Ministry with business leaders

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Start Date: 
Mon, 10/01/1990
End Date: 
Fri, 05/31/1991

The Leadership Council of San Francisco developed and implemented a collaborative program of inquiry into the personal and spiritual needs of business leaders who seek to carry their religious values into the workplace. The program was eventually piloted with more than 300 leaders in eleven major business regions: Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fairfield County CT, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Raleigh/Durham, and San Francisco. Developed within Protestant contexts, "Ministry with Business Leaders" was supported by the United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship, the Presbyterian Church (USA) units on Evangelism and Christian Education, and the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries (UCBHM). The "Ministry with Business Leaders" program was based on three core principles: one, that "effective leadership is based on moral character and spiritual well-being, not just technical competence"; two, that "life's challenge points are meaningful opportunities for learning about moral action and faith development"; and, three, that "communities of faith are vital for sustaining effective leadership, moral action, and spiritual well-being." The program used an intensive one-day seminar approach as a way into the participants' constructions of their values and conflicts, and also utilized personal interviews to enrich and extend the program's goals and objectives. Ultimately "MBL" identified readiness on the part of business leaders to engage in conversations about questions of moral character and decision-making, as well as noting that these leaders were hungry for cultural supports for such conversations. (MH)