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The Metron Manager Project
34 minutes | May 3, 2022
Why does Business fail as Mission? - Interview with Entrepreneur Samuel Gurel
This is a PROFOUND interview! Hear from a truly global entrepreneur who has seen it all. From operating a redemptive coffee company in remote China all the way to flying private jets … when you hear his story you will be understand. Samuel Gurel a legendary Redemptive Entrepreneur. Follow along as he unpacks major life lessons and authentically addresses the hits and misses in his journey. Check out these highlights: Is it ok to just go do business? Repenting of becoming a missionary Cultural pressure to do something ‘spiritual’ We were created to hear the voice of God! How do you get to the point where things just work? How do you gauge effectiveness? What happens when you actually surrender to the Lord? Minor shifts made things fall into place for Kingdom impact The leading and trailing indicators of holistic success in your calling Finding the right FIT and not FORCING something The risk of comparing yourself to others Finding freedom to really WORK The value of working a for someone else Recognizing your work is of EQUAL importance in the Kingdom What do you do when you feel unqualified for your calling? Core principles of business that work in any industry The 2 part ‘WIN’ on any given day How do you manage your impact on the people around you? Business thinker or Ministry thinker? The keys to identifying the place of FAVOR and GRACE in your life The secrets to an effective MISSIONS or BUSINESS calling How do you find the RIGHT kind of mentor?
32 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Burning Drill Rig - Interview with Matt Brown - Uganda Startup Season 2 Episode 2
We are back with Matt Brown in Uganda! Follow along as Matt shares significant updates and progress regarding their clean water company in Uganda. Things are moving in the right direction! Matt shares the setbacks (drill rig fire) and the progress. We also discuss the KEYS to success in a Kingdom Enterprise as lived and learned by Matt and Jessica Brown as they stand up this new company. I'll give you a clue: Family as Priority and Hearing God moment to moment. You will be inspired as you dive into this second phase of the Uganda Startup with Matt and I. This is the REAL DEAL when it comes to Redemptive Entrepreneurship and Matt is doing things well even in the midst of a LOT of hardship.
37 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Digital Church and Kingdom Expansion in the Middle East - Interview with Rev. Dr. Rafik Wagdy
Message to All Nations is building and piloting a ‘Digital Church’ that serves regions that are not able to have organized church. Follow along as I interview Dr. Wagdy about the state of the post covid church in the middle east and the incredible opportunity to pivot towards Digital and Hybrid local church expressions. He and his team have successfully developed and modeled not only the technical side of Digital Church but also crafted a system for follow up and church planting among those who respond to Christ due to faith based media. We discuss the opportunities and challenges missional entrepreneurs and job seekers face in working in the middle east. Also, we explore the incredible opportunities opened up by technology that allows Believers from the west to use their vocations missionally without even leaving their house!! You will be incredibly encouraged and inspired by Dr. Wagdy’s journey and the emergence of Digital Church. The Kingdom of God continues to expand through creativity and co-laboring with Christ. Highlights Include: The urgency of subduing the digital airspace of creation Incredibly successful Digital Church launch How they began their ministry as Medical Practitioners who were not interested in media ministry, and are now providing programing on over a dozen satellites and millions of viewers!
23 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Marketplace Mission Consultation - Introduction and Talk by Josh Richardson of Harvest Group
Check out this LIVE talk that Josh Richardson, of Harvest Group, and I presented at our last NWA Marketplace Mission Consultation. The consultation was a very meaningful time and Josh was able to share some hard won wisdom that comes from his experience starting up an operation center for his employer, Harvest Group, in Tunisia. I told the group that 'Some wisdom can only be learned in the desert of Tunisia'. I share a quick intro to Theology of Work and explain the vision behind the Marketplace Mission Consultations... Josh lays out key guidance for any missional professional who is thinking of taking a job in a remote location or who is intentional about making a great commission difference in their current workplace. If you live in the Northwest Arkansas region feel free to join us for the next consultation on April 25th in Springdale, Arkansas. Register soon to let us know if you are planning to attend. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nwa-marketplace-mission-consultation-tickets-313642813097
19 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Wild Personal Testimony - Miracles in the Ukrainian Mental Institution and how it’s a LOT like your Workplace!
