sheWorks4Him With Jené Dunn – On The Frontlines Of Covid Care

It’s another exciting day here at iWork4Him as we welcome back 2 of the hosts from the brand new sheWorks4Him Podcast Martha Brangenberg and Nadya Dickson.  The sheWorks4Him Podcast will officially launch on Labor Day, but today we get to hear one of the first interviews with Nadya Dickson, Martha Brangenberg and show guest Jene’ Dunn.

sheWorks4Him podcast is dedicated to empowering Christian working women to live out their calling at work so that the world knows sheWorks4Him.  Learn more about this show at www.sheWorks4Him.com with new content every week beginning August 16, 2021. Welcome to sheWorks4Him.

Essential workers have faced insurmountable stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dealing with death, uncertainty, long hours, and the unknown caused 2020 to be known as the Year of the Nurse for good reason. Our guest Jene Dunn from Castle Rock, Colorado gives us an inside look at what it’s like to lead during uncertainty. 

Jene was raised in a Christian home where she met Jesus at a very early age of three.  With a family of pastors and missionaries, Jene knew that God was leading her into the ministry of nursing to serve in health care.  She is leading several departments of a faith-based hospital as a Clinical Nurse Manager where she lives by her personal mission statement:  “To allow the light of Christ to shine through me as I care for frontline associates who then care for our patients.”  At work and in her home life, Jene has experienced God’s hand even during the pandemic.  Her leadership has grown through a recent revelation that shedding tears in front of staff members is not only okay but validates her authenticity as she leads.  This revelation was recently tested during the death of a colleague from suicide. 

When asked about the difference between her family members serving in a church and Jene serving in the hospital she said they validate the fact that she is in ministry.  A key to her solid foundation is study the Bible.  Jene makes it a point to get in the Word daily and looks to find her wisdom for leadership from God.  Jene’s husband Sean has been a guest on iWork4Him previously and is a graduate of The Master’s Program.  He recently encouraged Jene’ to participate in the Master’s Program for Women, a faith based professional leadership development program for high-impact Christian women.  You can find out more at:  www.mastersprogramforwomen.org .

Jene encouraged our listeners to write their own personal mission statement and asked you to submit them to her at dunnjene@gmail.com.

We promised we would share the link so Jene and others could hear the past interviews with Sean Dunn about www.JesusCares.org

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56. STRETCHED TOO THIN?

Ever feel like you’re stretched too thin? It’s a phrase many working women feel describe them. Hear from working mom, Jessica Turner, to get some solid advice on how to deal with the myriad pressures and stressors that bombard all of us on a daily basis.

Virtual Work Is A Necessity, Belay Has The Solutions

Before Covid, virtual working was a cute fascination. After Covid, virtual work is a necessity and it saved lives.  IT also saved, gasoline, wear and tear on our clothing. It saved money on office rent and virtual working made it possible to live anywhere in the world and work right where you always have.  Perhaps you are a business owner or you run an organization like a church or a non-profit. Before Covid you wanted everyone to be in the office 8 to 5. Now you would just love it if you could get people to take a job with you. We bring you the story of Belay Solutions today. They are a kingdom company focused on bringing kingdom excellence to your organization through their virtual assistants who can help you with virtual assistants, virtual bookeepers, web specialists and social media strategists. They can provide you with staffing solutions and they do all the hard work so it is easy for you. Today we are going to hear from Lisa Zeeveld, the CFO and COO of Belay, online at www.belaysolutions.com. We are going to hear her Jesus story and the kingdom story of Belay and the impact they are having in organizations nationwide.

Our time today with Lisa Zeeveld was fun and energetic as this CFO and COO for Belay shared about the pleasure of working for a company with Godly values.  From her first position at BELAY, she learned that the number 1 value of God could direct her steps at her work.  In the early days Lisa worked as a Virtual Assistant while doing the company finances.  BELAY sees how they can help busy people redeem their time and be more productive by having a great working relationship with a virtual assistant. 

Martha asked Lisa if she is ministering to the clients or those who serve the clients and Lisa admitted that it is actually both.  She has the pleasure of praying with staff before meetings, helping them when they need encouragement, and serving the clients to meet their needs.  BELAY has been virtual from the very beginning of it’s existence and they work hard to keep the culture consistent.  This includes having all of the virtual assistants memorize their mission. 

