Call for Papers – Christian Business Review

Next Issue Theme: “Pressing on Toward God’s Goal”

The Christian Business Review (CBR), an online journal of the Center for Christianity in Business at the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, Houston Baptist University invites Christian scholars and practitioners to submit articles for publication in our next issue. The deadline for a first complete draft with a 300 word abstract is March 1, 2022.

The CBR serves to promote the integration of biblical truth into leadership practice by showcasing experiences, research, and original thinking by Christian scholars and practitioners. In the upcoming issue, we invite authors to ruminate on the theme of “Pressing on Toward God’s Goal.

There is much to “forget about” this past year. Humanity in its quest for an idyllic future of peace and prosperity has been held hostage by a still raging pandemic and widespread political and socioeconomic upheavals and uncertainties. The Apostle Paul, however, was quick to remind us that as believers in God’s eternal plan, Christians must “forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead…pressing on toward the goal to win the prize God has called (us) heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14, NIV).  In fact, believers should reckon many of these adversities and uncertainties as opportunities, as “we also glory in our sufferings,… that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Rom. 5:3-4) because “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).  

In this new landscape lurking with uncertainties, threats, and yes opportunities, how must Christians press on and lead so that God’s purpose in us, through our testimonies in the marketplace, can be fulfilled? Malnight, Buche & Dhanaraj observed that successful businesses know how to put purpose at the core of their strategies.1 It is time to have a laser focus on God’s purpose at the core of strategies in businesses where Christians lead or influence their execution. In this context, authors may want to examine questions such as:

  • What is the value proposition of a Christ centered business? What should be the purpose driven strategy of these organizations?
  • In an increasingly post- (or even anti-) Christian America, what “goal” shall Christian businesses press toward? What are the strategic implications of such goals, and what are the spiritual, social, and economic capital that can enable the implementation of these strategies?
  • What could be the biblically informed components of organizational, marketing, financial, and economic strategies in commercial enterprises that advance God’s Kingdom?
  • What are the major identifiable forces that are re-shaping the business/economic landscape, and how are these forces to be anticipated by believers in the marketplace?
  • How can the Christian faith continue to be strategically integrated into business operations in the midst of increasing pressure for a stark secular/sacred divide?
  • What are the impacts of contemporary secular forces on workplace spirituality and how can Christians work to overcome them? 
  • What opportunities exist for Christian business-people to define and pursue diversity/equity/inclusion measures that are consistent with biblical faithfulness?
  • How might innovation and entrepreneurship efforts take advantage of instabilities and uncertainties in the marketplace to create new ministry opportunities?

If you are interested in contributing to the next issue of CBR, please refer to the “Publisher’s Guidelines” in the CBR (www.hbu.edu/cbrj) website for detailed instructions. You are also welcome to write to us directly at cbr@hbu.edu or eliang@hbu.edu.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Blessings,

The Editors
Christian Business Review


[1]Put Purpose at the Core of Your Strategy,” by Thomas W. Malnight, Ivy Buche, and Charles Dhanaraj (Harvard Business Review, Sept-Oct., 2019). Accessed 9/19/2021, https://hbr.org/2019/09/put-purpose-at-the-core-of-your-strategy.