7 Resources for Christian Business Leaders

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In this episode, James shares 3 podcasts and 4 books that have been helpful for him as a Christian business leader.

Welcome back to another behind the curtains episode of BB growth. If you have not been subscribed for long, I will give you a little bit of contacts. Most of our episodes during the during the week, are interviews with VP's of marketing, CMOS, CEOS of fast growing betb companies. But on the weekends either myself or myself and Logan, our director of partnerships at sweet fish, will do a kind of behind the scenes, if you will, of our own business, what we're learning, how we're growing as leaders and and so that's what this episode is. So in today's episode I'm going to be covering covering seven resources for the Christian leader. So this is something I'm obviously a Christian and I'm very passionate about my faith and and so, but I don't I don't hear a lot of people outside of Christian circles talking about you...

...know, there your Christian resources that are helping them. I think there's actually an enormous opportunity for Christian resources in the business world and and so wanted to put out an episode of my seven favorite resources that I think every Christian leader should be consuming. And so I have I've got three podcasts and four books that I'm going to be sharing in this episode. So if you are a Christian leader, this is definitely an episode for you. So I'll start by sharing the podcasts that are incredibly valuable for me as a Christian leader. I'll start by talking about the Craig Grow Shell leadership podcast. Now, this particular podcast, even if you are not a Christian, you are going to get enormous, an enormous amount of value from this podcast. But the reason I put it on the list because Craig row Shell is actually a pastor. He was the pastor at my church when I was living in Oklahoma. I want...

...to say it's actually the largest church in the country now. I think it was there. It was number two or three for a bit and I think they just became the largest church in the US. Multiple campuses across the country and and just an incredible leader. He his podcast. He spends hours and hours and hours researching and and just putting in an enormous amount of effort to put out every month he puts out two episodes. Those episodes are, I think, fifteen to twenty minutes, but the content is just exceptional. He doesn't he doesn't talk honestly, he doesn't really talk a lot about the church it you know it comes up because he's he's a pastor and leading one of the largest jurgis in the world. But even if you were not a Christian, I would wreck strongly recommend that you go subscribe to the Craig Gro Shell...

...leadership podcast. His last name is spelled GROE S H L, so search for that podcast check it out. I think you'll get an enormous amount of value from it, even if you're not a Christian. The second podcast that I want to talk about is a podcast called the faith driven entrepreneur. This is a newer podcast for me. I've not been listening to it for long, but it has it is it has been incredibly useful for me up up to this point. It is, I want to say, a group of three or four gentlemen that that that have conversations around a variety of different topics. I've got it pulled up in my podcast player right now. I'll just share you know, the so it looks like their last episode was about performance reviews. Another episode they talked about, you know, the forty hour work week and what what that means to you know, a Christian business owner, Christian leader. They have a episode titled Equally Yoked in Business. So lots...

...of lots of really quality episodes. I've gotten a lot of value from the show. The third podcast that I'll share here is a podcast that actually one of my best friends actually hosts and it's called theology for the rest of us and Kenny and in this show he unpacks just theological truths too. Folks that are not necessarily you know, they wouldn't consider themselves to be theologians and that and he does incredible job of unpacking ideas that, honestly, you know, in Church circles get talked about in ways that folks that didn't go to seminary don't necessarily understand. But Kenny does an exceptional job of distilling down the truth of theology and helping, you know, the the normal guy like myself who...

...didn't who you know, who didn't go to seminary, understand some of these theological concepts and ideas. So, looking back at his last his last few episodes, he's got a episode titled Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? He's got another episode called what happened to the dinosaurs and what about dragons. Again, he's approaching all of these from a theological perspective. He's got one here called what is naturalism? You know. So a lot of a lot of really great topics that he covers on this show and and so I would absolutely recommend it. Full, full disclosure. You know, I I went to dinner with him tonight. He's a he's a great friend of mine, but that is not why I think his show is extremely valuable. I think that content stands for itself. So definitely check that out. Theology. For the rest of us, you can find that show. It's hosted by Kenny or Tis. All right, so now I want to talk about the four books...

