As business leaders, you may be facing many challenges in today’s culture. Every day you are being the church as you work and lead in the community. You can be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who might not otherwise set foot in a church. In fact, some business leaders have more non-believers walk through their doors in one week than might visit a church in a year.
But it can be easy to lose sight of how our faith intersects with our role as a business leader. We’re excited to partner with First Baptist Rockville to be a launching pad to encourage and validate business leaders in your community.
Donald Boyd is Education Pastor at First Baptist Church of Rockville, where he’s responsible for ministering and overseeing Growth Groups (aka Sunday Schools), Small Groups and Education programs. Please join us this Tuesday, December 19, from 6:45-8:00 AM to hear Don provide a preview of the Work as Worship Retreat that First Baptist Rockville will hosting on February 23.
The Work as Worship Retreat will include speaking from some great teachers and business leaders. Pastor Matt Chandler will teach on the biblical perspective of work and what God expects of us. Joel Manby, CEO of Seaworld, will speak on the importance of servant leadership. Patrick Lencioni, the New York Times Best-Selling Author of books like 5 Dysfunctions of a Team will also be a keynote speaker. You can learn more at www.workasworshipretreat.org.
On February 23, join thousands of business leaders across the country for a full 1-day retreat to hear from experts, be encouraged, and discuss how to connect your faith and work. The simulcast of this event will be hosted locally by First Baptist Rockville. The event will start at 8:30 AM and conclude at 3:30 PM. Registration is only $25 online.
CrossRoads Freedom Center is a nonprofit ministry, with the goal of building recovery homes to provide support and guidance to men and women struggling with hurts, destructive habits, and other life crises, helping them to overcome drug abuse, alcoholism, anger, financial struggles, pornography, gambling and relationship issues because of addiction.
Please join us this Tuesday, October 31, from 6:45-8:00 AM to learn how the Christian community can help address men struggling with additions. CrossRoads Freedom center works collaboratively with local congregations, businesses, and organizations to ensure that students receive support and access to work, service, and leadership opportunities both during and after their recovery residency.
Our Speaker: Jeff Williams is a grateful follower of Jesus Christ, redeemed, healed and re-commissioned in ministry after wholly surrendering and submitting His will to God to become sober and sexually pure through the ministry of Celebrate Recovery. Jeff serves full-time as the Executive Director of Crossroads Freedom Center (Ijamsville, MD), a Christ-centered men’s residential discipleship ministry focused on training men to obey everything that Jesus commanded and in the process becoming sober and clean disciple makers who help to rescue, heal and train other men. Learn more: http://crossroadsfreedomcenter.com/our-story/
Jeff’s background is clinical psychology and Christian Leadership and Life Coaching. More recently he has become passionate to learn principles of effective leadership and spiritual formation (authors such as A.W. Tozer and Dallas Willard). His passion is to live the abundant life (John 10:10) and to impart and ignite it in as many as possible to accomplish the Great Commission while living the Great Commandment, beginning with his wife Jill, three adult children and two grand-children. He is an avid cyclist and golfer. Find him on a local golf course or mountain bike trail, or contact him for speaking, to become involved in discipleship recovery ministry or to discuss opportunities in applications of Christian Coaching (Leadership, Life, Recovery, Marriage).
CBMC Young Professionals is a marketplace ministry that helps today’s business and professional man become all that God has intended him to be. Too often Christians feel isolated and alone at work, and don’t know how to apply their faith to workplace situations. Please watch this video from Tamba Bay CBMC on the impact their Young Professionals ministry has had on the lives of young professional men participating:
We are considering offering a series on Faith-Work monthly series in Montgomery County targeted at young adults and Montgomery College students, perhaps with small group meetings or mentoring later. Please contact me if you would like to be involved in planning & organizing these events.
The Christian community met in unity to on May 4, 2017, joined together to pray for the flourishing to Montgomery County. As Christ’s ambassadors in Montgomery County, we ask for the power of God’s Spirit bring the peace of Christ’s Kingdom into our homes, workplaces, and communities. Over 100 attendees gathered to pray at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, in Rockville Civic Center Park.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
(1 Timothy 2:1-6)
Specific prayers were requested for:
Unity in the body of Christ
Prayer for our Families, Parents, Teachers and Students
Prayer for our Government Leaders and Public Servants; First responders and Veterans
Prayer for our Workers & Business leaders
Prayer for our Poor, Vulnerable and Oppressed
Keynote: KELLY WRIGHT, Fox News Channel
Kelly Wright has a message to change a nation, one heart at a time. He understands that true healing begins with faith, genuine transformation starts in the home, and our greatest hope will always be firmly rooted in our Lord.