"As syringes and other random objects continued to fly in all directions, it was clear to me why the administration had wanted to be out of that room. We were beginning to question whether we had heard the Lord clearly on this idea. As quickly as we could, we began our performance and intermittently shared testimonies from our own lives about the work that God had done in each of our lives. No one was listening. It was chaos in the seats and a number of people in the crowd were beginning to manifest demons, as well. This frightened their fellow patients and increased the disorder." Follow along and hear my personal testimony of miracles of healing and restoration in the wildest environment you can imagine... a rally of 500 patients in a Ukrainian mental institution! So, what do you usually say when someone asks ‘how was work today?’, ‘anything interesting happen?’ We are spirit and physical matter so we must have a multidimensional answer to these questions. Often the point of failure believers experience is when they apply natural responses to spiritual challenges. We have to realize that are spiritual and natural beings. Not all issues in your metron can be ‘managed’ from a natural world approach. What exactly are you managing towards? You are managing your metron towards the righteousness of God and away from the works of darkness. All believers have been given authority, for a purpose. Authority to destroy the works of the devil. This is actually a significant part of your job description no matter what Metron you manage. If you are raising kids at home or a president guiding a country through a crisis, and you claim to follow Christ, you are commissioned to identify and stop works of darkness. When you are leading a company as a believer or working in a mainstream job, this is part of your mission. According to the original commission found in Genesis 2:15 you are instructed to keep, have charge of, guard, keep watch and ward, protect, save life.. in regards to the people, place and space that God has assigned to you. How are you going to bring a heavenly, life giving, redemptive approach to these coworkers... employees… vendors… foreign partners… false Christians… outright occult practitioners… this is the real world and Jesus has all the wisdom, power and grace you need to manage the atmosphere of your metron in a way that reverses the effects of the fall. We are commissioned to redeem and restore all that is broken in people, places and spaces.
25 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Leading A Kingdom Company - Interview with Cameron Magee - Owner of Avad3
Is it possible to actually run a Kingdom company? What does it look like to actually advance the Kingdom through event management? Follow along as I interview Cameron Magee, the owner of Avad3 as we talk about his backstory and how he has built company on the cornerstone of Theology of Work in scripture. Genesis 2:15 … says “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate (avad) it and keep it.” Work was a commission given by God to mankind prior to the fall. Work is not a result of the fall or sin and it’s not a form of punishment. The word cultivate.. which is translated from the Hebrew word ‘avad’, means work and worship. This is where we derive our understanding of work being a form of worship to God. The name Avad3 is loaded with meaning and deep significance. Cameron and Avad3 are also hosting our upcoming Marketplace Mission Consultation on March 30! Highlights Include: What made you choose the name Avad3? The REAL impact and potential of SERVING The mistake of being ashamed of your faith in the marketplace Creating margin to go above and beyond in serving and meet felt needs How to create a Kingdom distinctive in your industry Managing Kingdom culture in your company that benefits Christian and non Christian employees and customers How do you manage your metron practically and effectively Advice for those wanting to live out from Godly passion and purpose in their companies
31 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Interview with Matt Brown - Uganda Startup Season 2 Episode 1
Matt Brown and his family are back in Uganda! The Metron Manager Podcast will be featuring the Brown family and their Kingdom Enterprise in season 2 of 'Uganda Startup'. Follow along as Matt shares the latest developments since they arrived back in Uganda. The Brown family has been back in the USA for a few months for the birth of their daughter and now they are diving into the next phase of standing up their water business in remote Uganda. Highlights Include: What is it like to be back on the ground after the first year of pioneering Drilling for water next weekend!! Business developments and adjusting the model Adaptation and technological innovations The secret to success in a brutal business environment = The right people The end of Covid restrictions and the new Normal in Uganda Practical tips such as 'Don't buy a Land Rover'!!
