God Owns Your Business

Generous Giving Conference


In this 17-minute session from the Generous Giving Conference, Alan Barnhart shares how the Bible has profoundly impacted how he runs his business and manages his income, explaining his role as steward of God's resources. Alan is President of Barnhart Crane & Rigging and speaks across the country on the topic of stewardship.


Contrary to the encouragement from his college friends, Alan realized that he didn't have to draw his paycheck from a 501c3 to be in full-time ministry. God called Alan into business as his full-time ministry. Do you consider your work full-time ministry? What does it look like for you to minister at your job (or in your retirement, or as a stay-at-home parent)?
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Alan acknowledged that since God owns everything, it is our job to be a steward. How are you stewarding the resources (personal and business) that God has given you? Is there anything that needs to change?
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Has success (monetary, in business, or both) impacted your spiritual life? How? How can you redeem that?
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Even before the enormous success of his business, Alan determined a financial finish line and capped his lifestyle. What do you think of his decision? How can you apply that to your life?
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Alan spoke about the importance of having accountability in his giving. Who is involved in making the decisions about your strategic giving? Who gives you accountability?
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Alan's concept of stewardship grew out of his serious study of God's Word. Chet and Diana Stewart had a similar experience. Watch as they recount their journey toward increasing generosity.



Whether you own a successful business and have tremendous assets or not, everything you've been given—much or little—belongs to God. When you begin to see that you are not an owner, but steward, of your resources, generosity will become your natural disposition.


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