The Gathering Lunch Series is a great chance for men to come together and enjoy lunch while hearing from great speakers on
various topics. Typically, a lunch series runs for three consecutive Fridays from 11:45 am-1:00 pm.
The next Lunch Series will begin:
September 9, 2016 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Read about the May Lunch Series below:
A business returning 60-70 percent of its profits to God’s kingdom?
Every employee being offered on-site, paid opportunities for Bible study?
Making every member of your family an integral part of the family ministry, regardless of age?
Can’t be done, says a doubting world (and many doubting Christian businessmen).
Can be done, says Chris Hartenstein, President and CEO of Hartco, a plastics manufacturer in the Cincinnati area. The father of eight children, ages 7 to 22, shared how his family owned company has done all of the above as guest speaker during the final installment of the Gathering of Miami Valley’s 2016 spring lunch series Friday.
“Everything is sacred, and nothing is secular,” said Hartenstein. “Every ground we walk on is holy.“
What does that look like practically?
“God has taught us to integrate our faith into our life,” he said. “(Our philosophy is that) God has put us together as a group, so we feel each family member is uniquely gifted for our ministry.”
One of those is New Frontier Ministries, founded by Hartenstein and his family and supported by Hartco. It is a ministry that primarily focuses on growing men and helping them know what it means to be a father. It also provides opportunities for men to connect deeply with their children, and even celebrate with them their passage into adulthood.
Over 100 fathers and sons will spend a week in Montana this summer as a result of the ministry.
“It’s all (centered) around understanding who we are in Christ,” said Hartenstein. “Identity is the key part of who we are as a family, business, ministry. So we help dads understand how to teach identity to their sons.”
Many of Hartco’s employees will volunteer to use vacation time to help out this summer.
“The gift of Hartco was a stewardship, not an ownership,” he said.
Other takeaways from Hartenstein‘s presentation.
– “It’s all about what we do with our life.”
– “The things we are doing is not who we are.”
– “Your relationship with God is the greatest adventure you can be on.”
– “Don’t worry about perfection.”
– “I get up in the morning because there are people to impact.”
The impact and benefits of such a business approach are immeasurable, Hartenstein said.
“It changed everything in our family, everything in our business, everything with our kids,” he said.
Gathering Executive Director Jeff Pinkleton closed the series by mentioning a couple of “next steps” a man can take if he wants to become more involved with the ministry.
“We are kidding ourselves if we tell people we don’t need each other,” he said. “Real life happens when you get together in groups and are sharing with each other.”
Pinkleton was speaking of the cornerstone of the Gathering’s ministry, its locker room meetings. They are held either bi-weekly or weekly at various sites in the area, and usually last about an hour. Prayer, encouragement and a study of either a book in the Bible or a faith-centered book are mainstays of a locker room agenda.
He also mentioned a new quarterly venture of a one-day meeting to work through the book “Living Forward: A Proven Plan To Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want” by Michael Hyatt. Loosely-formatted, it is a day-long retreat that is focused on coming up with a life plan using Hyatt’s book as a guide. The next retreat is scheduled for July 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Country Club of the North in Beavercreek.
For more information or to get involved, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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