In these current times there are 2 employment issues, finding people that want to work and companies that need workers.  BELAY pays fair wages and endeavors to take good care of their people while serving their clients well.  It’s a win for everyone. 

What a fun conversation with Lisa as we learned more about how God prepared BELAY for such a time as this. 

Lisa Zeevelt

www.BelaySolutions.com

The Trilogy Book Rollout Episode – iWork4Him, iRetire4Him, and sheWorks4Him

When we started iWork4Him on 4/15/13 we thought we were going to be just a radio show but God has done so much more. Tens of Thousands of people have been touched by the almost 2000 radio shows and podcasts and are daily being encouraged by the ministries we have connected them to on our podcasts. What an honor it has been for Martha and I to talk and walk alongside you in this mission to transform the workplace of every Christian into a mission field by transforming the way they think about their faith and work. In January of 2020 we embarked on what we thought would be a 7 or 8 month journey that is culminating now 18 months later. God told us to write a series of books to your our every day listeners to give you the practical tactical, factual and biblical ways of living out your faith in your work. Not just 1 book but 3. One for all of you. One for all of you listening who are retired or on your way towards retirement and one specifically for the Christian working woman. Martha and I are rolling them out today to all of you and opening up our bookstore for you all to get access to this resource which includes contributions from over 54 people. Welcome to iWork4Him and Welcome to the episode we never thought would come, the trilogy book rollout episode. Stay tuned to find out about all three books and what is hidden inside for you.

On today’s show Jim and Martha will reveal – Why they wrote 3 books?

Book titles:  iWork4Him: Change the Way You Think About Your Faith at Work

sheWorks4Him: Embrace Your Calling as a Christian Woman at Work

iRetire4Him: Unlock God’s Purpose for Your Retirement

Special features include:  information to help you learn how to connect faith and work and retirement and faith.  Also, 54 authors contributed their stories of faith and work or their ministry that helps others on this journey.  Ted Hains wrote stories from his life for the end of each chapter – to help us see what it looks like to wrestle with the different topics. 

Questions at the end of each chapter to help the reader digest what they read.

Podcast links to listen to the writer on an iWork4Him show.

Book recommendations from Jim and Martha.

Ministry connections around iWork4Him, iRetire4Him, and sheWorks4Him.

Books are available in paperback, ebook, and audio book.

Purchase on www.iWork4Him.com/bookstore or on Amazon

Bulk purchases available. Jim and Martha would love to come speak to groups about these topics.

Introducing sheWorks4Him

If there is one thing I know is that the more things remain the same, the more things are changing all around us.  At iWork4Him, we have had to pivot many times and today is a momentous time where we shift once more.  We realized that the everyday Christian working woman needed a show dedicated to her and the unique challenges she faces every day.  Today we introduce you to sheWorks4Him, a podcast we will soft launch on August 16th of this year and hard launch on September 6th.  This podcast will be dedicated to Christian working women everywhere hosted by Martha Brangenberg, Catherine Gates, and Nadya Dickson.  sheWorks4Him podcast is dedicated to empowering Christian working women to live out their calling at work so that the world knows sheWorks4Him.  Learn more about this show at www.sheWorks4Him.com with new content every week beginning August 16, 2021. Today the hosts of sheWorks4Him will share some of their personal stories, how they have learned to connect their faith to their work and most importantly WHY they have decided to start this new show.  3 great stories of Christian working women shared to inspire others to embrace their calling.  Welcome to sheWorks4Him.

