Radically Impact Your Workplace with Jim and Martha Brangenberg

Radically Impact Your Workplace with Jim and Martha Brangenberg

You matter at your job. God has placed you there for a purpose, even if you don't believe you belong. Jim and Martha Brangenberg, the radio host of iWork4Him, tells you how to live a life of significance at work. Hear how faith and work are important to Jesus and examples of His ministry in the marketplace. Listen to be encouraged by Jim's words in the special One Minute Moment segment.

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Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guests: Jim and Martha Brangenberg

You matter at your job. God has placed you there for a purpose, even if you don't believe you belong. Jim and Martha Brangenberg, the radio host of iWork4Him, tells you how to live a life of significance at work. Hear how faith and work are important to Jesus and examples of His ministry in the marketplace. Listen to be encouraged by Jim's words in the special One Minute Moment segment.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah AnointingThe Esther AnointingThe Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this at charismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link to charismamag.com/anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

Dr. Steve Greene: Today's Greenelines episode is a little different from what you've become accustomed to. I don't have book authors with me to talk about their book, although I miss that. But I also believe that Jim and Martha, my guests today will soon have a book to talk about. They don't know it yet, but they'll probably be writing something great for us before the year’s out, who knows? I do know we're gonna have a great conversation about their ministry. They minister with Iwork4him.com, You may want to call that up if you buy a computer, call it up and look at it as we begin this show.

 

·         Read on Charisma Leader: What Happened When God Gave This Couple an Unexpected Marketplace-Ministry Adventure

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I'm really glad to have you because I know that you have spent a lot of your career in radio and in production. You've got a great podcast that I was privileged to be on earlier. We've also featured who you are and what your ministry is about in Charisma Leader, our magazine here that we publish at Charisma. It’s one of our magazines. We were glad to do that story on you. I learned a lot about you both then and during the podcast. So now, I just want to talk about your ministry and how you to minister together. So, let's start there. Tell us about Iwork4him.com.

 

Tune into the Iwork4him Podcast

·         On iTunes

·         On YouTube

 

Jim Brangenberg: I don't want to be contrary right from the beginning. But just so you know, the majority of our career in the insurance business, and Martha in Christian retail, we've literally only been on the air just a little over six years. So, it was it was nothing we've ever been trained for. It's something the Lord led us to. Really where I Work 4 Him came from was just a churning in my heart that there has to be something more with my work. Both Martha and I thought that in order to be significant in the kingdom, we need to be in ministry, pastoral or mission field ministry. About the time we turned 40, we both started realizing that through some things that were introduced to us, we realized that God really cared about our work and that God wanted us to be ministers in our mission field, which was our workplace, which didn't have to do with the church, the four walls church. It made so much sense after I started studying and started seeing other people's insights into this whole deal. When you start to realize that when we follow Jesus, everything about us should be radically impacted, especially our work. Yet, until I was 50 years old, 49 years old, I had never even heard a sermon about the fact that my work mattered to God. But what I did see out there in the marketplace was, quote, unquote, Christian business people who were one thing on Sunday and something radically different, as if they were Monday morning atheists when it came to the marketplace. I was like, how do you follow Jesus and act this way in the marketplace? I kept saying, Lord, there's something wrong. As he worked on our hearts, I started developing like an executive summary of here's how we could disciple Christian business people, to make them Christ-following business people. And I said, Lord, I’ll know you want us to move forward with this when you give us a name. In 2012, November 20, 2012, we got the name, I Work 4 Him. Just the way you see it, I Work the Number 4 Him. I bought all the websites and I said, OK, Lord, I can see how I can help four or five Christian business people, that's not going to be much of an impact. How do you impact thousands of people? Ninety days later, I was speaking at a little event. I get introduced to a lady who owned a Christian radio station and she says to me, Jim, you need to talk about faith and work on the radio. I thought she was nuts, because I'd never, ever dreamed of being on the radio. It turns out April 15, 2013, we went on the air because the Lord have been prepping us for this for a decade. We had prayed three specific things. We want to lead a life of significance where our success could never be attributed to our natural gifts, talents, and abilities, and where we'd have the ability to challenge thousands of Jesus followers to live out their faith and their work. The answer was radio, but we had never, ever uttered those words in our lives. That's how I Work 4 Him came to be.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, when you say radio, you're talking about all types of radio now. The audio message that you deliver, it comes in different formats. Tell us a little bit about all the ways you connect with media.

