Start at the Finish Line

2012 Work as Worship Conference

In this 31 minute session from the 2012 Work as Worship Conference, Alan Barnhart talks about how his own faith impacts the way he runs his business. Alan is the President of Barnhart Crane & Rigging. With over 20 branches across the U.S., his company has one of the strongest equipment networks in the nation. 

Whether you are the owner, CEO or manager in your business, you have an enormous opportunity to give people a picture of God by the way you work. Take a look at this video.

God has called you into the marketplace to make an impact for Christ. How are you connecting your faith to your work? What are you doing with the place, the people and the resources that God has given you?

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact the way you view and conduct your work. 

Alan said that the mission statement of Barnhart Crane & Rigging is "to grow and improve to be the best company in our industry." And the purpose of his company is "to glorify God by providing an opportunity for people to use their skills and gifts in three ways:"constructive work
personal witness
making money (to use as a tool)

Does your job or business offer those three ways for you (or your employees) to use their skills and gifts? How? How do you view making money in business?
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Alan realized that he didn't have to draw his paycheck from a 501c3 to be in full-time ministry. God called Alan into business as his full-time ministry. How can your role in the marketplace be full-time ministry? What would that look like for you?
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Alan referred to 1 Timothy 6:610,1719. (Consider re-reading those verses.) Along with other passages, he received the confirmation that God owns it all and the caution that success could damage his spiritual life. Alan offered his four safeguards for protecting your spiritual life. 

  1. Study Scripture about what you're doing.
  2. Determine your financial finish line.
  3. Develop accountability.
  4. Ask the steward questions.

Alan acknowledged that since God owns it all, it is his job to be a steward. How are you stewarding the resources (personal and business) that God has given you? Is there anything that needs to change?
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Has business or success damaged your spiritual life? How? How can you redeem that?
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Even before the enormous success of his business, Alan determined a financial finish line and capped his lifestyle. What do you think of his decision? How can you apply that to your life?
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Alan gives his kids alternatives to consumerism by involving them in Kingdom adventures. What attitude do your children have about money? How are you teaching your children about stewardship?
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Who is involved in making the decisions about your strategic giving? Who is your accountability? What difference could you make in the world by injecting your resources?
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Generosity breaks the power of greed. We serve a mighty God worthy of our obedience. Live your life in response to a loving Father who wants to give rich, abundant, eternal life. 

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