Denis and Coralie Clark

CEO & Founders

Denis (aka Clarkie) owned and operated a very well know Car Dealership for many years, employing 16-20 staff, and subsequently made a very successful career in Finance and Insurance, where he also employed staff.

After raising a family, Coralie began, grew, and sold 3 different businesses in various areas of the Food and Hospitality Industry, winning two prestigious awards along the way.

Denis and Coralie passionately believe that no one is more strategically positioned in a city or community than Christian believers operating in the marketplace.  Business Edge, their assignment from God, is to see that you are encouraged, strengthened, equipped, and inspired to succeed in your business or work.

As Business Edge Founders and Business Pastors they are practitioners of marketplace ministry, being individually experienced in running successful businesses, having a keen understanding of the unique challenges, spiritual and lifestyle demands business people frequently face.

Denis and Coralie are Licensed Marketplace Ministers with Christian International USA since 2007

https://wwwchristianinternational.com

Denis and Coralie are committed members of a local church. They have 3 married, adult children, and 7 very handsome and gorgeous grandchildren.

Business Edge International Trusted Advisors

Greg and Julie Bailey (Directors Christian International Network of Churches and Ministries Australia and New Zealand )

Russell Drake (NZBS, BMin, BA) Drake Consulting Group

Linda-Maree Drake ( MBA) Drake Consulting Group

Andrew Clements(LLB/BA, TEP) Grayson Clements Legal

David Gifford (BBS, JP) City Edge Accountants

The vision statement of Business Edge is “To be the business group of choice in our city and nation, unlocking all your potential for good and for God.”

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Business Edge began as a seed way back in 1989 with a business failure. Our church pastor at the time, came alongside us and offered as much support as he could, given the limitations of his business experience.

Once the worst was over, and life had regained some normality, we reflected on the fact that the spiritual support had been a real encouragement and wondered why we had not been noticed, honoured or supported while the business had been strong. Business can be a lonely place even when things are going well. These thoughts lay dormant for a decade while we got ourselves back on our feet, cared for our family, began new businesses and once again experienced those same feelings of loneliness, lack of understanding and frustrations within the church family. Others we knew felt much the same.

We began by identifying a few business people we knew who were experiencing similar issues, and (with our pastors permission), began a business focused small group. What a joy it was to meet with, pray with, laugh, cry and build relationships with, folks who dealt with similar situations every day… the bank, compliance, staff issues, sales issues, tax issues, balancing business, family, life, church etc.

After 2 years when the group had become large in size we realised we needed to extend this “budding ministry” to more than a small group and more than just one church, business people of faith all over the city were needing to be part of something that would encourage and recognize the “calling” that God had placed on their lives to be a beacon of light in the city by doing business God’s way.

We waited on God and the concept of Business Edge was born. It was to be different… by being a “member funded” ministry, with a “Business Pastor / Mentor” at the head. The paradigms were shifting and a new “business/ministry” was being born. We launched in April 2003 across the spectrum of churches and found many business people who were ready and willing to pay a membership for spiritual and business encouragement and facilitation.

Business Edge has continued to develop relationship groups, social events, business speakers, educational seminars and workshops, a bi-annual conference day with validated overseas speakers, resources like books, DVDs, CD’s, Pastoral contact, Business Edge After 5 events, direct prayer within the business, email prayer requests and praise points daily etc.

We were privileged to go to Argentina in late 2003, at the invitation of Ed Silvoso to observe how “marketplace Christians” have changed cities from places of corruption and greed, to places of “God’s glory” where they have influence with city leaders because of their demonstration of God’s love in the marketplace. How encouraging!!!

Business Edge has continued to develop areas of influence, across New Zealand, in Perth Australia and USA and alliances with people in UK and around the world.

As Business Edge Pastors/Mentors we are privileged to be able to visit and pray with business leaders daily at their place of work, over the phone, or at the computer and bring them apostolic and prophetic encouragement, so as to excel in their “marketplace” for God.