...on my list. The first book that I want to talk about is, you know, other than the Bible, my favorite book of all time and it's a book called love does by Bob Goff. This is the book that actually inspired me to start my very first company, a company called Worth Day. And and what Bob Does in this book he, I've got to love, does kind of desk calendar sitting on my desk right now that my my sister bought me. This book talks about love as an action and Bob shares story after story of people that have chosen to love well and and and actively loved the people around them, be at family or or strangers. And so it's an incredible book, I think. You know, I would would say, even if it does have a lot of Jesus language in it. So if you're listening to this your you don't necessarily subscribe to the the Christian faith,...

I think you should still read this book just because it it will inspire you to love the people around you better. But but it does again have have a lot of Christian Christian verbiage in the book. So I know that can, you know, kind of Rub people the wrong way if they don't know getting into it, but it does have that kind of vibe. But just an incredible book. Completely changed my perspective on how I should be loving the people around me if you're leading a team, how you can love your team better, how you can love your family better, how you can love anybody better. These stories are incredibly inspiring. I would definitely recommend love does to anybody. Another book that I absolutely love is called leadership axioms. Again,...

...this book is phenomenal read for anyone, even if you're not a Christian. But the book is written by a pastor of a large church and in this book is very, very short chapters, but in inside of these chapters there's just incredible wisdom. You know, I just opened up the book. It's on my desk and that looks like Chapter Thirty Eight is titled Real Time Coaching and so so this guy, Bill hybels, that wrote the Book Just unpacks Real Time Coaching, the principle of real time coaching, how Ed is how it is worked in his organization, which is a large mega church. But there's there's just so much good stuff in this book. This is one of those but you don't need to read covered a cover. Oftentimes I just I just randomly open it up and and we'll read a random chapter. It is my beach read. So whenever I go to the beach I I take this book with me because I know even if I get one or two chapters...

...and because there are only one page chapters, one or two page chapters, I can I can just have any enormous amount of wisdom to go implement in in our business. So leadership, axioms, axioms, written by a gentleman named Bill Hybel's, definitely suggest you check that book out. All right. So the next book that I want to talk about talked about love does talked about leadership, axms. This next book is called Five dates. The subtitle of this book is don't work on your problems, work on your togetherness. This is a book that I recently read. It is a marriage book. I think if you are a Christian leader, and you know I if you're any leader, I think you need to be investing in your marriage. If you were married, and this book is written from from a Christian perspective by...

Mike and Jennifer Foster. There is a men's version of the book written by Mike and There is a women's version of the book written by Jennifer and and so I've read the men's version. My wife has read the women's version, or I think she's still in the middle of reading the women's version, and it gives you five specific types of dates that you and your spouse should be proactively going on to to to actively invest in your marriage and nurture your relationship with one another. Had A ton of takeaways after reading it. So that again, that book is called Five dates by Mike and Jennifer foster. If you buy the bundle, I think you get, you get both of the books. I think, regardless of whether you there's a bundle package and there's another package, I think either way you're going to you're going to get both of the books. So so that is my my third book suggestion and my fourth book suggestion and final suggestion of this episode is a book that I recently...

...finished up written by a gentleman named Jordan Rainer, and it is a book called called to create. In this book is specifically for for Christian entrepreneurs. And so Jordan struggled early in his career with feeling like the only way he could contribute to the Kingdom of God was by starting a church or being a pastor and really wrestled through, you know, what it would look like to carry his faith into into business and is starting starting businesses, running businesses and as at a very successful business career, and this book is really talks about his journey to realizing that. You know, God has called called us to create and we don't have to do that in a church context to follow the...

...calling that God's given us. So so it was an exceptional book. It's on audible, so I actually listen to that one on my last few plane trips and just finish that one up, exceptional read. So to recap all of these, my three podcast suggestions are Craig grow Shell's Leadership Podcast, the Faith Driven Entrepreneur and theology for the rest of us. My four book suggestions for Christian leaders love does, five dates, leadership, axam's and called to create by Jordan Rayner. If you have any questions about these, feel free to shoot me an email. James at Sweet Fish Mediacom would absolutely love to hear from you, but I hope these resources are incredibly helpful for you.

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