Bill English, M.A., M.Div., L.P. CPBPM

Bill English
Bill English, MA, MDiv, LP, CPBPM, Qualified Neutral, Pastor

– Founder, Bible and Business
– Associate, The Platinum Group
– Licensed Psychologist
– Rule 114 Minnesota Qualified Neutral
– KTIS Guest Contributor
– NRA Instructor
– Microsoft MVP (11 years)
– Author, 15 books

Bill’s Personal Web site is here.

Bill draws on his experience in business ownership, pastoral experience and psychological training to help others in their efforts at running a small business profitably. Bill has real-world experience taking a company headed for bankruptcy and turning it into a thriving, profitable venture.  He is a successful author, speaker and conference presenter, having authored 15 books on various Microsoft platforms. Bill has conducted over 15,000 hours of marriage and family therapy.  Bill consults with small businesses through The Platinum Group where he specializes in small business turn-arounds, ownership transitions and conflict resolution.  He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children, where summer is the six best days of the year!

Credentials Held

  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Minnesota
  • Rule 114 Minnesota Qualified Neutral
  • NRA Instructor
  • KTIS FaithRadio Contributor
  • Certified Professional in Business Process Management
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer
  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (11 consecutive years)
  • Certified Technical Trainer
  • Information Organization Specialist, AIIM

Education

TRINITY EVANGELICAL DIVINITY SCHOOL

  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Divinity

INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

  • Bachelor of Science, Business and Political Science

CERTIFICATES

  • Strategic Organizational Leadership, Villanova University
  • Business Process Management, Villanova University
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10 thoughts on “Bill English, M.A., M.Div., L.P. CPBPM”

  1. Hello Brother English, I’m a believer and I am a business owner and been an owner for over 5 years now.

    I’ve been praying to the Lord now for guidance along with my wife for over a month regarding a business relationship I have with a partner who claims to be a believer also.

    My issue is a business partnership who I started with at the beginning of June 2012. In the beginning I paid for an attorney to draw up our partnership as 50/50 owners.

    My partner lives in Chicago and the business is in Mississippi where I’m here to grow and work.

    He has not been here to even spend a week to help out in the business to grow it to where it is now.

    He did however contribute some of the equipment when we started in 2012, which I’m still utilizing and he showed me how to make 5 few recipes in making gourmet popcorn.

    In 2015, because of a seemingly to be failing business, he agreed to a buy out for 20k in which he wanted to be paid. I agreed, but I couldn’t pay him all at once. So I paid to have an agreement structured where he had to get notarized to which I’m to make a down payment of $5,000.00 and a monthly payment of $600.00.

    As I made payments to him his 50% ownership decreased at the same time as I made payments according to the contract agreement. Example 5k decreased ownership equity to 45%, $600.00 decreased to 43%, etc…

    I was only able to make the 5k down and 4 of the $600.00 Monthly payments. I paid him only $7,400.00 total of the $20,000.00.

    I was unable to make any more payments because the business account was frozen & since that time our business has been through the risk of tax issues and at risk on several occasions of business revocation or the business selling licence revoked.

    We talked during that time and he understood and was willing to wait for payment until the tax issue was resolved and I will resume payments.

    Now it’s 2017 and almost in 2018 and I’ve resolved the tax issue and business has been really good and things look better for Yum Yum’s Gourmet Popcorn in the future, at the same time I wanted to start my payments back up with my partner.

    He now claims a breach & and default in the contract and just wants his 50% status back. He also refuses to a buy out or payments.

    I need guidance and how my approach should be on how to deal with him.

    He wants to know the sales of the business and details regarding the business overall to get paid some revenue from the business to which I refuse to give him.

    He claims he’s got an attorney​ because he claims he has rights.

    Keep in mind for 5 years he has not been in the store to help out or contribute financially or put some labor time to work or anything except about 4 times to visit.

    I also bought part of his equity which according to the contract he’s only 39% owner now, He’s now a minority owner I figure.

    I really don’t know what I should do. I’m thinking that I should just let him back end and try to work together.

    He really dont have anything to contribute as to finances since he still lives in Chicago or Atlanta now and the business is in Mississippi.

    He wants to come out but he needs to get a job out here first which I’m trying to help.

    I’m not sure he have a dependable job where he’s at.

    He is married, but separated. He’s currently living with a young lady that’s not his wife. He claims he’s getting a divorce. I know God isn’t please with that.

    Anyway I was reading the word and looking at Scripture when I stumbled on Deuteronomy 25:1 Where it says, when men have a dispute, they are to take it to court and the Judge will decide the case.

    I then googled what to do about partnership dispute in business and what should a Christian do and some how I saw an article about you.

    Could you share your godly counsel and experience in a Christian perspective on how you would handle this.

    I know you aren’t an attorney and can’t give me advice and perhaps I need to get one, but first we are Christians and we have God’s word that provides inspiration of God, and his word is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness.

    I appreciate you ministry.

    1. Do NOT let him back into your business. This is a complicated situation, my advice is to find a good attorney and try to work it out informally between your attorney and his. Any advice I would offer here would likely be unhelpful since I’m not intimately familiar with your situation. But this does point to the need to have a shareholder agreement (a.k.a. buy/sell agreement) which outlines all of the negative eventualities that can be experienced and how the partners (shareholders) will manage their conflicts. It needs to be written by a lawyer and signed by all parties when everyone is getting along – well before there are conflicts. A shareholder agreement is a necessity to having good partner relations.

  2. Hello Bill,
    I am not a business owner at this point, but I am currently a business leader for one location for a national, publicly traded company. I found your website through my research trying to learn to integrate my faith and business when I became the director of my branch. I have really appreciated your insight and have gained valuable information, but I find your information a lot higher level than what I currently am involved in. I’m 30 years old and have been a director for a little more than two years, so I have many more years to work in the business world. At this point, I feel a gap between the decisions I have the power to make and the topics you cover. While this is information I am eagerly filing away for the future as well as currently use within my branch, what resources could you recommend that might be more suited to someone like me who is trying to grow my career but still trying to integrate faith and business at a leadership level below the CEO?

    1. I can understand why there is a gap for you RE the content on this site. I do write specifically for Christian Business Owners because I think they have a unique stewardship responsibility (and opportunity) before the Lord to use their business to fulfill and live out the four purposes of business. I don’t know of any good resources for you concerning the integration of your faith with being a leader in a publically traded company. There’s a hole there that needs to be filled. Perhaps God is leading you to take a thought leadership role in this regard? Post back if you’d like to discuss more.

  3. I heard you today on Faith Radio with Austin Hill. Where do you recommend we put our 401k/SEP/ SIMPLE money in light of the impending financial crisis to lessen the risk of loss? Leave it the stock market or move it to a bank Cd???? Thanks for your reply and Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. In the event of a financial collapse, most paper-based and electronic-based money will be worthless. Instead, I would have some goods to barter with (not gold or silver…) and would still have some money. The reality is that our money will lose it’s buying power – which is the real issue. It’s not where you put your money as much as it is having inelastic goods or services with which you can trade. Does this help?

        1. In the event of a complete financial collapse, people will barter for basic needs – food, clothing, shelter, protection, security and the like. So the basics we take for granted would become valuable – clean water, self-defense, ability to cook food and so forth. Being able to trade in these areas will help you a great deal until the economy gets going again. Does this help?

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