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A weekly blog to enlighten and encourage Christian business leaders to lead their business using biblical principles.

Biblical Business Principles – Last week we looked at Financial Principles (Lending). Are your lending practices moving people closer to or further away from God?

This week we will review Human Resource Hiring Decisions from the Business By the Book Workshop.

Hiring Decisions

The Business By the Book Workshop gives 8 steps for hiring the best people for positions where they can add the most value.

Step 1 – Pray Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Do you believe God cares more about your business than you do?

Step 2 – Define the job clearly. Job Descriptions help you think through all the aspects as you define the job, and prospective employees will understand your expectations for the job. Do you use written job descriptions?

Step 3 – Hire the best person for the job. Good employees combine skill (can do the job), integrity (will represent the company honesty), community (will be a team player). Invest the necessary time to check references. Do you follow a plan to assure you get the best employees?

Step 4 – Match the person to the job. Use assessment tools to help you and the employee understand if the job is a fit. Crown Financial Ministries has an assessment tool called CareerDirect. Right people in wrong jobs are as costly as wrong people. How do you assure you match the person to the job?

Step 5 – Think through critical issues ahead of time. Are there government regulations and rules that will affect the hire? Does the prospective employee value your company’s mission, vision and core values?

Step 6 – Establish a trial period. A ninety day trial period can be helpful for both parties to evaluate compatibility including the skill, integrity, and community listed in Step 3. Do you have a trial period that allows either party to stop the employment process without cause?

Step 7 – Examine the character of potential managers and executive team members. These people will represent you. Do they share your Biblical worldview? Note: A Christian with a secular worldview might not represent you as well as a non-christian with Biblical worldview. Your mission, vision, and core values make excellent discussion points to help you discern the prospective manager’s worldview. Do your mission, vision, and core value statements reflect Biblical values?

Step 8 – Consider meeting the spouse. While the level of the position will weigh the need for this step, meeting the spouse is critical for executive team members. Human beings are an integrated package, and problems in one area of life do affect other areas of life. Chaos at home will usually result in chaos at work. (When I was in the electrical mechanical services business, we found it valuable to have a cup of coffee over the prospective employee’s kitchen table. We learned a lot there. We also found it valuable to find an excuse to see in the prospective employee’s car trunk. This too revealed a lot!)

Which of these steps do you need to incorporate in your hiring processes and procedures?

Bit of Wisdom

“If I have been unfair to my male or female servants (employees), if I have refused to hear their complaints, how could I face God? What could I say when he questioned me about it? For God created both me and my servants (employees). He created us both.” Job 31:13-15 NLT

Forums Ministry News

Join Bob Lawless, former Chairman, President and CEO of McCormick & Company, as he shares his experiences in applying Biblical principles of business at a Brown Bag Business Leadership Forum on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Community Christian Church, 8094 Sandpiper Ct, Suite G, in the White Marsh business community. Networking 11:30, Program Noon – 1:00 PM, Q&A 1:00 – 1:30 PM. Sponsors are CBMC Forums, Maryland Bible Society, and the Christian Professional Network. For reservations or more information contact Paul Lantz,, 443/248-0377. Plan to attend and invite fellow Christian business leaders to join you.

The Maryland Forums Ministry is now on the web. Go to and click Forums in the left column.

Is your knowledge of God’s business principles increasing and are you applying these principles in your business? The Business By the Book Workshop is an excellent way to learn and review these principles. To view the promotional video go to:

The Downtown Baltimore Business By the Book Workshop began May 17th at World Relief. Session 2 will be next Tuesday at noon – 1:00 PM. It’s not too late to join, to register or for more details email A Business By the Book Workshop is being considered for Bowie. If you have interest contact

Consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email

The Hunt Valley BBB Group initial meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 10th from 8:15 – 9:45 AM. If you are a graduate of the Business By the Book Workshop and are interested in joining this Group contact

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The Bel Air Forum Group is forming. If you have interest in this Forum Group, email The Metro North Forum Group is ongoing.

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