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External Event: 2021 Men of Faith Conference

This is an external event shared by a member of the community.

Men of all ages are invited to Faith Bible Church’s 2021 Men of Faith Conference on August 14th from 9am-3pm. Their hope is to inspire men to a “call to action” with a renewed focus on strengthening the Men of Faith to the glory of God. Guest speakers include Kozhi Makai, Tierce Green, and Rick Wilcox. Check-in and light breakfast begins at 8:30am and lunch will be provided.

For more details, and to register, you can visit Faith Bible Church’s website below.

CYP: Faith Based Perspectives on Assessment

Community, we have a wonderful event this week targeting young professionals and you are invited to join.

CYP, the Christian Young Professionals, are hosting their first panel discussion event, “CYP: Faith Based Perspectives on Assessment.” Join to hear from experienced employees on their unique Christ-centered outlook towards the Performance Assessment Process. Through a Q&A format, the panelists will discuss how their Christian perspectives have guided them through the highs and lows of the PDS review process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask their own questions at the end of the panel.

When: Friday, July 16th from 11:30am – 12:30pm CST

Where: Zoom and in person (see meeting invite at registration link above for details)

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit – A Conversation with Jack Deere

We invite you to join us on August 3rd at 12:00PM CST as we have a conversation with a special guest: Jack Deere, author of the bestseller Surprised by the Power of the Spirit. Jack recently released a new revision of his powerful book and has graciously agreed to speak with our community. Come learn about the Spirit of God!

“In Why I Am Still Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, now updated and revised, Deere explains why God is still giving all the gifts of the Spirit, tells documented stories of contemporary miracles, and reveals how people discover and use their spiritual gifts.”

We encourage you to take a look at this book, which you can find on Amazon, via the publisher Zondervan, or at a bookstore near you. You are welcome to attend this discussion regardless of whether or not you have read the book.

When: Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM CST

Where: Zoom (connection information can be found in the meeting invite after registering above)


Leading Through Crisis Bible Study

What: New Bible Study on Leading Through Crisis

When: Wednesdays (June 9th – July 21st), from 12-1pm

Where: Zoom

In response to the challenges of 2020, a group of Christian senior leaders at ExxonMobil gathered together monthly in their personal time for prayer and to study Biblical leaders who faced challenging situations. The time together was thought provoking, timely, and encouraging for the group, as they sought to lead our company through a very challenging time.

While 2020 is behind us, crisis situations will continue to present themselves in the future. We are all leaders in some form, and seeking Biblical guidance on how to lead through crisis situations is a great source of help. As such, we will be hosting a 7 week Bible Study on Leading Through Crisis. The content of the study has been developed by a member of our community specially for CCEM, and is the same content used with our Christian brothers and sisters in senior leadership. If you are interested in the study but you are unable to attend the group discussion, we have developed a study guide that you are more than welcome to walk through on your own (or with another small group). Our prayer is that this content will be edifying for you and those you share it with. We hope to see you at the study!

You can register for the study here.

Download Leading Through Crisis Self Study Guide:

Sessions

  1. Introduction: A Leader’s Call to Study Scripture
    • Leader: The King of Israel
      • Deuteronomy 17: 18–20
  2. Attribute 1: Discipline 
    • Leader: David
      • 1 Samuel 24:1–7
  3. Attribute 2: Seeking Wisdom before Making a Decision
    • Leader: Josiah
      • 2 Kings 22:8 – 2 Kings 23:4
  4. Attribute 3: Vision Setting and Execution
    • Leader: Nehemiah
      • Nehemiah 2: 11–20
      • Nehemiah 4: 7–16
      • Nehemiah 6: 1–9
  5. Attribute 4: Courage
    • Leaders: Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-Nego, Daniel
      • Daniel 3
      • Daniel 6: 1–23
  6. Attribute 5: Integrity and Sincerity 
    • Leaders: Ruth, Boaz
      • Ruth 1:15–18; Ruth 2: 2–12
      • Ruth 3: 8–15; Ruth 4: 5–13
  7. Attribute 6: Humility
    • Leader: Jesus
      • Matt 26: 36–46

Baby Bottle Boomerang: PHILANTHROPY Opportunity

What: An opportunity to help a great cause!

How: Pick up a Baby Bottle Bank from Jason Jones (W3.4B.324). Donate, and return.

