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About My Father's Business: Taking Your Faith to Workby Regi Campbell
Synopses & Reviews
Many books stress the need to be "marketplace ministers." An equal or greater number tell us why we should be in marketplace ministry. This book tells us how. About My Father's Business offers proven methodology for becoming a spiritual leader at work, regardless of position or title. Regi Campbell has more than twenty years experience learning and implementing these strategies in companies small and large. With refreshing transparency, he shares his struggles to save his marriage, build his career, and pursue his mission to have influence for Jesus Christ with coworkers. The result is a practical guide for reconciling the quest for corporate accomplishment with the call to be a disciple of Christ 24/7. "Regi shows us a path that leads us to love and serve our coworkers while moving them toward their own relationship with Jesus Christ.About My Father's Businessshows us the joy that comes from bringing a kingdom purpose to our life's work." Luis Palau President, Luis Palau Evangelistic Association Author,High Definition Life "There may be no greater opportunity to reach our culture for Christ than through the marketplace. Regi has been there, done that, and he shares his wealth of wisdom and experience. I have the privilege of recommending this book wholeheartedly." Ron Blue President, Christian Financial Professionals Network " Regi Campbell hits the bull's-eye.About My Father's Businessis a practical book that needs to be in the hands of every serious Christian longing to make a difference in their work life." Chip Ingram CEO and president, Walk Thru the Bible "I highly recommend this book to any Christian seeking more out of his or her workday than a paycheck or a promotion." Gary M. Parsons Chairman, XM Satellite Radio "For many years workplace and ministry have been viewed as entirely separate, almost like the church and state. Now, as men and women begin to see their workplace as their greatest field for harvest, we're entering a revival. Regi's work is a valuable tool for any Christian ready to touch their marketplace for God." Pat Gelsinger Author,Balancing Your Family, Faith and Work Sr. VP and CTO, Intel Corporation INSIDE FRONT FLAP Relevant - Practical - Compelling What happens to your faith at work? Do you struggle to live for Jesus while earning a paycheck? The truth is, when you go to work, you don't have to check your faith at the door. Successful businessman Regi Campbell shows how your witness and your example can make a huge difference in your workplace and impact lives for eternity. God is calling you to more than what's in your job description. Your peers need it. Your Father requires it. It's His business and onlyyoucan accomplish it. - Doable - Story Behind the Book "I'm a business guy who committed his life to Jesus Christ in my early thirties. As a brand-new, fired-up believer, I wanted to make a difference for God, but business was all I really knew. I did what most new Christians do-plugged into a church, joined a Bible study, and started family devotions. But the office was still an enigma: a place where I felt no purpose, a place where I was just serving my time. I felt thwarted and stalled from doing anything for God there. I'm thankful the Lord showed me that the marketplace is where I am supposed to be. Even more, He has shown me some useful ways to think about the people I work with...and to help them move toward Jesus Christ. I wrote this book to share the road map that has made workplace evangelism and discipleship doable for me." From the Hardcover
It seems destined to be a four-letter word. No matter how you spell it—job, career, calling—it still has curse written all over it. Maybe that’s just the way it’s supposed to be. After all, it was the original curse word, as Adam first lived out the consequences of his cursed life by working the land for food. To this day, work ranks among the leading obstacles in many people’s lives.
It seems the dreams of most working people revolve around arriving at a place where they’ll no longer have to go to work. That’s not to say we don’t enjoy some of the challenges along the way. But if you could dig beneath the surface, the primary objective of most people’s career is to eliminate the need for it.
The primary objective of most people’s career
is to eliminate the need for it.
Advertisers play to this sentiment, tantalizing their target audiences with depictions of financial freedom and absolute autonomy. Statewide lotteries are funded, one dollar at a time, by the pipe dreams of would-be early retirees. While money is the number one obsession in our culture, the ultimate end of wealth is emancipation from the workplace.
It is common sentiment that work is something to be avoided.
Work is universally portrayed as something that gets in the way of all the other things we’d rather be doing. Work calls the shots. It’s the factory whistle that awakens us each day from the dream of a life of leisure. Work drags us from our homes and subjects us to traffic jams and the shark-infested waters of competition. Work drops us back home in a heap at the end of the day, or at the end of a long business trip. Work tells us where we can live, what we should wear, when we can go on vacation, and how much we can spend in between. Wherever our hearts turn in life, work is there dictating the pace and saying yes or no to our heartfelt passions and desires.
We Are What We Do?
As young children, we are encouraged to dream of what we want to be when we grow up. Our educational system is oriented around shaping us into one of the molds that will define us as bachelors in business administration, economics, English, science, or education. Eventually, we refine our identity to the point that we fit nicely into one of the categories that can be found in the yellow pages, or a title on the organizational chart of the company where we work. And after all is settled, one of the first questions people ask when they meet us is, “What do you do?”
In our culture, we are defined by what we do. And everything else revolves around it. Wherever the career opportunities take us is where we raise our families, attend our churches, and join the neighborhood pool. What we do precedes who we are.
There’s just one problem. We don’t want anything to tell us what to do. We love autonomy. So, in allegiance to our human nature, we make it our goal to cheat the system. We work for rapid promotions, we invest for early retirement, and we play the lottery to increase our chances of getting our freedom as soon as we can…winning back control of our lives while we are still young enough to enjoy it.
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About the Author
Regi Campbell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds an MBA from its school of business. He is a key investor and manager of Tax Partners, LLC, a successful business process outsourcing company. He also serves on the board of High Tech Ministries. Campbell knows all about being a marketplace minister, as he works closely with Andy Stanley and North Point Community Church, one of America’s largest churches.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The monkey — The curse? — At work on two jobs! — Turning it up a notch — Relationships are the "one thing"! — Apathetic : "don't know and don't care" — Beginning to search : from apathy to active interest — Calling the chosen frozen — Developing disciples : from passive to active — Counting our soldiers : the excelling E's — Sensing the sensitivities — Epilogue: A final word.
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