Spring Break March 2006 “…a major turning point in my faith.”
Steve Hillard, Pinnacle Forum’s National Chairman of the Board, is an Ag-Business graduate of Illinois State University, former Redbird football player, Banker (TX & IL), and Manufacturing Company owner and/or CEO. Mr. Hillard has owned and/or been CEO of 6 different companies (2 bank, 4 manufacturing). He has been happily married to his bride, Christine, for 28 years. They have 3 beautiful children ages 23, 20, 17.
“My faith was ‘activated’ by Pinnacle Forum!”says National Chairman of the Board, Steve Hillard. It began in 2003 with his first Forum experience and the introduction to the four “E” Strategy. It created a thirst to serve, adding the business of God to the already busy CEO’s life. Later he became a Church Elder and Elder Chair. This ‘activated faith” extended to leadership in Forums, the local Chapter and more recently the national level with Pinnacle Forum. Steve shares that Pinnacle Forum has had a profound impact on his life for the past ten years and sums up the change in the following analogy:
“I love fall. Its’ cool temps, colorful foliage, football, and harvest time in Central Illinois. When the harvest is complete the results are stored away, separately, in silos; corn in one, soybeans in another.
Silos. That’s how I categorized my own life, before God impacted me through Pinnacle Forum. Separate ‘silos’ for work, family, friends, faith; tapping into them as I went about my days. It was unintentional, it just happened. Perhaps something in my past made me think of my life’s components as separate, not meant to be mixed.
Fortunately, God revealed to me – through experiences and involvement in Pinnacle Forum – that this ‘silo’ approach was not His intention for my life. So I began to knock them down, allowing each part to co-mingle and influence each other, consistent with my faith. I became more transparent with my own Forum members, and began to find the freedom in Christ spoken of in the Word of God. I also felt a burden;”
“From everyone who has been given much, much
will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Luke 12:48 NIV
“Perhaps you have built some ‘silos’ in your life. I encourage you to begin to knock them down. Allow God into all parts. Don’t keep your faith separate from your work, family, hobbies, etc. Instead, let them be a reflection of it.
My prayer for you is that as you take your faith into every area of your life you will experience less internal conflict and more of the peace that Christ promised. And most of all, that the absence of those ‘silos’ will allow you to make your unique, God-designed impact on others and our culture in Christ’s name.”