Helping Christian business identify what works
Religion news Mike Burkesmith will share insights on business and ministry at Christian Chambers monthly breakfast July 23
For a long period of his professional career as a corporate executive and business consultant, Mike Burkesmith tried to compartmentalize the business and spiritual aspects of his life.
He later realized it not only didnt have to be that way, but has come to understand that its often better to do the exact opposite.
Burkesmith has been putting that idea into practice for years as the owner of C12 Group Portland-Vancouver a local chapter of the national executive development firm for Christian leaders and in ministries like the Luis Palau Association.
Also a senior certified consultant for E-Myth Worldwide, the organization based upon Michael Gerbers best-selling business development book, Burkesmith will share some of his insights July 23 at the Christian Chamber of the Northwests monthly meeting in Newberg.
Its like having a board of directors, but none of them have a stake in your company and all of them share a similar worldview, Burkesmith said of C12, which operates on a roundtable model where peers provide feedback while Burkesmith also offers individual executive coaching. Theres a lot of transparency, as well as accountability. The membership we have believes the standard is higher for Christian business owners and CEOs and were there to make sure one another are walking the talk and using the business for good.
As a businessman, Burkesmith was a specialist in providing technology solutions to companies and organizations, like turnkey automation in the banking and health care industries, but later in his career began doing vocational ministry work consulting on communications and development for nonprofit organizations.
He cited a study of C12-member businesses done over 10 years that showed that the compound annual growth rate of revenue and profit were triple what 365 leading non-Christian American firms produced during that same time period.
The conclusion was that if you do things right and with the right motive and you care about people as well as performance and you sustain it in an environment where youre held accountable, encouraged and taught by your peers, it actually works, Burkesmith said.
Burkesmith also pursued certification from E-Myth Worldwide, which refers to Gerbers concept of the entrepreneurial myth, to gain access to the organizations unpublished database of best practices and research, some of which he will touch on at the Newberg meeting.
For example, Burkesmith says that E-Myth Worldwide has shown that of 100 independent businesses in the United States, just 10 of them will be in business after 10 years. On the flip side, of 100 franchises that start, 90 will still be in business after a decade.
It turns out thats not only true for fast-food restaurants, but for people like Cancer Treatment Centers of America, where they have mass customization of a highly technical service, Burkesmith said. So if you figure out a way of doing something that works, then you figure out how to make that happen again and again, it increases the value you deliver to those you serve, which is the whole point of a good business.
In context of Christian businesses, Burkesmith said many are taking the surplus they are creating – aside from that which is reinvested and giving it back to the community.
I have the privilege of working with people where I see a lot being given back, quietly, usually anonymously, Burkesmith said. Were helping one another raise vision for whats possible in terms of impacting in a positive way.