Kelly Wright currently serves a co-anchor on America’s News Headquarters on Saturdays from 4-5 p.m. ET as well as an overnight breaking news anchor based in New York. Wright previously served as a co-host on Fox & Friends Weekend. Wright was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College for his “Beyond the Dream” series. In April 2007, Wright secured an exclusive sit-down with first lady Laura Bush where she responded to the Virginia Tech massacres, Katrina recovery and the president’s final term. Earlier in 2005, he reported from Tampa, Florida, on the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case.
In 2004, Wright spent nearly three months reporting on the developments in Iraq. He was among the first reporters to cover the Abu Ghraib Prison scandal and the subsequent court martial cases held in Baghdad. Wright also spent time embedded with U.S. and British troops, reporting on the military’s humanitarian efforts in Baghdad, Basrah and Mosul and provided coverage on U.S. forces training Iraqi security forces. Additionally, he reported on the historic U.S. handover of sovereignty to Iraq.
Before joining FNC, Wright served as co-anchor of News at Ten at WVBT-TV (FOX) in Norfolk, Va. During his tenure there, he covered a wide range of stories, including a historical event in Benin, West Africa, where African presidents Mathieu Kerekou of Benin, Jerrauld Rawlins of Ghana, and representatives from the United States, England, France and Dominican Republic apologized for their role in slavery.
Wright also served as a general assignment reporter for WWOR-TV (MyNetworkTV) in New York. He reported on numerous high profile newsmakers and events for the station, including John Gotti, Amy Fisher, the Howard Beach and Bensonhurst murder trials and the 1989 Central Park jogger rape case. He began his journalism career in 1977 while serving in the United States Army and has received numerous awards for his reporting, including two local Emmy Awards for his developing, reporting and co-producing a documentary and news series on the transatlantic slave trade.
Beyond his anchoring and reporting, Kelly is an ordained minister and Gospel Recording Artist. He encourages people through his passionate preaching good news in a bad news world. As a singer, he’s performed on programs featuring Shirley Caesar, Cissy Houston Jonathan Butler, the late James Brown, and more. He sings songs that motivate, inspire, and promote hope at a time filled with hopelessness.
In his book, America’s Hope, Kelly candidly discusses politics, racism, and the role of faith in a world that’s increasingly more cynical. Kelly Wright shares his life story: how he was born out of wedlock, almost aborted, but now can declare how the Lord has blessed and turned around his life.
Often when we hear about Iraq in the news is because something bad happened, and there is no doubt there has been a lot of tragedy and pain suffered by the people in Iraq. This week we have an opportunity to hear how Christians are responding to the pain of the Iraqi people by providing medical help and God’s love through Samaritan’s Purse.
Please join us this Tuesday, April 4, to hear our own Bart Hungerford describe his experiences seeing Christ at work saving lives in Iraq on the current-day Plains of Nineveh. Bart was part of the team that established an Emergency Field Hospital within the War Zone in Northern Iraq, near Mosal as shown in this video:
Samaritan’s purse built this emergency field hospital to treat those injured in the conflict between Iraqi and coalition forces and ISIS militants in Mosul. The hospital provided trauma care to victims, including many women and children wounded by gunfire, mortar rounds, car bombings, and improvised explosives. Equipped with two operating rooms, more than 50 beds, and dozens of Samaritan’s Purse staff, the hospital is the closest trauma unit to the front lines of fierce fighting in Mosul.
Bart Hungerford is the President and Managing Director of NobleOutReach LLC (NOR) an international equity capital firm which has pooled private equity venture capital, managed the private equity venture capital pool, and invested in over 60 different companies. NOR is primarily involved in financial services, international business, and the purchase, development, construction, ownership, and management of real estate.
Kelly Wright of Fox News Channel will be the keynote speaker at the Montgomery County Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 4, the National Day of Prayer. Kelly was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College for his “Beyond the Dream” series. Beyond The Dream is a continuing feature series that seeks to inspire people to live their best lives now. It focuses on ordinary people who have made extraordinary contributions to society and culture.
In this video clip, Kelly Wright interviews a group of ‘Legacy Minded Men’ who reach out brother-to-brother to help men help their children.
