The Power of And

Leadership

Leaders are under a lot of pressure to make good decisions. We have to choose the right employees, vendors, customer markets, and strategy to make our businesses grow. These choices are often made at the expense of another. When we choose one strategy, we are saying no to the other. This reality is less black and white when we consider our businesses as ministry.

Consider these questions. Do we:

  • Build our practice by applying best practices, disciplined contacts, and employing strategies OR does God bring the increase?  
  • Chase leads OR wait for God to provide?
  • Set goals and work a plan OR Trust God?

The questions are flawed because they all lure us into, or reveal, the very duality that cripples Christians across the marketplace!

When asked to speak into the dilemma of resting in the grace of God versus the pursuit of achievement, Dallas Willard thoughtfully responded, “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.” This is not a typical response, because we tend to rush toward choosing one option or the other. The reality is we are made to work hard, to put forth effort that comes out of the overflow of our understanding of God’s grace. We don’t work hard to earn God’s favor; we work hard because God has invited us to participate in His Kingdom.

As Christian CEOs and business owners, our work is greatly about destroying the duality most Christians walk in separating their work lives from their spiritual/ministry lives. We celebrate business AS ministry as the hallmark of our paradigm. It’s the power of “And” that leads us to:

  • Make greater profits AND generously give more of it to the poor.
  • Employ more people AND share the gospel with them.
  • Execute a well developed strategy AND acknowledge all the fruit from the strategy comes from God.

If we fall for the bait in the trap of choosing one over the other, we will fail at this mission!  We are called to run business AS ministry. It’s a tension to manage that if separated is no longer the powerful paradox intended. It’s the depth of the “all things” threaded throughout Colossians 3:17-23!

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

Consider where this faulty paradigm has crept into your own world. How do we preserve the healthy tension of this as leaders, as stewards of practices? Do we deem some things sacred because they are ministry, and despise or neglect others because they are just business? Or do we tend to put business first because we think ministry should be left up to the church? It’s time we stop asking “or” questions, and begin to embrace the power of “AND!”

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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.