Martha Brangenberg: We're on the air every day in some of the markets around the country. In Tampa, and Jacksonville, and up in Virginia, we have terrestrial radio where actually people turn the dial to the show and listen to it multiple times a day. But then we take that same content, and we podcast it; take out the sponsors and the news and put that out on all of the podcast platforms that are available. Then God has continued to open up doors where we are now taking that show, because it's an hour long show, and compacting it down into about a 15-minute power pod that we're getting ready to release, as well as taking out about one minute of the real aha moment of this show that we were able to uncover with a guest and have a power thought that can eventually …. now it has started to be played on not just talk radio, but also a music station. Often, they like to play one-minute moments that can inspire their listeners, that's not necessarily a song. So, that is something that we are just releasing, as well as any tweetable tweet that might have come out of that show. So, this show can get broken up in many different formats now, so that that same amazing content that we were able to pull out of our guests can be shared in a lot of different ways.

 

·         Hear the Iwork4him Podcast: Charisma Leader Magazine with Dr. Steve Greene

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I've been on your show and I remember you saying words like this as you were producing it and talking among yourselves. So, I'm curious as to the one-minute moment that you're capturing. I wonder, Jim and Martha, if you could give us an example of the one-minute moment, and maybe just ad-lib it, do whatever you have to do. I know your talents. I know this isn't a stretch for you. So, how would you do a one-minute moment?

Jim Brangenberg: When you walked into your workplace today, who did you see? Did you notice the people around you? The people that you work with, and work alongside each and every day? Whether they're your bosses, your co-workers, your employees? Did you see their faces? Do you know their hearts? Have you been praying for them? Everything I know is what you can know as well. I know that the people around us are hurting. They're desperately seeking answers and they don't know where to find those answers. But you and me, as Jesus followers, we know the answers to all the questions they're asking. But the only way those people are going to find out those answers is if we tell them. So, my encouragement to you as you enter your workplace today is to start praying for the co-workers and employees that you work alongside every day and ask the Lord to open up conversations where you can help share hope with those people, the people around you that are hurting, and make sure that you've got an opportunity then to develop relationship with those people to serve those people over and above what your workplace requires you to do. But all along, looking for opportunities to pray with people when you notice you're having an extra rough day. But your excellence in your work, as a Jesus follower, is to be the No. 1 employee in your position in your workplace. Because as Jesus followers, we should be radically transformed. So, when you enter your workplace today, it is a mission field. Because in that mission field, you and me, we may be the only Jesus our co-workers and employees may ever meet.

Dr. Steve Greene: That's good. And that's a minute. You hit it like on the nose. You have an instinct for that don’t you, Jim? You can speak in one-minute soundbites. So Martha, what did you think of that one-minute moment there that we had?

Martha Brangenberg: I love listening to what the Lord puts on Jim's heart when he starts to get passionate and share something that people can take away and be inspired by. One of the things that I'm hoping is that … people have a very busy schedule. There's so much information thrown at them every day. But if we can just get a little bit of this whole concept of the fact that what they do in their work matters to God, it can change the way they perceive their schedule and their busyness. And that's our desire. If we can get them to just hear a little bit about how important they are for the kingdom, and that if they don't do what God's equip them to do, then nobody else is going to fill that role. This is their calling in life.  I love when Jim gets pumped up and just really puts it out there for people to take a challenge or be encouraged. That’s really our desire for these little power thoughts that it will just be that little bit that they need to hear.

Dr. Steve Greene: That word, when he gets pumped up, that's the anointing.

Jim Brangenberg: One of the things that drives me nuts is that most Jesus followers that are working outside of the four walls church think of themselves as second-tier citizens in the kingdom. It's such a lie. It's a lie that the enemy has pervaded across our society. It’s so important that everybody listening to your podcast today understands that their workplace is their mission field. It is a place of ministry, and they've been placed there on purpose and intentionally by our Heavenly Father, who not only loves your listeners, but loves the people that we work alongside. And since now, 65 percent of the population of this country does never attend a church, they're never going to hear about the hope we have in Jesus unless the Jesus followers that are listening to your show are mobilized and energized to recognize that they have a place of ministry and its significance. They can't treat it like a secondary venture. Well, I just work so I could support what I do as a volunteer. It is a high calling.