The vision statement of Business Edge is “To be the business group of choice in our city and nation, unlocking all your potential for good and for God.”

Thank you for taking the time to read our story…

Denis and Coralie Clark – Founders/ Business Edge Pastors (Licensed Christian International Marketplace Pastors 2007)

Business Edge Core Beliefs

  1. Business Edge is an organisation founded in the Christian Principals and beliefs found in the Bible.
  2. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible and authorised word of God .
  3. We believe that there is but one God , the creator of the universe.
  4. We believe that all who receive by faith and confession the Lord Jesus Christ are born again.
  5. We believe that Persons, Businesses, Cities and Nations will prosper as they apply and adhere to Biblical principles.
  6. We believe that God is as passionately interested in our business lives and our work, as He is in our personal lives and families.

Business Edge Best Business Practice

  1. To be ethical, operating in the highest integrity to produce and deliver quality products and services.
  2. To endeavour to meet our financial obligations at all times.
  3. To pay our taxes honestly
  4. To intentionally honour and invest in the betterment of our staff and their families.
  5. To invest generously into the broader community, to bring benefit, blessing and change.
  6. To purposefully connect with other companies, professionals and individuals to impact the world.
  7. To support other Business Edge members in prayer as often as possible.

The Four Tent Pegs of Business

Vision: Proverbs 29:18

Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow God’s teachings.

Measure: Luke 6:38

Give, and it shall be given to you, good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over, they shall give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure, it shall be measured to you again.

Learning: 2 Timothy 2:15

Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

Action: James 2:17-18

Even so faith without works is dead. But a man may say, You have faith and I have works; let me see your faith without your works, and I will make my faith clear to you by my works

What others are saying...

  • “Life as a business person of faith is often a very lonely journey so to know that there are hundreds of people praying for me on my day (and often in between), is encouraging to the max.”

    Neil
  • “This is my blessed week! Thank you for this encouragement, and for all your thoughtful prayers. Blessings to you and all you love for a divine Christmas.”

    Therese
  • “What a blessing you guys are with your encouragement and faithfulness in what God has called you! What a blessing it is to have a support organisation that consistently focuses on hearing from God and putting Him first. We were really encouraged by the meeting last Friday. I am pumped about what God is going to open up in my business this year. Thanks for your support and obedience to enable these things to eventuate. I can’t wait to see what God does in 2017!”

    Paul
  • “Prayer is fantastic! God has been so wonderful- he has faithfully provided our daily needs and we are meeting our bills as they arise – in this past week two work opportunities has arisen for both of us. We are excited with anticipation of what more amazing things God will do next!”

    Antony
  • “It’s been a long hard road but you’ve faithfully stood with us and prayed and prayed and prayed and now we have some options where we never had any before!! God is good, God is faithful and you have been very much the encouragers on the way. So thanks for all that!”

    Merv
  • “I so look forward to my prayer day, I always feel empowered and amazing things happen. It is great to know I am not alone.”

    Sharon
  • “We give thanks in all things, and for all things. Business Edge is a major, thanks Saints. Thanks especially for Coralie and Clarkie for your support and encouragement. Bless you guys. Interesting to reflect on Jesus words Give and it shall be given unto you. Is he saying that the rich shall get richer, not only spiritually but also materially? Contrary to much church and political stance these days. I think He is.”

    Kathleen
  • Thank you for this Coralie, and for you continuous support and prayer ? Its so lovely to know that people are actively praying for you.”

    Josh, Perth
  • “Thankfully the complaint against me has been dropped in full! I’m glad it’s all behind me. Great to have support of good people at these times of distraction. God continually showing me favour and providing approvals for my clients business ventures.”

    Stephen
  • “Great to hear from you both on the day with your words of prayer & encouragement…bang on… We felt encouraged & very upheld on the day as we met with our Accountant that day & since as we look at a new way of ‘doing’ farming. Blessings.”

    Lynn & Nev
  • “Thanks for this amazing word – ready appreciated your ongoing spiritual wisdom, insight and friendship.”

    Russell