Tower of Babel Thinking - The story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 illustrates the best work that man, in his fallen state, can perform in a world that is sovereignly ruled by the triune God of the Bible. The only way that fallen man can have any success in God's universe is through the sovereign grace of God but there is a limit to this grace and therefore a limit to what man, limited to human potency, can produce. Listen to this teaching and learn lessons of life from the story of the Tower of Babel. Click here to listen (~26 minutes)
The C4 Principle - The pedestrian view of individual purpose today is limited to what we call “the ministry”. By this we mean activity such as being a missionary, pastor, teacher, youth leader, etc. Could the call of God be broader than this? And if so, how would one find the call of God in venues such as the workplace or public policy? Would God provide a principle to guide us into vocations outside the common view of ministry? Listen to this teaching. See the C4 principle in Scripture and learn how to apply this principle to find and fulfill the purpose of God for your life. Click here to listen (70 minutes).
Preparation for Success: Being Submitted - If there was ever a child who could self-govern well by age twelve, it was Jesus. Nevertheless, he willingly submitted to the authority of his parents. Why would he do this? Because he understood that one of the keys to success in life is living in submission to the God-ordained authority in your life. Listen to this teaching on how Jesus experienced success by living in submission to authority (~36 minutes). Click here to listen.
Preparation for Success: Being Sent - From an early age, Jesus had a profound sense of being sent by the Father to fulfill a divine assignment in the Father's meta-narrative. As followers of Christ, our role is live as he lived. Each of us must uncover our divinely implanted assignment. One of the keys in this process is to find the passion in each us so that we can live as sent people who find and fulfill our roles in the workplace and in the meta-narrative. Listen to this teaching on how to live as a sent person (~40 minutes). Click here to listen.
Preparation for Success: Mastery of Scripture - We know little of Jesus’ childhood. Scripture (Luke 2:40—52), however, provides one story of Jesus at age 12 that provides clues about some of the factors that prepared Jesus for a successful life, biblically defined. In this story, Jesus dialogued with theologians who expressed amazement at his deftness. If God is intentional, how did the study and mastery of Scripture prepare Jesus for his 18-year career as a carpenter? (~42 minutes) Click here to listen.
Preparation for Success: Definition of Success - What does it mean to be successful in your work? And how do you prepare for success in the workplace? These are challenging questions for all of us and most of us think we have the answers, we think money is the mark of success. But is it? Can you become financially wealthy and be a failure? According to Psalm 73, the answer is yes--money is not the mark of success. So if we set aside money, do we really know what success is and how to prepare for it? Listen to this teaching and consider what Scripture says about success in the workplace. (~40 minutes) Click here to listen.
Building Organizations Practically – To build any organization—a family, a business, or a non-profit—requires sound thinking, in other words, one must have a sound worldview of reality from which to build. If one doesn't have a sound worldview, one cannot make wise decisions and therefore cannot produce excellent results. Hence, to practically and successfully build any organization requires a sound worldview. Listen to this foundational teaching about the requisite worldview that everyone needs to build any organization well. (~60 minutes) Click here to listen.
Asking Powerful Questions – One of the best ways to challenge a person is to ask powerful questions—questions that cause a person to wrestle with his or her beliefs and paradigms of reality. On many occasions, Jesus used powerful questions to facilitate communication and test the level of reality that his hearers were willing to embrace. Listen to this teaching and learn more about how to ask powerful questions. (~70 minutes) Click here to listen.
The Tithe Principle - What is the tithe principle? Isn’t it just an obsolete Old Testament concept that is no longer required of New Testament Christians? After all, there is no mention of the tithe in the New Testament, right? Many think this way, but is it true? What does the Scripture really teach about the tithe principle? Listen to this teaching and learn a biblical perspective on the tithe principle: what it is, how to practice it, and why to practice it. (~55 minutes) Click here to listen.
The Process of Finding Your Calling - If you are persuaded that you are alive for a reason, how might you go about the process of discovering that reason? Clearly, the C4 principle will be a wonderful tool to help you, but how do you use the tool? In this teaching, Psalms 23 is used to help you understand how to engage in the process of finding your calling. Listen and learn about a practical key to unlocking the mystery of the call of God on your life. (~92 minutes) Click here to listen.
