By Avery Ballmann | A career writer
Christian Business Leaders (CBL) is an educational institution that combines business with the Christian faith. Although business may not be part of religion, what these groups deal with is not only their work but also their faith.
Roanoke senior and club vice president Lauren Nealy has been a member of the CBL since her freshman year. He said he was originally a biology major and this approach was prioritized because he felt that in order to serve, he would have to be involved in medical aid; He has made a change in the account.
“I think that if you work in the church, you are a good Christian; and outside of that, you’re a Christian, but you’re a payer first,” Nealy said. “So I never thought you had to be a Christian first in any job. is part of your message, and joining CBL is what started to change my mind.”
To instill faith in the organization, CBL hosts a monthly Bible study, has a weekly Bible verse, participates in service projects and has a monthly guest speaker.
“We also tried to make sure that our members know what we are thinking and what we mean in trying to show that there can be some kind of relationship between business and just being a Christian, which doesn’t need to be talked about often. about it.” Nealy said.
Plano senior and club co-external vice president Kennedy Williams chooses to plan when a guest speaker visits the meeting. Guest speakers include former professors and Waco business owners.
“It’s wonderful to have people who live our faith at work come and talk to us and encourage us and give us advice,” Williams said. “So, that way, we can be those lights in the workplace after we graduate and go out into the real world.”
Another way CBL shines is in its service department. She volunteers on campus at the Store and off campus at Caritas Shelter. It also brings awareness to Aramark employees and business schools, as Nealy said they are often overlooked. On Valentine’s Day, CBL members make goodie bags and write handwritten notes for each Aramark employee.
In the corporate world, Williams said he sees the need to reflect the light of Christ during his training.
“It’s an interesting place to be in service because you can’t immediately deliver good news — it’s probably an HR violation,” Nealy said. “But, if you live your life differently from the way you behave, that can speak.”
Williams is about to go into business himself. He said it seems like yesterday that he was attending a CBL interest meeting.
“I’m nervous, but I’m excited,” Williams said. “I am happy to know that I have people who will walk with me or give me advice in this organization.”
CBL membership is open throughout the semester. The cost is $50 and a shirt is included. To learn more or inquire about membership, contact [email protected] The guest speaker of the meeting will be finance professor Dr. Shane Underwood, who will speak on Nov. 17.