When: Now – June 14th, 2021

For more information about the Ministry, visit www.lifelinepcc.net

*Note: This ministry is not associated with ExxonMobil. Soliciting for donations on the Houston Campus is not allowed, however supporting ministries in a personal capacity, or though personal relationships is an individual choice.

National day of Prayer 2021

When: Thursday, May 6th @ 7:30am

Where: Zoom

Register: https://eventx.exxonmobil.com/events/1fb918d7-9279-430d-9156-99513b23851f

The National Day of Prayer celebrates 70 years of prayer for America.

How wonderful it is to live in a nation where, by law every year on the first Thursday of May, the President proclaims a day of prayer for our nation.

Join with us and millions of believers across the nation on Thursday, May 6th, as we pray this year’s theme “Lord, Pour Out Your Love, Life and Liberty”. From 2 Corinthians 3:17.

Visit nationaldayofprayer.org for additional information.

A Better Way of Approaching Performance Assessment

CCEM’s mission is, “to connect and encourage Christians to confidently live out their faith in the workplace.” This article is intended to encourage Christians to approach performance assessment with a mind towards God. Furthermore, it is intended to equip the men and women of our community to look at business related topics with a spiritual mind, and an eternal perspective for both professional and spiritual growth.

I recently received a formal communication kicking off the annual performance assessment cycle. I knew it was coming, there are no surprises here, only consistency. However, after the year we have all had in 2020, something about the email troubled me. It’s not that the email said anything wrong, it was just the thought of starting the performance assessment process again felt disheartening.  Now I’m going to be very open and vulnerable right now; performance assessment season can be a hard time for me (and maybe for many of you). I feel like I need to justify my value and it can be exhausting.  During tough times, I feel even more anxious. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Fortunately, when I struggle through tough times, I know that I have a heavenly Father who is there for me. He longs for me to turn to Him and to ask for wisdom (James 1:5). Through reflection, 5 key themes were placed on my heart on how to better approach the performance assessment process, keeping an eternal perspective, while also honoring my commitments to the company. My prayer is that these themes might also help you keep your eyes focused on Jesus through this year’s performance assessment process.

1) I already know my value

Whenever I think about performance assessment, I have often approached it as trying to justify my value. In my mind, I was not just trying to justify my value to the company; I was trying to justify my value as an employee, as an engineer, as a provider for my family, as a contributing member to society, etc. What’s worse, I am looking for all those answers from a system that is not meant to be used in that way. If I am basing how I see myself and defining my own self-worth on this process, then this is a mindset that is destined for disappointment and emptiness. 

However, there is a better way to define my value: Look to the one who is perfect, the one who created me, and ask Him for His evaluation. I don’t have to look very hard to find His answer: I am priceless (Note: not perfect, but still of an infinite value). Romans 5:6-8 says: “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Even though I am not perfect, and I do mess up (a lot), Jesus tells me that I am so valuable to Him; that He loves me so much, He willingly sacrificed Himself for me. So while I recognize the need to assess my performance from a business perspective, and while the assessment has meaning for earthly, company-based decision making, I shouldn’t let that assessment define me. I have already been assessed by the one person that truly matters, and He has told me my value: priceless.

2) I want to honor my company, because it honors God

Now that I have established a firm base for who I am and what my true value is, I can more appropriately look at the feedback that comes out of my performance assessment. Paul tells me, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24). I want to do my work well because in doing my work well, I am honoring God. I am a reflection of Jesus in the workplace in how I conduct my business. 

Therefore I should be intentional and proactive in my job. If I seek to honor God through my work, then I should do so with diligence. I should try to understand how my company defines success so that I can contribute to obtaining that success. I should seek out intentional guidance and feedback from others more than just once a year to ensure I am doing the right thing and contributing towards that success. 

Then, I should take feedback through that context, knowing that it is not a comment on my true value. Feedback is not criticism of me or my value, rather it can be an opportunity to better serve my company so that I can better honor God. This is a subtle shift in thinking, but I think it has profound impact on how I receive that feedback, contribute to and view the process.

I also think it important to note that feedback is not scripture. Feedback is another person’s view through their own perspective. Therefore, a proper filtering of that feedback is likely warranted. Not all feedback is helpful, and that is okay. I should carefully consider each piece of feedback against its ability to help me better honor my company, and honor God.