 

Connect with Jim and Martha Brangenberg

·         Iwork4him.com

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         On Instagram

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guests: Jim and Martha Brangenberg

You matter at your job. God has placed you there for a purpose, even if you don't believe you belong. Jim and Martha Brangenberg, the radio host of iWork4Him, tells you how to live a life of significance at work. Hear how faith and work are important to Jesus and examples of His ministry in the marketplace. Listen to be encouraged by Jim's words in the special One Minute Moment segment.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah AnointingThe Esther AnointingThe Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this at charismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link to charismamag.com/anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

Dr. Steve Greene: Today's Greenelines episode is a little different from what you've become accustomed to. I don't have book authors with me to talk about their book, although I miss that. But I also believe that Jim and Martha, my guests today will soon have a book to talk about. They don't know it yet, but they'll probably be writing something great for us before the year’s out, who knows? I do know we're gonna have a great conversation about their ministry. They minister with Iwork4him.com, You may want to call that up if you buy a computer, call it up and look at it as we begin this show.

 

·         Read on Charisma Leader: What Happened When God Gave This Couple an Unexpected Marketplace-Ministry Adventure

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I'm really glad to have you because I know that you have spent a lot of your career in radio and in production. You've got a great podcast that I was privileged to be on earlier. We've also featured who you are and what your ministry is about in Charisma Leader, our magazine here that we publish at Charisma. It’s one of our magazines. We were glad to do that story on you. I learned a lot about you both then and during the podcast. So now, I just want to talk about your ministry and how you to minister together. So, let's start there. Tell us about Iwork4him.com.

 

Tune into the Iwork4him Podcast

·         On iTunes

·         On YouTube

 

Jim Brangenberg: I don't want to be contrary right from the beginning. But just so you know, the majority of our career in the insurance business, and Martha in Christian retail, we've literally only been on the air just a little over six years. So, it was it was nothing we've ever been trained for. It's something the Lord led us to. Really where I Work 4 Him came from was just a churning in my heart that there has to be something more with my work. Both Martha and I thought that in order to be significant in the kingdom, we need to be in ministry, pastoral or mission field ministry. About the time we turned 40, we both started realizing that through some things that were introduced to us, we realized that God really cared about our work and that God wanted us to be ministers in our mission field, which was our workplace, which didn't have to do with the church, the four walls church. It made so much sense after I started studying and started seeing other people's insights into this whole deal. When you start to realize that when we follow Jesus, everything about us should be radically impacted, especially our work. Yet, until I was 50 years old, 49 years old, I had never even heard a sermon about the fact that my work mattered to God. But what I did see out there in the marketplace was, quote, unquote, Christian business people who were one thing on Sunday and something radically different, as if they were Monday morning atheists when it came to the marketplace. I was like, how do you follow Jesus and act this way in the marketplace? I kept saying, Lord, there's something wrong. As he worked on our hearts, I started developing like an executive summary of here's how we could disciple Christian business people, to make them Christ-following business people. And I said, Lord, I’ll know you want us to move forward with this when you give us a name. In 2012, November 20, 2012, we got the name, I Work 4 Him. Just the way you see it, I Work the Number 4 Him. I bought all the websites and I said, OK, Lord, I can see how I can help four or five Christian business people, that's not going to be much of an impact. How do you impact thousands of people? Ninety days later, I was speaking at a little event. I get introduced to a lady who owned a Christian radio station and she says to me, Jim, you need to talk about faith and work on the radio. I thought she was nuts, because I'd never, ever dreamed of being on the radio. It turns out April 15, 2013, we went on the air because the Lord have been prepping us for this for a decade. We had prayed three specific things. We want to lead a life of significance where our success could never be attributed to our natural gifts, talents, and abilities, and where we'd have the ability to challenge thousands of Jesus followers to live out their faith and their work. The answer was radio, but we had never, ever uttered those words in our lives. That's how I Work 4 Him came to be.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, when you say radio, you're talking about all types of radio now. The audio message that you deliver, it comes in different formats. Tell us a little bit about all the ways you connect with media.