This is a story that Kelly relates to: He was born in Hagerstown MD, and raised by a single mother. in addition to his reporting career, is an ordained minister and Gospel Recording Artist. He encourages people through his passionate preaching good news in a bad news world. In his book, America’s Hope, Kelly candidly discusses politics, racism, and the role of faith in a world that’s increasingly more cynical. Kelly’s life story is inspirational and he can now declare how the Lord has blessed and turned around his life.
Please join us to pray for the God to bless and bring flourishing to Montgomery County. The breakfast will be held at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre (Lower Level Social Hall), 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20851, on Thursday, May 5, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 AM (Program starts at 6:50 AM). RSVP here: https://2017mocoprayerbreakfast.eventbrite.com
CBMC has a vision to connect men in the marketplace with the next generation of leaders in order to carry out our mission of developing effective Ambassadors in the Marketplace to saturate the local marketplace with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of our strategies is to develop relationships with campus ministry leaders so that the students under their care may be exposed to a ministry that will enable them to continue to equip and support students as they transition from college to the marketplace.
Please come and invite a friend to join us this Tuesday, January 17, to hear Uesin Kim, John Hopkins InterVarsity Christian Fellowship share how CBMC is helping reach and disciple university students make the transition to a career:
When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:45-8:00 AM. Our group time starts at 7:00 AM sharp, but we request that you arrive by 6:45 AM to allow time to get your bagel & coffee and conversation.
Uesin Kim of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, at John Hopkins University, will share the vision and mission that God gave him to minister to the undergraduate students at JHU. He is particularly called to reach the men on campus and has some ideas for us at CBMC to reach the Millennials. He is currently raising support so that he will be able to be on campus full time.
We’ll also be joined by Chuck Whitmore, Area Director for CBMC Maryland. Chuck will share CBMC’s experience working with campus ministries. Hear more from CBMC Maryland on their vision for bringing Christ to men in the marketplace here: http://www.voicesofbaltimore.org/cbmc/
Uesin Kim is the Campus Staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University and the Associate Pastor at Gallery Church SoWeBo (a multiethnic church in inner city southwest Baltimore). He is passionate about cross cultural relationships/ministry, racial reconciliation, and developing the next generation of Christians to build God’s kingdom here on earth. He lives in southwest Baltimore city with his beautiful wife Sara.
Hopkins Christian Fellowship (HCF) strives to be an inter-denominational, multi-ethnic community of students learning together what it means to follow Jesus at Hopkins and receive his abundant life.
Those of us who live and work in Montgomery County have seen many of our friends and neighbors confused or even alarmed by the past election. This can be both a barrier to spiritual conversations and an opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion on the state of our nation in light of a biblical worldview. Understanding how our faith informs our approach to government is something Christians in any democracy need to wrestle with in order to gain a biblical foundation that anchors us as the social and political climate around us continues to change. When we address the culture in ways relevant to the problems people face today, we will see people respond. Society has largely lost its moral bearing. Jesus is the Answer, and He has given us the keys to open hearts, renew minds and make disciples.
Please come and invite a friend to join us this Tuesday, December 19, to hear Scott Spages, East Coast Affiliates Manager for the Salt & Light Council discuss the importance of informed Christian citizenship.
When: Tuesday, August 18, 6:45-8:00 AM. Our group time starts at 7:00 AM sharp, but we request that you arrive by 6:45 AM to allow time to get your bagel & coffee and spend some time to catching up with each other.
The mission of the Salt & Light Council is to train and equip churches to establish Salt & Light Biblical Citizenship Ministries that will defend and promote life, natural marriage, our constitutional and religious liberties. Scott works with churches, help their members rediscover the joy and privilege of being a citizen of the United States – under God – and preserving, as salt does, our Judeo-Christian Heritage.
Scott Spages has been a servant leader and sales and marketing professional for 25 years. He has been a disciple at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale since 2001 and began Faith Forum, a community group and ministry here six years ago. Also, he has served in the community, having helped in many roles including Leadership Miami, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation and the Town of Davies’s, Budget Advisory and Charter Review Committees.
Scott was born and raised in New Jersey, where he has very strong family ties. Growing up he played many sports (baseball & soccer), where he developed his strong competitive spirit and his teamwork ethic. He has extensive business experience with more than twenty years experience selling capital equipment, and medical devices. Scott also has experience as a political and campaign consultant and strategist. He’s a focused and intuitive professional offering a passion for strategic leadership and team building. His current hobbies include bicycling, hiking and salsa dancing.
