Recent Articles

11 Reasons Why God Loves Your Business

July 31, 2018

Running a business is extremely difficult.

The worst part is the self-doubt.

Is there a higher purpose to what I am doing?

Should I be spending my time on something else?

Or if you're still thinking about it:

Does God want me to start a business?

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Birds Eye View: My Vision for Marketplace Disciples

June 26, 2018

Have you ever seen one of the first online magazines? At the dawn of the internet, they were terrible.

The internet was a new-fangled thing, so people would take their existing printed magazines, scan them, and then post all of the images on their website. It was a nightmare to try and read, and you certainly couldn't search for anything.

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Time: Why is there never enough?

June 20, 2018

I never feel like I have enough time to work on Marketplace Disciples.

Do I not care enough? Maybe I'm just too lazy.

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Giving Back: 4 Awesome Ways Your Business Can Love the Community

May 22, 2018

I'm willing to bet that if you own a business, it's not a huge mega-corporation with billions — or even millions — in revenue.

You probably own a fairly small Christian business.

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Your Customers Aren't Faceless — Treat Them Like Unique People

May 14, 2018

Have you ever gotten spam email?

Sorry, that's actually a dumb question. Of course you have.

Or at least you've gotten calls from telemarketers — the ones who seem to know exactly when it's the worst possible time. Why is it that they are so frustrating and annoying?

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God Calls Us to Love Our Employees — Do You?

April 26, 2018

The more interviews that I do, the more I come to realize that in the end, it's all about relationships.

It's about our relationships with our employees, our clients, and the community around us. Ultimately, it's all about our relationship with God.

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Growing a Christian Business By Having a Servant's Heart

April 6, 2018
with Mike Bekendam

In the bible there is a classic picture of Jesus washing the feet of the apostles. He takes this position of a servant throughout his ministry – his ultimate service to us was on the cross.

He teaches us that we need to serve others, no matter our position in life.

Read Mike's interview

A Successful Business Can Give You Freedom — Use It Well

March 14, 2018
with Dave Bylsma

Most of the interviews on Marketplace Disciples are about using business to further God’s kingdom.

But not all businesses can serve directly like this. Sometimes we need to serve in a more indirect way.

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God is Always Faithful — 3 Christians March into the Unknown

February 22, 2018

Making that leap of faith to start a new business can be really scary.

Sometimes we don't know what we're getting into, or we feel like we don't have the skills to succeed.

Other times it's plain and simple — we're running away from what God has called us to.

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How a Christian Engineering Business Fearlessly Serves Its Community

January 31, 2018
with Steve Adema

Have you thought recently about how your business can better serve your community?

It's easy to forget — I know I don't think about this nearly enough. But if our churches need to be involved in the community, why not our businesses as well?

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An Awkward Name is All You Need

January 17, 2018
with Trish Pauls

Trish started her business with a name that isn't so easy to remember.

She started in a location that wasn't exactly her first choice, either.

But here's the thing — none of that matters.

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10 Ways Successful Christian Business Owners Use Their Faith in Business

January 2, 2018

Do you believe that God can work through businesses?

Here at Marketplace Disciples I have been interviewing Christian business leaders about how their faith changes the way they run and operate their businesses, and it’s been a fascinating ride so far.

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How a Consulting Business Shares the Gospel With Every Client

December 13, 2017
with Jannice Moore

Jannice is the owner of a small consulting company that provides coaching to governing boards, specializing in teaching a servant-leadership style of governance. This gives her and her 11 employees a very natural way to present Jesus to her clients.

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Creating Jobs for Those in Need

November 28, 2017
with Bill Fuchs

If you were to design a business from the ground up to glorify God, what it would be? What would it do?

This is something I've been thinking about a lot, and I don't know that I have a great answer yet.

But I think that providing for the needy – in this case, providing them the jobs they so desperately need – is a fantastic start.

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Letting God Work Through Your Failures

November 14, 2017
with Gary Gehiere

Gary had failed.

In that way, he is not much different than me or you.

But instead of packing it in – as we so often do – he listened to God's call on his life to push through that failure.

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Turning Down a Multi-Million Dollar Deal

October 31, 2017
with Chris Klaassen

Have you ever had someone willing to pay you millions of dollars, only to walk away from it?

Chris Klaassen may sound insane, but I assure you, he is everything but. He runs a franchise of Alair Homes, a custom home, remodeling, and light commercial project management company.

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A Simple Way to Use Your Business as a Ministry

October 17, 2017
with Joe Peristy

It took me awhile the first time I read through this interview. So many things Joe lays out in this interview caused me to stop and think. I think you’ll enjoy this one.

Joe Peristy is a project manager at the multi-national engineering firm AECOM. He’s managed projects involving only a few million dollars of capital, all the way to huge projects worth several hundred million dollars.

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Work When You Work, Life When You Life

October 3, 2017
with Ryan Hindmarsh

Ryan Hindmarsh runs a leadership development business through LMI Canada. He previously ran a successful sports business, but God called him to something new, something totally different.

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Employed by a Christian Software Company

September 19, 2017
with Peter Rhebergen

Employees can also be Marketplace Disciples, and that is why I interviewed Peter Rhebergen. He works at a software company owned and operated by Christians, where part of his responsibilties include telling clients about Christ.

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When People Are More Important than Profit

May 16, 2017
with Gayle Goossen

Most businesses are run with a focus on profits, often to the detriment of personal relationships. Gayle Goossen however, operates Barefoot Creative by putting relationships first. Even though our culture prizes money and encourages people to make a quick buck at the expense of others, she stands firm in her faith and uses her business as a platform to love others.

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Moving Forward in Faith — Even When You Aren't Ready

April 21, 2017
with Melissa Mather

Melissa Mather is a business coach who lives in southern Ontario. A few years ago she started a tutoring business, and as that took off she realized she had a talent for business, and a passion for empowering women entrepreneurs.

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