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Copy of Highlands

Business + Ministry
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Jillian Jordan

on 1 October 2012

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by Jillian Jordan, Jacquelyn Gram, Amber Polhemus, Chris Osmore, Micheal French, and Jordan McDaniel Business & Ministry Tyson Food Company
Tyson Foods, Inc. The world's largest chicken company employs a team of chaplains who minister to employees at production facilities and corporate offices. Other corporations contract out such services, but it’s rare for a company to keep chaplains on the payroll.
"The chaplains provide compassionate pastoral care and ministry to team members and their families," according to Tyson's website, "regardless of their religious or spiritual affiliation or beliefs."
Tyson recently gave money to launch the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the University of Arkansas, one of the first academic centers of its kind.
Sam Minascowco
Sam shared his faith with everyone that came into his shop, especially his employees. He held optional mentoring sessions where he would either talk about business or the everyday struggles of life and his faith. Every business meeting begins and ends with prayer.
When Sam is hiring new employees he knows that by law he can’t ask about their religious beliefs because it isn’t his place. But Sam is open about everything he believes in and he has scripture all throughout his offices and Christian music is the only music that is played in his business. He also has a room set aside specifically for prayer and he goes in there on his lunch break and invites employees to pray with him and he always has employees that go in to pray with him.
The difference between Sam’s business and other businesses is that it’s not about the money; it’s about people and making relationships with people. Sam hasn’t always had this belief in his business in fact he use to not have any of the belief systems in his business that he does now and after applying what he believed into his business, Sam says that his business changed drastically. This included finances, hiring of employees, and the relationship with customers. Sam says that much like Church of the Highlands, once he fused his faith with his business he has yet to have to seek out employers. He says that people began to be drawn to his business and now that he has given the business to God, God has provided for his business in every way possible and far exceeded Sam’s original expectations for his business.
When firing an employee Sam says that while it has everything to do with the circumstances, the thing he goes back to no matter what the circumstances is to pray and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and the right words to speak over this individual. This doesn’t mean that Sam is still best friends with everyone that he fires but it means that God covers him with peace at night. Employees + Business Ministry http://www.cbn.com/finance/rbrbusinessasmissions.aspx
http://www.mtw.org/Pages/BAM_Main.aspx
http://www.theduckers.org/media/identifying%20business%20as%20mission%20practitioners.pdf
http://www.laurentaylorbaker.com
http://www.wilshirelenox.com
http://www.chrisosmore.wordpress.com/
http://twitter.com/valleygirlpro
•http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/7-religious-companies-besides-chick-fil-a/
•http://www.kingdombusinessconnection.com/practical-keys/5-keys-for-business-success/
•http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/642-small-business-owners-giving-back-to-community.html
•http://www.tyson.com/About-Tyson.aspx
•http://www.tysonfoods.com/Sustainability/2010/People/3_5.aspx
www.forbes.com/forbes/2007/0723/080.htm Works Cited Forever 21 - The words "John 3:16" is at the bottom of every shopping bag of this secular fashion store
TOM'S - For every purchased pair of Toms, this shoe company donates a pair of shoes to third-world countries
Hobby Lobby - this privately owned arts and crafts chain honors "The Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles," in addition to their Christian products such as "Testamints"
Altar'd State - "Where fashion and faith come together" - sell countless cute Christian products including the Choose Haiti organization's bracelets and other accessories. All proceeds from the sales will aid in building the economic recovery in Haiti.
Lifeway Christian book store, our own Highlands Cafe,
and countless others Products Business can be seen as mission by… using knowledge and skills to train other business leaders.
“To get business people around the world plugged-in to their calling—and to see a fire lit in the local church for revival—why not ask the countless number of highly experienced Christian business people in America to take a few days to share their experience? After all, who is more equipped to teach business people than business people? And as they spend a few days training others in the technical truths of improving sales, increasing production, and meeting customer demands, they also teach about ethics, honesty, integrity, and generosity as presented in the Bible. Everyone wins here." – Gary Shatton
Business Mentoring Sessions:
Business Visitations:
University Lectures:
Biblical Teaching Sessions:
Business Consulting;
· Personal Development and Fun:
Practical example: Church of the Highlands GROW
By training other business leaders to run their business in a Christ centered way, the church will be taken into the world. Knowledge/Skill Lauren Taylor Baker is the founder of Wilshire Lenox.

