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Professionals balance biblical beliefs with business practices

Think BIG! (Business in God)
By: Toni Arnés, Granite Bay View correspondent
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Visit www.cbr.groupsite.com for more details about the Christian Business Roundtable.

Seated around a conference table one recent morning, members from the Christian Business Roundtable discussed leadership, operation strategies, profitability and ways to successfully apply Bible principles in the workplace.

Aric Resnicke, owner of the business consulting firm Peloton Business Advantage in Fair Oaks and founder of CBR, started the group in 2009 as a way to combat the isolation and loneliness he felt as a Christian in business. The challenges he had were unique, and it was difficult to find someone who related to him in church.

Structured as a family of co-advisers, Christian Business Roundtable provides mutual encouragement, support and advice for like-minded business leaders. The goal is to balance biblical beliefs with business practices and operate from what Resnicke described as a "higher moral and ethical code."

"We want to run business like God wants," he said.

Led by a facilitator, meetings begin with what the group calls a Bible-based business devotion, where a passage of scripture is considered for its business practicality. In applying 2 Timothy 1:7 (“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline”), the members posed the question, "If you are timid, are you leading?"

Each roundtable discussion ends with a group prayer.

"We are servants of God every day, not just on Sundays," Resnicke said.

Held in conference rooms and members' offices throughout Placer and Sacramento counties, meetings bring peers together twice a month for about two hours. One meeting per month is conducted at a restaurant.

"We always meet around town, never a church," Resnicke said. "People are expected to act their best there."

Christian Business Roundtable is organized into seven separate groups, "putting like, with like." Executive, Solopreneur and Business Manager are three. Members include top community leaders like Phil Isaacs, owner of California Energy Consultant Service, and Pastor Greg Weisman of Bayside Church (where CBR got its start).

Tony Hazarian, a former Gold Country Media publisher who joined CBR about three years ago, belongs to the Executive group. For him, the group provides relevant and valuable learning experiences.

"No matter the vocation, CBR is a great place to connect with other Christians,” he said.

Christian Business Roundtable welcomes business leaders from all denominations; however, faith in Christ as Lord and savior is a basic membership requirement. 

All members are committed to being active members of their community and church, and the meetings should not replace personal worship. Group confidentiality is a high priority.

Upcoming events include the quarterly luncheon at Granite Golf Club on Friday, April 19. Business leader and "man of faith" Dave Leatherby, founder of Leatherby's Family Creamery, is the featured speaker. He will discuss how faith shapes work, and how to demonstrate faith in work. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Membership dues are $39 per month.