change the marketplace environment in which you work.

  1. Prayer and Thanksgiving – Psalm 100:4 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name” Soak in the Presence of God every day. Thank Him for all the blessings in your business. Be thankful for the customers you have and the ones He is sending your way. Give Him thanks for the trials He has brought you through. Honor your customers and honor your employees by thanking them for their contributions to your business.
  2. Praise – Psalm 106:1 Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlastingPraise God when things are going well, but also praise God when they are not. David sent the praise team in before battle to change the atmosphere ensuring victory. Our praise has the same effect in the marketplace. Play anointed praise music in your business or workspace if permitted. I did this in the bank one year and three of the staff members (myself included) were named to PNC’s Circle of Excellence. Our Day Spa plays praise and worship music at all times and as a result, people walk out after a service refreshed, revived and they spend more money in our business.
  3.  Worship – Psalm 95:06 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. We Worship God through our work; Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”. Showing Excellence, Honor and Integrity in the marketplace is as worship unto The Lord. Ask God to make you a difference maker in your sphere of influence.  We also worship through how we handle money. Be generous and avoid having sticky hands. Let the currency flow through your hands to where God wants it to be applied.

God wants to supercharge the marketplace with His Holy Presence in 2018. He is seeking a people who will put seeking His Presence above all else. Ask God to come work with you every day. He will guide you in ways you can’t even begin to understand.  The true Present this Christmas is to have His Presence with you every day in all that you do. It is there you will find the Peace, Provision, Protection, and Power that will change your business, change your life, and manifest The Kingdom of God in our land.

Dale TurnerDeputy Treasurer of CCCWP

The Servant Leader

Before we can discuss Christian leadership in the marketplace, we must define what it really is and the perspective the believer must have.  Every Christian is called to lead and fulfill the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” To fulfill the Great Commission, a new breed of leader must emerge in the marketplace.  One that understands it is not about position or power, but it is about bringing influence through relationship.  The influence that must shine is the Christlike character of the individual which is brought about through obedience to the Word of God.

Second Timothy 3:16-17 states “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Each of us should have a desire to be equipped and ready to perform the work God has assigned to us.

The first place we must look for instruction is the Pattern Son Jesus who said in Matthew 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” The leadership assignment that promotes the Kingdom of God is the servant leader and it requires an attitude of humility and a willingness to sacrifice oneself for the good of others. So, whether you own a business, sit on the board of directors, are a superintendent, a foreman, or an employee, your Kingdom assignment is always to bring healing to others, help build their lives, and serve them in whatever capacity you can.  This will open the door to discipling.

Pastor Tony Flowers,  Executive Board Secretary of CCCWP

“HEY, COACHY!” (Leadership From The Inside-Out)

In western cultures, gifts, skills, education, appearance, wealth, heritage and the like are standout characteristics for selecting, designing and preparing a person to fulfill some leadership or employment assignment. Leadership, from the Kingdom of God, perspective is just the opposite—God chooses and prepares from the inside-out.

From a very young age, I wanted to be a teacher and an athletic coach. I just knew that this was God’s call on my life. Through people, circumstances and multiple other avenues, God watered and nurtured that leadership assignment in such a way that, for me, external, outside successful qualities became secondary to impacting lives. I learned that by tapping into the spirit of people and reaching their core needs and qualities enabled them to become the best people and the best athletes they could be. As I now look in the rearview mirror of that ongoing call along with a 42-year coaching career, I experienced that leading from the inside-out produced the greatest results. I saw the average become good and the good become exceptional. Today, I am proud to say that my students and athletes are contributors to their families, employers and communities in powerful and productive ways. And, as a by-product of that leadership style, when I encounter them now, I hear them call enthusiastically and respectfully, “Hey, Coachy.” After over 50 years, they remember the successes we experienced together and how that inside-out process made them the successful people that they have become.

In 1962, my college athletic career began. My college coach led our team by cultivating skills and building on existing abilities. There was no relational depth or attempt to tap into our core values or qualities. If we ran the time, we got the call. As an athlete, from that style of leadership, I became better as I matured physically, but I could have produced so much more if I had been led to cultivate those inner core qualities that produce greatness. I was wise enough to recognize this subpar form of leadership and decided to do it God’s way—tap into a man’s spirit and take him to levels he never dreamed possible. I started to discretely relate and discern into my students’ and athletes’ lives by seeking answers to things such as: What is your goal? What is your need? What makes you, you? Are you willing to pay the price to get there? When do you want it? How do you see yourself getting there? When answered, these very personal and discrete questions started the journey. I built trust and I was steadfast in their world—each one individually and then corporately. I became an inside-out leader; they became the best they could be.