30 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Supernatural Co-Laboring with God [Interview with Audio Engineer - Micah Cain]
Did you know that God never intended you to Work Alone? Do you know that God's original design was to supernaturally co-labor with you in your vocation? Exodus 35 says 'And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all craftsmanship; to create designs...' In this episode I want to highlight one of the incredible benefits we have as people who are filled with the Holy Spirit. God intends us to have a co-laboring relationship with him… a connection that is designed to affect our Work. God is into work and he loves to work with you. Follow along as I interview Micah Cain. He is the sound engineer for New Heights Church and has a long history in music and audio production. He also has a long history of actively co-laboring with the Holy Spirit, moment by moment, in his music and audio work. Micah has developed such a close personal working relationship with the Holy Spirit that he even can anticipate live audio issues, fixes and sound engineering approaches before they happen! This is a really inspiring testimony that you need to hear. As I’ve gotten to know Micah I have seen the Lord in him and I’ve come to realize that Micah is one who doesn’t ‘work alone’ in his Job.
9 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Ukraine - If God did it before and He can do it again!
I’m sure you are all aware of the nightmare happening in Ukraine. There is truly evil that is at work in the world and we are seeing that fully displayed. Keep all the political leaders in prayer including our president. The human condition is truly fragile and desperately in need of the protection, restoration and renovation. If God did it before He can do it again. As I prayed about this situation in Ukraine I was reminded by the Lord about the similar circumstances that the Allies faced in WW2. If you haven’t read the book titled ‘REES HOWELLS INTERCESSOR’ by Norman Grubb, you will be incredibly challenged and strengthened in your faith. Rees Howell was a key figure in the Welsch revival of the early 20th century and went on to lead a profoundly effective prayer and intercession movement throughout WW2. I wanted to share an account of how God moved through Rees and his group that dramatically affected the outcome of key battles in WW2. This account of just 1 instance will encourage you that God can and Will work through the prayer and intercession of his people to address the course of human events. We need God to move powerfully in Ukraine and if he did it before he can do it again…
28 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Ukraine - Prayer - Missiles - Miracles. Interview with Pastor Josh Wilson & Brittney Boatman
You may have seen the social media post from a pastor in Ukraine reporting specific answers to specific prayer. Well it really happened. Check out this interview with pastor Josh Wilson of New Heights Church in Bentonville Arkansas and former missionary to Ukraine, Brittney Boatman. God used these two individuals and a prayer meeting during the February 27 Sunday Service that affected the war in Ukraine. Check out their story. See the original post here: https://www.facebook.com/jswilso/posts/10106104825507747 God works through the prayers of His people.
