41. TEACH YOUR CHURCH A NEW TRICK

How can you engage your church in faith at work? Hear about a faith at work ministry that will do that for you. The Call to Work ministry has the answer and a program to get your church (the ‘old dog’) “learning a new trick”.

Featured Guest: Tracy Mathews
Ministry/Workplace: The Call To Work

40. JESUS LIKES YOU

Jesus LIKES me? Why care about that? That’s just a slice of our discussion with Matt Bird from the UK, who was back with us to talk more about relationships, cycles and great snippets of Bird-isms to change your perspective!

Featured Guest: Matt Bird
Ministry/Workplace: Relationology International

How to Affair Proof Your Marriage

iWork4Him is a show solely focused on the intersection of our Faith in Jesus and our Work. When these two collide – fantastic things happen all around us. People start to benefit from you following Jesus whether they believe in Jesus or not. That’s when the enemy goes full on frontal attack. He wants to compromise your reputation at work so that your testimony is no longer attractive.  What is one way he does this? An Affair with an office mate.  Whether you are a man or a woman, A committed follower of Jesus or one just finding their way in being a Jesus Follower, the enemy wants to see you fail.  How do we protect our reputation and the reputation of our savior? We need to affair proof our marriages. We need to have a solid ground to stand on at home so that our steadfastness isn’t compromised at work. Even if you are not married, an affair at work will significantly dismantle your witness as a Christian.  Today joining Martha and I in this conversation is Rhonda Stoppe with www.NoRegretsWoman.com She has written many books. We use The Marriage Mentor all the time that she wrote with her husband Steve and today’s topic will come from the pages of Real Life Romance, which we will give away today.

Rhonda Stoppe returns to iWork4Him for another great interview about marriage.  She recently commented on one of our iWork4Him PowerThoughts about the need to Affair-proof marriages in the context of our workplaces.  Her book Real-Life Romance and also The Marriage Mentor are great resources for helping to strengthen marriages at home and to help affair proof them. 

Rhonda and Steve have been married for 39 years and she knows that they continue to need to be transparent with each other and take their advice from scripture.  When they were new parents Rhonda found herself dressing up for church on Sundays and appreciated the compliments of a gentleman there.  After a few weeks of getting compliments she approached Steve and basically explained the situation and told him he needs to compliment her more, as she was looking forward to the compliments of the man at church.  She knew this behaviour could have bad consequences and that is how most affairs get started. 

Applying that story to the workplace is pretty easy.  We need to set good boundaries and clearly protect our marriages.  We can do this by strengthening our marriages and making them a priority.  We shared the 72-hour intimacy rule with her and Rhonda is going to add that to her messaging.  Rhonda encouraged women to pursue their husbands.  This is a successful way to affair proof your marriage. 

Rhonda is offering a free ebook – “A Christian Woman’s Guide to Great Sex in Marriage” when you sign up for her newsletter:  http://www.noregretswoman.com

There is a road to recovery for an affair.  God has forgiven us as far as the East is from the West.  Don’t stop protecting your marriage.  When the kids leave and our lives change we shouldn’t look elsewhere for attention.  Rhonda encouraged marriages to be careful even in our virtual relationships while we work distantly.  It can quickly get out of control. 

For more great insights to affair proof your marriage check out Rhonda Stoppes website at http://www.noregretswoman.com. It is always fun to have Rhonda as a guest on iWork4Him.

Tempered Resilience

God designed all of us to be leaders. How do I know this? Jesus handed down an assignment that designates all of us to lead others back to Him. What does it take to be a great leader in challenging times. Some would say Tempered Leaders. Leaders that have been pounded, beaten, attacked, hardened, fought in the heat of battle. Leaders who have face great opposition and have come out with Tempered Resilience. Resilience that represents our ability to rebound in the face of great challenge. Leaders who demonstrate Tempered Resilience, are leaders without pride issues and without privilege. These are tried and true leaders who have earned their position and a right to be heard. Tod Bolsinger comes back on iWork4Him today to talk about his book Tempered Resilience. Tod Bolsinger is a Senior Fellow at De Pree Center and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Seminary.