As of March 2012 Jezebel Magazine named Lauren as an “Emering Socialite”

“Through my business I host a few events throughout the year. I receive my income through these events, but I also am able to sow into different “kingdom ministries” such as Hillsong, Sisterhood NYC and Restore International. Wilshire Lenox will be reaching out to top influencers for the honor of being on the host committee early this fall. Some territories that will be covered in the expansion of our exclusive philanthropic events are as follows: Atlanta, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. I am glad to say that I am excited to be a part of this excitement.”

Lauren is a creative professional, someone who generates and executes ideas for a living and it can be seen through the way she utilizes social media and the way she conducts business. As a creative person she is able to make ideas happen.

To show you how creative she is her blog states: “With the redesign and launch of my brand’s flagship website LaurenTaylorBaker.com, “I am finally writing again while simultaneously developing a social app for the iPhone / iPad platform.”

From Lauren’s initial start up of Wilshire Lenox to hosting philanthropic events, God has used Lauren to build her brand and most importantly bringing Him glory. In the constant pressures of conforming to the world wanting more for yourself and your company, Lauren shows us that it is possible to incorporate mission in business. Interview with Lauren Baker Ways that businesses can incorporate finances into their budget and make margin for projects:
One very important practice that businesses can use in their finances is Tithe 10%. A very biblical principle we all know that can help the business as well as being reverent to God. .
Also, many owners don’t know too much about financial details such as preparing or reading a financial statement. Owners tend to be the heart and soul of the company and are rarely experienced in finance. If so, hire a CPA to do this and look at your financial summary report monthly-by the end of the following month. Set your expenses and income up with a column of percentages next to the dollars spent. That way you can quickly scan that column and actually see if something is out of the ordinary, and then take steps to fix it. Since dollars fluctuate, percentages are the only constant way to compare one month to another and see if something is really up or down. You also need to know what your actual profit margin is. Too small of a profit margin has to be acted on swiftly before a cash crunch happens. Your net profit (after all expenses and your salary is removed) should be a minimum of 5% and ideally should fall in the 10-20% range.
Along with the business side of Highlands, Church of the highlands budgets off of 90 percent of last years income they make margin in their budget to serve in other projects and give money for pastor’s to attend conferences and many other ways to serve the community.
Examples that businesses give money in projects:
1.We launched the "Greenpacks for Great Kids” campaign and donated $5,000 worth of eco-friendly backpacks to young people from low-income communities in New York City. -- Ashok Kamal, bennuworld.com
2.Each time a package of Milani Hair extensions is purchased in the U.S $3 is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.-- Leyla Milani, milanihair.com
3.Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship Program: Chick-fil-A separately offers $1,000 college scholarships to certain qualified franchised Operator Restaurant employees, a Chick-fil-A tradition that has awarded over $30 million in scholarships.
So, it is very evident that in our society businesses are giving to charities and projects all around the world. Businesses don’t limit themselves to just being a business. The businesses we have shared are concerned about the well being of their community.
Projects and fundraisers held by businesses.
Tyson Food Company does so much for the well being of their community. Finances/Projects Missions can be vaguely defined as outreach to others in a manner of providing a service or product they cannot provide for themselves to transform people for the glory of God. Businesses can provide missions to their customers, employees, and partners through many various ways. The company's own personal outreach and service will determine what their personal mission is. Businesses can provide missions in the form of their products they sell to customers, how they use their proceeds, or events they sponsor. Businesses can also provide outreach to others in the manner of how they train their employees to act and react in the workplace or the way they educate employees about the importance of missions in businesses. The knowledge or skills a businesses can provide to better a community is also elemental is the mission they produce. The way a business uses its finances or provides tithing is a form of missions and placing seemingly hidden biblical messages on products is a form of mission. Through this it’s obvious the various ways a business can use their particular outreach as missions in the work industry.
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