Press Release Center for Faith and Business April 20, 2006

News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact:             Doug Fleischli, Director of University Communications
Phone:               949-854-8002, Ext. 1845
E-Mail:               doug.fleischli@cui.edu
Address:            1530 Concordia West, Irvine, 92612
Website:            www.cui.edu

New Center for Faith and Business Established

IRVINE, CALIF., APRIL 20, 2006 – At a meeting with local business leaders today, Concordia University President Dr. Jack Preus announced the establishment of the Center for Faith and Business (CFB) on campus. The Center for Faith and Business is the university’s next step in helping students and people of all professions to integrate their faith and their work. The Center will provide a variety of resources and activities to accomplish this purpose, working with professors, pastors and business leaders.

The creation of the Center is a result of positive feedback and strong attendance of the university’s annual Faith & Business Forums and quarterly Christian Leadership Speaker Series. A total of 5,000 people have attended these executive-style luncheons since they began in 2003. The response to these events identified that there was a need among Christians in the business community. Christian business people want to gain a better understanding of how to apply biblical principles at work.

“The Center’s activities will serve the business community, as well as churches, to achieve the common goal of representing Jesus Christ in the workplace,” said Stephen Christensen, executive vice president for University Advancement and the founder and managing director for the Center of Faith and Business.

The Center for Faith and Business will act as a global “think-tank” and collaborate with other faith-oriented centers such as Christian Businessmen’s Committee (CBMC), Marketplace Women of Orange County, Fellowship of Companies for Christ (FCCI) and others. The Center is already a member of the International Coalition of Workplace Ministries.

The Center will become a resource to educate, train and equip students and business people in the community to integrate their Christian faith into their workplace. A Board of Councilors will plan and oversee the creation of seminars, workshops, forums and research designed to help people at all levels, from entry level to executive management.

Business professors and students of private and public universities will be invited to attend events and workshops. Church pastors will also be provided materials and participate in activities to help members apply their faith in all work-related experiences. To disseminate programs and events nationally and globally, the Center will use podcasting, web simulcast and free downloads on www.centerforfaithandbusiness.com. For more information, please call Stephen Christensen, executive vice president for University Advancement at (949) 854-8002, ext. 1808 or Stephen.christensen@cui.edu.

 

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