Wisdom to Win at Work: Partnering with God – What does it mean to partner with God? What does partnering with God look like? How does one partner with God? What would be the fruit of partnering with God? Can you answer these questions biblically? Most professing Christians give tacit assent to the idea of partnering with God but have little understanding about what it means. Listen to this scriptural teaching and gain insight into partnering with God in the workplace. (~53 minutes) Click here to listen.
Wisdom to Win at Work: Motive–Why do you work? Arguably, your motive is one of the seminal factors to enable you to win at work. Biblically, winning is not about fame, power, or money, it is about obedience to the work assigned to you by God. If you don’t recognize the importance of the right motive, you will work with the wrong motive, which will lead to judgment. Listen to this teaching and learn what happened to one organization who built with the wrong motive. (~41 minutes) Click here to listen.
Attitudes That Transform - In today's workplace, there is much challenge with people. One of the biggest issues is attitude. Amazing work can be accomplished when workers have the right attitudes, but the wrong attitude will lead to dysfunction and failure. Listen to this teaching and learn a biblical perspective on attitudes that will transform your workplace. (~45 minutes) Click here to listen.
Leadership That Transforms - There is much discussion about leadership today. Pundits study history to find the most effective leadership practices, but few study Scripture to find God's prescription for leadership. Listen to this teaching and learn a biblical view of leadership that will truly transform people and release their potential. (~70 minutes) Click here to listen.
Biblical Worldview of Investing: True Riches – Everyone is an investor. We all invest time, talent, and treasure (T3) in the daily process of living life. Given this reality, how should you invest your T3? Listen to this teaching and learn a biblical view of investing that will produce true riches—assets that God values. (~75 minutes) Click here to listen.
Discovering Your Child's Destiny, Pt I – The birth of a child is a remarkable event. But beyond the natural wonder, birth is a deeply spiritual event. For the parents, it is the entrance into a journey of faith to discover the will of God for their children. This can be a daunting task, but Scripture provides guidance. This teaching compares and contrasts biblical principles of parenting against common non-biblical cultural ideas, Listen to this teaching and learn a biblical view of parenting that will help you discover the destiny and purpose of God for your child. (~65 minutes) Click here to listen.
Discovering Your Child's Destiny, Pt II –The birth of a child is a remarkable event. But beyond the natural wonder, birth is a deeply spiritual event. For the parents, it is the entrance into a journey of faith to discover the will of God for their children. This can be a daunting task, but Scripture provides guidance. This teaching applies the C4 principle and the seven questions exercise (presented in the Strategic Life Alignment teaching) as tools to help parents discover the purpose of God for their children. (~90 minutes) Click here to listen.
Work, Obedience, Growth, and Prosperity – Most people connect work to making money, but is there more? Many pundits argue that there is more; they contend that work is a way to serve and accomplish the greater good. But few, if any, connect work with obedience, growth, and prosperity. Is there really a connection? Listen to this teaching and hear a biblical view of how work, obedience, growth, and prosperity are connected. (~40 minutes) Click here to listen.
Work and the Revealing of Our Destiny – If you work 40 hours a week for 48 weeks a year, work will consume ~22% of your life. Other than sleep, there is no other activity that takes more of your time. So if you believe you are alive on planet Earth for a purpose that is defined by your Creator, how does work relate to your purpose and destiny? Listen to this teaching and learn about God’s purpose for your work. (~50 minutes) Click here to listen.
Money: How to use it? – The question of how to use money may seem trivial. Most people think they know how to use money. They use money to accomplish their will. But is this really the correct way to use money? Listen to this teaching from Luke 12 about the danger of using money incorrectly and consider a biblical view of how to use money. (~20 minutes) Click here to listen.
Money: What is it? – The commonly accepted measure of success, significance, and security is money. One of the ways this reality is expressed is through the nearly ubiquitous assumption that if a person has money, he or she has no needs. Interestingly, Scripture provides Jesus' perspective on this assumption. Listen to this teaching and learn about the true nature of money. (~15 minutes) Click here to listen.
The Point of Being a Christian - What is the point of being a Christian? Is Christianity just a way to avoid eternal death? Is Christianity relevant for life here and now? Does Christianity really guide us in how to live? Listen to this teaching from Titus 3:8–15 about the true nature of Christianity and importance of living based on our salvation in Christ. (~20 minutes) Click here to listen.
