Christian Impact in Business
With almost daily reports of corruption, fraud, poor employment practices etc, the challenge and importance of making a difference by spreading the aroma of Christ in our workplaces has never been greater.
I was looking forward to Faith in Business’s latest conference and learning from others’ experiences. I was not disappointed. The conference brought together 50 people, mainly from business plus some academics. Most were UK-based but there were opportunities to learn about other cultures too.
Presentations were all quite different but, for me, one strong thread running through was: the need to have and demonstrate integrity.
Phil Staunton gave a very personal and candid presentation about integrity in business. He discussed how circumstances often present real challenges but God remains a dependable rock during our setbacks. This theme was picked up in Moses Cui’s talk on Chinese business education when he emphasised the need for integrity between words, actions and beliefs. Integrity was also mentioned by Antony Elliott who, like Phil, gave quite a personal talk on the journey towards the work he now does that is impacting on behaviour within the banking sector.
‘Take the principles of business and take God at His word.’
The importance of trust was raised by Richard Leftley in his inspirational talk on providing micro-insurance in the Developing World.
I related to his ‘big vision’ based on Isaiah 58 and also to his ‘Snakes and Ladders’ description of poverty. One phrase Richard used reminded me of George Muller, a hero of mine: ‘Take the principles of business and take God at His word.’ Wise words for Christians seeking to make a difference at work for God.
Thanks to Richard Higginson and team for once again organising an inspiring, encouraging and refreshing conference which provided a great insight into how God works through his children to ‘make a difference in the business world’.
Ken Dickson, Founder and Managing Director,
Axiom-e Limited, business advisors and educators