Tod Bolsinger has been a previous guest on the iWork4Him show talking about his last book, Canoeing the Mountain.  This excellent book about not continuing to do things the way they’ve always been done is a great leadership book that Jim has recommended often.  On March 13, 2020, Tod got off a plane from traveling and discovered that 15 of his next speaking opportunities had been canceled.  Little did he know that God would use this adversity to allow Tod to do 105 webinars instead.  He had a chance to live out what he wrote about in his newest book “Tempered Resilience.”

God also allowed 2020 to be a year to launch the Church Leadership Institute at Fuller Seminary in the DePree Center. 

Tod said a key for leaders is to keep learning and growing and allow formation during a disruption.  Be stronger and flexible and have the capacity to adapt core values.

Tod’s new book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change is here for such a time as this.  Everyone is experiencing disruption and change.  Tempered tools are stronger than their original matter. 

Most leaders experience the most challenging resistance inside their organization and need help to know how to navigate this resistance and be resilient.  When I asked Tod when someone should read this book, he agreed it could be read anytime, as someone prepares to be a leader, or during their leadership opportunity.  The real lessons are learned in the midst of the crisis. 

Call our listener line at 866-713-9675 to win a copy of this book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. You can also text:  change to 66866 to get a link to resources by Tod Bolsinger.

AWAKE = Ambassadors working as Kingdom Educators

A few Weeks Back I had an opportunity to sit down with some Christian Educators from around the country who teach in the public school system. 4 teachers, 4 different stories of how they are living out their faith in their work and how www.CEAI.org (The Christian Educators Association International) is encouraging them to be AWAKE in their jobs as teachers.  AWAKE = Ambassadors working as Kingdom Educators. From The Twin Cities to California we hear the real stories of teachers working in the teaching trenches of America. Enjoy.

39. A KINGDOM-BUSINESS MARRIAGE AND A KINGDOM-MARRIAGE BUSINESS

A business as ministry by cleaning offices. Tune in to hear Office Pride owner, Todd Hopkins, introduce us to franchisees, Dre & Karie Truitt, whose story will make you laugh, and truly consider how you can build the Kingdom with your business.

Featured Guests: Todd Hopkins, Dre & Karie Truitt
Ministry/Workplace: Office Pride Franchise

Walking With The Lord In Times Of Isolation

Its been a year. A year since the Covid-19 Lockdowns hit. A year since almost Normal got lost in a panic to keep millions from dying around the world. Covid has impacted everything. EVERYTHING.  Shopping, driving, socializing, church, family, school, traffic, work. A year ago, the dream for some was to work from home. Today, the nightmare for some is to work from home another day.  Isolation has led to suicide/depression/lonlieness the likes of which our world has never known.  So where does the Body of Christ at work fit into all of this.  How does our faith impact our work when our work is intertwined with schooling and other homebound complications?  Throw into that mix a week of temperatures that broke a ton of modern low temperature records where our home, which has been our safe haven has now been destroyed by broken water pipes and flooding. The world is in chaos and peace is hard to find. Where does God fit into all these questions? Lets ask Tony Dale. Founder of Sedera Health and The Karis Group out of Austin Texas. Tony has a unique perspective to share with us today.

Tony and Felicity Dale live in Texas.  Texas had a rough time recently with all of the unusually cold weather.  We asked Tony to talk about the adversity and the challenges from Covid-19 and the Deep Freeze on them personally and his companies.  After explaining that he had run out of gas to heat his home and cook, lots of cancelled meetings, etc. he truly felt blessed.  When asked to explain, he sweetly said well Felicity and I have spent a lot of time together this past year and let’s just say – “cold weather leads to warm fellowship!”.  Now there’s a great perspective for us all to consider.  Seriously, Tony acknowledged that many people have had worse conditions than they did, but he knows that the kinds of issues they experienced are far less severe than most of the world. 

Tony’s company has experienced a 50% increase in size this past year.  In fact, he said many new team members have never even seen the office space for the company as they were onboarded virtually.  He acknowledged that his team has determined to not let anyone be left out. 

Isolation has become a real problem around the globe during the pandemic.  Tony reminded us that Jesus asked God to help him only do what the Father asked of him.  We are to let every part of our life be led by Him. 