Without exception, God’s pattern always first examines the inside core qualities (i.e. conditions of the heart) possessed by the person, and then develops and activates the person for His desired purposes. In other words, God works from the inside-out to build a leader, and the effective leader uses that same inside-out pattern in developing others who work with him/her so that together they are enabled to fulfill God’s intended purpose.

When God sent Samuel to anoint David as the next King of Israel, look what God said to Samuel: “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him (referring to David’s siblings); for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) At that time, David was just a young teenager delegated to caring for his father’s sheep off in some remote pasture. Who would have thought from the outside that this boy would rule over every enemy and reform an entire nation? It was inside-out leadership on display.

In God’s Kingdom pattern, if you want to be a true Kingdom leader, you must work the inside-out style of leadership. With all my years of leadership, believe me, it works. If you desire to be a 21st century echelon leader, be encouraged as you meditate upon these passages. They are similar in several ways, but their promise is incredible. It is the legacy of and the promise to the inside-out leader:

  • Psalm 15:1-5 O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change; He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.
  • Psalm 24:3-5 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
  • Isaiah 42:16 [God speaking] “I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone.”

Join me in whatever your classroom happens to be. Join me on your field of competition. Become a 21st century change-agent leader and do it God’s way. Be a leader from the inside-out.


Pastor Jim Sanderbeck
, Treasurer of CCCWP

 

Stay In Your Lane And Focus

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. – Proverbs 16.3 (AMPC)

As marketplace leaders, we are gifted to do many things within our sphere of influence. However, sometimes we allow our gifting to take over and not rely on the small, still voice of the Holy Spirit to show us the will of our Father in our earthly assignment.

Dr. William Hinn said that most Christians live from their past experiences and that is how we make decisions. His message was that we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2.16 says “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”  We are not trying to get His mind, we HAVE it.

After retiring this year with over 27 years as a manager with The Coca-Cola Company, the very day after I retired, I started my new business, The Focus Life Institute. The Lord told me that I would not be able to sell or market my Institute the way I did with the Coca-Cola Company!

I could not rely on my past 37 years in Fortune 500 companies to fulfill this new assignment the Lord has for me. I have had to be patient and persevere until He opened a door of opportunity that was agreeable to His will not mine.

Many people have spoken into my life about my new assignment. They have said that is it God’s dream and it will bring hope to the hopeless and produce life. If I do not align my company’s vision and strategic plan with God’s will then I cannot expect my plans to be established and succeed.

The Focus Life Institute was created for the purpose of empowering, equipping and preparing individuals to become focused on their personal assignment and purpose in life to impact, transform and positively influence society!

In the past 5 months, I have shared my passion and vision to equip the next generation with high schools, Vo-tech schools, colleges, and universities with minimal results. They either have no funding or already have programs in place. I could get discouraged and begin to doubt what God told me to do, or I can go back to my focused environment in prayer, roll my company over again to Him and ask Him to cause my thoughts to become agreeable to His will!  I chose the second option!

Within weeks, God provided a relationship with ISOM (International School of Ministries www.isom.org). My wife, Cindy, and I were invited to speak at their national convention in California in early October and I was honored to be the first speaker at the conference sharing the vision of the Focus Life Institute.

We will be launching through the ISOM network a new Career and Workplace Success Module by the end of the year. ISOM has over 225,000 students and over 17,000 training sites in 145 countries world-wide. In Dr. Mark Kauffman’s book, The Presence Driven Leader, he says, “Success is measured by the degree of anointing you pour out to the next generation. That’s real success.”

Just recently, I had a meeting with my Focus Life Institute team. While spending time in God’s Presence, I was prompted and hear, “I gave you an assignment to be the Focus Coach, so be The Focus Coach to the world!” Our purpose is to empower others, especially this next generation, with all that we have with the goal to empty ourselves into them before we leave this world.

As a business owner, young professional or teen entrepreneur, we can learn from Proverbs 16.3 that tells us we need to understand God’s will in the assignment we are currently involved with or our dream that God has spoken to us to fulfill. In other words, stay in the lane the Lord has given you, stay focused on your assignment, pour out to others and your plans will soon be established and succeed for the glory of God!

Dr. Ed Turose, President of CCCWP