One of the things that encourage me most in the area of faith, work and economics are the number of organizations that have emerged in the broader faith at work movement. Recently I chatted with Rick Boxx who along with his bride Kathy, live in Kansas City, are members of our Christ Community family and have for several years helped others better connect Sunday to Monday.
In 2001 Rick Boxx founded Integrity Resource Center with the mission “To glorify God by helping others learn, model and teach God’s principles in their workplace.” I am grateful for Rick’s encouraging friendship and the good work he and Kathy are doing. Here are some of Rick’s thoughts from our conversation.
Tom: What were some of the factors that led you to get involved in the faith and work movement?
Rick: I began working for a bank president in 1989 who frequently directed me to scripture to guide the business decisions we were making. Seeing the Bible used practically in business began me on a journey that led to my salvation then ultimately to developing a passion for understanding what else the Bible said about business. God began stirring my heart that someone needed to teach His principles to business leaders. So in 1995 I left banking to form a consulting practice. This consulting practice eventually led me to founding Integrity Resource Center, a nonprofit dedicated to training and equipping leaders to do business God’s way.
Tom: What are the greatest challenges you see in helping marketplace leaders better connect Sunday to Monday?
Rick: Many Christians have experienced teaching and equipping for their marriage and family issues and many personal areas of life, but few have had any training for their work, which is where they typically spend at least 45% of their waking hours. That coupled with many of them having flawed views that only pastors and missionaries have callings can be a big hurdle for those in the workplace to fully engage their God-given talents in the vocational calling God has for them.
Tom: How can local church leaders better equip congregants for their vocational callings?
Rick: Churches could be very helpful to their congregants by teaching and emphasizing the importance of our work and the calling to it that God has for those designed to flourish in the marketplace. We have used our daily “Integrity Moments” vignettes as a way to share practical workplace stories and biblical principles on a regular basis. It has now grown to being aired on over 250 radio stations and over 2 million people receive an email version. These sort of tools could be used or developed in the local church as a way to remind congregants that the Bible is practical for the workplace.
Rick, keep up the good work at Integrity Resource Center!