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Walter Crutchfield had his first conversion moment at age 18, when he accepted Christ as Lord. That year, the self-professed "serial entrepreneur" started his own auto production company, but sold it a year later to attend Bible college. "When I came to Christ, I still had the joy of business," says the Phoenix native. "But the world around me . . . told me that if you were serious about faith, you'd get involved in ministry." And so he did, becoming a full-time pastor. But his second conversion—to the goodness of work outside the church—unfolded over many years.

In this short film, featuring This Is Our City's first helicopter mission, Crutchfield takes us through the real-estate crisis that led him to use his business savvy to bless and beautify his community.

Business Declares the Glory of God

How real-estate developer Walter Crutchfield's gift at making money became a vocation.
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Bill M

October 20, 2012  11:01am

I am challenged to think more deeply about my work. If I look at work as designed by god to reflect who He is I have greater joy in the mundane and most of my daily work is mundane. This is very helpful.

Scott B.

October 14, 2012  11:45am

Wow! With the full weight of Luke 17:3-10 applied to my own log-eye, this cat has had nine lives. Too bad CT didn't look into a few of then before publishing this simplistic marketplace ministry puff-piece. Miroslav Volf relates we have to include the offender in the community of humanity as well as include ourselves in the company of sinners. Got it. But duty requires the need to publish a "watch out."

Robert Lal

October 12, 2012  11:11pm

It is fairly good to make money using talents and multiplying it. It is a means to convince the businessmen that God loves even those who are in markets.

A Hermit

October 10, 2012  7:13am

It is good to see a 'developer' place 'adding to the community' as a great priority. There are troubling things; 1. Arizona's water comes from ground water; the economic development of Arizona has resulted in the ground water table dropping. There is no mention of the effects of 'development' on the creation that sustains the human population 2. Who are the residents of the inner-city section that was 'developed'-what happened to them? If this is 'gentrification,' the majority of those who lived there were hurt. 3. 'Business'- the quest for profit- does not serve God, but human work does. 'Work' and 'business' should be for love and service, mindful that all human economic 'consumption' comes from the creation that sustains it. In our society, the overwhelming purpose of 'work' and 'business' is to make money, profit- and "You cannot serve God and money." Luke 16:13

Jeremy Janson

October 09, 2012  2:00am

When you look at the kind of structures and interlocking benefit that commerce creates, the "invisible hand" in the words of Adam Smith, like mathematics it takes you in awe at the sheer genius of God.


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