One Leader at a Time

(Originally written, July, 2004)

I lead an organization that seeks to encourage and equip leaders to operate their companies by Biblical principles, and to use their positions or companies as a platform for evangelism and discipleship.  To do this, each leader must rely on Christ through understanding the character of God and becoming totally dependent upon Him.  Christ works in the leader and through the leader, which produces changed companies, cities, and nations.

We equip younger as well as older leaders.  Both women and men are needed and every race and country must be represented if we want to equip workplace leaders around the world.  This is not only our organization’s purpose but my personal agenda as well.  A few weeks ago I met “Kory” for lunch.  He took a key executive position in a large financial firm at age 27. Kory wants to have an impact at his firm and to make his life count for Christ.  Kory had great training in college, has a great marriage, and a solid church.  But Kory needs encouragement, role modes, peer accountability, practical Biblical teaching, and real life mentors.  Kory will be a leader that is greatly used by God in the years to come, but we need to help him integrate his faith and work.  Our investment is Kory will pay dividends for years to come.

“Terry” met me for lunch last week.  He is a sharp young African American executive in a large hospital system.  Terry met Christ several years ago but needs help in his daily walk, meeting with peers, learning to lead, and impacting his world.  Terry is open to learn, eager to relate to his peers, and willing to be mentored.  The workplace contains 10,000 “Terry’s” but no one has even stopped to discuss spiritual issues with them, invite them to lunch, or have them join a group.

I invest into “Kory” and “Terry” not because it is my job, but because it is my passion.  I want to impact leaders by having provided long-term influence into their lives.  During this same month I met with an entrepreneur who was a former pastor and encouraged him.  I spent time with 200 college students and will pray for them and encourage them to integrate their faith and work.  These represent only four of my appointments over the last few weeks.  They are not “ministry”- they represent my passion.

You may say, “Kent, I do not have the time to invest in other young leaders.” Well, then you are too busy.  I am involved in at least four active businesses, write, speak, travel, and run a ministry full time.  All of that means nothing if I do not take that phone call, have that lunch, listen to that request, pray, and be available.  My children, grandchildren, and young business leaders who have a heart for God are my passion.  What is yours?  Are you touching “one leader at a time”?

Looking for Leaders,

Kent Humphreys

 “Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.”  Matthew 4:21 (NASU)


About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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