One last thought on this, I have always felt a tension about scripture’s call to be humble, and the performance assessment’s call to self-promote. How can I be a reflection of a humble Jesus and also try to convince others about how awesome I am? I think it comes back to a matter of the heart; why am I doing this? I am seeking to honor my company to honor God. When asked to recount how I have contributed to the company’s success, I think it is okay to be an advocate for myself in an honest and accurate way.

3) It is okay to not want to be CEO

Maybe it’s just me, but I have often felt that some feedback comes (with good intention) to help me become a better leader, to help me move up in the organization. A lot of feedback tends to focus on soft skills and how to better present myself. My wife (who also used to work for the company) would often chuckle when receiving knowledgeable other feedback because every year she seemed to get the same general message: “You should give more presentations to management to improve your exposure and leadership skills.” This is not to say that she would completely disregard that feedback. She wanted to improve her ability to honor the company in order to honor God. However, she also had no desire to go into senior leadership. So she was okay with her assessment and feedback. 

I always found her approach very mature. She knew who she was (and who she wasn’t). She knew she could honor God, and perform great work for her company without feeling the need to climb the leadership ladder, or making significant personal sacrifices. Recognizing what my professional and personal goals are, along with what my skills and interests are, can help me better filter my assessment feedback into where and how I apply it to best honor my company, my personal life, and God. It is okay to not want to be on the “fast track” and it is okay to not want to sacrifice my personal life for a better assessment. I can still do great work for my company, honor God, and not seek to continually advance in rank and title. 

4) Treat others as children of God

Part of the performance assessment cycle involves providing input on others performance. In my particular situation, I will not only have the opportunity to provide input through knowledgeable other feedback, but as a supervisor I will have a responsibility for personally delivering feedback to my direct reports. Through my experience both giving and receiving feedback, one theme remains true: Treat others as children of God. 

Genesis says, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).  All people, regardless of their background, should be treated as individuals whom God personally made in His image; individuals who are God’s children. They are not my people here to serve me. Rather, they are God’s people, of whom I have been entrusted to lead/provide feedback. So how does God expect me to treat them?

I like to think that parenthood is a small glimpse into how God see’s us. My wife and I were blessed enough to have a baby about a year ago. I cannot begin to explain how much I love that little boy. I never want him to feel pain, hurt, or to be mistreated. I only want him to feel joy, happiness and love. However, I also recognize that he will need to learn tough lessons. He will need to hear hard messages at times. I know that at the end of the day, these things are good for him to grow. So how should I handle these difficult situations? Well I certainly will not do so lightly. I will be fair, honest, but with a genuine love and care for his growth and well-being. After all, he is my son and I love him.

If I see others as children of God, shouldn’t I expect God to want the same things for them? Those who have been entrusted to me to provide feedback; I need to take that seriously. It is not “just business.” These are people, people who are loved by God, and people who I should love. That’s not to say I should not be candid or direct, but it is to say that I need to do so with a genuine care and compassion for those, looking to help guide them both professionally and personally. 

5) It will not be perfect

At the end of the day, things will not be perfect. I will probably struggle with the right words to say, I may have the wrong words said to me. I may end up having to deliver a hard message (or receive one myself). In any case, I recognize that nothing short of God is perfect and I shouldn’t place my hope in things like performance assessment. Performance assessment is a tool and it has a purpose. If I keep that purpose in mind, without letting it creep into other aspects of my life, I will be better for it. We all will. I can give myself grace in the feedback I receive and I can give grace to those who are giving me feedback, recognizing that they are not perfect and are working through the same process I am. In an imperfect world, with imperfect people, grace is key. 

Paul says, “And [Jesus] has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). We all need grace and God’s grace is sufficient. When we are weak, make mistakes, feel broken, we can find our grace and strength in Jesus.

Final Thoughts

The performance assessment process has been around our company for many many years. It is our approach to continual feedback and evaluation of employees. Feedback and evaluation are not bad things, and the process has its place in how our company functions. A lot of good can and does come out of providing a structured feedback approach to employees (both for the company, and the employee personally). The danger comes when we begin to use the process inappropriately or blur the lines between what its purpose is, and how we see ourselves. 

