Five Myths about Calling and the Marketplace

2017-01-19.jpgHave you ever answered the questions, “Who am I, why am I here, what is my purpose, and where am I going?” If so, you probably have a good idea of your calling and whether or not you are being obedient.

In Romans 8:28, Paul tells us Christians have been called according to His purpose. While the passage is familiar to many, the idea of calling is also frequently misunderstood. Here are five myths about your calling and how it relates to your role in the marketplace.

Myth 1: Calling is for professional ministry only
In our society, calling is often thought of as something only happens when a Christian “surrenders” to a “call” to professional ministry, such as pastor or missionary. Perhaps no other misunderstanding of God’s Truth handicaps the work of Christ and holds back the Kingdom of God on the earth more. God calls every believer to full-time ministry in the world as an integral instrumental part of the Body of Christ.

Myth 2: I fulfill my calling outside of work
Not only is every believer called to full-time ministry, every believer is called to live out the gospel in every aspect of their life, including at work. Understanding the full implications of the Gospel should change everything about how you lead, steward, plan and execute in the business God has entrusted you with for “such a time as this.”

Myth 3: I fulfilled my calling when I became a Christian
Some of us believe we have fulfilled our call by becoming a Christian. The truth is, salvation is merely the first step in God revealing his call and purpose for our lives. It’s up to us to remain obedient to his call in all facets of life.

Myth 4: Fulfilling my calling means I’ll always be successful
While following His call won’t always result in being poor, it doesn’t mean we will always be wildly successful either. The Deceiver distracts us from our call in many ways, often using money, either the hope of getting it or the fear of losing it. The things that provide us with sense of comfort in this life often substitute for God’s higher gifts and calling. Don’t compromise your calling in exchange for “good opportunities.”

Myth 5: My calling is difficult to figure out
God desperately wants us to know His will and to fulfill His calling! He does not play games with us or try to confuse us. When confusion comes, it’s not from God. We must diligently listen to hear from Him. You are called to be a leader and to influence those around you.

The Church doesn’t need more people leaving the marketplace to pursue their calling in ministry. The Church needs more people fulfilling their call in the marketplace, ministering to those they have been entrusted.

In Peer Advisory Groups, C12 Members hold each other accountable to their calling as leaders of businesses. Members experience improvement in their business through solid insight and input from peers, but also gain best practices and encouragement for growing their marketplace ministry. Are you ready to build a great business for a greater purpose?


  • 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.