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New Christian Business Leaders Initiative

The Diocese recently had a conversation with the Revd James Holden, a self-supporting distinctive deacon who is working as Bishop Christopher’s envoy to business. In particular, the diocese wanted to find out more about a new pilot scheme called the Bishop’s Missional Business Community (BMBC) that James is launching on October 18th at St Michael’s Centre, Budbrooke, just a stone’s throw away from Warwick Parkway rail station.

According to James the initiative is aimed at owners and directors of businesses large and small.  “The idea is for a small group of 12-14 Christian business leaders to meet on every third Wednesday and for us to mentor each other to help create businesses that ‘do better’ in every sense of the word.

“So far we’ve got seven or eight people who are keen to join us, but we really do want to create a long list of people who might be interested, as the plan would be to start other communities quite quickly if the idea catches on.

“My own experience as a Christian business owner as well as wider research has demonstrated that many Christian business leaders often feel isolated,” James continued. “Like business leaders of any faith or none, many are looking for a peer group that will enable them to deal with the opportunities, joys and challenges of business life more effectively.

James Holden

“I’ve been a member of a secular group that offers just this for about a year now, and it’s truly amazing how we have gelled as a group and been able to help each other to build better businesses.  All along though, I’ve been thinking how much more powerful the whole thing would be if we were able to bring faith into the equation.

“Christians in business are in many respects very similar to any other business people.  We want to run strong, successful businesses but from a Christian perspective there are nearly always deeper values and drivers too; plus a desire to live out our faith through our business life – not necessarily in an overtly evangelistic way, but certainly in the way that we seek to do things.

“I’m really excited at the possibilities of the BMBC and really would be delighted to hear from any Christian business owner, director or partner who lives or works in Coventry and Warwickshire who might like to join us on our journey. ”

The first ever BMBC starts at 6:30pm on Wednesday 18th October at St Michael’s Budbrooke.  Meetings will take place over a hot supper with dessert and will finish by 9pm.  If you’re interested please click here or contact James at

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