soft landing. The corporate chaplain was
also invaluable in the process.
Challenges and opportunities
One of the common challenges Christian
business leaders face is the sense of loneli-
ness and isolation that comes with being
the head of the team. “Most entrepreneurs
are quite isolated,” says Rick Goossen of
Covenant Group Family Wealth Advis-
ors. “They’re the centre of their universe.
Everybody reports to them.”
For Christians there’s some-
times the added isolation of not
having other believers around
them. “I actually thought in my
simple, naive way that I was
the only Christian businessman
left,” confesses Steve Troyer, who
started his private company,
Troyer Ventures, in 1999 in Fort
St. John, B.C.
Habits by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges (Thomas nelson,
2003). Reading this book about 10 years ago, says esther De
Wolde, “put meat on the bones” of what she was already thinking about.
•;About;My;Father’s;Business:;Taking;Your;Faith;to;Work by Regi
Campbell (Multnomah, 2005). “every person we meet is an
opportunity to touch someone for the Kingdom of God,” says
Steve Troyer, whose approach changed after he read the book.
“I’ll never forget the first time I was able to lead someone to the
Lord in my office.”
Ask;About;Faith,;Life;and;Business;by Richard and Henry Black-aby (B&H Publishing Group, 2008). The Blackabys are Baptists
Feasting by Marva J. Dawn (eerdmans, 1989). Intriciti’s alana
Walker Carpenter has used this guide in a session on balance.
•;Becoming;an;Entrepreneurial;Leader;by Rick Goossen and R.
Paul Stevens (IVP, forthcoming). The book will offer guidelines
on “how to be effective in the church, community and business,” says Goossen. Stevens, based at Regent College in British Columbia, has previously published many popular books on
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