The Role of Fathers - What are the keys to success? For me, one of the most important keys has been, and continues to be, the role of fathers in my life. There are five men (one natural father and four spiritual fathers) who helped release the potential of God in me. Listen to my testimony and learn about the power of fathers to help us find and fulfill our life purpose. (~20 minutes) Click here to listen.
Working in the Name of Christ - Does God value work or is it simply a means to an end? Many think that God does not value work. It is commonly believed that work is simply a place to be ethical and evangelize, and to make money to support kingdom causes. But what if God values work, that is, he really values work, then work has eternal significance. If work has eternal significance, how then should we work? Listen to this teaching and learn how to work in such a way that God is glorified. (~50 minutes) Click here to listen.
Sound Doctrine and Deportment - Is there a connection between sound doctrine and deportment? Or is knowing sound doctrine just an intellectual exercise? For some clues, consider the apostle Paul's teaching in Titus 2:11–15. Learn his perspective and see how your view of God drives your thoughts, actions, choices, and decisions every day. (~27 minutes) Click here to listen.
Workers Who Work Based on a Biblical Worldview - Have you ever consider what a biblical worker looks like? What would be the characteristics? What are the implications of a Christian who works from a biblical worldview? Listen to this teaching and learn the apostle Paul’s perspective on how workers should work in light of the truth about Jesus Christ. (~25 minutes) Click here to listen.
The Financial World in Crisis: the Role of Values in Regulation -Why is the world in a financial crisis? Why are sovereign nations so encumbered with debt? How did this happen? The answer to these questions is really very simple: bad values rooted in bad theology. The worldwide financial crisis is the fruit of bad theology at work in world leaders who adopted non-biblical values. Listen to this presentation and learn how theology drives the financial affairs of men. And learn how only sound theology will lead to sound enduring financial results. (~58 minutes) Click here to listen.
Four Basic Business Skills -From a biblical worldview, what are the four basic business skills? If you believe that the Bible is relevant to business, this question should be intriguing. Listen to this presentation and allow a biblical view of business to challenge your perspective about how to view and conduct business. (~55 minutes) Click here to listen.
Building Organizations According to Biblical Principles: Dream or Reality? -When considering the use of biblical principles to build organizations, many ask the question “does it work”? A predicate of this question is an assumption about the definition of success, which most believe is denominated in terms of money. Will biblical principles lead to more financial success? And if so, what are the principles? Is there a model that will guide organizational leaders to successfully applying biblical principles? Listen to this teaching and learn how to build organizations based on a biblical model. (~45 minutes) Click here to listen.
Parable of Minas - Is there any connection between your faith in Christ and your money? When Zacchaeus met Christ, he was transformed. One of the evidences of his transformation was the change in his view and use of money. While at Zacchaeus’ home, Jesus sought to correct a misunderstanding by his followers by telling them the parable of the minas. One of the key teachings of the parable, was the lesson that Zacchaeus demonstrated, namely, that your faith in Christ is revealed by how you view and use money. Listen and learn a biblical view of money. (~41 minutes) Click here to listen.
Anatomy of a Startup - Starting an organization of any type is daunting and the odds of success are low. So how does one maximize the opportunity for success? In God’s universe, success is the by-product of alignment with God's will and ways. Listen to this presentation and learn a biblical approach to starting organizations based on discerning God’s will and walking in God’s ways. (~1 hour) Click here to listen.
Capitalism for the Long Term - The current paradigm of capitalism is marked by short-term thinking, a "greed is good" philosophy, and poor governance. Because of these sins, there is increasing risk of government intervention into and control over the business systems of the world. Pundits generally offer remedies to these sins from a naturalistic perspective, which are at best incomplete and at worse erroneous. Listen to this teaching and learn a biblical approach to address the sins of the world's business and economic systems. (~45 minutes) Click here to listen.
Four Things I Require of My Clients - All consultants have the same value proposition; consultants sell wisdom. Because the world is vast and complex, there are myriads of fields of expertise. But no matter what the specific realm of knowledge, true wisdom only comes from one source – Christ. Building on Christ is one of the keys to success. Listen to this teaching and learn the four keys that Dr. Chester believes are essential for any person or organization to be successful in God's universe. (~50 minutes) Click here to listen.
