David Block shares the bumpy road that led him to living his God-given purpose as an entrepreneur. He describes the first stage as a successful equity analyst that taught him about the nutritional supplement industry. That led him to the second stage as a workaholic hedge fund manager who grew increasingly miserable and empty in the midst of financial and material success. In this misery and emptiness, a cry to God began an incredible third stage toward his true purpose as a Christian entrepreneur in the nutritional supplement industry able to use business to express Christ’s mission of loving the world and making all things new. The third stage has been filled with deep valleys and extraordinary miracles that taught him the reality of God’s word and the security of his promises.
Sajan George, founder and CEO of Matchbook Learning, shares the story of how he found himself in a role leading turn-around efforts at some of the nation’s largest school districts, and then how a movie started him on a journey that led to leaving his very successful consulting career (in the middle of a recession) for an “idea”. The idea was to start a not-for-profit organization committed to figuring out how to use technology to turn-around the bottom 5% of the nation’s schools. Sajan transparently shares how this leap led him to face some big fears and how God’s love brought him through.
Sajan has come to see “calling” as a journey rather than a destination–a way for us to become better and better versions of ourselves that get closer and closer to God’s best vision for us. He also walks through a framework (see below for a link to a PDF of Sajan’s framework) for exploring the unique path where your God-given excellence (skill), a redemptive edge (a need in the world that you can impact) and frustrations you may be feeling (a sign of your passion) converge.
Click PDF symbol below to download Sajan’s “Calling” framework.
Mark Curtis, a founder and the CEO of Splash Car Washes, shares how God used Splash to turn Mark back toward Him and now uses Splash to “love” its employees by giving them purpose, treating them like family, showing them respect, and providing them with training and opportunities for advancement. This is a real life example of the type of “Connection Culture” we learned about from Mike Stallard. Mark describes how God carried him through a series of mistakes and difficulties and then gave him the purpose, tools and process to build Splash into a business that gives its employees the purpose, tools and process needed to flourish. Splash was named a “Top Place to Work” for the last two years in a row and gives back by supporting numerous charities. This is an inspirational and aspirational story for any business owner, leader or manager.
Brock Morgan gives a call to arms to the “mighty men” of NCS to awaken to their identity as men of God, to embrace that they are living in the overlap between heaven and earth, and to join God in lifting the heads of the next generation. Brock sees the hope of the next generation in us and challenges the “mighty men” of NCS to live out their faith so that the next generation can see what God is doing to restore the world to His original design. Brock also shares miraculous examples of the power of prayer and miraculous stories about how the Holy Spirit changed the hearts of the young people he served at Trinity Church in Greenwich.
Mike Stallard continues his explanation of the importance of creating a “connection culture” in any organization (even in a family), as well as practical steps on how to make a difference by caring. We were designed by God for relational connection, and humbly loving and serving others creates a connection. From Nick the “hugger” at Memorial Sloane-Kerring to the supervisor who gets to know her employees, Mike uses examples to bring the concept home.