The Great Exchange Between the Church and the Marketplace

How Can Church Leaders Encourage Business People?


In this first video, Joel advises church leaders to adopt teaching and practices that will encourage business leaders in their churches to take the gospel out from their congregation and into the marketplace. As a model for this kind of leadership, he shares the example of his own pastor, Andy Stanley. 



Does your church model a standard of excellence? Do you feel that the members of your church can look at the church leadership and learn how to work with excellence for Jesus' name?
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Why is it important that we, as Christ followers, hold ourselves to a very high standard? How have you noticed Christian products or art that do not? Why do some not see quality as a priority?
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How can you love people with the gospel in a place where you are unable to verbally proselytize?
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What Can Church Leaders Learn from Business People?


Because of their normal role as the authority in their fellowship, pastors don't often think about what they can learn from their congregations. Joel sees a common business practice that often goes unused in the church. 



What do you do great? Are you better at leadership or communication? Do you ever feel that your strengths are held back by other responsibilities or by your pride?
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Is there part of your job that you don't necessarily feel very comfortable doing? How can you delegate this out to someone who would be better suited for that responsibility?
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Do you struggle with holding the same quality standards for the things that come easy to you and the more challenging parts of your job?
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What Can We Learn from our Failures?


As a final lesson for this post, Joel shares his personal story of his own biggest failure. The lessons that he learned from failure are useful for the work of business or vocational ministry. 



When is the last time you were broken by your circumstances? Did you lean more on God during that time than you normally do? For how long did you maintain that level of dependency?
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What situations are troubling you right now that you can't control? How do you turn over control to God and lessen your dependency on yourself?
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What are your "be goals"? How do you want to define yourself concerning the way that you react when difficult times arise?
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Whether you work in a church or an office building, you have the responsibility to live and speak the gospel there. Whatever your context, take what you have learned here and do your work with excellence for the name of Jesus.