Hilbert to lecture at Cedar Creek this morningWritten by Shannon Szyperski | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cedar Creek Church will offer Christian perspective on a timely topic Sept. 17 when it brings author and lecturer Ray Hilbert to its Toledo Campus.
After making his way through corporate America and taking on two businesses of his own with varying success, Hilbert said he asked himself, “As a Christian, what does it look like to try to be in the marketplace and honor my own principles and my Christian faith in both good times and bad?”
While delving deeper into how his Christian faith played a role in his business life and the business lives of others, Hilbert said he wondered, “What did that look like as a Christian person in business, to not only just have to deal with the realities of success and failure in business, but ultimately what does it look like to integrate my faith into those decisions?”
Hilbert said eh decided to not only answer his questions for himself, but also for his fellow Christian business owners and leaders, by founding Truth@Work, an organization whose mission is to bring Christian values into a place where they are often left at the door: work. Truth@Work’s vision promises to “change the way America works by bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the marketplace.”
In light of the recent downturn in the economy, Hilbert stresses an even greater need for keeping the faith at work as businesses face hard times.
“We began to really notice that almost all conversations were predominantly around the issues of what was bad and what was wrong. And then, frankly, the word that kept creeping up was ‘fear‘,” Hilbert said. “There was tremendous fear about what was going to happen in their future.”
Hilbert recognized a need for helping Christian business owners and leaders put their fears to rest through their Christian principles at this economically trying time.
“Because of that theme we really began to realize that, hey, we needed to maybe put together a presentation to help these individuals acknowledge the feelings that they were going through, but then, more importantly, how to address them,” he explains.
Hilbert’s answer for combating the issue is “Trusting God in This Economy,” which he will be bringing to Toledo this week.
Hilbert has been offering the seminar for about nine months and describes it by saying, “It’s kind of like a Christian business leaders’ guide to overcoming fear.”
Seminar attendees are encouraged to acknowledge the fear they are experiencing as well as recognize how it effects them as business leaders and as people. Hilbert also says that he offers his audience “strategies and techniques that we as Christians in business can implement to address the fear.”
Although his presentation deals with a common sentiment, Hilbert’s message is aimed at the Christian business community.
“Obviously any human being deals with fear,” Hilbert said. “This specific session is designed for those Christians who own or run businesses or organizations who are really dealing with the fear and the uncertainty of the future.”
During the session, Hilbert tells business owners and leaders to “rethink where their energy is going, where their thought processes are, what they’re choosing to dwell on and think about.” A large part of the seminar is asking them to consider the question, “Is it fear or is it faith for what God has for us in the future?”
Hilbert will deliver his message, “Trusting God in This Economy” this Sept.17, from 8 a.m. to noon at Cedar Creek Church’s Toledo Campus, 2600 W. Sylvania Ave. Tickets are $49. To register for this event, visit www.trustgod.eventbrite.com.