42 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Interview with Dr. Rob Reimer - Author of the book Spiritual Authority
"Spiritual Authority is rooted in identity, expanded in intimacy and activated by faith." The best book I read in 2021 was Spiritual Authority by Dr. Rob Reimer and today I had the privilege of interviewing the author! This was epic. Rev. Dr. Reimer is Professor of Pastoral Theology at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. and the founding pastor of South Shore Community Church in Massachusetts. He is the founder of a ministry called Renewal International. Dr. Reimer is also an accomplished author. His books include Soul Care, River Dwellers, Spiritual Authority, Calm in the Storm, Deep Faith and Pathways to the King. Follow along as Dr. Reimer takes us on a deep dive into the concept and practice of spiritual authority! This was such a powerful discussion. You will love the way Dr. Reimer shares deep truths in an accessible way. He is so authentic and walks in the spiritual authority that he talks about. Check out these highlights: What is spiritual authority? His personal journey of discovering spiritual authority through a season of serious discontent Seeking the hand of God instead of the presence of God The root of spiritual authority : identity - intimacy - faith The distinction between Authority and Authoritarian Practical co-laboring with Christ Where does spiritual authority come from? How does one get it? How do you know if you or someone has spiritual authority Success is submission Learn more about Dr. Reimer's ministry at: https://renewalinternational.org
13 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Personal Testimony- Ukraine Riot Stopped with Spiritual Authority
This was my first experience with becoming the target of a full-blown riot. There was no reasoning with the crowd as they continued to shout, yell, and wave umbrellas in our direction. What had begun with our team quietly praying had now turned into a very dangerous situation. In my spirit I heard the Lord say, “You command this crowd.” Obediently, and without much consideration, I stepped forward and raised my hands up over the crowd and said, “In the name of Jesus, I command peace over this crowd!” “Kingdom exploits are always done in Jesus’ name, as Jesus’ ambassadors, as sons and daughters of the King. Authority is the Right to USE someone else’s power” - Quote from Dr. Rob Reimer on page 56 of his book titled ‘Spiritual Authority’ So there is a LOT going on in your metron that makes no sense. There is a lot that is not manageable using human wisdom, talent or academic knowledge. What makes it possible for everyone to be a metron manager in the Kingdom of God is that everyone who submits to Christ as Lord is authorized to use HIS power for HIS purposes. The believer finds themselves authorized to act and speak on behalf of the government … the government of heaven. Follow along as I share my own testimony of discovering the operational power and authority of God that is available to us in Christ Jesus. Friends, you can do this. You can learn to manage your sphere of influence with authority. I am going to continue to equip you as best as I can so that you can succeed as best as you can, in Christ Jesus. The first investment in this effort to equip you regarding spiritual authority is going to come strait from the expert. Dr. Rob Reimer, author of the best book on spiritual authority I’ve ever read. He will be featured on an upcoming episode of this podcast.
38 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Interview with Field Agent Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder Henry Ho [Great Commission Companies are Possible]
Do you wonder if Great Commission companies and Redemptive Entrepreneurship are even possible realities in this day and age? Have you struggled to understand how your calling to the workplace actually fits into the design of the Kingdom of God? If so, you MUST hear this interview with Field Agent Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder Henry Ho! Henry was a founding member of P&G’s Global Walmart Customer Team in 1988 and has worked with Walmart for over 33 years. Henry’s international experience includes Walmart Asia Team Leader, Country Manager of Procter & Gamble Hong Kong, and Asia Region Category Management and Shopper Insights Leader. Born in Macau to a single mother, living with 4 siblings in a 1 room apartment and then immigrating to the USA, Henry has come from humble beginnings. He now has over 40 years of work experience in high level corporate positions and pioneered multiple redemptive companies. This discussion will give you SOLID and actionable guidance for how to succeed as a believer in any workplace context. Henry speaks into the following topics with authority, authenticity and deep experience. Principles of a Great Commission company Are Kingdom companies actually a possibility? The value of corporate and entrepreneurial work What do you do when you work in a very non-redemptive environment? There are 3 Bottom-Lines in a Kingdom company People are always the focus How do you know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur? What is the first thing you should do if you are stepping into an entrepreneurial calling? What are the real ‘wins’ as a believer in the workplace? Intentionality is the KEY The nuts and bolts of ‘On Mission' living Go - Serve - Do Good Why success matters in business God is always enough - Beware of your DREAMS YOU can contact Henry Ho through LinkedIn. Contact him if you would like mentoring and community to help you on your journey!
