Power of Positioning

Craig Wormald serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Business Life Ministry at the Rock Church and Senior Partner of EquiGrowth. At last weeks networking meeting the audience got a taste of Craig’s sense of humor. He expressed his gratefulness to be living in America since 2007 represented by the powerful, stoic and graceful eagle as our national bird compared to his home country of New Zealand known for its scrawny, flightless and awkward national bird, the Kiwi.

To set the stage for his insightful teaching, The Power of Positioning, Craig quoted Ian Grant, “I’m no expert; only one beggar telling another beggar where the bread is.” With that said, Craig shared about “circumstantial conditions” that God allows in life to turn us a certain direction. For Craig he grew up in a tension filled home that landed him into a foster home with strong Christian parents. They challenged him to make Jesus his Savior and the Lord of his life as a teenager by reading the Bible daily. Craig admitted he was in no-man’s land for seven years with one foot in church and the other in the world until he dedicated his personal and business life to honor and glorify God.

God molded Craig’s entrepreneurial spirit at the early age of eleven with his first lawn mowing business where he had ideas of franchising to the neighbor boys to make a profit before the concept was materialized in the marketplace years later. In his early teens Craig began a door to door home delivery service of groceries, bottled milk, and newspapers. By the age of seventeen he had bought, refurbished and sold forty-one cars for profit. His entrepreneurial ideas never stopped there. He developed a prototype for motorcycle helmets with windshield wipers and a hydraulic wheelchair. Craig’s lack of financial resources and inexperience at his young age allowed his inventions to come to fruition by others. Craig owned a yacht brokerage and marine marketing business, and loved the challenge of start-up companies as well as turning businesses from the red to record profits.

Craig’s business advice to men: listen to the Holy Spirit who will often speak through your wife and your mother. Craig’s honesty and transparency revealed that a risky venture left him suffering the financial consequences of ignoring the advice from the two women in his life that know him best. God uses Craig’s entrepreneurial experience to give back to the community as a life coach. Craig says, “The Business Life Ministry is a perfect marriage for him of a priestly expression of a Kingly calling.” He and other business entrepreneurs at the Rock Church are serving the Lord by training up business owners in the San Diego community to impact their world.

At the Business Life Networking meeting Craig directed the attendees to 2 Kings Chapter two where Elisha positioned himself to receive a double portion of Elijah’s blessing from the Lord. In business we must position ourselves around like-minded people who are anointed like Elijah to be used and blessed by God. Elisha made a calculated decision to not let go of the goal. He persevered after Elijah determined to receive the blessing. Elisha said to Elijah, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” He pursued the anointed man of God and never stopped looking to his Master in heaven for the spiritual blessing.

In business we must evaluate our gifts and talents then measure the fruit of our success. Craig said to stop complaining about hard times and start stepping out in faith to trust God and make things happen, referring to a quote that God never moves parked cars. Power of positioning commands results by being prepared and working hard for what you want. Craig suggested we evaluate our work ethics to align ourselves with godly principles. Often our reward will not come if we are not respectful and responsible with our single portion. People want glamour and profits but refuse to show day to day courtesy of returning phone calls, following through on commitments, and showing up to meetings on time. For God to bless us we must work diligently with all our heart, with integrity as though working for the Lord, not for men, (Colossians 3:23).

Most importantly as Christians in the marketplace we must position ourselves with Almighty God by being in daily prayer, in his Word, and asking for the double portion blessing so that we may receive what we ask for in faith. Ultimately we need to bring glory to God by using our gifts and talents to make a difference in the marketplace for Christ and to further His Kingdom.

The vision of the Business Life Ministry and Work Ministry at the Rock Church is to be a resource to develop skills through mentors, business classes, Biblical teaching, networking and dedicating businesses to honor God. To find out more information about monthly meetings go to The Business Life Ministry at the Rock Church http://therocksandiego.org/ministries/business/. Or contact: Work Ministry Leader Paige Cohen at workministry@therocksandiego.org. Business Life Ministry Leader Cyrus Rapinan at busnines@therocksandiego.org.

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