113: Ray Hilbert | Bottom Line Faith
Ray Hilbert (@RayHilbert) is the Co-Founder of Truth At Work, one of America’s leading and fastest growing marketplace ministries and the host of the faith-based business podcast Bottom Line Faith.
“Part of being created in God's image is being a worker, being a creator - so part of the answer of how this works together is there is no separation between growth and faith in business." – Ray Hilbert
What We Discuss with Ray Hilbert:
- Ray's career trajectory from family-run small business to international conglomerate to becoming an entrepreneur and co-founding a faith-based business.
- Why Ray was forced to liquidate his businesses in his late 20s.
- His experience leading a hyper-growth men's ministry.
- What lead Ray to starting a workplace ministry.
- Ray's understanding of work as a trait from God.
- How to get involved in Round Tables for professionals of faith.
- His book coming out in 2019.
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Ray Hilbert started his career working for a small family-run business in his early 20’s, but he quickly learn there was not much of a career ladder. After a few years, Ray moved into the corporate world, taking a sales and business development position at one of the largest companies in the world at the time.
Though he was never asked to do anything illegal, but he was asked to entertain his clients in ways that pushed him well beyond his comfort zone and morals. Going from a place very Biblical in nature, concerned with people to a large, internationally-traded public firm was a very different experience.
After a few years there, Ray decided to scratch an entrepreneurial itch on the side. He started a business, had immediate success, and it allowed him to leave his corporate job. That is... until he was approached about a partnership and investing in a second company. He asked his wife, his family, friends and his pastor. They all warned him against it. He was doing so well.
Against his better judgment, Ray went into the second business, and both businesses failed. Devastated and deep in debt, Ray was forced to liquidate both companies to pay his creditors. At just 28 years old, he was broke, with a wife and children, and he didn’t know what he was going to do.
Not long after, however, he got a phone call from in a small start-up ministry called Promise Keepers that was looking to expand from its team of a dozen members. After 18 months after Ray was hired, Promise Keepers was holding conferences with over 60,000+ in attendance, and employed over 600 full-time staff.
After having thousands of conversations, many of which resulted in questioning what God wants for His people in their businesses and careers. In 1998, Ray founded Truth At Work which helps business leaders build and lead their companies and organizations on proven biblical principles and practices.
If you’re looking to get involved with a faith-based business leaders, consider joining or starting a Round Table through Truth at Work.
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