Trevecca Nazarene University

Speakers at business luncheon address intersection of faith and business

Speakers at the Trevecca Business Professionals Luncheon on October 22 were (L-R) Thom Ranier, David Black, and Michael Dombrowski. Moderator Richard Parrott sits on the far right.

The Trevecca Business Professionals Luncheon featured three Christian business leaders who spoke about ways that faith and business intersect. Held October 22 in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building at Trevecca, this event invited participants to consider specific challenges Christian business professionals face.

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, spoke about the challenge of being a leader in a business environment that can involve hidden agendas, hard choices, and organizational politics. Rainer advocated realistic leadership, one that allows the person to maintain Christian values and personal integrity.

David Black, an internationally recognized forensic toxicologist and founder of Aegis Sciences Corporation, addressed the temptation to compartmentalize life into two components—God and work. He explained his solution to the compartmentalized life: living an integrated life in which faith and work are meshed.

Michael Dombrowski, vice president of organizational development for Herschend Family Entertainment, the premier privately held theme park operator in the U.S., explained the importance of faithfulness to Christ in a workplace devoted to bottom-line profit. Noting that Christ calls followers to a different bottom line, faithfulness, he discussed the conflict between the immediate needs of the business and long-term faithfulness to God’s purpose.

The Trevecca Nazarene University Association of Business Professionals hosts luncheon or breakfast events as opportunities for men and women in business to connect, serve, and engage.