Christian Business Leaders Breakfasts
Christian Business Leaders Breakfasts for the year are
Our special thanks to
Buehler's Cooking School and Restaurant who hosted
pastors and Christian business leaders from
our area. We were privileged to use materials on the
subject "Doing Business God's Way" by Dennis
Peacocke of Strategic Christian Services. Also
contributing were 3 very special community guest
An excellent by-product of
our attendance was growth in our understanding of Kingdom
business principles. As well as the ability to connect
with other Christian leaders from our area.
The following are some notes
from our discussions:
of Business and Work Exemplified in the Life of Cyrus
Hall McCormick- Stephen K. McDowell, Building
Godly Nations, The Providence Foundation, 2003
Work is a Holy Calling and, therefore, we should
love it and work hard.
Cyrus saw his work as a holy calling
and, therefore, loved to work. He rarely
recreated. He was the most laborious worker
I ever saw, said one of his secretaries. In
his later life, Cyrus McCormick remarked that
I expect to die in the harness, because
this is not the world for rest. His
strategy for work was: one thing at a time, and
the hardest thing first. He followed the
line of most resistance. If the hardest thing can
be done, he reasoned, all the rest will
- 2. Business
is a means of serving and blessing others.
built his business upon a number of unique ideas.
One was a written guarantee. The idea of a free
trial and refund to dissatisfied customers was
new. This reflected the Biblical ideas of serving
and trusting the customer, seeking not chiefly
personal profit, but providing the farmer with a
machine that saved him labor and produced greater
profit for him. He was caring for others and
desired them to benefit from his invention.
second idea he used: Reapers sold at a known
price. Since the bargaining method was the norm
during his day, he announced his price in ads so
the buyer would know exactly what he would pay
beforehand. He treated all men equally, showing
no partiality to any.
third idea was the customers good-will.
Foremost of concern to Mr. McCormick was the well
being of the farmer. That is one reason he
extended them credit and allowed them to pay for
a reaper with the money that was saved during the
harvest. He said, It is better that I
should wait for the money than that you should
wait for the machine you need.
fourth idea was servicing the machines he sold
and carrying spare parts to replace any worn or
broken. A business will grow by caring for people
and seeking to serve your customers. The spare
parts business grew with the reaper sales.
- 3. Business
must be built on integrity and godly principles.
that we do in life should be done as unto the
Lord. As a business leader or employer we should
certainly carry out our work in a manner that
reflects godly character. As everyone involved in
a business, especially the leader, does this, it
will provide a foundation for success. McCormick
displayed many godly traits in his personal life
and in his business. He also sought to provide
the best product possible to his customers.
job Cyrus set out to do, he did with great
thoroughness . He labored diligently to be exact
in his labors and did not settle for second best
or 90 percent. He also exerted the same amount of
labor over all his endeavers, large or small.
of McCormicks unique business ideas- the
field test- reveals his integrity. Cyrus wanted
the customer to see the product up front, to know
what they were getting. So he initiated field
tests against rival manufacturers to show farmer
the value of the reaper and to compare between
- 4. Business
growth comes from encouraging individual
initiative and seeing that all involved benefit
from the fruit of their labor.
unique idea was a responsible agent and regional
enlisted agents who went out to the people and
flooded the country with his machines. His agents
were not mere employees, but partners who were in
charge of their own area and benefitted or
suffered based on their own performance.
Incorporating your family into your business is a
means of building wealth generationally.
family produced weath in him who, in turn, passed
it on to his family. The atmosphere of
Cyrus family produced the inventer and
businessman. His father worked with him in his
early years on the farm factory. After Cyrus
started his company in Chicago, he quickly made
his brothers partners with him. When his son
became old enough, he was brought into the
business, and after that his grandson. Cyrus and
his wife passed on their wealth and riches to
son, Cyrus H., worked for years to get the
leading men who made farm machinery to join
together, enabling them to be more productive. He
finally succeeded in 1902, when the five leading
manufacturers joined to form the International
Christian Economy will Flow from the Heart of Man Outward- Mark
A.Beliles & Stephen K. McDowell, Americas
Providential History, The Providence Foundation, 1989
Christianity produces internal liberty in man, which is
the foundation for a Christian economy. The internal
change of heart that Christ brings produces Christian
character and self-government which is necessary for an
economy to be prosperous. Christian character and
who will not steal. Billions of dollars are lost
each year by American businesses to theft by
their employees. This theft is much greater than
with a strong work ethic who will labor hard and
be productive. This will cause an economy to
who will save and invest to acquire greater
who have concern for their posterity and will
seek to pass on a greater estate than they
of the gospel also imparts new ideas and creativity to
man which assists him in increasing his material welfare.