Biblical Operations Model - Every organization functions based on an operational model that defines its philosophy, values, principles, and practices. For most, the model is based on empirically derived “best practices” that are not filtered through a biblical worldview. If you believe that God created the universe and that He blesses alignment with His will and ways, then the most efficacious best practices are those aligned with His will and ways. Listen to this teaching and learn an operational model based on biblical best practices. (~1.1 hours) Click here to listen.
Biblical Worldview of Work – Is work a curse? Is work just a necessary evil in life? Is work simply a way to make money? Does God really value work? Does God really ordain people to work in the workplace? Want biblical answers to these questions? Listen to this teaching on a biblical worldview of work. (~1.25 hours) Click here to listen.
Jesus Jobs and Money (2010 presentation) -It is easy to see the connection between jobs and money, but what does Jesus have to do with jobs and money? Many would say there is little, if any, connection. Is this true? Or is there a relationship between Jesus and work and money? Listen to this lively discussion about Jesus, jobs, and money. Learn what the Bible has to say about this issue. You might be surprised and challenged. (~1 hour) Click here to listen.
Biblical Worldview of Family - The basic building block of any society is the family. God’s design for His universe is that the skill and ability to lead a family correlates to the skill and ability to lead in the workplace, public policy, and the church. Furthermore, family success is the greatest indicator of future success in life. Today, however, the biblical view of family is under attack by those who oppose God. Listen to this teaching and learn a biblical view of marriage and family. (~1.2 hours) Click here to listen.
How Christianity Changed the World – At the time of Christ, the Roman Empire and Roman worldview dominated the world. This worldview was decadent. For example, human life was not valued. Women had no rights. There was no expression of compassion and charity. There were no hospitals or medical clinics. Empirical scientific knowledge was nonexistent. Education was limited to males from wealthy families. Work was below the dignity of Roman citizens and relegated to slaves. So how did the world change? Listen to this teaching and learn how biblical worldview transformed the world. (~1.1 hours) Click here to listen.
How Jesus Made a Meaningful Difference - The question that plagues all humans is how to make a meaningful difference in life? Everyone answers the question either wittingly or unwittingly; our lives reveal our answers. Wouldn't it be wise to model your life after one of the most successful human beings who ever lived – someone who truly made a meaningful difference? Listen to this teaching and learn how Jesus made a meaningful difference in life; then imitate him. (~40 minutes) Click here to listen.
Practics of a Kingdom Business - If God created the universe then He made all the rules for the universe including the rules of business. Therefore the Bible may be the most authoritative source of revelation about God’s principles for the workplace. What are the key biblical principles that will enable organizations to deliver outstanding value propositions? Listen to this teaching and learn some key biblical business practices that will enable your organization to deliver excellent value propositions. (~58 minutes) Click here to listen.
Keys to Success - At the end of your life, do you want to honestly say that you were a success? If so, what would be the marks of success and how would you achieve them? Listen to this inspiring teaching about success. Discover five biblical keys that will challenge you to step up to a new level of living that will facilitate the destiny and purpose of God in you, and allow you to achieve true success in life. (~47 minutes) Click here to listen.
Greed and a Secular Worldview - Is greed good? In the eighties movie Wall Street, the fictitious character Gordon Gekko extolled the virtues of greed. In the late nineties, John Stossel presented a positive expose on greed arguing that greed drives people to serve others. But what is the biblical view? Is greed really good? Given the pervasiveness of greed in our culture, how much greed is in you? Listen and learn. You may be surprise. (~50 minutes) Click here to listen.
Increase Our Faith - Have you ever wanted to know how to increase your faith? Jesus' disciples asked him to increase their faith. His response was stunning and challenges all, who call on the name of the Lord, to step-up to a whole new level of faith and maturity in Christ. Listen to this presentation; learn the seven levels of faith and how to increase your faith. (~1 hour) Click here to listen.
Secrets to Getting the Ear of God - Everyone wants to know that God hears their prayers. Sadly most feel that their prayers don't get past the ceiling or that God doesn't care about them enough personally to listen. What does Scripture say about the topic? Listen and learn the secrets of getting the ear of God. Anyone can do this, but you must understand and practice key biblical principles to enjoyed communication and communion with God. (~45 minutes) Click here to listen.
Truth and Prosperity – Do you think that money is the solution to your problems? If you have money do you say that you have no needs meaning that your money will buy whatever you need? Most people think that money is the solution to life's problems, but the Scripture says that if you think money is the solution, you are in deception. Listen and learn the secret to true prosperity in God's universe. (~1 hour) Click here to listen.
