Eldred Integrated LifeThe Integrated Life
by Ken Eldred
Softcover

What if we could resolve the exhausting struggle between work, family, and spiritual life? What if we recognized a deep connection between faith and business? What if biblical values weren't roadblocks but actually the source of successful business? What if the real goal of business were more noble than maximizing profit? What if we could see our everyday work as having spiritual value? What if we could approach it as ministry? What if it were our calling, a calling as high as that of a pastor or missionary? What if God cared deeply about our work and wanted to be involved? And what if we could even partner with him in our business?

This book offers a powerful picture of the integrated life in which our faith impacts every sphere, including our work in the marketplace. Drawing on his own experience and the example of others, Eldred lays out practical applications that lead to abundant living through a far deeper connection between work and faith.

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God Is At WorkGod is at Work
By Ken Eldred
Hardcover, 365 pp


Successful entrepreneur (founder of overnight computer product supplier Inmac) and dedicated Christian Ken Eldred takes a hard look at how God is transforming people and nations through the emerging missions movement called “Kingdom business.” This book provides a comprehensive review of Kingdom business—what it is, how it’s done, and who’s doing it well. Eldred’s personal experience, as well as other Kingdom business efforts around the world, highlight this integrated missions movement, a unique combination of missions, successful business practices and economic development.

Learn why Christian business people are uniquely equipped to address poverty, a disease that afflicts millions around the world. Discover the colorful two thousand-year history of business as a missions vehicle. Meet those engaged in exciting Kingdom business ventures today—even in areas mostly closed to the Gospel. Get a vision for “transforming people and nations through business.” God is at Work is a must-read for Kingdom-minded business people, development workers, pastors, missionaries, students—anyone who wants to see God at work transforming the world.

Note: The work of Integra Ventures is highlighted several times in God is at Work, along with the many other organizations working effectively in this field.   

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On Kingdom BusinessServing Two Masters?

by C. William Pollard

Harper Collins, 2006, Hardcover, 288 pages

 

Bill Pollard is former Chairman and CEO of the ServiceMaster Company and a current member of Integra’s Board of Reference. During his leadership, ServiceMaster was recognized by Fortune magazine as the number one service company among the Fortune 500. ServiceMaster was also identified as a “star of the future” by the Wall Street Journal and recognized by the Financial Times as one of the most respected companies in the world. In 2004, Pollard received the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Business Ethics at Notre Dame.

In Serving Two Masters? he draws upon his own spiritual and practical insights—and those of other business and thought leaders—to show readers that principles of faith and smart business practices are not mutually exclusive, but can unite to strengthen corporate culture and lead to extraordinary financial success. Pollard has worked in the business world long enough to know that money has the power to distract and tempt anyone away from God, family, friends, integrity and anything else they may stand for.  He challenges his readers to not just “balance” or “juggle” issues of profit, business and faith, but to truly learn how to allow them to work together, resulting in success in all areas and a powerful sense of purpose and drive.   

The book includes fifty-one brief inspirational messages Pollard gave throughout his 25 years at ServiceMaster. By focusing on key issues such as integrity, team building, fair wages, forgiveness and mercy, work as worship, profitability, facing tough times, leading by example, and modeling community, Pollard clearly and boldly answers questions about integrating an authentic life of faith with smart business practices. He not only examines how a company can honor God and simultaneously make a profit, but he proves that the “bottom line” should not always be top priority for businesses. Each message provides practical insight and sound advice for anyone who has wrestled with integrating their faith into the world of work and profit.  

While many believe that principles of faith and business will inevitably clash, in Serving Two Masters? Pollard provides case studies and inspiring real-life stories of companies and individuals successfully pursuing profitable business endeavors while remaining faithful to glorify God in all that they do.

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The Soul of the Firm
By C. William Pollard
Hardcover, 176 pp

In his book, The Soul of the Firm, Chairman C. William Pollard explains the reason behind the enormous growth and success of ServiceMaster: its commitment to honoring God and to the development of its people. Based on his years of service, Bill Pollard uses examples from ServiceMaster to show leaders how to turn the workplace into a vibrant environment for a successful business.

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Entrepreneur's CreedThe Entrepreneur’s Creed
By Merrill Oster and Mike Hamel
Hardcover, 225 pp

This thought-provoking review of 20 successful Christian businesses will stimulate your thinking on how to effectively integrate your faith with your work. The book is filled with encouraging stories of business owners who have sought to live out their faith in the marketplace. One chapter features the business of Integra board member and founder Bob Fulton.  

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On Kingdom BusinessOn Kingdom Business
By Tetsunao Yamamori and Kenneth A. Eldred
Hardcover, 352 pp

More than one quarter of the world’s people have little or no opportunity to hear the Gospel. While few of the unreached care to investigate the claims of Christ, they are concerned about their own economic advancement. This is an opportunity for the Gospel. On Kingdom Business proposes a new model for using business in missions: kingdom entrepreneurship. Kingdom entrepreneurs are “job-makers,” starting for-profit businesses of all sizes—real businesses that meet real needs. On Kingdom Business provides a conceptual foundation for kingdom entrepreneurship and explores its contemporary development using case studies of kingdom businesses and reflecting on the lessons kingdom entrepreneurs have already learned.