Bringing It Home
From corporate leadership to leading my family
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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You left a prominent corporate position to spend more time at home. Why did you feel that was an important step for you?
I left a prominent position at Coca-Cola to start my own for profit franchise business. My wife had challenged me to delay any career advancements for eight years until our children finished high school, so that meant eight years of no-relocation. Stability was critical for the family after 9 moves in 11 years due to promotions and relocations. What a blessing this decision was to invest more time at home to raise my children! The Lord used this time for greater spiritual formation in my family and in my own life.
How did your relationship with God change when you became more deliberate about making spiritual goals for your family?
It became intimate! I experienced a personal relationship like I had never experienced before, moving from spiritual milk to spiritual meat as Hebrews 6:1 would say. The Lord gently called me to go beyond salvation and to experience a journey of sanctification [toward] spiritual maturity. He used the Bible, Bible Study Fellowship, and Perimeter Church [in John's Creek, Georgia] to draw me deeper into relationship with him. My relationships grew on all fronts: spouse, children, and others.
How did your children respond when you took a more active role in their spiritual growth?
They loved it. There is never a time in a child's life when they don't crave their father's love. Their mother's love they get, but their father's love they crave. Our family's spiritual growth exploded when I took my right position as the spiritual leader of my home.
What advice do you have for men trying to be the spiritual leader of their homes?
Love well! It is the most rewarding honor and privilege to train and instruct your children in the Lord. He calls us to do so in Ephesians 6:4, "Fathers … bring your children up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (NIV). Fathers who desire to step up: don't worry about how big of a spiritual giant you are or are not, just love well and ask, seek, and knock. The Father will provide.
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Terence Chatmon is the president and CEO of Fellowship of Companies for Christ International. He has served in senior executive roles with Fortune 50 companies including Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, and Coca-Cola. His family discipleship workshop, Charting Your Family's Spiritual Course, has reached more than twenty thousand families and continues to grow.
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