This occurs as man creates new and better tools. In
addition, man gains the understanding that God has given
him an abundance to rule the earth and if he seeks His
supply, he will find it.
Past discussions continued:
What have we discovered in our
quest to understand God's way of doing business?
These five questions arose demanding our attention.
What is the prevailing philosophy of our business?
major philosophies were identified to be dominating our
Capitalism: A riches oriented system with a
"Darwinian" survival of the fittest mentality
and strong profit motive.
A state oriented system that declares the individual a
pawn of the greater good. All welfare flows from the
state and all property belongs to the state.
II. Does God really have a way of
God is offering us an alternative to the worlds systems
left-right, capitalism-socialism single paradigm of
Kingdom Economics: A wealth and obedience oriented system
that is multi-generational in planning and focus.
Realizing that God owns everything (Psalm 24:1), He has
given us dominion and stewardship responsibilities (Gen
1:26-28), and He desires His will be done on earth just
like heaven (Matt 6:10). Instead of asking God to
join with us in our businesses, God is asking us to
join Him in His. He wants all of His people stewarding
all of His creation. And the beauty is He
has en-gifted each one of us with talents,
skills and abilities to fulfill this mandate.
III. What is a pattern for a
Christian business owner?
12: 2 says to not be "conformed to the pattern of
this world". But what scriptural pattern does God
Consider Psalm 112 as a possible answer. This psalm
describes beautiful characteristics a Christian business
owner can emulate in their interaction with God and man.
the man_who fears_the Lord, who finds great delight in
Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.(NIV)
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.(NIV)
Surely he will never be shaken... He will have no fear of
bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the
Christian integrity, excellence and work ethic, is it for
"spirit of excellence" found in the life of
Daniel. (Daniel 6:1-11) was the topic of discussion at
our March Breakfast. Excellence was found to include a
sense of duty and accountability to the living God, not
selfish, self serving motives; diligence, instead of
negligence; honesty and integrity, not deceitfulness or
Although these qualities propelled Daniel to the 2nd
highest position of the ancient Babylonian empire, they
are definately applicable today.
Wealth and Riches, is there a difference?
Business God's Way- Dennis Peacocke, REBUILD,
Pg 32 "Riches" are perishable
assets which Christ warned us not to improperly focus
upon as the primary goal of our labors. Riches can be
initially gained with or without ethics and morals.
"Wealth," on the other hand, is primarily
achieved through the skills, spiritual knowledge, and
character developed in obeying God's ways of approaching
resource management. Riches are something we have, wealth
is something we are. Our job is to put into our hearts
what is treasure to God, which is the wealth He has for
us in Christ. Then we properly let the riches that God
chooses to give us take their appointed course in or
lives according to our calling. Wealth will pass through
death, but riches will not.
These points provided our guests
with very informative and stimulating discussions.
To help with some of our past discussions, we
enlisted the help of an expert on the subject "Doing
Business God's Way", Dennis Peacocke, pastor and
businessman, who has authored the book of the same name
and has been speaking on the subject for over 20 years.
Dennis' materials have assisted us in our understanding
of this vital area of influence.
If you like to would like
to find out more about Dennis and Strategic Christian
Services, the non-profit organization he serves as
founder and president, follow this link to his website
and an article he has written entitled Co-Managing the Earth: The
Foundational Work of the Christian Marketplace Ministry appearing
in the Nov/Dec 2003 issue of Business Reform Magazine.
This article is a must
read and will give a great
foundational look at the premises set forth in the book.