12 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
LIVE Intro Talk at the 1st NWA Marketplace Missions Consultation
Listen into this LIVE talk I shared at the 1st ever Northwest Arkansas Marketplace Missions Consultation! Follow along as I share some key thoughts on missionized theology of work and set the stage for a crucial discussion on the marketplace and the future of missions. This was a vibrant discussion with input from a solid group of working professionals who are called to work and care about the Great Commission. Are you called to the workplace? Do you want your voice to help discover the path forward for marketplace missions? Join us and contribute! If you would like to participate in future consultations follow us on Facebook and Instagram for event details. Learn more at: www.MetronManager.com Quick Highlights: Did you know that all work is intended to be brought under the authority of Jesus? Or ‘Missionized’? Did you know vocation and work are inherently missional by design in the scriptures! Did you know that the cultural mandate [theology of work] is directly connected to the language in the Great Commission? Did you know that half of the Great Commission is a qualitative command? Did you know that work is actually a primary means for the advancement of the Kingdom?
16 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
Personal Testimony - Accidentally Bringing Heaven into the Job from Hell
Today I get to share a real life personal testimony with you... a testimony of accidentally bringing Heaven into the job from Hell! If you’ve been following the program you have heard me interview a number of redemptive entrepreneurs who have made a real kingdom impact and brought transformation to various regions around the world. These are incredible people and inspiring stories. But you may be thinking “I’m never going to start a company… much less a missional enterprise so what does this theology of work stuff mean to me, in my day to day job?” That is a fair question. I would suggest that working at a job where you can’t prescribe a preferred culture but are subject to a worldly system, can actually be harder than succeeding as an entrepreneur. Follow along in this episode as I share a life shaping personal testimony of how I accidentally brought Heaven into a job from Hell. I was young, inexperienced and untrained, yet God used me to reach an entire company because of my willingness to represent Him in the midst of a workplace that was run by darkness. Hear the story of how I was confronted by an entire staff of angry people who were determined to get me to join them in corruption... and how God turned that moment around to defeat darkness. If it could happen through me it can happen through you! This crazy true story illustrates exactly why theology of work matters and why your vocation is the very means through which God establishes HIS kingdom.
45 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Interview with Jennifer Mathews - The Ethiopia Startup that Didn't Work
Join me as I interview Jennifer and follow her deep journey into redemptive entrepreneurship. Jennifer shares an honest reflection on humble beginnings, a corporate position with Walmart, training leaders and attempting an apparel start up in Ethiopia. You will gain real world insight into the challenges and realities of starting a redemptive business in a very difficult environment. Cultural whiplash, team approaches, theology of work issues and solid advice for mission minded professionals are featured in this authentic discussion. Jennifer Mathews began her professional career at Walmart HQ in 2008 working in apparel and marketing for 3 years. She worked for a non-profit in Addis, Ababa Ethiopia for 18 months doing leadership development then attempted to start a leather handbag business to employ marginalized peoples in Ethiopia. She lived in Germany for 2.5 years doing non-profit work among refugees and currently resides in Northwest Arkansas. Jennifer now works as a Housing Specialist at Canopy, a refugee resettlement organization. Highlights include: Don’t despise the days of small beginnings How working a Corporate position with Walmart HQ prepared Jennifer for missions An unlikely startup in Ethiopia What happens when our work does not work out How to keep your God story moving forward in your vocation A journey of recovering the dignity and mission of work Advice for young professionals who want to impact the broken places in the world As we work and as we build… we demonstrate a different Kingdom We are saved from something and also saved UNTO something Community as KEY to success What would Jennifer tell her ‘young self’ if she could before she went into the work world Advice for single women who are called to redemptive entrepreneurship Theological challenges impacting investors, funding and modes of operation What will HELP you and what will HURT you Can you trust your Gut instinct as a believer?
