Portrait of a Good Manager

Who was the best manager you ever had? And why was that manager a favorite? It’s likely because they were “servant-shepherds.”  Those who lord over their subjects may be able to squeeze some positive results here and there but are seldom ever successful. Sadly, there is no secret formula on how to become an effective boss. There are hundreds of books one can read on the subject, and perhaps knowledge is an excellent first step to filling that role. But there is still no rock-solid plan that will make anyone an effective leader by merely following company rules. Experience offers no sure recipe either. Years of poor managing only makes one a long-term poor manager. If a good manager was someone who could meet corporate goals, we might agree that there are many good managers. However, just being a goal achiever does not make a manager, let alone a good manager.

There are a certain number of character traits that provide the foundation for a good manager. Here’s just a few of them:

  • Compassionate
  • Humble
  • Gentle
  • Kind
  • Caring
  • Self-Controlled
  • Integrity

Some might say having these qualities is a sign of weakness. I propose the contrary is true, for such is Christ. And He remains the perfect model for all leaders to follow today.(TCF)  Consider:  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15).

This thought was written by Tim Files, Delta Aircraft Systems Analyst and Secretary-Treasurer of our FCAP Board of Directors..

Workplace Seminar – Anchorage, AK

Workplace Seminar – Anchorage, AK

In followup to the Workplace Seminar held in Anchorage, AK on Tuesday, February 4, Paul Curtas shares this photo and writes the following:  “We had a wonderful day yesterday.  The five men who attended were all pilots; there was another one who was supposed to come but didn’t make it.  We were also blessed to have Sung’s lovely wife, Grace, with us; she is an educator.  It was a very special time.”

The Most Powerful Message

The Gospel is the most powerful message on earth and in heaven. But for a Christian to think that the only way they can share it at their workplace is by simply verbalizing it, they are falling short of God’s complete intent of presenting His Gospel message through His people. How? The power of this message should be illustrated through our way of living and thus demonstrated to people around us. If we know God’s love through the Gospel, we should show His love to those around us. If we understand God’s forgiveness because of the Gospel, we should forgive those who are far from it. When we have an opportunity to voice and explain its content to those ready to hear it, we must speak it. Consider: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Is your life an exhibition of the message you believe? (PMC)

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

 

 

Journey to Seattle and Anchorage

Journey to Seattle and Anchorage

 

Pictured with Paul are Penny VanVleet and Randy Bukowski. For many years Penny served on staff with FCAP as Editor of our TRIM TAB and other publications, not to mention the numerous other ways she blessed us with her  talents, abilities and loving spirit. Randy has also been an integral part of the ministry for many years as well  and served on our FCAP Board of Directors.

Following a wonderful reunion and visit with FCAPers in the Seattle area, Paul has landed safely in Anchorage, Alaska.  There he was warmly received by one of our FCAP leaders, Sung Chung, and his beautiful family.  (Pictured above with Paul are Sung, Grace, Isaac and Enoch.)  On Tuesday, February 4, Paul will have the privilege of facilitating our Workplace Seminar at Sung’s church.  Pray this will be a catalyst for personal Christian growth and for taking the Good News of Jesus Christ into their respective workplaces through their living testimony.

A safe arrival in Anchorage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Fellowship in DCA/IAD

Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel
February Fellowship
February 16, 2020
2 pm – 5 pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of
Fellowship, Bible Study, and Prayer.

Bring a snack to share. Invite spouses, co-workers, and friends.

Location: 317 1st Street, Berryville, VA
FCAP Reps: Eugene & Christina Kraybill
540-955-1711 Home; 717-332-9689 Eugene; 717-332-9683 Christina

We will be enjoying fruit pizza (a dessert pizza + any snacks you bring to share) while enjoying each other’s company for fellowship, Bible Study on displaying the Fruit of the Spirit in the workplace, and praying for each other.

Preparing the Next Generation

Preparing the Next Generation

We are so very grateful for open doors allowing us to share our Workplace Seminars with students at Christian Schools and Universities.  Many of these students are interested in entering the airline/aviation workplace and to be God’s ambassadors there.  These photos are from two such opportunities.  FCAP General Director Paul Curtas traveled to South Carolina recently where he met with approximately 20 business students at Columbia International University.  Soon after his return to Atlanta, he teamed up with Delta Pilot and FCAP Board member Stephen Watts to address 39 “Intro to Aviation” students at Landmark Christian High School (pictured above).

Paul Curtas engaging With CIU business student, George Huff, who also heads up Fellowship of Christian Professionals Club at CIU.

Paul Curtas presenting Workplace Seminar to business students at CIU.

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured are Landmark Host, Dr. Jim Lee (center), Stephen Watts (left) and Paul Curtas (right).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting God’s Presence

As Christians, God’s presence is said to reside in us (Ephesians 1:13-14; John 14:17). This means our presence at work represents God’s solutions for those who work around us. Not that we are the answer to people’s problems. But rather, we embody and portray God’s saving grace from the power of enslavement to sin, as we demonstrate His presence working in us. As we humble ourselves to Him, His work and power in us provides us the ability to demonstrate to those around us God’s patience and kindness, instead of our frustration and disdain. Our presence in the workplace should give a reflection of the God who created and redeemed us. (PMC) Consider: “But you are… a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.