Martha Brangenberg: We're on the air every day in some of the markets around the country. In Tampa, and Jacksonville, and up in Virginia, we have terrestrial radio where actually people turn the dial to the show and listen to it multiple times a day. But then we take that same content, and we podcast it; take out the sponsors and the news and put that out on all of the podcast platforms that are available. Then God has continued to open up doors where we are now taking that show, because it's an hour long show, and compacting it down into about a 15-minute power pod that we're getting ready to release, as well as taking out about one minute of the real aha moment of this show that we were able to uncover with a guest and have a power thought that can eventually …. now it has started to be played on not just talk radio, but also a music station. Often, they like to play one-minute moments that can inspire their listeners, that's not necessarily a song. So, that is something that we are just releasing, as well as any tweetable tweet that might have come out of that show. So, this show can get broken up in many different formats now, so that that same amazing content that we were able to pull out of our guests can be shared in a lot of different ways.

 

·         Hear the Iwork4him Podcast: Charisma Leader Magazine with Dr. Steve Greene

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I've been on your show and I remember you saying words like this as you were producing it and talking among yourselves. So, I'm curious as to the one-minute moment that you're capturing. I wonder, Jim and Martha, if you could give us an example of the one-minute moment, and maybe just ad-lib it, do whatever you have to do. I know your talents. I know this isn't a stretch for you. So, how would you do a one-minute moment?

Jim Brangenberg: When you walked into your workplace today, who did you see? Did you notice the people around you? The people that you work with, and work alongside each and every day? Whether they're your bosses, your co-workers, your employees? Did you see their faces? Do you know their hearts? Have you been praying for them? Everything I know is what you can know as well. I know that the people around us are hurting. They're desperately seeking answers and they don't know where to find those answers. But you and me, as Jesus followers, we know the answers to all the questions they're asking. But the only way those people are going to find out those answers is if we tell them. So, my encouragement to you as you enter your workplace today is to start praying for the co-workers and employees that you work alongside every day and ask the Lord to open up conversations where you can help share hope with those people, the people around you that are hurting, and make sure that you've got an opportunity then to develop relationship with those people to serve those people over and above what your workplace requires you to do. But all along, looking for opportunities to pray with people when you notice you're having an extra rough day. But your excellence in your work, as a Jesus follower, is to be the No. 1 employee in your position in your workplace. Because as Jesus followers, we should be radically transformed. So, when you enter your workplace today, it is a mission field. Because in that mission field, you and me, we may be the only Jesus our co-workers and employees may ever meet.

Dr. Steve Greene: That's good. And that's a minute. You hit it like on the nose. You have an instinct for that don’t you, Jim? You can speak in one-minute soundbites. So Martha, what did you think of that one-minute moment there that we had?

Martha Brangenberg: I love listening to what the Lord puts on Jim's heart when he starts to get passionate and share something that people can take away and be inspired by. One of the things that I'm hoping is that … people have a very busy schedule. There's so much information thrown at them every day. But if we can just get a little bit of this whole concept of the fact that what they do in their work matters to God, it can change the way they perceive their schedule and their busyness. And that's our desire. If we can get them to just hear a little bit about how important they are for the kingdom, and that if they don't do what God's equip them to do, then nobody else is going to fill that role. This is their calling in life.  I love when Jim gets pumped up and just really puts it out there for people to take a challenge or be encouraged. That’s really our desire for these little power thoughts that it will just be that little bit that they need to hear.

Dr. Steve Greene: That word, when he gets pumped up, that's the anointing.

Jim Brangenberg: One of the things that drives me nuts is that most Jesus followers that are working outside of the four walls church think of themselves as second-tier citizens in the kingdom. It's such a lie. It's a lie that the enemy has pervaded across our society. It’s so important that everybody listening to your podcast today understands that their workplace is their mission field. It is a place of ministry, and they've been placed there on purpose and intentionally by our Heavenly Father, who not only loves your listeners, but loves the people that we work alongside. And since now, 65 percent of the population of this country does never attend a church, they're never going to hear about the hope we have in Jesus unless the Jesus followers that are listening to your show are mobilized and energized to recognize that they have a place of ministry and its significance. They can't treat it like a secondary venture. Well, I just work so I could support what I do as a volunteer. It is a high calling.

 

Connect with Jim and Martha Brangenberg

·         Iwork4him.com

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         On Instagram

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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