Thursday, February 17, 2011

Unifying Divided Lives Through Urban Business as Mission

It’s probably one of the toughest tasks in Christian spiritual development to unify all the parts of our life towards following Christ.

Over the years, I’ve met many Christian business people who struggle with the feeling that their Sunday life has very little overlap with their Monday life. Or they have the nagging sense that being a Christian in the workplace means more than just sharing your faith.

Yesterday, I heard about a businessman who’s been searching for a way to unify his work life and his faith walk. He’s been asking for friends to pray for the ability to expand his sprinkler business by two positions this spring. He has a desire to hire two individuals rebuilding lives, train them in sprinkler repair, and actively mentor them in life.

At Belay Enterprises, we have a goal of incubating businesses to create 750 jobs in five years for people rebuilding lives from addiction, homelessness, or prison in the Denver area.

But this goal would be much too low, if Christ-following business owners start realizing the impact they can make by hiring and investing in an ex-offender.

It’s a very tangible way to unify one’s faith with one’s business talents. And it can make a big impact for our community by reducing the rates of people returning to prison.

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