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History

Being  a business leader can be a lonely place and even more so if you are a Christian, so when the opportunity came to form a networking group, to build up relationships to support and encourage one another in applying Biblical principles to our businesses, we went for it!

When we started our first group in Oxford in April 2006, we were encouraged by Peter Briscoe from Crown Ministries who introduced us to the “Business by the Book”  DVD series.  This professionally produced DVD series examines what the Bible has to say about specific business topics such as Human Resources, Finance or Marketing.  Our current breakfast format started by watching one of the Business by the Book (ie. the Bible) 30 minute DVDs, then discussing the key questions raised in smaller groups.  Following the success of the Oxford group, the Stow group was launched in 2007, based on the same meeting format.

Once the main groups became established we formed smaller support groups, where Christian Business Leaders committed to meeting together monthly, to pray and work through business challenges. These Support Groups have been great for supporting and encouraging Christians to take advice, make better business decisions and to consider what action would honour God in any situation.

We currently have 5 CBL groups meeting up monthly, where we have a good mixture of Biblical teaching on business leadership topics, support and encouragement and crucially prayer.  It has been great to see business leaders survive hard times and emerge stronger, and some others even returning to their faith as a result of attending CBL groups.

Mission of Christian Business Leaders

  • We seek to affirm God as Lord of all of our lives including our work.

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  • We wish to support and serve Christians in business leadership by applying Biblical Principles to our businesses and workplaces.
  • We want our members to build successful businesses which honour God.
  • We will be partners to each other in Christ and in business through the breakfast meetings and through smaller groups such as the Support Groups for Business Owners and Senior Managers.
  • We will see improvement in our businesses in commercial results, in contentment of our associates and in stewardship of the world’s resources.
  • We will demonstrate godliness in our work place to our associates, employees, customers and suppliers in order to make every opportunity to present the Gospel message.
  • We will start groups in new locations led by faithful motivated leaders enabling greater access to this ministry.
  • We are committed to prayer.
  • Work is a calling.
  • We acknowledge the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  • We are seeking to integrate Biblical principles to all aspects of business practise in our spheres of influence.
  • We welcome people from all denominations.
  • We seek to complement the ministry of the local church.

Vision

  • We will be partners to each other in Christ and in business through the breakfast meetings and through smaller groups such as the Support Groups for Business Owners and Senior Managers.
  • We will see improvement in our businesses in commercial results, in contentment of our associates and in stewardship of the world’s resources.
  • We will demonstrate godliness in our work place to our associates, employees, customers and suppliers in order to make every opportunity to present the Gospel message.
  • We will start groups in new locations led by faithful motivated leaders enabling greater access to this ministry.
  • We are committed to prayer.

Core Values

  • Work is a calling.
  • We acknowledge the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  • We are seeking to integrate Biblical principles to all aspects of business practise in our spheres of influence.
  • We welcome people from all denominations.
  • We seek to complement the ministry of the local church.

Statement of Faith

The following doctrines, from the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith, are regarded by Christian Business Leaders as crucial to the understanding of the Christian faith and its outworking.

We believe in:

  1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
  5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
  8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
  9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
  11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
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