However, if we take a step back and re-orient ourselves to who we are as children of God, placing our hope and value in Him, and not in our assessment; if we look at the feedback process not as personal criticisms, but as opportunities to better serve God; and if we treat others honestly, but with love and respect, we can make a potentially unpleasant process an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth. We cannot eliminate the process, or avoid the process, but we can look at it differently and respond to it differently. We can create a better culture around performance assessment, and we can live out our culture of caring. 

Work as Worship Retreat

The Work as Worship Retreat is an annual event that focuses on connecting faith and work. This year will have a satellite group meeting in our area at Church Project. Brothers and sisters from local business’s Christian groups such as GE, HP, and more are also being invited to participate.

To learn more check out https://www.workasworshipretreat.org/ for the Leaders who will be sharing experiences and encouragement.

If you would like to register, please do so at https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/4376 to ensure enough food and refreshments for everyone.

*** This is optional and considered voluntary time. This event is not sponsored by ExxonMobil***

When: Friday, May 14th, 9am-4pm

Location: Church Project @ 602 Pruitt Rd, The Woodlands, TX 77380

Cost: $50

Registration: https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/4376 

Agenda:

TimeTopicLeader(s)Target Outcome
8:30amWelcomeBilly SchielWarm welcome and enablement to our retreat location inside CP
9:00amWorkplace identityBeau McBethThe power of our perception regarding God’s blessing of work and why our work matters for His plan to make all things new.
9:30amDon’t give the enemy a seatLouie GiglioAn outline of ways to overcome the enemy’s lies so we can find peace and security in any challenging circumstance or workplace situation.
10:15amReflectionA time of personal reflection with respect for information shared
10:30amConversational intelligenceStephani ChungInsights and tools to have high impact conversations that lead to serving people well.
11:15amChange your worldJohn MaxwellExposure to a 7-day experiment that brings life into focus with prioritization of the most significant.
12:15pmLunchNutritious meal and ministry partner spotlight
1:00pmChange your worldJohn MaxwellA practical guide to give us actions to try during our day to live a life of intentionality.
1:45pmAn interviewBrandon Mann and David StewardTimely and timeless stories of how Leadership by The Good Book creates meaning and eternal value in our work.
2:15pmReflectionA roundtable dialogue of reflection to express changing perspectives
2:30pmNecessary endingsHenry CloudPractical examples of how to understand and lead next generation leaders to maximize their contributions in your organization.
3:15pmSoundtracksJon AcuffStories of how the best teams overcome overthinking to navigate change, increase productivity, and win consistently
3:45pmInvitation and responseBeau McBethAn opportunity for everyone to partner with God to bring order, beauty and benefits for everyone, as we restore the integrity of faith and work.
4:00pmCloseBeau McBethEncouragement with resources for ongoing discipleship and workplace program enablement

Alpha 2021

March 3rd, 2021 – May 26th, 2021: Wednesdays 12:00pm – 1:00pm on Zoom

Come relax, connect, and consider life’s biggest questions – join us for a virtual Alpha session! We will watch a video and have some small group discussion. Don’t worry if you’ve missed previous Alpha sessions – each one stands on its own.

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Helping Hands: Here For Support

To Our Family,

Just when I thought the year of unprecedented events was over, our city (and state) freezes, leaving many without power and heat (myself included). While sitting five inches from my fireplace, with three sweatshirts on, and two blankets, I asked myself how much more could possibly be added to the weight already being carried out of last year? When will it start getting better?

I do not have any great answers, but we want CCEM to be a community that supports each other through times like this. God tells us to lay our burdens on Him (Ps 55:22, 1 Pet 5:7) and while this is an important call to reflect on, what does that mean in midst of a (literal) storm? Casting our burdens on God can come in many forms (i.e. prayer, worship, etc.), but we as Jesus’s body play an important role in helping others through hard times. We as a body can help bear each other’s burdens (Gal 6:2). 

I know you have all been carrying a lot of weight on your shoulders. Things at work and in life have been very difficult the last year or so (maybe longer). Know that you are never alone, and that you are loved. If there is anything CCEM can do to help bear your burden, even if you just need someone to talk or vent to, please do not hesitate to reach out to us here.

We love you CCEM, stay safe, and warm.

Love,

The CCEM Team.

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