Our Mission 

To present Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to business and professional men and to develop Christian business and professional men to carry out the Great Commission. 

Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ!” Galatians 1:10 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/gal.1.10.NET 

The root problem of our disobedience to God and His command to make disciples by teaching obedience to everything Jesus commanded is our greater desire to please men than to please God. We see the disapproval of humanity now. We feel the rejection. We hear the sneers. We suffer the economic loss, or so we fear, from those who reject God and His command for all people to repent and trust Jesus alone for taking them into heaven and not their own ‘good’ deeds. 

Those who belong to Jesus are slaves of Jesus. Jesus purchased our eternal life by publicly suffering shame before humanity when He died naked on the cross. God, in Jesus, suffered the humiliation of being rejected as God by humanity to save us all from the wrath to come because of our moral depravity inherited at birth through the fall of Adam. Those who belong to Jesus must live as Jesus did. We must love God more than ourselves by taking up our cross daily, willing to suffer the public humiliation of identifying with our Savior. 

We are commissioned to go and make disciples of all people, beginning where we live and moving beyond our location through our gifts and prayers. We are responsible for seeking and saving the lost where we live, just as Jesus modeled for us. We must choose this day whom we will please, remembering that to be ashamed of Jesus today is for Him to be ashamed of us upon our arrival into His kingdom, but to suffer with Him today is to be honored with Him in His kingdom for all eternity. 

Our Opportunities 

  1. Business Owners, don't miss your opportunity to learn more about how CBMC helps you through our Trusted Advisor Forums. Our first Trusted Advisor Forum commences Friday, October 20th, at 1:00 pm. We will meet at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, and we are now accepting membership applications for the first 12 members. These closed, monthly meetings help Christian business leaders craft strategies to handle tough issues with employees, customers, vendors, and competitors that incorporate best-in-business principles integrated with a Christian worldview. Email me if you are interested in attending this event. 
  1. Join CBMC men for prayer and Bible study every Friday morning 8-9am at Panera Frandor  

CBMC Central Michigan 4407 W. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing 48917 / 517 481 5996 www.lansing.cbmc.com


A service to the business community

A Publication of CBMC International

October 2, 2023 

Setting Healthy Work Boundaries

By Rick Boxx 

The work world can be filled with stress – deadlines to be met, quotas to be filled, goals to be achieved, profit margins to be maintained. Because of these demands, many workplaces become unhealthy environments, potentially detrimental to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of staff members. 

The Harvard Business Review, which has been a highly esteemed business publication for many years, addressed this problem in its management tips in one of its editions. These recommendations focused on the importance of setting healthy standards of work for your team. It is interesting to note that each of them is affirmed by principles taught in the very old “business book” called the Bible. 

Here are the three tips the Harvard Business Review presented on how leaders can help their team enjoy healthy boundaries resulting not only in greater productivity but also high levels of workplace satisfaction and fulfillment: 

First, as the leader, set a good example. When deadlines are looming or an important account seems at risk, it is easy to forget that employees and colleagues have lives outside of the office. We should take seriously the potentially negative impact that sending late-night emails to staff or their never being able to take a lunch break can have. 

We should honestly consider how we would react if someone made excessive demands upon our own personal time. Leaders set the tone for those who follow them. One day, after performing an act of service for His disciples, Jesus Christ said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15). He was not expecting them to do something He was not willing to do. 

Second, plan extra time each week. Many of us are overly optimistic, sometimes making commitments to complete projects on time schedules that prove to be unreasonable. As leaders, we should encourage staff to block out time each week for working on unfinished projects. 

On another occasion, Jesus cautioned a large crowd assembled around Him, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him…” (Luke 14:28-29). 

Third, increase workload transparency. Check in with staff regularly and ask how they feel about their workloads. Listen to them and be ready to respond in ways that can help them and relieve unnecessary burdens. Proverbs 27:23-26 advises, “Be sure to know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds…. When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing and the goats with the price of a field.” 

The people we work with obviously are far more valuable than farm animals, so we should have even greater concern for their well-being as they collaborate with us every day in the workplace. Your team needs healthy work boundaries, which includes leading them toward times of rest. As Hebrews 4:10 states, “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His.” If even God needed to take a break from His labors, how much more do we need to do the same? 

Copyright 2023, Unconventional Business Network. Adapted with permission from “UBN Integrity Moments”, a commentary on faith at work issues. Visit www.unconventionalbusiness.org. UBN is a faith at work ministry serving the international small business community. 

.CBMC Central Michigan 4407 W. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing 48917 / 517 481 5996  lansing.cbmc.com


A service to the business community

A Publication of CBMC International

October 2, 2023

Reflection/Discussion Questions 

  1. How would you describe your working environment? Is it healthy, or is it unhealthy because of relentless pressures to complete projects and achieve goals and objectives? Explain your answer.
  2. What do you think would be readily observable symptoms of an unhealthy working environment? How would you go about bringing these concerns to the attention of people in authority?
  3. It is suggested that leaders serve as good examples in terms of promoting healthy work habits and philosophies. Do you agree that top-level executives should bear this responsibility? If so, how common do you think it is for leaders to do so?
  4. Do you think “workload transparency” – encouraging staff to communicate concerns about their workloads openly and honestly – is promoted in most workplaces? Why or why not? 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages:  Proverbs 24:27; Ezekiel 34:12; Matthew 7:12, 22:39; Luke 6:21; 1 Peter 2:21 


Whether we hold important decision-making positions or not, we all can strive to make a positive influence in our workplaces. However, it is often difficult to effect needed change alone. Do you have someone (or more than one person) who can support you in efforts to improve your working environment? As Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.”

 CBMC Central Michigan 4407 W. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing 48917 / 517 481 5996  lansing.cbmc.com