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A faithful approach to business

One Question, Fifty Companies, Eight Practical Answers

What does it look like when a follower of Jesus runs a business? It’s a question we’re asking more than ever before, from the front lines of business to the front page of the newspaper to the front row of the classroom.

But our answers tend to be incomplete—personal anecdotes, media narratives, or simply revisiting the usual suspects.

Christian-Owned Companies, the stories of 50 for-profit businesses, is the most thorough investigation of the question to date, uncovering 8 practical answers.

For business leaders, it’s a road map. For academics, it’s a theory. For students, it’s a curriculum. And for a confused culture, it’s a corrective to the stereotypes of the left and the right.

Join Professor Michael Zigarelli for an in-depth look at what Christian-owned companies really do and how they do it.

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Self-paced study (10 sessions with videos)

Scriptural wisdom for superior results

Whether you’re a business owner, a school administrator, a church pastor, or a CEO, the Old Testament Book of Proverbs offers timeless principles for leadership success. Management by Proverbs explores 30 of these principles, with incisive commentary and dozens of case studies.

Translated into several languages the past two decades, this updated edition presents practical advice for managing your organization and your people—even for managing your life, with new chapters on marriage, parenting, temptation, difficult conversations, investments, productivity and clarifying your calling.

Can ancient wisdom really guide modern success? See for yourself as Professor Zigarelli applies ideas that have stood the test of time.

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Syllabus for 8-session course (pdf)

Fifteen pathways to persuasion

From the classroom to the courtroom to the boardroom to your kid’s room, Influencing Like Jesus will show you how to be more persuasive. Drawing from the timeless lessons of the world’s greatest influencer – Jesus Christ – Michael Zigarelli presents fifteen ways to open people’s eyes and change their minds, even when they’re highly-resistant to change. Whether you’re called to be an influencer at home, at work, at school, or anywhere else, you can do more than make an argument. You can make a difference! (Influencing Like Jesus is also available in Spanish and English as a five week Bible study.)

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Syllabus for a 6-session course (pdf)

How do I become more like Jesus?

Based on the experiences of more than 5,000 Christians around the world, and drawing from the finest thinking on the subject, Michael Zigarelli uncovers the secrets to cultivating Christian character and to living the best life possible.

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You’ve known it for years. You need an MBA.

Stewarding your ministry takes more than hard work and good intentions. It takes solid business skills as well. But if you don’t have two years and some serious money to invest in an MBA program, consider instead The Minister’s MBA.

If you’re ready to supercharge your ministry, inspire people to excellence, and partner with God for maximum impact, The Minister’s MBA is a curriculum designed just for you!

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A proven way to grow your church

Some church growth strategies simply work. This is one of them.

In America, about one-in-five men attend religious services each week. And in the typical church congregation, there are 50 percent more women than men. It’s been this way for decades.

But some churches are overflowing with men because they’re designed to attract men. The strategy also brings in women and children by the vanload. When you get the man, you get the family.

Hundreds of families. In some churches, thousands. These ministries are reaching people who would never be reached otherwise.

How do they do it? Join leadership researcher Michael Zigarelli as he describes seven of these “man-friendly” churches and their ten pathways to success.

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How excellence happens

From 2000 to 2010, the Messiah College soccer program — the men’s team and women’s team combined — posted the best record in NCAA soccer: 472 wins, 31 losses, and 20 draws. Few programs were even close. Seventeen Final Fours between them during this time. Eleven national titles. Unbeaten streaks measured not only in games, but in seasons.

How do they do it? What’s their secret of success? They use what might be called “the Messiah method,” seven disciplines that propelled these teams from decent to dynasty.

They’re seven disciplines that can supercharge your team, too. Whether you’re leading a sports program or a business or a school or a church or any other organization, there’s a proven method to achieve breakthrough performance — and to sustain it year after year.

It’s The Messiah Method. It’s how excellence happens.

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What does it look like when a follower of Jesus leads a team?

Leadership researcher Michael Zigarelli asked this question to 100 successful Christian soccer coaches—a group with more than 1,500 years of coaching experience at the professional, college and high school levels. Soccer Field, Mission Field shares their practical and often life-changing ideas, transferable to almost any team, in and out of sports. For the coach who is restless with the pursuit of mere trophies, this first-of-its-kind study reveals how faithful coaches pursue something more.

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How do you make it to the state title game two years out of every three? And how do you sustain that for 30 years?

Call it “The Wesleyan Way,” the way of Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina. It’s a systematic method that any coach can imitate in pursuit of breakthrough results. Here for the first time are their 12 transferable secrets of success.

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