Jeremiah spent time in the well.  Joseph spend time in prison.  We can make Godly use of our time.  The truth is, even this interview is church.  We are having church when 2-3 gather in His name.  Tony has a new book that will be releasing this year, instead of what is wrong with health care, he takes the opposite approach.  Stay tuned for more as we get closer to the release of that book.  As always, we are grateful for time with Tony Dale and appreciate his insight for our lives.

38. WHAT’S A CITY MOVEMENT?

What’s a city movement? Find out from Rich Carney, Executive Director at Austin Bridge Builders Alliance, and find out how he’s transformed cities for the past two decades and how the the city of Austin is being transformed now for God.

Featured Guests: Rich Carney
Ministry/Workplace: Sedera & Austin Bridge Builder Alliance

Hired: Cut Your Career Search Time in Half

YOUR FIRED! YOUR LAID OFF! WE ARE CLOSING THE PLANT – HERE IS YOUR PINK SLIP!  These statements cast fear into our lives in the forms of a tidal wave of emotion. You start to be riddled with questions that seem to have no answers. How will I feed myself, How will I pay my bills, How will I find another job?  Why me? It is a freeway to depression and discouragement. But wait God Promises us to never leave us or forsake us and in Isaiah

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you” – Isaiah 43:2

So where can I find all the answers on how to find a job in half the time it normally takes? George C. Murray has the answer in his new book Hired. George is here to tell his story and to share some of the answers on what to do when you find yourself out of a job and looking for work.

George lost his job not once, but twice.  This really stretched his faith, but he realized some really important things along the way that actually cut his time in half to finding his next job.  God showed him a roadmap for cutting your career search time in half and decided to write it all in his book, Hired. 

George’s book is for the newly unemployed or someone struggling in their unemployment.  Losing a job is a shock but there are some important steps that George says need to happen right away.  1.  You need energy and attitude.  2.  You are the CEO of you. And 3. Assemble a personal board of advisors.

In his book, Hired, you will also learn what he know about morning time and taking care of yourself.  There is a “Day in a life” structure that you should pay special attention to.  This is your chance to make some changes and assess what is working and what is not working.  Wow, this book is full of great ideas for those looking for a job.

If you know someone who is on a job search or you yourself are in that place now, get a copy of Hired, cut your career search time in half by George Claystin Murray and use this roadmap to make it a great experience. 

2 copies of the book Hired, are available by calling the iWork4Him listener line at 866-713-9675 or you can get it online at www.GeorgeClaystinMurray.com It’s never too late to take the next step in the process towards a new job.  iWork4Him is happy to present this opportunity to you and learn to focus on what is ahead for you.

Job Search With Jesus

When we lose our job, its terrifying. Finding a new job is daunting. Who do we turn to? Jesus can be our job search partner and Glenn Inn is here to tell us about his brand new eBook called I Lost My Job: Heaven Help Me. Glenn Inn has agreed to join us to share just a little about his book which you can download for free at www.JobSearchwithJesus.com

After 22 years in high tech, Glenn found himself in a job transition.  As he spoke with other job seekers he observed a lot of successful but broken people.  It wasn’t long before he was challenged to write a book, I Lost My Job: Heaven Help Me.  Glenn tells people that its ok to hurt from the loss of a job, but then they need to learn how to see yourself as God sees you.  Understand that the title on your business card is not who you are.

I Lost My Job: Heaven Help Me can be downloaded for free at www.JobSearchwithJesus.com .  Please share this with your friends that may be looking for jobs.  This book will help them make a great transition and be a better person in the process.

37. SUCCESS = STOP BELIEVING THE LIES

Do women still need to act like men in business? No, says Dania Heffington, Director of Member Experience at Sedera Health, a faith-based company in Austin, Texas. Hear more ideas of how all of us can use our gifts in the workplace to glorify God.

