Seattle Pacific University
Center for Integrity in Business
May 2014  

Integrity: What's in a Word?

At the CIB we are writing a thought piece and curriculum on integrity as it applies to leadership in business. This project reminds us of the importance of a full understanding of integrity to inspire and sustain well-being, wholeness, and flourishing in business for the benefit of the world.

This month's newsletter highlights CIB events exploring the rich meaning and importance of leading and working with integrity. Enjoy the update, thank you for your ongoing partnership, and please be in touch if there are specific ways we might serve you.


Family Businesses

Barnhart Crane & Rigging has a wonderful story of one family embodying wholeness and integrity through its business more broadly. Brothers Alan and Eric Barnhart have built their operations to reflect the idea that business exists to serve. When they assumed leadership of the company in 1986, their first steps included a promise to keep their lifestyles simple and to be generous with the business. Of local interest, one of Barnhart's cranes unloaded Bertha, our infamous tunnel-boring machine, and moved it into place at the construction site.

If you own or lead a family business and would like to attend a private breakfast with Alan Barnhart on June 11, please email for more information.



Church-Based Communities of Practice

Seattle Pacific Seminary, SPU's Center for Biblical and Theological Education, and the CIB received a Kern Family Foundation grant of $116K to establish 20 church-based communities of practice across the Puget Sound region. These groups of marketplace leaders, pastors, and seminarians will wrestle with issues of work, business, economics, and the complexities of what we call "faithful practice." The grant will fund training, curriculum development, impact assessment, and entrepreneurship coaching with marketplace leaders from churches in economically distressed communities.


Understanding the Marketplace

One of the CIB's new local partners, Cascade Fellows, recently launched a training program in the Pacific Northwest for young professionals in their 20s and early 30s who seek to better understand how their faith in Christ connects with work. Cascade Senior Fellows is for more senior-level Christian leaders over 35.

Cascade's programs are hosted by churches in Seattle and Bellevue, and will examine Scripture, theology, and ethics in various contexts. The program is facilitated by leaders and mentors from the marketplace, the church, and the academy. In partnership with Seattle Pacific Seminary, we are thrilled to take part in this new and exciting venture to serve our region.



Webinar: Remembering the Sabbath

Join us at 11 a.m. (Pacific) on Thursday, May 29 for a free webinar with Dr. Denise Daniels on "Remembering the Sabbath." We may know the Fourth Commandment, but as 21st century professionals we often don't know what obedience to it looks like. Yes, we believe Sabbath is necessary for a holistic life of personal and professional integrity. And yes, we are still exploring ways we can make it work. Find additional details and registration on CIB's website.



Speaking Into Management Education

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is the first organized partnership between the United Nations and business schools, and is guided by six principles drawn from internationally accepted values. Its mission is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research, and thought leadership around the world.

In partnership with CIB, SPU's School of Business & Economics will organize a session on faith-based responses for promoting responsible business. The session will be presented at PRME's first regional meeting for North America, to be held October 10-11, 2014, in Seattle.



Shaping the Next Generation of Leaders

The CIB is a principal sponsor of the Faith@Work Summit October 24-25, 2014, in Boston. During this important event, leaders and participants from all segments of the faith at work movement across the country (and around the world) will gather to ask "What's next?" for effectively equipping God's people in the marketplace to embrace their work as vital service and ministry. The event website provides a comprehensive look at the presenters, topics to be addressed, and discussions planned. Please consider joining us in Boston.


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