Read about the "Take 5" Meeting at CARDONE Industries, and how it has impacted more than 4000 employees in a non-proselytizing approach to instilling core company values and beliefs.
The first order of business each morning at CARDONE Industries is a "Take 5" meeting. Small groups of employees gather throughout the factories, warehouses and offices for this 5-minute meeting, which is led by the department leader. During the first part of the meeting, corporate announcements are communicated, and an educational/motivational thought for the day is shared which usually supports other organizational development strategies, which are being concurrently promoted in the business. After this the leader announces, "You are not required to remain for this portion of the meeting". The leader then proceeds to read a verse from the Bible, which supports the theme of the day. (The identical material is shared simultaneously with all 4000 employees). The meeting concludes with the leader asking the Factory Family members if they have any needs for which they would like prayer; and then the meeting is closed with a short prayer. This time used to be called a "devotional time", says Paul Spuler, V.P. Spiritual Life. "While the name has been changed, the same objectives are being achieved, which are to strengthen teams and to start each day positively by reinforcing the CARDONE culture and values." To ensure employees do not feel coercion to participate in the Bible reading and prayer, the company adopted this new way of handling these meetings. The opt-in element still provides opportunity for CARDONE to reflect their Christian values and philosophy without imposing them on those who do not wish to participate.
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UnderstandingYour Spiritual Authority and Responsibility
When Adam and Eve were created, God gave them authority to manage all matters on the earth. "The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's; but the earth He has given to the children of men."111 Their sin in the garden represented a rebellious heart that desired to move from manager to owner. Satan convinced them that God was holding out on them, and he appealed to their pride to be all knowing like God.112 Each of us has an innate sin nature that wants to be the boss, not just a steward of what God has entrusted to us. However, stewardship is man's role, to represent His interests and to execute His will on earth.
"So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads," says the Lord God (Ezek 22:30-31). (This is an excerpt from a new manuscript by Os Hillman).
Because we've been entrenched in the "secular versus sacred" model for so long, it can be difficult for us to view our work as a ministry and workplace believers as missionaries in the 9 to 5 Window. However, God tells us clearly that we are to glorify God in all that we do (see Col. 3:17,24). One way we can do this is through intercessory prayer, which can be characterized as an intense type of prayer for others (see Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:12), the priestly calling of all believers (see 1 Pet. 2:5; Exod. 19:6) and the Holy Spirit praying in us (see Rom. 8:26-27). Having people pray for us to fulfill our purpose and calling in our workplaces is consistent with the will of God for every individual.