The Workplace and the Will of God – What does the workplace have to do with the will of God? For many the answer is not much. The workplace is commonly viewed as little more than a necessary evil–something that we have to do to make money to live. At best, the workplace is a place to evangelize and, of course, be ethical. But what does Scripture say? Does God have a will for the workplace? If so, what is it? Listen and learn about God's will for you in your workplace. (~1.25 hours) Click here to listen.
Becoming Experts in Greed – There is only one text in the Bible that talks about being an expert in greed. You have probably read the text, but may not have taken notice of it because it didn’t seem to apply to you. After all, most of us view greed as a problem that others have. May I encourage you to reconsider? Listen to this teaching and learn some of the signs of becoming an expert in greed. You might be surprised. (~30 minutes) Click here to listen.
Becoming Rich -The common view of success today is coupled with money. The maxim is that if you have money, you are a success. But is this true? The excessive focus on accumulating money, that is greed, has destroyed many. What was Jesus’ perspective on money and success? Are they really coupled? If not, what is true success? Listen and learn how to build wealth that will bless you both now and for eternity. (~ 50 minutes) Click here to listen.
The Work of the Lord - What is meant by the phrase “the work of the Lord”? For many, the phrase refers to church planting, missions, evangelism, pastoral care, preaching, and teaching – work deemed to be the purview of the institutional church or a para-church ministry. But is this the true meaning of the phrase? Listen to this audio and learn a more complete meaning of the phrase and how this undestanding can change your life. (~47 min) Click here to listen.
Financial Management in Turbulent Times - Turbulent financial times come and go. When they come, they can be devastating. Downsizing, layoffs, and bankruptcies are common. People react in fear and panic. How can one navigate these times of distress? Listen to this teaching on seven keys that will enable you to make Christ your anchor in life, which will empower you to do as Peter did—walk on the water in the midst of the storm. (~53 min) Click here to listen.
Accountability, Productivity and Results-Driven Viability - In the work world, results are the name of the game. Most people measure results by the bottom line: profit. Furthermore, most assume that the business world has no connection to spiritual reality. Results happen by hard work, competitive edge, and maybe even a little luck. Is this really true? Listen to this presentation and learn how spiritual reality connects to physical reality to product lasting results. (~52 min) Click here to listen.
A Biblical Worldview of Investing - Given that we live in God’s universe, he makes the rules. Therefore, if you want to be successful in God’s universe, you have to follow his rules. What are God’s rules for investing? How does God view money? What is the difference between provision and prosperity? What are the five uses of money? Think you know the answers to these questions? Listen to this introduction to a biblical worldview of investing and see how much you really know about God’s rules for investing. (~1.4 hrs) Click here to listen.
Managing Financial Stress – Challenging economic conditions are difficult for everyone. Does the Bible offer any guidance for navigating turbulent economic times? Listen to Dr. Chester’s discussion with a group of businessmen seeking to walk with God through difficult economic times and learn how to better manage financial stress. (~1.4 hours) Click here to listen.
The Kingdom of God and the Church - The church, both universally and locally, is the facilitator of the Kingdom (i.e., rule and reign) of God on earth. According to research sponsored by Willow Creek Church, the most mature disciples of Jesus Christ are the best tools to facilitate the Kingdom of God. In this presentation you hear a brief overview of the Willow Creek research on the process for making disciples and learn three tips for how local churches can improve their effectiveness in making disciples. (~37 minutes) Click here to listen.
Mission, Monuments, and Missing the Mark - If God is intentional and purposeful, then everyone is created for a reason. In other words, each person has a divinely ordained mission. Do you know your mission? If not, why not? There are two major ways we fail to discern and fulfill our mission: first, we build monuments to ourselves; and, second, we redefine our mission. Listen to this teaching from 1 Samuel 15 on failing to fulfill your mission. (~53 minutes) Click here to listen.
How to Get Rich - Is there something more valuable than money? If so, what is it and does it have anything to do with God? Speaking from Revelation 3:14-22, Dr. Chester presents the three paradigms of life: dualism, partial dualism, and holism. Everyone embraces one of the three paradigms. Only one of these paradigms will make you rich. Listen and learn which of the paradigms leads to true wealth. (~55 minutes) Click here to listen.
