Recollections About the Asheville NACFC Conference
It is very hard to tell you who were not able to attend the national
conference just how wonderful the time can be in sharing with other people
in the financial services industry who wish to serve the Lord in their
work. The following excerpts are an attempt to salute the people who
shared at this year’s conference and let you know the quality of
the speakers and sessions.
He shared from his heart about his career in doing a levered buyout
of a division of the company he worked for and then developed what was
to become Hartco Ind. into a company that attempted to reflect Christ
in its ethics and its outreach. Those are qualities we all identified
with as we also want the same for our business. His emphasis on looking
for the eternal significance over temporary fulfillment had many applications
that anyone in any line of work would understand. He shared his heart
about how his trust for the Lord gave him courage to follow His leading
by moving out of a lucrative position with Hartco to start Innkeeper
Ministries which is in the work of offering a place to retreat for Christian
co-workers who need a special place to get some R & R. You can visit
their website, www.hartcoservice.com/innkeeper.com to
see if someone you know could take advantage of their Innkeeper Ministry.
Alan has never missed an NACFC national conference and this year was
especially poignant in his time of sharing. He experienced a very serious
foot disease this past year and several doctors had advised him to amputate
his foot to save his life. God has been gracious to him in that his foot
and leg are on the mend after surgery and his advice about how to deal
with “Bounces” in your life took on a serious personal testimony.
If you get a chance to ever hear Alan on any subject, you would be well
advised to sacrifice time and travel to hear him. His lessons to us about
learning obedience during times of trouble in our life will be God’s
way of knowing how we deal with bounce situations. His recent book “Unconditional
Excellence” is a must read if you want to get to know the kind
of person Alan is if you cannot get to a conference that he is attending.
The founder of Liberty Counsel, a legal defense organization established
to preserve religious freedom for all Americans and on the front lines
of battles in local courtrooms and the Supreme Court, Mat reviewed for
all of us the importance of being like the church in Macedonia. In addition
to explaining the status of the legal battles Christians are facing in
our country, he was encouraging to us by giving the Lord credit for many
recent victories in battles over Christian marriage. Just hearing Mat
speak makes us appreciate how important it is for competent attorneys
to be giving their lives as a sacrifice to issues of faith rather than
taking the more profitable short term choice in litigating more profitable
Ron was one of this year’s winners of the NACFC Integrity award
along with Maxton Sutton. Ron’s work at the CFPN and in the market
place has raised the visibility of all of us in the financial world who
call ourselves Christian. He was humbled by the outpouring of encouragement
by our members to him for all of the work that has been done to increase
the awareness of Christian values in our industry and the contribution
he has made in that regard.
This list is just some of the speakers who were conducting breakout
sessions on many topics of interest.
PAT HAIL, JR
As the Cleveland Indians are now saying, “there’s always
next year” and I would say to you that there are 2 ways to play
next year if you want to get the benefit of the work being done for you
and your colleagues.
Christian Financial Professionals Network, www.cfpn.org
National Association of Christian Financial Consultants, www.nacfc.org
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