Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


Over the last three weeks, we’ve seen the impact of a quadruple bottom line applied in the workplace through Brian, Patience, and Michael.  I’ve been so thankful for the feedback and encouragement from many of you in response. But we are beginning to see (again, thanks to the work of Willson and Kaemingk’s book, Work and Worship) that the “church gathered to church scattered” is only half of the...

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This is the last of three blogs that I wanted to put out, telling the story of several Christians who are living out a quadruple bottom line in their work.  I hope that it shows how every Christian, in every workplace, can have a quadruple bottom line to fulfill the Great Commitment of Genesis 1 and 2, the Great Commandment of Matthew 22, and the Great Commission of Matthew 28.  We believe the world would look and operate...

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Patience, a 33-year-old mother of three from Northern Ghana, has been working as a hotel housecleaner for the past four years.  “It’s hard work,” she says, “but I’m blessed to work for someone who is a Christian and who frequently reminds us that our goal is to be a blessing for the customer.” When Patience’s church began a workplace ministry identifying the importance of recognizing the quadruple bottom line for every...

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At the beginning of January, I started writing one of five booklets that Discipling Marketplace Leaders is putting together for the ministry.  The booklet I’m working on is focused on the Quadruple Bottom Line.  In some intensive work that we did in 2020 to examine the outcomes and impacts of DML, we have realized that the real behavioral and belief changes that we want to see will be measured by the application and...

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Donkeys are ordinary, awkward creatures.  They are normally used in many parts of Africa as pack animals, for carrying or pulling things.  They are sometimes kept as calming companions for nervous horses. While often perceived as stubborn, donkeys will freeze when they are scared.  They prefer to plant their feet to analyze a situation rather than run in a panic.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve...

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I’ve been thoroughly enjoying a book called Work and Worship: Reconnecting our Labor and Liturgy by Matthew Kaemingk and Cory B. Willson. In fact, I like it so much that DML is going to use this book for our next book club book! They tell a story of two nurses and two pastors. One nurse goes to her pastor with laments over work and theological questions about illness and death.  Pastor tries to answer, faltering a bit...

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Balance Sheet of Life


Posted By on Dec 28, 2020

At the end of the year, many of us do various assessments on our life.  Some of us look only at the last twelve months and some of us look at a longer context.  I do a lot of teaching for businesses on how to create a balance sheet.  Balance sheets for businesses are very important as it shows a “cumulative” snapshot of the business over time.  Assets must equal (balance) liabilities and owner’s...

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At our DML Christmas gathering, my colleague, Dr. Phil Walker, shared an analogy of Jesus to the COVID-19 virus.  He shared that we all have the deadly virus of sin.  There is not one person who has not been infected.  As a result of this infection, we were not able to be in the presence of a Holy and uninfected God. Prior to the vaccine, there were plenty of rules to follow in order to stay in fellowship with God the...

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Don’t pray like a widow.  Pray like a bride. My Tante Janie’s pastor said these words and I have to admit that they struck deep.  I asked my mom (who has been a widow in many ways for ten years, even though my dad still lives) and my aunt (who lost her husband twenty years ago) what they thought, and their responses are integrated in this blog. So all three of us can all personally relate to praying like a...

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“I thank God for the ability to toilet,” one of our leaders from Nigeria said on a recent prayer call.  Immediately most of us smiled, but he was very serious as he went on to explain how he was with someone who took three hours to pass urine, and another who took two hours to pass the “other,” as he delicately put it.  Those in the medical profession would get it immediately.  Those of us who...

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