From Christian in Business to Christian Business
Over coffee I asked Steve what made his business 'Christian'. He was silent for some time and then said "I didn't know it could be Christian. Can a business be 'saved'?" What a good question.
All over New Zealand there are Christians in positions of influence in business, either through ownership or senior management in someone else's organisation. While many of these people are living with integrity and honouring God in their personal lives, their businesses are run just like everyone else's. Being a Christian personally has not necessarily changed the way their organisation is run.
Martien KeldermanMBA, BTh, BCom, DipTchgDirector, School of Contemporary Christian StudiesBible College of New ZealandMartien holds a BCom from Auckland University (1975) and with a DipTchg became of teacher of economics. A BTh and a DipMin from BCNZ in 1986 saw him take up industrial chaplaincy for seven years during which time he also completed an MBA(Exec) from Auckland University. In 1993, Martien moved to Sydney, Australia, where he worked variously in his own business (business and marketing consultancy), Integratec, (video production and training company), Effective Negotiation Services (an international consulting company) and Opportunity International (a Christian overseas aid agency). These have qualified Martien to lead a new move to affirm Christians in business and employment as ‘called of God’ and part of God’s marketplace ministry.
Bible College of New Zealand, Academic Staff