The Christian Advantage

The 2019 Business and Ministry Conference hosted at Southeast’s Blankenbaker Campus March 26 will allow business and ministry leaders around the Louisville area and beyond to form partnerships. 

The word “profit” carries a different meaning at The Christian Advantage’s Business and Ministry Conference. 

As business professionals and local ministry leaders come together to hear from veteran speakers, participate in workshops and develop networking relationships, profit is not measured in dollar signs, but in advancing the Kingdom of God.

On Tuesday, March 26, at Southeast Christian Church’s Blankenbaker Campus, the Business and Ministry Conference will provide opportunities for lasting Kingdom advancement.

The Christian Advantage Founder and Southeast member Bruce Zoeller said the conference is not just a place to learn more about how to align your business with the Bible, but a place for businesses and ministries to work together to bring God glory in both arenas.

Local ministries from Louisville and beyond will have exhibits set up to network with business leaders and other ministries.

Conference attendees will hear from speakers who have made it their mission to use their businesses as vessels for God to transform lives.

Last year’s keynote speaker, Mark Whitacre, is returning to this year’s conference to lead two breakout seminars on equipping Christian business leaders and implementing Christian values in workplace culture.

Whitacre is the COO and national director of field operations for the Christian Business Men’s Connection, or CBMC. Last year, his story of radical life transformation from white-collar criminal to committed Christ-follower left an impact on conference attendees.

“Mark’s story was a highlight of the conference,” Zoeller said. “He is a captivating speaker, and I’m excited for him to continue to partner with our ministry and build up the men and women who will attend the conference.”

In the early 1990s, Whitacre became the whistle-blower for the largest corporate price-fixing scam in American history. After turning himself in to the FBI, he recorded work conversations for three years and came to faith in Christ in jail while serving his sentence for his role in the price-fixing scam.

Whitacre now works with Christian business leaders and corporations across the country, encouraging and equipping them to integrate Biblical values into their business practices and work for the glory of God.

“My talks are going to be more focused on dialogue than presentation,” Whitacre said. “I will present for about 20 minutes, then allow the rest of the time for questions and discussion. I’m eager for this to be an opportunity not only to teach, but to learn from other business professionals who are passionate about business as ministry.”

Whitacre said the conference is a great example of Proverbs 27:17, which says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Other speakers include Southeast member and founder of PSST Seamless Data Solutions Larry Roach and Southeast member and President and CEO of Caldwell Tanks Bernie Fineman.

This years’ keynote speaker, Alan Barnhart, is the president and CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co., a worldwide company whose monthly giving exceeds $1 million.

Barnhart’s message, “Giving It All,” will focus on the importance of putting God first in business and the success of giving back.

Tickets for the Business and Ministry Conference are $49 for pastors and nonprofit leaders and $99 for business professionals. Ticket price includes a continental breakfast and a catered lunch. Registration for the conference is available at

The Business and Ministry Conference is still accepting exhibitors. Current exhibitors include Southeast partners BSideU For Life Pregnancy Center, Isaiah House, Re:Center Ministries, Priscilla’s Place and Orphan Care Alliance, among more than a dozen others.

For Christian ministries and nonprofits interested in potentially partnering with local businesses, please contact Laura Watkins at