Featured Guests: Dania Heffington
Ministry/Workplace: Sedera & Austin Bridge Builder Alliance

Know Yourself Know Your Money

Money has a way of twisting us. IT has a way of taking over and driving us crazy. If we don’t manage our money, it can manage us. If we don’t put parameters around our money, we can lose sleep and peace and it could damage our most important earthly relationships. In order to manage your money in a way that reflects Christ in us, whether this is at home or in our work life, we need to first know and understand the attitudes and actions in our life surrounding how we handle money. Second, we need to be knowing where our money is going. Rachel Cruze is back with another best selling book, Know Yourself, Know your money. She is going to pull all this together for us so that no matter where we are or what we are doing, our faith, our work and our money are all tied to Jesus in us.

Rachel Cruze grew up as the middle child of Dave Ramsey.  Her father’s job was to talk about money, debt, and helping people to become debt free.  He also talked about Jesus in their home.  Rachel shares on the air and in her new book, Know Yourself, Know your Money about the impact our upbringing has on how we handle money. 

It was quite a shock to Rachel when she discovered that not everyone looks at money the say way she does.  In fact, she could see that there were some distinct differences in how households talked and handled money and how this directly impacts our response to money.  80% of what we do is from observation, and only 20% is from head knowledge.  Imagine if we all took the time to know ourselves and how it relates to handling our money. 

Throughout her new book, Know Yourself, Know your Money – Rachel Cruze shares insights and helpful direction to a healthier perspective.  Winston and Rachel have been married for 11 years and are exact opposites for their money tendencies.  As each couple struggles with merging finances and having financial harmony, Rachels’ book is a great help to a successful, healthy approach.  Imagine how healthy the next generation could be if their homes do a better job dealing with money in a secure environment.  We are giving away a copy of her book on our listener line:  866-713-9675

36. WE’RE LOSING GROUND

Why are Christians losing rights at work? Hear why from David Gibbs III from the National Center for Life and Liberty. David brings real world examples – and serious truths – to show HOW we can legally share our faith in the workplace.

Featured Guests: David Gibbs III
Ministry/Workplace: The National Center for Life and Liberty

Introducing iRetire4Him

The Retirement Reformation is committed to encouraging a movement where every Christ follower is confident in God’s plan for a lifetime of faithful service and committed to helping the body of Christ reform its understanding of retirement-then bearing fruit without measure throughout all of life. We assert the Biblical truth that Jesus followers are called to bear fruit in every season of life and affirm that commitment with the 10 principles of the Retirement Reformation Manifesto. Bruce Bruinsma, the founder of the retirement reformation is here today to talk about the Retirement Reformation manifesto.

35. APARTMENT LIVING FOR GOD?

Apartments as MISSION FIELDS?! That’s exactly where Sean Bailey and company are operating with their organization, Apartment Life, which is bringing Jesus to this living space; one unit at a time.

Featured Guests: Sean Bailey
Ministry/Workplace: I Like Giving

The Master’s Program for Women

55% of the workforce today is made up of Women. 36% of the population of the United States of America proclaim to be Born Again Believers in Jesus Christ.  That means almost 33 million working women who follow Jesus.  Where do they go for specific discipleship in connecting their faith to their work and living out their calling in their workplace?  There are more and more ministries popping up around the United States specifically focused on the unique needs of the Christian Working Woman. Today we head off to Charlotte NC to talk with Nadya Dickson, National and International Director of The Master’s Program for Women, online at www.TheMastersProgramforWomen.org

Nadya Dickson came from a loving home but it wasn’t until her time at University that she met Jesus.  Over the years she has learned that “practice makes progress”.  This eventually led her to participate in The Masters Program for Women.  During her time of participation as a student in her cohort she was able to write her life mission statement.  She was surprised to discover that helping women was a part of that mission.  She usually found herself resisting women centered activities, especially in her home where she is the only female.  Her mission statement begins “To unleash women to walk in fullness of Christ….”  Wow, what a statement.  After participating as a student, she became a coach and is now the National and International Director for The Masters Program for Women. 

Their 3-year program has a total of 12 full day sessions with a 12-woman cohort, and several individual coaching opportunities to really learn from The Master and create a life mission.  You can find out all of the details at www.themastersprogramforwomen.org . Nadya shared about the opportunity for listeners to attend a 1-hour briefing to decide if this might be your next steps in growth. 

Nadya told us a story about a graduate who has created www.Fashionandcompassion.com and is continuing to help other women grow through this opportunity.  TMPW is idea for women in leadership that want to steward their influence, understand their calling or in a place of preparing or entering transition. 

