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A tension felt by many marketplace leaders is the need to succeed, which requires direct competition with other businesses. In a competitive business environment, how can we live out a calling to practice abundance rather than scarcity, and to even to champion the work of our competitors? As marketplace leaders and followers of Jesus, do we believe that joy can come when others thrive? Can we imagine that we can flourish when others succeed? These ideas can feel radical, but they should not be too quickly dismissed, even in free-market economies. Join with other Madison area marketplace leaders to explore the reality of this duality — competition and collaboration as we experience it in our daily decision making.
Chris Horst is the Vice President of Development at HOPE International, where he employs his passion for advancing initiatives at the intersection of faith and work. Chris serves on the boards of the Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the Mile-High WorkShop and is a founder of dadcraft.com. He loves to write, having been published in The Denver Post and Christianity Today. With Peter Greer, he is the co-author of Mission Drift, Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, and Rooting for Rivals. Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association named Mission Drift a book of the year in 2015. Chris graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and an M.B.A. from Bakke Graduate University.