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:4-7).
A Montgomery County Prayer Breakfast was held in Rockville Maryland on the National Day of Prayer, May 5, 2016. Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (www.tifwe.org) Hugh Whelchel provided the keynote address. Hugh is the author of How Then Should We Work?: Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work. Hugh has a Master of Arts in Religion and brings over 30 years of diverse business experience to his leadership at IFWE.
The key phrase in this short passage from the book of Jeremiah provided the theme for our event — to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city.” The word used for peace is the Hebrew word shalom, which has a far more comprehensive meaning than the English word peace. In his book, “Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be”, Cornelius Plantinga explains shalom as:
…the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight…Shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight—a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.
As follower’s of Jesus, we are called to pray for the shalom of Rockville and Montgomery County and to help ‘reweave’ shalom into our homes, workplaces, and communities by being Christ’s ambassadors. In order to accomplish this, we must understand the creator’s original objective in creation, which was to bring glory to himself. One of the ways we do this is by joining in the work of restoring God’s creation, because by doing so we bring him glory.
Agenda and participants in the Montgomery County Prayers:
Welcome and Introduction – Kelly Leonard, Nehemiah Project – Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Opening Prayer:
– Rev. Ben Wickner, Cross Community Church Prayer for our arts, education and media leaders: – Nate Timm, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Prayer for our government leaders and public servants, first responders and veterans: – Catherine Matthews, Montgomery County Government
– Luther Reynolds, Montgomery County Police Department Prayer for our families, church & business leaders – Carlos Duran, Hombres de Palabra Keynote Address: “Seeking the peace and prosperity of the city.”
– Hugh Whelchel, IFWE Closing Prayer:
– Rev. Tim Warner, Montgomery County Public Schools Closing Remarks & Next Steps:
– Kelly Leonard
The Prayer Breakfast was held in the Social Hall at the Rockville Civic Center Park, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, in the heart of Rockville, Maryland.
CBMC National Spokesman Mark Whitacre will be speaking at Derwood Bible Church on Sunday March 6, for their main service beginning at 10am. I would encourage you to bring your family and/or friends to hear his inspiring story of how God used a faithful man to change his life.
Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. and is the highest-ranked executive of a Fortune 500 company to ever become a whistleblower in US history. But much more importantly, a businessman (Ian Howes) from CBMC reached out to Mark almost 2 decades ago in 1997 during a very dark period in Mark’s life, when Mark was about to enter federal prison as part of the historic ADM case. Ian discipled Mark through Operation Timothy (OT), and planted a seed in Mark’s heart that changed Mark’s life forever. A story of hope, redemption, and 2nd chances. Mark is Marketplace Ambassador for CBMC and feels strongly that there is nothing more important than being a witness for Jesus, and the need to build spiritual reproducers as Jesus has commanded of all of us. Please see a video that highlights Mark’s story below.
Mark will share his story of God’s grace and challenge hearers to follow God calls us to be Marketplace Ambassadors for Christ. Being a disciple of Christ means believing and acting on what the Bible says about God, work, and life, and then sharing that truth with others in a life-on-life relationship. Jesus calls all Christians to do this in Matthew 28:18-20. At CBMC we strive to encourage individuals to get connected with Christ, to stay connected with other men in order to help them grow in their faith, and connect to the cause of the gospel. Being strong in faith empowers men to share with others the good news of Jesus Christ in the marketplace and to live godly lives. By fulfilling God’s purpose in their lives, men become a light to those around them by operating at a higher level of moral character and integrity and thus change the world around them.
No man can do all of this alone, so join the men of Derwood and CBMC to make a difference to the men in your sphere of influence. CBMC developed Operation Timothy, a unique program of Bible study designed primarily for one-on-one discipleship, in 1970. Since then It has become a vital tool for helping men along the path to spiritual maturity and equipping them to share their faith and to disciple others. In 2015, CBMC launched the Marketplace Ambassador Advancement System designed to equip and empower men to become effective ambassadors for Christ in the marketplace (a.k.a. Marketplace Ambassadors). This free online resource was developed because technology is changing the way men work and learn and today’s expectation is that relevant content will be delivered digitally on all platforms.
Please come to a CBMC reception with Mark Whitacre after the service at Derwood Bible Church. The reception will be held in the sanctuary room in the old church building.
“A Story of Redemption” Mark Whitacre, the rest of the story