34. HOLY BLENDED SPICES, BATMAN!

Hear about a couple who blend spices for God. Hear how they operate a business as a “biznistry”(business as ministry) who are bringing taste and innovation to food – all with a healthy pinch of Redemption and Truth.

Featured Guests: Dan Anderson. Tom and Kristie Cotter
Ministry/Workplace: Custom BlendingKingdom Way Ministries

31 Decrees Of Blessing

In 1994 Os Hillman was thrust into the toughest 7 years of his life as everything around him started to crumble. Fast forward 27 years later and Os hillman is one of the patriarchs of the Faith and Work Movement where millions are impacted with the knowledge that their work matters to God and their workplace is a mission field and that their daily witness ( in actions and words) is the key to reaching a lost and hopeless nation with the miraculous hopeful Salvation and Lordship of Jesus Christ. Os Hillman is a man who has poured his blood into a movement to make sure you and I know that God doesn’t make mistakes and that your work matters to Him.  Os has so many resources that can help equip you to live out your faith at work. Online at www.MarketplaceLeaders.org. Os is here today to introduce his latest book and the latest on the movement we call the Faith and work movement.

Scripture is full of promised from God that are called covenant promises.  Os Hillman has made a collection of 31 categories of covenant promised for us to decree and claim for our work!  How exciting is that?  Os knows that there is power in speaking Gods word and this book helps us do just that.  Check out www.31decrees.com and watch a free video teaching to learn more from Os about biblical decrees and how we can apply them in our work life.

https://www.31decrees.com

BOOK GIVEAWAY!  Call 866-713-9675 to win a copy of Os Hillmans book 31 Decrees of Blessing for your work life!

33. THE ECONOMICS OF RELATIONOMICS – PART II

Discover the economics of “Relationomics”.  What happens when we put the customer and the stockholder first? Miserable employees. Dr. Randy Ross advocates ANOTHER WAY.

Featured Guest: Dr. Randy Ross
Ministry/Workplace: Dr. Randy Ross

Helping Christian Working Women Connect Their Faith To Their Work

55% of the workforce today is made up of Women. 36% of the population of the United States of America proclaim to be Born Again Believers in Jesus Christ.  That means almost 33 million working women who follow Jesus.  Many of the Christian Working Women ministries we have found are Business Owner and Leader focused. Where does the everyday Christian Working Woman go for discipleship in connecting their faith to their work and living out their calling in their workplace?  We love highlighting ministries specifically focused on the unique needs of the Christian Working Woman. Today we head off to Cincinnati, OH to talk with Kathy Book, Founder of Women in the Marketplace and Catherine Gates, executive director of Women in the Marketplace, online at www.WomeninMarketplace.net.

Kathy Book is the founder of an organization called Women in the Marketplace.  It was started out of her own need to connect her faith to her work and have other women walk alongside her in the process.  At the first of the year Kathy handed over the reigns to the new Executive Director – Catherine Gates.  Catherine has had a passion for helping Christian working women and equipping them in their work with the confidence they need in Christ. 

Catherine noted that her last 8 years as a part of Workmatters showed her that women are stymied by their preconceived notions about connecting their faith at work and also the fear of the repercussions for being a believer.  Women are looking for role models to show them what it looks like to be an authentic Christian at work.  The best way to share these role models is through story. 

Women in the Marketplace has a bible study called “Unleashed” and Catherine recently released her book “The Confidence Cornerstone”.  You can call the listener line at 866-713-9675 (866-713-WORK) to win a copy of these 2 books. 

The goal of WIM is to build community and provide resources, like the study Unleashed and book The Confidence Cornerstone to help equip women to live out their faith at work. 

On March 18, 2021, Women in the Marketplace will be hosting an event that is “obsessively inclusive” for all women in the marketplace.  Their events page has details for this CONNECT event as well as their prayer calls on Monday and Wednesday:  https://www.womeninmarketplace.net/events-1 .

To learn more about how you can get involved in WIM or start a chapter in your city – reach out to CatherineGates@WomeninMarketplace.net .

Remember to call 866-713-WORK to win a copy of the books provided by WIM.