Business as Mission Part 1 - Listen as Dr. Chester interacts with a group of businessmen regarding the relevancy of Christianity to the workplace. The conversation begins with the question "should I only hire Christians?" and moves into a discussion of the true nature and purpose of business. Enjoy this practical presentation of business and the workplace from a biblical worldview. (~40 minutes) Click here to listen.
Business as Mission Part 2 - In part 2 of "Business as Mission", listen to Dr. Chester continue to discuss business from a biblical worldview. Some of the topics covered in this presentation include the false doctrine of separation of church and state, the misunderstanding of integrating faith and work, why the United States is the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world, common mistakes in starting a business, the implications of unequal yoking in the workplace, the biblical definition of success in the workplace, the key biblical principle of sales and marketing, the key to strategic planning in business, and transition planning. (~43 minutes) Click here to listen.
Business as Mission Part 3 - Life is short for all of us. Barring the return of Christ, we will all die. Our legacy will not be the money we made or the organizations that we built, all of which are simply self-glorifying monuments. But our true legacy will be our natural and spiritual children. Through our children we glorify God by touching the future and fulfilling our life purpose. Listen to Dr. Chester’s discussion with a group of businessmen on the topic of generational transfer. (~58 minutes) Click here to listen.
The C4 Principle in Scripture - What principle would you use to hire someone to perform conflict resolution, construction work, food distribution, or church leadership? Would you use the same hiring principle in all these situations? Based on biblical texts, listen to this presentation of the C4 principle - the biblical principle for hiring anyone to do any job. Learn what the world doesn't know about how to skillfully hire the right people. (~35 minutes) Click here to listen.
C4 Q&A - The C4 principle is the universal biblical principle for qualifying a person for a work assignment. Since this principle is not widely taught or understood in the modern paradigm of Christianity, there are many questions about the meaning and application of C4. Listen to Dr. Chester interact with an audience and answer common questions about this powerful principle. (~20 minutes) Click here to listen.
Is There Purpose to Man's Existence? - The age-old question of human purpose is addressed. Conventional wisdom is challenged by biblical thinking that presents man as an intentional, purposeful creation of God. This presentation includes an introduction to the biblical principle for finding your life purpose. Listen to this fresh approach to the question of human purpose. (~19 minutes) Click here to listen.
Blessings of Discipleship - Given that the God of the Bible created the universe, how does one position himself or herself to receive blessings from the Creator? In this teaching you will learn key principles for enjoying God's blessings during your time on earth. Starting with the Creation Mandate and the Great Commission, this teaching reveals the nature and purpose of discipleship as God's vehicle for blessings. (~50 minutes) Click here to listen.
Spiritual Reality Drives the Economy - Given that God, who is a spirit being, created the physical universe, the physical universe must reflect the nature of its creator. Therefore, just as the physical came out of the spiritual in creation, so also must physical economic reality be rooted in spiritual reality. Listen to this lively presentation about how the economy is simply a reflection of the underlying spiritual reality of a nation. (~52 minutes) Click here to listen.
Finding Your Dream Job - Is it possible that there is a dream job for you--the job that will make your heart sing? If so, how do you find it? Listen to this fun and informative presentation on work. Learn God's view of work and how to find the work that you were specifically created to do. You will not find peace, joy, and satisfaction in life until you find your dream job. (~1.3 hour) Click here to listen.
A Biblical Worldview of Business - Every organization conducts its affairs based on a worldview. In our created universe, the only worldview that will produce lasting success is a worldview that is consistent with how the Creator designed the universe to work. If the Creator revealed Himself through the Bible, then a biblical worldview is the correct worldview. This means that the only worldview that will lead to lasting business success is a biblical worldview. Listen to this challenging presentation on the biblical worldview of business. (~1 hour) Click here to listen.
What Is Success? - Whether we want to or not, everyone must answer the question, what is success? In fact, you have already staked your life on the definition of success that you have chosen. For many Christians it is fame or fortune or maybe influence, which are largely the definitions of success held by most non-Christians. But what does the Bible say? Listen to this presentation and learn a biblical definition of success in life and, in particular, success in the workplace. (~35 minutes) Click here to listen.
