Reaching The Crossroads: How To Combine Christian Values And Business Acumen
Switching career direction to ministry from the corporate world after thirty-five years brought Bruce to a crossroads in his life. How to serve his two passions: Jesus and Christian values, and his business acumen. It’s here that Dr. Hartman believes he had no choice, and he followed the path that God had laid out for him – he returned to school and completed his master of divinity degree, graduating in 2013 and earning the Daniel P. Kidder Award for the highest GPA in Pastoral Care. Dr. Hartman received his doctorate degree in May 2018.
He is not a traditional minister, but his unique blend of strategic and tactical business acumen, combined with his belief in the Christian principles of integrity, has put him in a position where Dr. Hartman can help business people thrive in the modern marketplace. This has led Bruce to formalize his belief that there is a way to advance Christian values in the marketplace without having to compromise a business’s intended purpose or personal integrity. Simply, we should all “Be the Gospel” in all that we do, including our work lives.
Self-Worth Is More Important Than Net-Worth!
The advice Dr. Hartman offers has a central tenet: “Self-worth is more important than net worth!” He shows people and businesses he counsels how to thrive as a Christian-based business and at the same time:
• Build great customer service
• Build rapport with their employees
• Instill Christian ethics in their business
• Learn how to grow their business
Dr. Hartman’s passion for mentoring people has enabled him to repeatedly develop talent into C-suite executives, and encourage employee engagement and development at all levels. Dr. Hartman helped transform organizations into high-performing centers of excellence throughout his career. Today, Dr. Hartman uses these same skills combined with a Christ-centered approach to help marketplace workers achieve success or find new jobs.
An active nonprofit board member, Dr. Hartman has served as president and chairman of the board for A Future with Hope, a nonprofit committed to helping New Jersey families rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. He also served on the board of Street Squash, providing academic enrichment programs for urban youth, and most recently was elected to the board of trustees for Drew University. Dr. Hartman is now a board member of the United Methodist Development Fund.
Dr. Hartman remains committed to exploring and sharing the benefits of the intersection of Christianity, career, and leadership.
He lives in North Carolina with his wife Connie and enjoys spending time with his four daughters.