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Background on Robert Tribken (Chairman)

Rob Tribken has been in business for decades and is the founder of several businesses, including Bestfresh Foods, Inc., a west coast supplier of packaged food to retail chains, and the East African Enterprise Fund --a small Kampala, Uganda, based venture fund. His educational background includes an M.B.A. from The Harvard Business School and an M.A. - Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

In recent years Tribken has been especially interested in the connection between faith, spirituality and work, particularly work in the private sector. Several decades spent working in business combined with several years studying theology and becoming aquainted with organized Christianity convinced him that there is a great need for churches to find better ways to minister to people in the vocational aspects of their lives. In particular, Tribken believes there is a need to affirm the value of commercial vocations and to help people see how faith and spirituality can help them in their work. This belief led to the founding of the Center for Faith and Enterprise.

Tribken is the author of two sets of curriculum designed for small groups: Transfoming Wo rk: Faith and Spirituality in the Context of Business and Questioning Faith: A Conversation for the Open Minded and has led small goups and spoken on the subjects of spiritual practices and business as a calling. He is the principle author of the forthcoming book Spiritual Practices for the Active Work Life.

Tribken also works with several other non-profit organizations that are involved in the connection between faith and work. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Partners Worldwide (www.partnersworldwide.org) and as a board member of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership (www.depree.org) at Fuller Theological Seminary.

To Contact: 1.626.355.8489 rtribken@faithandenterprise.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Center for Faith and Enterprise was launched in 2009 by Rob Tribken (information on left panel) and a group of like minded California entrepreneurs who wanted to find better ways to help people in business and related fields connect their faith and their work.  In today’s economic and social environment, we believe it is especially important to affirm the importance of work and enterprise from a religious or spiritual perspective and to recognize the ways that faith and spirituality can support and inform everyday work

In support of this the Center intends to:

  1. Help people in business and other professions see their work as an important calling that can promote human well being, with all this means for the sense of purpose, effectiveness, and fulfillment with which they work.
  2. Help people find ways for their faith and spirituality to support and inform their work, through programs such as Spiritual Practices for the Active Work Life, in order to help them work with a greater sense of purpose, fulfillment, and effectiveness.
  3. Provide programs and material that churches and other religious organizations can use to minister to the vocational aspects of people's lives.

In the near term, we focus on three main areas:

  1. Spiritual practics that can help people in their work, especially practices that combine prayer and meditation. We do this by conducting retreats and other events, by generating useful content (text, video,and audio), and by locating and referring people to worthwhile content produced by others.
  2. Helping people develop a sense of calling in their work. To do so,we make presentations and provide material on the topic that we hope will be useful to others.
  3. Helping people to confront and overcome the dark side of work -- stress, fear, anxiety, burnout, boredom, and other forms of pain. While we occasionally reference the published work of psychologists, we believe our primary contribuion has to do with connecting people with the rich resources of their faith and spirituality, including theological reflection, spirtiual practices, and community.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us at 626.355.8489 or rtribken@faithandenterprise.org.

 

 

 

 

     
 
 

 

 

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