Defining Ministry in Business Management

Defining Ministry

Volume 7 | Issue 3 | Fall 2011

Defining Ministry in Business Management

Why does a university whose mission is to educate Christian leaders offer degrees in business management? Because the workplace is a prime place for ministry.

That’s why the CCU business management program is a double-major program. Students take a robust major in business management, with courses aimed at the most important and valuable skills needed in the contemporary workplace. The emphasis is hands-on, real-life experiences in local and global business operations. But business students also earn a major in biblical studies. The emphasis is understanding the Bible as the best and only guide to life as God wants us to live it.

As a part of the CCU business management department’s continuous improvement process, I’ve talked with several recent business management graduates about their experiences in the workplace. These recent alumni are serving in a variety of organizations including Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, Centric Consulting and Cintas. It is exciting to recognize how their CCU education has prepared them for their current professional roles and equally impressive to see how they are impacting the world for Christ within their spheres of influence.

These men and women are achieving this influence by living exemplary lives that strikingly contrast with the temporal world. These actions create unique opportunities to share Christ-centered ideas and beliefs in a natural approach and can have significant impact in kingdom building. Regardless of their career path, our graduates’ interactions with others are leaving a lasting impression and fulfilling the mission of CCU to “train thousands to impact millions for Christ.”

When asked, “What did you learn from your classes at CCU that you use every day in the workplace?” their answers spoke to all aspects of their education.

One student named experience with research: “The topic of study was not what was important but rather the process of doing the research and compiling the report. That gave me a foundation and an experience to reflect on within my projects at Cintas.”

Several named their experience with case studies. “We went on several trips to companies of all shapes and sizes, listened to their employees, studied their markets and processes, and then came back and wrote up a case study about them. As a consultant, coming into a company with little background knowledge while trying to analyze the situation and understand the company’s processes is key.”

The supreme value of their study of the Bible is apparent to all. One student put it this way: “Having a testimony as well as explaining to people that I went to a Christian university opens up lots of doors to talk about my faith that normally would not be there.” Another said, “I speak and meet with new people on a daily basis. It is through relationship building that we can truly have a strong impact. I learned that I can show God’s love to others in the business world through my kindness, compassion, and sincere interest in helping others achieve success.”

CCU graduates also gain a strong moral code that they are able to apply to everyday business decisions. It is no secret that the business world can be a corrupt place. But, the more Christian men and women who enter this business world, bringing with them their strong moral code grounded in Scripture, the more they will be able to have a positive effect on the outcomes of business decisions.

In God’s terms, business success is more than profit. It’s service, witness, wisdom, and transformation. It’s salt and light. It’s taking the gospel to work every day. It’s defining business as ministry and being defined as a Christian in business.

By Lance Francis, Assistant Professor of Business Management, and Dr. Jon Weatherly, Vice President for Academic Affairs