Business as usual?

Imagine being in your local bank for an ordinary transaction. As you finish up and get ready to leave the teller asks: “Now, is there anything I can pray about for you?”

Sound far-fetched? It happens every business day in Otsego, Minnesota at the Riverview Community Bank. Co-founded by Chuck Ripka, the bank was designed to minister to the needs of the people in the community. 

Businessman Ken Eldred writes about it in his new book, The Integrated Life. The bank is so popular that people drive up to three hours to do their business with “the bank that prays with people.”

This approach has made Riverside Community Bank not only popular but successful. The bank actually exceeded its own asset and income projections by nearly two years! 

Too often, those of us who follow Jesus compartmentalize our lives, separating the spiritual realm from all the other aspects of our life – especially our work. That’s not what Jesus taught. Paul understood this when he wrote:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:17

You don’t have to own or start a business to integrate your work and your faith. Every job is a mission field with daily opportunities to demonstrate the values and priorities of living out God’s kingdom – loving God and loving others.

Surrender your work to God and invite Him to use you to touch the lives of others!

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Filed under Authenticity, influence with the world, Life in General, Work

4 responses to “Business as usual?

  1. julie

    This is a cool idea!!! Sometimes I feel unsure bringing up God if I don’t know the person’s belief. Any suggestions??

    • Great question! First of all bathe everything in prayer and ask God to make you sensitive to His leading. Second, listen closely to what they say and try to pick up on where they are by some of the side-ways comments they make. Third, when you become aware of any kind of issue in their life ask them if it’s ok if you pray for them. How they respond should be a big indicator of where they are on spiritual matters. Fourth, when it’s appropriate during your talking offer a brief story of how God has worked in your life or how He is helping you, etc. Start small to test the water and see how they respond. If they open the door then go a little farther. If they are not open to it then just keep treating them with loving kindness and pray for God to open their heart. Hope that helps!

  2. julie

    I am not sure I am there yet.

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