Business Opportunities for the Gospel
Stakeholder or Neighbour? The theme for this year’s Faith in Business conference left me reflecting on my time spent in the civil engineering and construction industry as Contracts and Project Manager. Few people will disagree that the construction sector in its entirety can be an extremely tough and demanding work place. This intensifies if you are a Christian, trying to imitate the loving, graceful servant nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The speakers shared their experiences honestly and openly and this often gave us a deeper look into their own hearts and minds, allowing us to see how they navigate the business arena from a Christian perspective. It was comforting in some respects to see that the struggles and battles I used to be engaged in on a daily basis were not unique to my line of work, but appear in every industry out there. It was also extremely encouraging when you hear people at the top of the business spectrum declare that they are openly willing to say no to immoral and unethical business behaviour.
But it was not all about struggles and battles. We left the conference encouraged to stand strong and expect God to move in tremendous ways. We were encouraged to pray faithfully for those we work with and to pray for opportunities to share the gospel through our actions and decisions. Albeit infrequent, the opportunities do appear, and we need to be ready to give a response.
What I valued most of all was the sense of community that was quickly felt. I met amazing people and was blessed to share time in prayer — corporate and personal.
Roelof van Emmenis, first-year ordinand