30 Questions on Stewardship (Part 2 of 3)

Christianity & Business, Servant Leadership

Hopefully you have processed the first 10 questions we shared HERE as part of an excerpt from a Journey of Generosity experience in 2017.

Let’s consider the next set of 10 questions:

  • If the Bible commands us to bear one another’s burdens in Christian community, are there opportunities within my community that God might be calling me to bear? Do I assume that this isn’t my role because of my culture, or am I looking for such opportunities? Is Christ’s undying love my true treasure, or do I treasure other things more?
  • Has having more money caused me to feel more in control of my life and circumstances, and has that control become an idol for me? Is Christ inviting me to a new level of surrender where I trust Him with control of my life and future instead of trusting my money for that control? How can I step into this practically?
  • If an outsider were to look at how I use my time, energy, and resources, what would they learn about my priorities? Would that outsider see my time, energy, and resources being put primarily towards a hope and vision of renewal for our city and world?
  • Do I live as if I’m focusing on heaven, where I plan to live forever, or on earth, where I’ll live one-billionth of my existence? In light of eternity, am I happy about where I’m placing my focus?
  • If it is the nearness of God that I ultimately seek, what if I dared to pray, “Bring anything into my life – take anything away from my life as long as I get to be closer to you.’? What scares me about that prayer? What excites me about that prayer?
  • Have you raised me up, God, with the financial assets and opportunities You’ve entrusted to me, for just such a time as this (Esther 4:14)? Have You called me to join in a great team of Your children in freeing up money and possessions to reach out to the needy and fulfill the Great Commission?
  • What am I holding onto that’s robbing me of present joy and future reward? What am I keeping that’s preventing me from having to depend on You? What am I clinging to that makes me feel like I don’t have to depend on You to provide like I used to before I had so much? What do You want me to release that could restore me to a walk of faith?
  • In light of 2 Corinthians 8:14 and 9:11, do you want me to assume that each financial blessing You entrust to me is not intended to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving?
  • Am I treating You as owner and CEO/CFO of “my” assets, or am I treating You merely as my financial consultant, whom I pay a fee (10% or greater perhaps)?
  • Once they’ve finished college or are working on their own, would inheriting wealth (beyond items of special sentimental and heritage value) help my children’s eternal perspective and walk with God? Or would it have a corrupting influence on their character, lifestyle, work either or marriage?

These can be dangerous questions. When C12 Peer Advisory Groups gather around the country, we hope that we would ask questions that are dangerous and hold each other accountable.

 

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  • Kevin Miller Bio

    With over a decade of experience in marketing leadership, brand management, and business development, Kevin has helped numerous companies refine and implement plans to create exponential growth.

    Prior to joining C12, Kevin led a successful Florida-based brand strategy consulting business focused on growing small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Kevin also has a diverse background in launching start-ups as well as helping struggling or stagnant businesses develop a new course of action. His experience incorporates knowledge from multiple industries including textile manufacturing and design, medicine, real estate, technology, web development, and the creative arts.

    After attending the University of Central Florida where he studied Music Performance, Kevin became involved in worship arts and youth ministries, serving for several years in various leadership roles. He and his wife Beth, an elementary school administrator, have been married since 2000. Together with two sons Kyle and Kamden, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

  • Troy Blackmon Bio

    Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

    During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

    In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing, and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

    Troy is married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, and has been blessed with 4 children. He enjoys golf, cycling, and mountain biking with his family.

  • Mike Sharrow Bio

    Mike joined C12 as a member in 2010 while serving as an executive pastor for a large church in Texas and owner of a healthcare strategy consulting group.  Prior to that, he had served in a variety of leadership roles in both operations and sales corporately for the Walgreen Company, financial services as well as strategic development work with Health by Design.  In 2011 he exited his commitments to join the local C12 practice in San Antonio as an associate chair serving CEOs across that market.  In 2013 he and a partner acquired the greater Central Texas region and stewarded it as it grew to a team of 8 full-time chairmen serving nearly 150 leaders.  Mike is passionate about collaboration, strategic planning, Gospel initiatives and BHAG endeavors.

    With a background spanning Fortune 50 corporate settings, startups, non-profit and local church, Mike has been discipled into an integrated life perspective around the calling all believers share to be disciple-making disciples and ambassadors of Christ across all vocations and contexts.  It was in 2005 when God revealed to Mike the perils of a “sacred versus secular” duality in life and since then he’s been on the adventure of living one life in Christ, with work as worship, business as ministry and life as mission.

    Mike grew up in Alaska, graduated from Trinity International University and the Loyola Graduate School of Business.  He married his bijou of an Iowa farmers daughter, Jacqui, in 2002 and they have 2 girls, Elayna and Sophia.