Think It’s Impossible to Lead a Company for Christ? Let C12 Member Alan Barnhart Show You the Way

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Alan-Barnhart-pictureAlan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co., has put Christ at the center of the organization’s purpose…” to glorify God by providing an opportunity for His people to use their skills and gifts in His service through constructive work, personal witness and ministry funding.”

Dedicated to the Biblical ideal that earthly treasures have no intrinsic eternal value and committed to the belief that we will be judged by what we’ve stored up in Heaven to advance His Kingdom, Alan and brother Eric (co-owners) went out on a limb for Christ. They began by capping their income to average middle-class wages and expanded to contribute 99% of their ownership interest to an irrevocable charitable trust, giving their multi-million dollar company to charity.

Listen to Alan tell the full story that he shared with C12 at our C12 National Leaders’ Conference last fall in Nashville, TN.

As a leader, much of your life’s investment is through your stewardship of the business God has called you to run for Him. You will be accountable for how you execute your leadership and impart His values and principles to those you serve.

So how do you put Christ at the center of your business? Here’s Alan’s best advice:

  • Mission, Vision & Purpose are fundamental. Be sure the mission, vision, and purpose of your organization reflects your commitment to expanding God’s Kingdom and sharing the gospel.
  • Lead by example. Model values that show your respect and love of God’s word. If our behavior demonstrates a high priority on serving God and being good stewards of all that He has provided, our staff and employees will likely follow suit.
  • Practice marketplace ministry. Engage your staff and employees in opportunities to serve others and share the saving message of Christ. Whether you create a philanthropic arm within your organization or you provide a corporate chaplain, helping your staff and employees make a place for Christ in their lives will significantly change business and lives, forever.

Learn more about how Alan is changing lives around the world.

God owns everything, whether it’s temporarily in the hands of believers or unbelievers. His desires will never be derailed by a lack of funds. So to honor God, money must be exchanged or leveraged into something of eternal worth. As Jesus warned us, do not ‘store for yourselves treasures on earth’ (Mt 6:19-21).


About the C12 Group

The C12 Group is America’s leading executive roundtable for Christian CEOs and owners building great businesses for a greater purpose. C12 Members gather monthly for a unique, proven peer forum to engage in worthwhile continual learning, brainstorming, intentional accountability, and to share proven best practices, combined with an eternal perspective. Members also receive monthly counsel through one-on-one sessions, an annual business review, and an online library of high-impact leadership tools. Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs, dedicated Christian author and CEO, C12’s mission is to change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him.  Learn more about leading a C12 Group in your area.

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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.