Team Building: Strategic Execution - Building great teams is challenging. One of the keys is building relational harmony among team members, which facilitates strategic execution. Listen to an inspiring story of how the management team of a failing company reformed the company's culture, enabling the company to not only survive but to prosper. (~50 minutes) Click here to listen.
Overview: Starting a Business - Using the Beyond Babel Model, the keys to starting successful businesses are presented. This brief overview will give you a high level understanding of applying the Beyond Babel Model from Dr. Chester's book in the context of starting organizations. (~35 minutes) Click here to listen.
C4 in Acts 6: Releasing the Word - According to Acts 6, the Word of God is released when people find and align themselves with their life purpose. This passage reveals the value and importance of marketplace callings. Listen to this presentation of how the principle of C4 applied to marketplace callings facilitates the advancement and release of the Word of God. (~35 minutes) Click here to listen.
Paradigm Shifts - Christianity is about the transformation from living for ourselves to living in obedience to Christ. Transformation is not instantaneous, but is comprised of a series of changes called paradigm shifts. Listen to this teaching presented to a group of people seeking to learn how to help others effect paradigm shifts. (~45 minutes) Click here to listen.
Building Equally Yoked Leadership Teams - Dr. Chester's book, Beyond Babel, presents the Beyond Babel Model, a biblical model for building excellent organizations. The second key element of the Beyond Babel Model is equally yoked leadership teams. Listen to this presentation and learn how to apply the principle of equal yoking to help your organization achieve new levels of excellence. (~51 minutes) Click here to listen.
Strategic Thinking: Key to Success - No one will ever be world-class without thinking strategically. In this presentation, strategic thinking is defined and discussed. Blocks to strategic thinking are identified, such as the worship of money. Case studies are used to contrast nonstrategic and strategic thinking. The highest level of strategic thinking is alignment with the plans and purposes of God. (~70 minutes) Click here to listen.
Building Learning Organizations - The definition of an organization is "two or more people who have come together to accomplish a mission." The effectiveness of an organization in accomplishing its mission is directly related to its ability to function strategically and relationally. Learning to be effective is a lifelong process. This presentation illustrates how even a stodgy government agency can learn to be effective. (~48 minutes) Click here to listen.
Bearing Crops for the King - Can ordinary work be important to God? For many Christians, control of the workplace has been conceded to people driven by greed and ego. This presentation challenges conventional thinking by asserting and illustrating that God values work. Listen to a moving story of how one man faced a very difficult and unfair work situation by looking to God and walking in faith. In so doing, he produced a crop fit for the King. (~60 minutes) Click here to listen.
God and Business - When asked what God thinks of business, one pastor said, "Not much." This is an all-too-common perspective, not only for pastors, but also for Christians in the workplace. God created the universe, including the physical universe, and commissioned man to rule the physical universe. Enjoy this lively presentation on God's perspective of business and the true meaning of the Great Commission and the mandate for man to rule the earth. (~47 minutes) Click here to listen.
Multi-Generational Leadership - Great leaders understand two key principles. First, they lead by serving. And second, they seek to pass on their vision to the next generation. Leaders who practice these principles build enduring great organizations. This presentation contrasts two leaders. One was autocratic and the other a servant. The former built a single-generational company that never realized its potential and the latter built an enduring world-class company. Listen and be challenged. (~60 minutes) Click here to listen.
Kingdom Management - For most, management theory is the purview of researchers who pragmatically study organizations to extract the principles that are deemed to be the best practices. Though these principles are valuable, one should ask, "Is there more?" If God created the universe, what does it look like to manage an organization His way? This presentation offers key management principles that facilitate excellence and success from God's perspective. Using actual case studies this presentation offers a glimpse of management God's way, that is, Kingdom Management. (~60 min) Click here to listen.
Who Makes the Rules? - Everyone must deal with the question, Who makes the rules of life? Who decides how things work for individuals, families, churches, businesses, and government? Consciously or unconsciously, everyone answers these questions. There are only a few options. Listen to this presentation. Be challenged to more thoughtfully and consciously answer these questions. Your answers are very significant and will define the course of your life. (~44 min) Click here to listen.
Prosperity - Everyone wants to prosper. It is a common desire of all human beings, but what is the key to prosperity? This audio presentation explores the question using a fascinating story of a businessman who nearly went bankrupt to illustrate that prosperity is the fruit of following the Creator's rules of business. (~13 minutes) Click here to listen.