One of the privileges of being involved with Ministry2Business is getting to meet a lot of people doing terrific work in different sectors and workplaces.
One of the challenges I’m aware of is it’s very easy to feel isolated especially when it comes to living out our Christian faith at work.
So, quite simply I hope these Spotlight interviews inspire and encourage us to see we’re not alone and we’re part of bigger story that God is telling.
Introducing: James Everall – Co-Founder Christian Jobs
James, co-founded Christian Jobs with Robert Mumford and it launched in November 2018. James and his wife – Luciane are also planting a church in Wythenshawe, South Manchester as part of Christ Church Manchester (Newfrontiers Family of Churches)
1. Tell us a little bit about your business story – how and why did you get into your business?
Like most people in our industry I stumbled into the world of recruitment, but quickly found that my life experiences, divinely inspired talents, passions and gifts landed well within the industry and that cocktail of gifting and blessing has allowed me to become moderately successful throughout my career.
Over a twelve year period I have been fortunate to serve within the athletic, education, healthcare and FMCG industries with the majority of that time primarily tuned into the food & beverage marketplace. In that period my experience has allowed me to directly support a wide range of organisations from local, family-owned enterprises to internationally based blue-chip multinationals with recruitment offerings including confidential head-hunting as well as RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) campaigns.
Throughout it all, I have worked hard to remain a faithful and confident witness to Jesus and wherever I have been based I intentionally sort out opportunities to proclaim the excellencies of God through both my working lifestyle as well as with my lips.
In early 2018 I responded to the call of God to become bi-vocational and began the process of establishing my own business as well as planting a church within the Wythenshawe area of South Manchester. In August 2018 Christian Jobs Ltd was formed and with the Lord’s blessing CCM: Wythenshawe will launch in September 2019.
At the time of writing, Christian Jobs Ltd has 6 employees dedicated to connecting Christians with Christian opportunities via our newly launched advertising and employment platform www.christianjobs.co.uk and the church plant has seven families regularly gathering to build community together.
2. What have been some of the significant encouragements in your work over the last year?
Early on, something I felt the Holy Spirit ask me to be obedient towards was the location of our office facility. In order to love people I believe we have to get close to them and be in their world. I believe that proximity declares intentionality and so with that in mind we looked for a facility that would allow all that we believe as Christian workers to manifest itself before the eyes of the community I feel called to serve.
So, after a brief contract at a serviced office near the airport we found our office base right in the heart of the Wythenshawe community at the Enterprise Centre in Benchill. This facility is one that homes a number of small business operations and non-profit communities and it has been brilliant to regularly interact and dialogue with all the different types of people based here and not only show them that we’re competent at what we do, but that we do it from a love for Jesus who has transformed the way we both view and participate in work.
As I write this I’m reminded of something that happened just this morning. I had the personal joy of praying a prayer of healing over one of the occupants of another office. This is the first time I have been able to do this, and in such a public manner and we’re praying that we would become more obedient to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to love those he has put in close proximity to our business in similar ways.
3. Your Christian faith is an integral part of your life – how does it impact and shape your work – where have you seen God at work in your work?
Every morning our entire team gathers for prayer as part of our morning meeting. We spend 30 minutes thinking, pondering and praising Jesus at the same time that we go through our tasks for the day. We view our actions in light of our prayers and tie the two together intentionally.
Often these meetings will be interrupted by a mail delivery or facility notification and this has led to some great times of questioning. We are not ashamed of who we are and who we belong too, and so it’s been a great joy to see our team confidently witnessing to the love of Jesus in their lives before those who are yet to know Him.
For me personally I regularly hear and remember the words of Christ in John 15:5 “without me you can do nothing”. This echoes throughout my day and reminds me of my utter dependence upon him. This means that whatever endeavour I am involved within I must sink it into prayer and not lean on my own understanding or abilities – tough for an A type character. By displaying this personally throughout my work day, I have seen our team pick up on this and so it has been wonderful to witness this discipline in action from within our team.
I am fortunate to work with a team that encourages each other through the highs and lows of the working day. In all of our interactions we get to see God loving and caring for us through us. It’s been incredible really, and a source of encouragement and growth for me as a leader to witness this so regularly played out by our team.
I regularly hear and remember the words of Christ in John 15:5
“without me you can do nothing”.
This echoes throughout my day and reminds me of my utter dependence upon him.
4. What’s a key lesson you’ve learned, or best bit of advice you’ve been given, and applied in your work?
To remember your why. I am a person of high capacity and spin a lot of plates so remembering what God has said to me is critical to keep me from becoming too distracted and unfocused.
I have read tons of leadership books and listen regularly to podcasts and speeches on this topic (Christian and non-Christian) but what has been invaluable to me is the understanding that as children of God we are a people of revelation, not vision. Vision is something man made, revelation is something received. Before any money was spent, before we designed any advertising or marketing collateral, before we hired anyone both myself and my business partner (Rob) sought God through prayer and fasting. More so than anything we want to be known as men that are obedient to the word of God. So we sought Him and waited until He spoke. Once received we have to be obedient. So we regularly come back to our why by asking ‘what has God said?’ or ‘does X strengthen or distract us from our why?’
5. Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island and could have one luxury what would it be?
I’m greedy so I have to say two things. Firstly, a football. I’m a Sheffield United fan (its my thorn in my side!) and a sports fan in general so having something to kick about would help distract me. Secondly, I would have a pot of Luciane’s home-cooked rice. She is from Brazil and cooks rice with onion and lots of garlic that is so incredible it doesn’t need anything else to accompany it!
It would probably last less than a day with my appetite, but would be worth it.
You can connect with James on LinkedIn Twitter
Christian Jobs Website and Twitter
Light Bulb Photo by Luis Tosta on Unsplash
Pray Photo by Joshua Hanks on Unsplash
Football Photo by Nathan Rogers on Unsplash