20 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Crisis Proof - A New Way Forward
2022 is officially upon us! We need to become CRISES PROOF going into this new year! As we welcome 2022 we have a pretty wild work world emerging. I just saw that there have been almost 5 million people quit their jobs here in the USA in 2021… yet we have also seen almost 5 million new companies started at the same time! As everyone seems to be trying to find a new way forward I’d like to share some thoughts to help you on this journey. One of the dynamics that has become evident as we muddle through the later part of this global pandemic is that our cultures have largely failed the stress test. Under pressure, everything we have relied on has been shown to be pretty unstable. Reliability is a rare commodity these days. In this global crack up a lot of people have decided to find a new way forward. This may looked like a mass exodus from social norms or the great resignation with millions of people moving on from their jobs. So In this new reality we are seeing a lot of people look to start their own businesses. People want to become entrepreneurs… innovators… rebuilders… this has become a huge aspect of the ‘new way forward’. This is a pretty big shock to the system economically but it is also a great opportunity for Christians to shape the culture of the workplace. Follow along as I share the secret to becoming a Crises Proof individual and shaping a Crises Proof corporate culture. Highlights Include: Affirmation of your desire to find a new way forward Building to survive the next Stress Test Why the collapse? The new way forward is actually an old way up Build it right from the beginning The culture of the new way forward Keys to Stability and the Non-Plussed life Spiritual 'down-line' in the workplace The trap of isolation The Key is not going it alone...even if you are doing it alone
26 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Interview with Heather Lacy - Cultural Intelligence and Successful Entrepreneurship
In this episode I have the opportunity to have Heather Lacy on the program! Heather and her husband Scott lived in Thailand for the last 10 years and she founded a Business as Mission company called Breathe. Currently Heather is the Director of Mobilization for Beautiful Feet Ministries and public speaker and teacher on the topics of redemptive entrepreneurship, cultural intelligence and making Kingdom disciples while running a profitable business. If you have ever wondered what it takes to run a successful business as mission enterprise, especially as a woman in a foreign country, then you will love this interview! Heather shares a compelling story of she and her husbands journey into redemptive entrepreneurship in Thailand. Here are some highlights! A redemptive story of standing up a profitable business in Thailand! Women as entrepreneurial leaders and lead disciple makers 3 keys to Cross Cultural Intelligence (CQ) that will set you up for success in any work environment whether in a foreign company or in your home country. How you cultivate influence in a work environment How you message the gospel into a cross cultural environment in order to first connect rather than just convert What is the gospel you are actually bringing into your environment? Are you discipling ‘salvation culture’ or ‘Kingdom culture’ into your disciples? Biblically informed is not enough… you have to be culturally informed!
37 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Christmas Miracles and Afghan Middle School Students - Interview with Braden
Do you care about Afghan refugee kids who are arriving in the USA? Do you wonder what can be done to reach out and help these students?Can God give you something spiritually to give to them? Have you ever wondered if God could give you the gift of speaking in a foreign language? If so... this episode is going to fill you with Joy. Follow along as I interview Braden, a middle school math teacher. Braden is regularly used by God in extraordinary ways to impact the lives of his students. Spoiler Alert: God gave Braden the gift of tongues and Afghan kids understand him! Ephesians 4:8 ‘Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive the captives, And He gave gifts to people.” Father God is in the business of giving ... good gifts to people. Braden shares an exciting and moving update of the miracles God has been doing in his school through him and the students he is involved with. This deep and challenging testimonial is further evidence that the Kingdom of God is advancing and the Lord aims to use YOU in the process!
34 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Interview with Workmatters COO Ben Kirksey [Living out of two Story Lines]
This is a deep episode that leads to some life changing insights about your purpose and your vocation. Follow along as I interview the COO of Workmatters, Ben Kirksey. Workmatters is a highly impactful ministry that has engaged with and equipped over 1 million believers in the workplace! Ben and I dive into the challenges surrounding the sacred vs. secular paradigms of work and get an inside look at how Workmatters is equipping believers towards authentic On-Mission lifestyles. We also explore the inevitable outcomes when one lives a dis-integrated life and the challenges of competing world-views of work. Highlights include: History and mission of Workmatters Insight into the challenges believers face in the workplace Why we tend to live and work from two distinct storylines Evangelical Gnosticism The Biblical paradigm of work How a believer can re-integrate their faith and work You will be truly impacted by this discussion.
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