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.

Mark 4.20 observes, the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.

What separates the good soil from the three other soils? All the ground received the word. All the ground welcomed the seed onto its presence. The purpose of the ground is to receive seed, but for what?

The first soil didn’t have much time with the seed, it was to hard so the seed was taken by birds who found it available since the ground didn’t open for it to do its work. The second soil is shallow, the seed couldn’t take root, so that soil had nothing to show for the seed planted. The third soil is polluted, nothing came of the seed planted because it was choked by other things.

What makes the fourth soil unique and thus good? Results! Reproduction or fruitfulness, a harvest! God expects the word planted within His people to result in more people coming to faith in Him. When Jesus choose the twelve He told them His purpose for choosing them: to make them fishers of men. Those who claim to be Christians prove their nature through reproducing the life of Christ in others.

The mission, the Great Commission, is for all Christians to go, lead people to faith, and help them obey Jesus even as we daily seek to obey Jesus. Within the good soil a different yield is experienced but all good soil produces eternal fruit.

If we have no fruit in our lives, if we can point to no one who is part of the Church because of our efforts, can we really claim to be good soil? If we are not good soil are we really Christian?

His Opportunities


  1. CBMC is trying something new in 2018: Monday Manna live. 10.00am Mike will explain today’s scripture in person. Catch it here

  2. CEO’s, are you looking for a private group of fellow business owners for encouragement, support, and advice? CBMC offers such a group.  Contact Mike at mwinter@cbmc.com for more information

  3. CBMC is looking for more ministry partners in 2018. Join the Team Today.  COMMIT now.


CBMC Central Michigan 6011 W. St. Joseph Ste. 401 Lansing 48917  / 517 481 5996 www.lansing.cbmc.com


A service to the business community

A Publication of CBMC International

April 9, 2018


Values Minus Behavior = Zero

by Rick Boxx


My friend, Roger, recently returned from a six-week Graduate program at a major business college. A comment by one of his professors caused Roger to rethink his personal views on how to shape the culture in his business.  

A strong believer in having specific, written values for his business, Roger’s thinking began to change after his professor’s comment that “values are not the solution.” This reminded Roger that if values are not lived out, these unpracticed values can potentially damage the business more than not having verbalized values at all.  

As Roger pondered the simple statement, he realized that values must be translated into behaviors, they are meaningless, not worth the paper on which they are written. Sadly, we see this type of dualistic thinking manifested too much in contemporary society. People boldly profess certain values with their words, but their actions show little evidence that they truly believe the ideals they claim to embrace.  

A passage in the Bible addresses this: James 2:17 teaches, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” This does not necessarily deny the existence of one’s faith – or values. It does say that apart from being lived out and demonstrated by how we conduct ourselves in every area of life, including our work, values we express will have little if any impact in our companies or those with whom we interact every day.  

Many businesses have written mission or purpose statements, but some companies have also produced values statements that they display in prominent areas and discuss periodically. This serves to remind everyone, from the CEO to part-time workers, of the values that serve as a foundation for how the organization operates and how each individual is expected to represent it. In the process, this establishes a corporate culture for guiding decisions and behavior.  

Often we can trace corporate values to practices established from the time the business was created. Such values, however, may change or be lost over time unless leaders affirm them consistently, express them in written form, and then practice them consistently. For followers of Christ, values we embrace and demonstrate should be rooted in the teachings of the Bible.  

For instance, “in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). Is this a value that remains in the forefront of everyone’s mind in the company, or is it practiced only when it benefits the company’s goals? Does everyone emphasize honesty and integrity in all business dealings, even when doing so could jeopardize closing a sale or finalizing a deal? Here is an example of what the Scriptures say about that: “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful” (Proverbs 12:22).  

We must remember the adage, “talk is cheap.” What enables us to stand out as genuine, fruitful ambassadors of Jesus Christ is living and conducting business in a manner consistent with what we claim to believe. A familiar motto warns us, “Unless you talk lines up with your walk, the less said the better.”

As Roger learned, values are important in business, but not nearly as important as encouraging – and teaching – your team to behave according to those values. 

Copyright 2018, Unconventional Business Network (formerly Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from “Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx,” a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about their ministry or to sign up for Rick’s daily Integrity Moments, visitwww.unconventionalbusiness.orgHis latest book and inspiration for their new ministry name, Unconventional Business, provides “Five Keys to Growing a Business God’s Way.”


CBMC Central Michigan 6011 W. St. Joseph Ste. 401 Lansing 48917  / 517 481 5996  lansing.cbmc.com


A service to the business community

A Publication of CBMC International

April 9, 2018

 Reflection/Discussion Questions


  1. If someone were to ask you to define or describe your company’s values, what would you say? Are these values articulated in some manner so that every person affiliated with the organization clearly understands what those values are – and what they mean in a practical sense?


  1. Would you say that your business or organization operates consistently with the values it claims to believe in? Explain your answer.


  1. Do you think a company can establish a culture of thought and action without communicating its values in a consistent, intentional manner? Why or why not?


  1. What about your personal values? What things would you say are most important to you – and how consistent are you in living by them? If you recognize a gap between what you believe and how you behave or perform your work, how might you go about changing that?

 NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:  Proverbs 10:9, 13:6, 16:2,7,11, 18:9, 22:29, 24:30-34, 25:13, 26:24-26, 29:4


CBMC Central Michigan 6011 W. St. Joseph Ste. 401 Lansing 48917  / 517 481 5996  lansing.cbmc.com