1. Godly Counsel

    Drawing on the wisdom, giftedness, and experience of the peers in your group. Godly counsel is a major theme of the book of Proverbs, because it is one of the best ways to gain wisdom. Many bible verses speak to this, such as Proverbs 10, verse 17: “He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who ignores reproof goes astray.” When a problem or question arises in your company, experienced business leaders in your peer advisory group can recount how they may have reacted to a similar problem and how they applied best of business principles coupled with Christian wisdom. By drawing on the wisdom and experience of other leaders with various gifts, you can honor the Lord with your business.

  2. Mutual Support

    Receiving and giving understanding, empathy, and encouragement when facing both difficulties and opportunities. In CBMC Leadership Institute offerings, leaders encourage each other in wisdom from the Bible, listening and praying through the hard times. “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25 ).

  3. Accountability

    Gaining the courage to follow through on tough decisions and issues as they arise. Since leaders will ultimately be held accountable to God for every action and thought, it would be wise to ask for accountability from fellow Christians now (Romans 14:12, Matthew 12:36). Natural leaders are disciplined people. With healthy accountability, the leaders in your peer group can take up the weapons with “divine power to destroy strongholds” and fight your part of the spiritual battle in this world (2 Corinthians 10:4 ).

  4. Prayer

    Experiencing the power and ministry of prayer both as a group and with individual members. Just as Jesus prayed over all things, we pray over every detail of our lives. We understand that we are not our own person. We are stewards of our lives, our families, and our companies. Through prayer, we submit to God and seek His direction.

  5. Confidentiality

    Gaining the confidence in one another that comes with honesty and transparency in a confidential environment. You need people with whom you can discuss sensitive issues from your personal life and your business. The trustworthy peers in your peer advisory group are just such people, peers who will keep your secrets and pray for God’s richest blessing for you.

Typical Agenda

What does the agenda look like for a Peer Advisory Group?

  • A monthly gathering in a comfortable offsite location giving a sense of sabbatical with time to recharge, reflect, and sharpen one’s focus. The duration of these monthly meetings varies from 4-6 hours depending on which offering you choose. You can learn more about the various offerings available by corresponding with an institute representative.
  • Devotional – Setting the stage for the day – dedicating my business to God by starting with a devotion focused on a business subject or issue.
  • Discovering the latest in business thinking– An interactive discussion on best in business principles using a variety of resources, (may include a guest lecturer who is a noted expert on the subject).
  • Developing my leadership – How does a “Christian workview” fit with the business principle discussed? Using prewritten faith based work responses, engage in an interactive discussion as a direct application of the Bible to the business.
  • Delving into one member’s issue – this is the main event of the time together as we take a key business issue one of the members is facing and build a framework for a path to long-term resolution.
  • Prayer for one another.
  • Disciple making – Using my sphere of influence to interact and influence those around me and encouraging one another to do the same.

Why would you want to be part of the CBMC Leadership Institute?

  • Do you call yourself a Christian, yet feel like you fall short when it comes to living out your faith at work?
  • Do you feel alone sometimes as you make important business decisions by not having other Christian leaders to support you?
  • Do you desire to get connected to other business leaders you could count on for reliable Godly counsel for business decisions?
  • Do you recognize the value of making yourself vulnerable to the accountability of others as you act upon your long term goals?
  • Do you do an effective job of sharing your faith within the sphere of influence you operate within?
  • Do you regularly pray about the daily needs and challenges of your business and your role as a leader?
  • Do you see the value of having a confidential place to turn for open dialogue around challenges you face as a business leader?
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