Author Archives: godintheworkplace

1Charleston Panel Discussion

Workshop Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Panelists: Philip Pinckney, Marcus Bryant, Craig Tuck & Mike Seaver

1Charleston is a multi-ethnic, interdenominational, and Christ centered platform that empowers churches to embrace the multi-ethnic Gospel in deep and practical ways.

“That they may be one, even as you and I are one . . .” John 17.

The 1Charleston Leadership Panel discussion will address the tough questions and how the team walks out and teaches others to walk out what they believe:

  1. The Gospel is powerful enough to heal racial wounds and create Biblical unity.
  2. A church should reflect its community, embracing multi-ethnicity.
  3. Churches should pursue having a multi-ethnic congregation in authentic and practical ways.
  4. Cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity is mandated by the Gospel.
  5. The scars of racism, division, and apathy have a very real impact today.
  6. Racial healing must begin in the Church and with God’s people

Bill Ciocco, Chaplain, Corporate Chaplains of America

Workshop: Thursday, October 12, 2017


Topic: Can the Marketplace be a mission field?

Brief Synopsis: Bill will share the importance and challenges in the marketplace and where business people come into the mix. He will explore how the dynamics of the marketplace in our Tri-county area has changed over the last 14 years and the impacts. He will lead a table discussion exercise around how each person can change or impact people in the workplace.

Bio
Bill is a corporate chaplain with Corporate Chaplains of America. He serves several businesses in the tri-county area including Coca-Cola and South Carolina Federal Credit Union. He has been with Corporate Chaplains for 14 years. Prior to that, he was in Treasury Services Sales with BB&T Bank and Consumer Bank Support with First Union Bank. Bill also has a law enforcement and technical background.

He has a Bachelors in Ministry Degree from Bethany Bible College and Masters of Theology from Gordon Conwell Seminary.

Bill and his wife Christine have been married for 28 years and attend Seacoast Church in Mount Peasant where they lead a small group. They enjoy the outdoors and sometimes participate in

Margaret Cotton, Senior Regional Director, Alpha USA

Workshop: Thursday, September 14, 2017


Margaret Cotton serves as the South Carolina Regional Director for Alpha USA. Alpha is a global non-denominational ministry which runs in 169 countries and has had over 29 million participants. Generally experienced over 11 weeks, Alpha provides a teaching followed by interactive small group discussions. Guests explore such questions as “Why does God allow pain and suffering?”,”Does God heal today?” and “Why and how should I share my faith?”

Transformational for believers and non-believers, Alpha provides an easy way to provide ministry in your workplace. Margaret will share her expertise and walk our God in the Workplace group through a mini-workshop showing how to incorporate Alpha into your business, home or anywhere you’d like to use it!
>Bio

Prior to joining the Alpha organization full time in late 2009, she had 30 years’ experience in the training and media fields. As the SC Director, Margaret is the liaison between Alpha USA and churches and organizations who want to run the Alpha Course.

Across the United States, cities in very state are becoming more post-Christian – some at a faster rate than others. Young people are leaving the church in great numbers. There is a growing need for a tool like Alpha. According to Barna Research, estimates are that 50% of Alpha participants make a commitment or recommitment to Christ. “Alpha has impacted our church culture by bring evangelism back to the forefront of what we do.” (Jon Tyson, Trinity Grace Church) And Billy Graham believes that the workplace is the greatest area for mission.

Taking Alpha at her church was a transforming time for Margaret and after participating in Alpha, she became actively involved as a volunteer leader, which then eventually evolved into this full time position. Alpha is a 501C3 organization and Margaret raises funds from individuals, foundations and churches in order to do the work in South Carolina. This allows her to train and coach with little or no cost to the church or organization.

Globally, over 29 million people have taken an Alpha course, 169 countries are currently running the course and it has been translated into 112 languages. In the US, the course is run in all 50 states, and over 3 million guests have attended.

The Alpha Course has many specialty ministries as well – Alpha in the Workplace, for Prisons, for the Military, Catholics, for Youth and Campus as well as a Marriage Course and a Parenting Course. Alpha in the Workplace is designed to help individuals or companies bring their faith into the workplace. Having been in the secular work force for many years, this is an area where Margaret feels Alpha can have tremendous impact.

Cindy Grosso Jordan, Founder of Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, Inc.

Workshop: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Topic/Brief Synopsis: Keeping you from being the best kept secret in your profession.
Cindy will provide content that will move you forward in your profession. Join us as Cindy shares her expertise on professionalism and polish. Cindy Grosso Jordan is a national etiquette expert, an award winning speaker, columnist, and author who focuses on professionalism, leadership, and the skill of polish. She is the founder of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette.

John Carroll, Strategist and Growth Expert

Guest Speaker: June 8, 2017

John Carroll is a strategist and growth expert, a national award-winning columnist, author, executive coach and serial entrepreneur. He helps executives and organizations become more productive, more profitable and have more fun. John is one of only 20 professionals worldwide recognized by peers for his work in consulting with emerging growth companies. John has worked with sales professionals, executives and entrepreneurs in businesses, trade groups and charitable organizations.

An accomplished and engaging speaker, he has been internationally recognized for Sales and Facilitation Excellence. His approaches have attracted attention globally, including articles appearing in Chief Executive China magazine.

A national award-winning columnist, John is also the author of Sales Illustrated: 68 Sales Lessons from Everyday Life (available in three languages). His columns have appeared regularly through the years in The Charleston Regional Business Journal and The Catholic Miscellany.

With firsthand experience in manufacturing, distribution and service industries, he is a true entrepreneur, having launched or helped to launch seven organizations, one of which was recognized in the Emerging 10, the 10 fastest growing businesses in the Charleston region. John serves as professor for Communication Skills Training through Our Community Listens and CharlestonListens. John is president of Unlimited Performance, Inc., a member of the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce.

John is also the first layperson to serve on the Clergy Personnel Advisory Board of the Diocese of Charleston. He is the founding board chair and a current board member of Camp Rise Above, providing summer camp experiences for children with special medical needs. He is a founding board member of Lowcountry Local First and has served as board president of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center and president of what is now the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. John is a current board member of LifeWorks Charleston and the Harbour Club and active in several ministries at Christ Our King Church in Mount Pleasant. He is the father of two grown daughters, Grandpa of one little one and lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife Lori.