Coffee & Jesus With Dan & Lori Malay Of How You Brewin

Coffee, It used to be a simple staple. Black, or add cream or sugar or both. But Today, a simple cup of coffee is hardly ever acceptable. It has to be on ice or whipped or frothed or sugared up. There are so many ways to have your coffee. But how do you turn serving coffee into a ministry and do it among the lifestyles of the rich and famous.  Today we head off to Long Beach Island NJ.  The bastion of peace and prosperity that used to be the playground of the everyday family. Long beach island is THE barrier island off New Jersey that millions flock to every summer and that hundreds of thousands call home or their beach home. Dan and Lori Malay grew up on Long Beach Island and decided to stay and make an impact right in their home community.  They are here to share their story. Dan & Lori Malay with www.howyoubrewin.com

Dan and Lori Malay have a high school sweetheart story.  Although they may differ on their recollection of the details, we know this – they fell in love and got married.  Dan actually led Lori to a relationship with Christ early in their dating relationship. Dan’s career has had many facets, law enforcement, vocational ministry, and entrepreneur.  He thought that he had “arrived” when he took a job within a church.  As a business owner, Dan knows that they are just as involved in ministry in the coffee shop as he was at the church. 

Lori has a huge role in ministry in the coffee shop, www.howyoubrewin.com. She knows that the customers and staff deal with many issues daily, and they never know how God will use a smile, a kind word, or deeper conversation to draw others to Him. 

Dan and Lori have started a coffee shop, acquired an existing one, and rebranded their business into one name, “How you Brewin.”  Being involved in the coffee industry, they have learned the value of building relationships with the regulars and getting to know their heart in the process.  Dan and Lori continue to grow in Christ and see how that has led them to be very people-focused and invest in their staff.  Dan pointed out that they start with real training around their core values and mission before the team ever learns to make a coffee.  They emphasized that they begin with trust and tell the employees that trust is critical in their relationships at work.

Fun fact, this interview came about due to a couple of employees from How you brewin’.  Grant and Grace Carvin have been lifelong friends of ours and told us about how Dan and Lori live out their faith in their business.  But the Malay’s don’t make it a practice only to hire Christians.  They know that their staff is their mission field as well as the customers.  They may get calls or texts about complex circumstances in their employees’ lives throughout any given day.  What a privilege to be able to walk beside their staff and counsel them from a biblical perspective. 

Teaching their staff to execute with excellence, gratitude, kindness, and integrity are just a few ways to learn to represent the heart of Jesus.  We didn’t get to mention it on the air, but the Malays offer a weekly staff Bible study that is a safe place to come and ask questions and for them to invest personally in each other. 

Being an entrepreneurial couple is hard.  When we asked Dan and Lori how they protect their marriage from their business and vice versa, they were refreshingly honest. It’s hard, and they need to be better at it. It’s trying to figure our balance versus integration.  Dan and Lori, you are humble servants using coffee and business as a way to be a light to the world.  Thank you for serving so well.

53. AVOIDING TEMPTATION AT WORK

Do you know about the temptations at work? Have your eyes opened about the eleven temptations to avoid at work from authors Steve Reynolds and David Winters. Hear what the number one temptation is and what you can do to avoid it!

A Mission From God To Find Those Leading Virtuously

Virtue – the quality or practice of moral excellence or righteousness. When we were kids Virtue was held in high regard. IS Virtue still held in high regard?  Where do we find virtuous people?  Where do we find people even talking about virtue? Anywhere? And the ultimate question, where do we find those leading virtuously?  Well our guest today is in search of those leading virtuously around the country. He is interviewing them, studying them, and sharing their insights with others in his Leading Virtuously Podcast as well as putting their virtuous insights into practice in his business Spirit Consulting.  Today we talk with Christopher Gomez, a man on a mission from God to find those Leading Virtuously.

Christopher Gomez was no stranger to religion but from age ten to thirty he really didn’t think much of it.  One day God intersected his life in a very real way and Christopher was drawn back into a relationship with our heavenly Father.  He started attending a non-denominational church where as a musician, the music really drew him in.  Fast forward to Chris’ recent experience where he was really seeking to understand what sphere of influence he was supposed to impact and was repeatedly pointed to business.  He has been working in business for years and truly started being intentional this past year or so in allowing his walk with the Lord to impact his everyday.  This interview with Christopher gives some great examples of how God has used him with clients as well as during the work hours just praying for someone he and his wife encountered that needed healing.  God can use us every hour of the day if we allow Him to be in charge.  Through his own podcast, Leading Virtuously, Christopher has met and interviewed some great leaders that teach not only the listener but also the show host.  His audience loves to hear the lessons and allow them to impact and challenge their own lives.  Listen to this complete interview and allow it to impage you today.