“It doesn’t have to be complicated, as Christians we should honour God with our work, we are in affect business leaders in ministry,” said Bruce Vandersee, local business man and Managing Director for Vanderfield Machinery.
Bruce and his wife Sue have been part of a small group of Christians in business meeting regularly to connect and encourage each other.
He said the group regularly talk about what role Christian business people play in seeing the Great Commission accomplished. Out of these discussions, the group decided to plan quarterly events targeted to Christian business leaders to see where God would lead their time together.
William Laird, Director of Business Solutions at RSM Bird Cameron has a heart to see unity between Christian business people and believes they should strive for excellence and the bigger vision in all they do.
It is this heart that has motivated William to help get the first Christian Business Leaders event off the ground in Toowoomba.
“It is incredible to see what has been achieved in Toowoomba through a unified body of Christ and the job is far from finished,” said William. “Imagine what can be achieved when Christian business leaders also unite with a common heart to serve God in their place of influence which is in the ‘market place’ of the city.”
“It was inspiring to see the ‘God with you at work’ theme at the latest combined church service held at HumeRidge Church of Christ. It’s great to see a growing realisation that God wants us to be intentional about bringing His Kingdom with us to work in our normal every day Monday to Friday lives,“ said William.
It is this vision that has inspired an event ‘get together’ for Christian business leaders scheduled to be held on October 16 at Ortem Café.
The aim of the event is to connect, encourage and empower Christians in business and the hope is that in the future Christian business leaders will be more unified and jointly intentional about their role in releasing God’s Kingdom into the community and workplaces.
“The starting point is simple, it can be a lonely road being a Christian business leader,” said Katrina Hobbs from local business Organic Stock Feed. “So come along and connect with other Christians who are also in business.”
“We hope that those that come will be encouraged by the speakers and that God will use the ongoing events to empower Christians in Business,” she said.
Dr Rod. St Hill has been invited to speak at the first event. Dr. Rod is the Dean of Christian Heritage College business school and has a great perspective on a Christian’s role as a business leader. He was formerly from Toowoomba where he served as the Dean of Faculty of Business and Economics at USQ.
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