Two professionals well versed with the ins and outs of religion in the workplace will offer to area business leaders their expertise on the sensitive subject during North Greenville University’ inaugural Christian Business Leaders Series.
Bob Pruitt, senior counsel and corporate affairs director for Alliance Defending Freedom, and Chris Patton, global CEO for His Way at Work, will discuss “Business as Ministry: Truth or Fiction” from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at Greer City Hall.
The Christian Business Leaders Series is provided through the university’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship.
The COBE seeks to become lifelong partners in business education, development and creativity. Its critical stakeholders include students, alumni, families, businesses and communities.
“We want to be the premier educational institution incorporating eternal, biblically sound principles into the ever-changing business arena,” says Dr. Jill R. Rayburn, university assistant provost for academic outreach and director of professional programs. “We also want to be the best kingdom-oriented business-education partner to business leaders in our region.”
Pruitt says as Jesus deployed his disciples to share the good news, he instructed them to take risks and yet be shrewd.
“Being shrewd today includes knowing how to legally share your faith in the workplace,” Pruitt said. “In addition to providing relevant legal and legislative updates, the session will separate fact from fiction with issues including sharing the gospel with employees, providing them with religious information and holding prayer meetings and Bible studies.”
Before ADF, Pruitt operated a business and commercial law practice in Texas. He also served as president, general counsel and board member for CalTex, a national manufacturer in the automotive aftermarket sector. Pruitt began his legal career as a civil litigator in Houston.
He graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he was a member of two national championship moot court teams.
Patton is CEO of His Way at Work, a not-for-profit workplace ministry dedicated to inspiring and empowering Christian business owners to transform their workplaces with God’s love. He spent the previous 25 years working as part of the third generation of a 55-year-old family automotive business, a multi-dealership group operating in LaGrange, Ga.
Patton, who says he is passionate about sharing his experience in this effort, has also reached countless business owners and leaders in the U.S. and internationally through his blog, ChristianFaithAtWork.com.
Greer City Hall is located at 301 E. Poinsett St., Greer. For more information and to register, visit NGU.edu/businessleaders.