The Christian Executive Forum is a weekly meeting of business owners or CEO's from diverse backgrounds, professional experience and industry niches who all share two common denominators: Each of them has a leadership responsibility; And each of them has a strong, heartfelt desire to be the best CEO or business owner they can be.
At CEF, we take this matter seriously. In fact, everything we do is aimed at helping our members develop a deeper, more intimate knowledge of God and His plan for the businesses they steward. In fact, that is the first paradigm shift a Christian business owner or CEO must make:God owns my business...I don't.
My role is to act as the steward of these resources.
Psalm 24:1 (NLT) reads: The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. All CEF precepts and principles extend outward from this foundational concept. It is a reality that we each must face and accept before we begin the journey to spiritual maturity as a Christian business owner.
Executive coaching is a key tool used by CEF to help business leaders make this crucial paradigm shift. In fact, the idea of coaching has its basis in scripture. Katartismos is one of the best New Testament words to describe the essence of relational empowerment, which is the essence of coaching. Within this is captured the idea of transporting someone from where they are to a destination the desire to reach. Coaching is a role that is focused on "bringing the saints to a condition of fitness," an essential, God-given function in the body of Christ. Peer coaching is part mending, part restoration, part exhortation and part inspiration, all if which contribute to building up the body of Christ
Among the features of our monthly CEF meeting are important concepts and action items such as:
- Scheduled early in the day so that members can get back to work.
- Accountability meetings to help members stay on track.
- One-on-one coaching sessions to help members dealing with unique situations or concerns.
All theseand moreare implemented with the aim to help our members understand God's call on their hearts, lives and businesses. As Paul says in Hebrews 10:24 (NLT):"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works."