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MARKETPLACE FORERUNNERS » Blog Archive » Business Leader Used To Help “Shift” A City Towards God?

Business Leader Used To Help “Shift” A City Towards God?

by Chauncey Hutter, Jr - February 18th, 2010. Filed under: Marketplace.

God is moving in the marketplace and drawing people to Himself. Can the gospel go forth at a business meeting? The answer is “Oh yeah!” If you are a believer and the Holy Spirit lives and is active in your heart, then guess what? The Kingdom of God goes wherever you go. So if you are in a business meeting, then you can speak the truth from the Word of God and expect our heavenly Father to use His Spirit to draw lost people to Himself.

Let me share a real world example from a major business leader in America who is a Christian and has a vision to minister in his marketplace, leveraging his influence for the Kingdom of God.

The President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Comes To Charlottesville, VA

A couple of Friday nights ago, I attended an “outreach” dinner to the Up and Outers in our community. Basically, wealthy or influential couples from various marketplace sectors were invited to a nice dinner at a private Country Club. We were told to invite those who did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but would be interested in hearing a famous business leader speak on the economic times we are living in. The invitation was clear that this dinner was not a fundraiser or solicitation meeting … however the business leader would share “how he has been able to successfully integrate his Christian faith, family and professional career with positive results.” So who was the big draw that attracted 180 people in a small community in central Virginia? Al Weiss, the current President of Disney Worldwide!

Personally, as I sat and watched (and prayed) at what was unfolding right before my eyes, I was so encouraged at seeing firsthand what God was up to. Obviously, the Lord was working in hearts and minds of those around the room far more than I could comprehend, but from the little piece that I got to experience … the evening was awesome!

Al Weiss delivered his presentation, speaking to mostly a non Christian audience about the economy, family and decisions on how best to live and work in their particular marketplace sector in the coming years ahead. But then the president of one of the most successful organizations in the world, who has over 100,000 employees working for him, looked out at the audience and asked a very powerful transitional question. You make decisions in your business and your life every day, but what about the most important decision you’ll ever make … the decision for your soul which impacts where you will spend eternity?

Then this business leader (truthfully no different than you or me) began to share the gospel by reading various passages from the Bible and explaining, in simple to understand language, what the salvation message really means for each person’s life. And at the end, he asked every person in the room to bow their heads, close their eyes and then he led everyone through the sinner’s prayer. It was beautiful!

At the end, like any good business guy (or fisherman), he wanted to count the fish! So from the front of the room, he walked each person through the process of filling out a reply card on their table and checking certain boxes which applied, like, “I just prayed to surrender my life to Jesus” … or … “I would like someone to follow up with me and explain to me more about putting my faith in God” etc,.

The point is if God was stirring in anyone’s heart that night, Al Weiss wanted a “non-threatening” way for someone locally to follow up and help answer some questions or plug them into a church. The team of business leaders who helped host this event were good stewards and had already set up a series of follow up lunches to answer questions and disciple those who wanted to know more about God … making sure no one fell through the cracks!

Well, here’s the great news I wanted to report.

37 non Christian marketplace leaders or their spouses made a decision for Christ that night!

I was blown away when I heard that number from one of the pastors helping follow up a week later. If you look at our relatively small city, (50K in the city and another 150K in the surrounding area) could this be God drawing marketplace leader’s hearts to Himself in our city and shifting our region? I don’t know for sure, but I’m sure it’s a least a “piece” of what God is doing in our area.

So what do you do with this information?

Well, the reason I’m sharing is to impart hope for your city and your marketplace sector. By giving you a real life example, my desire is for you to be encouraged to stand and share what the Lord has put on your heart in your neck of the woods. If you are a Christian, then by definition you are a Kingdom Builder. (remember, … on earth as it is in heaven …)

So pray. Feel His presence. Hear God’s heart.

Then BOLDLY ask the Lord to clarify your part of building the Kingdom of God.

In 99% of the cases, you start by speaking to those who are already in front of you.

Your family, your neighbors, your co-workers …

Amen Jesus!

Let’s keep following the King of Kings together as one!

1 Response to Business Leader Used To Help “Shift” A City Towards God?

  1. Beverly Yonamine

    Good job!

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