August 11, 2017
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Faith and Business 2017 Conference, an annual half-day gathering in Sioux Falls in which global leaders speak on the relationship between faith principles and business practices. This year’s theme, Profit and Stewardship, addressed the creation and value of profit and how to steward it justly.
The main message from the three speakers was that God has blessed us all with a basic desire to help others, and we should act on that desire.
Frank J. Hanna, CEO of Hanna Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, shared truths about profit, money and wealth. He believes profit is a measurement that’s gained by delivering something of value. Money is the tool that helps promote relationships with each other, and wealth is a function of our well-being. Thus, the marketplace allows us to have relationships with others.
Michael M. Miller, research fellow and director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute, shared that not caring for the poor is not an option, helping us reinforce what we already know. His research has shown that poor people are not poor because they lack stuff, but because they lack access to clear title of land and justice in the court system.
Dr. Amy Novak, president of Dakota Wesleyan University, closed with a great message about how being disrupted by Christ in our daily lives is truly a blessing. When businesses and market economies function properly and focus on serving the common good, they contribute greatly to our spiritual wellbeing and our community.
Events such as Faith and Business give us all the wisdom and will to continue to serve the Lord. Thank you to everyone who organized the conference and attended.
As Hanna shared during the conference, “When we are good stewards, God smiles on us.”
Make it a great day!