7 Ways to Glorify God with Your Upper Cervical Practice!

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Speaker Dr. Bill Davis

Well, hello everyone, and welcome to the webinar for today. Very excited to be with you today. We're going to be talking about seven ways to glorify God with your upper cervical practice, how to steward your team, your patients, and your practice to expand the kingdom of God. Really excited to present this information to you. This is something that been on my heart for quite some time I'm excited to share this information with you I'm going to pray before I start this webinar today and then we'll get right into it so lord I just thank you so much for this opportunity to share with upper cervical doctors and help them to more effectively glorify you with their practices I pray you'd be with me and speak through me for your glory in jesus name amen

Well, thank you guys so much for being part of this webinar today. I am just thrilled to be able to present this to you. I don't want you to think that I have this all figured out. For the past two decades, I've been in business and been really thinking through and studying and applying what I've learned when it comes to glorifying God with my businesses. And I want to make sure that I'm sharing that information with you so you can do the same. So we're going to be going through these seven ways that I've found to glorify God with your upper cervical practice that we've worked with other doctors on in the past 11 years with UCM practice growth systems. And so I'm excited to present this information to you and let's get going on it.

So, you know, the first thing that I wanted to share with you, and I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but our UCM mission, it's something that is very, very important to us, is to bring hope and healing to sick and suffering people for the glory of God. That is what we are about as a company. This also was my mission in my upper cervical practice before my injury, before I started UCM. I had the same mission in my upper cervical practice, bring hope and healing to sick and suffering people for the glory of God. And so if you have a similar mission, then this is, this webinar is designed for you. And so, you know, the first thing I want to look at when we start to get into this information is, is, you know, what we're going to learn today, because there is a lot of things that we're going to be going through. There's going to be a lot of value for you and, I'm excited to present this information to you. I love working with doctors who are focused on glorifying God in their practice. It's one of the thrills of our company and our life to be able to unite with other people who have a similar mission to us.

Today, what we're going to be looking at specifically is how to promote a practice mission focused on glorifying God, building His kingdom. what you need to learn from some areas of the Bible like Noah's Ark and the tabernacle church service to build your practice with excellence, how to be bold in using your spiritual gifts, how to be a good steward with your practice and personal finances, how to reach out to your community to help more people, how to use Jesus-style disciple-making principles to build and grow your team. how to consistently demonstrate generosity, how to set your practice apart, and just different things that we want to make sure that we're focusing on now to really glorify God with our practices.

And so the first thing to look at when you look at your business or your practices is, is you personally. Before we can really talk about the practice, we have to talk about you as a disciple. As you go, the practice will follow. And so the more committed you are to following Christ, to being a disciple of Jesus Christ, the more that you will... exude that within your practice. So, you know, a disciple is really, it's someone that is following Jesus. It's being changed by Jesus. It's committed. It's someone who is committed to the mission of Jesus to make disciples everywhere. So a disciple is focused on building the kingdom of God and not building their own kingdom. And that's a big one. That's a major one. It's something that I actually remind myself of every single day as I start my day that, you know, Lord, I want to build your kingdom and not my own. And so looking at your own relationship with God is always an important place to start when you want to glorify God more with your practice.

And so one of the things is, are you seeking first the kingdom of God? Jesus said, but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you in Matthew 6.33. And so seeking first the kingdom of God, what does that mean? It means prioritizing the kingdom of God, prioritizing God's glory, prioritizing expansion of the kingdom as your first priority in all areas of your life, including your practice. And so, again, another part of this is, you know, is being a servant of all, right? There's this great section in the scriptures in Mark 9, 34 through 35, where they're asking Jesus about how to be great. And he says, you know, they kept silent for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the 12. He said to them, if anyone be first, he must be last of all and servant of all. And so prioritizing, keeping first the kingdom of God, a lot of it becomes a part of an upside down kingdom where you're focusing on being the servant of all, being the one who is serving your team, serving your patients, serving your community rather than being served, right? Jesus came to serve, not to be served. And we want to be the same.

Another part of this individual discipleship pathway that you're on is dying to yourself, right? As Jesus said in Luke 9, 23 through 25, if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it. Whatever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? And so, as you're building an upper cervical practice, When you keep the focus on the most important thing, which is bringing glory to God, you won't get to the point where you're gaining the whole world but losing or forfeiting yourself. Giving your life away to others, being focused on God and others, will help you to die to yourself on a daily basis. Because another big... thing when it comes to a practice or any business is starting to get into the place where you're serving money rather than God. Jesus said, no one can serve two masters, or either he will hate the one and love the other, or he'll be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

So every day we have to make a choice. Are we serving money? Are we serving God? And so if we are focused on serving God, focused on expanding his kingdom, then we will constantly reorient ourselves to what's most important. And as you do that, as you orient yourself to the things that are most important in the kingdom of God, then faithfulness is rewarded. It says, Jesus says, in the parable of talents, he says, well done, good servant, because you have been faithful in very little, you shall have authority over 10 cities. So when you're faithful in what God gives you, he gives you more. That's a principle within scripture.

And so all of this is part of that individual commitment journey as a disciple, consistently looking into yourself to see where you are in your relationship with God is a huge part of glorifying God with your practice. And as you continually do that, then you can start to reflect this into your practice. And that's when what we're going to get into now. And a lot of what it comes down to is, are you a disciple maker? Jesus' last words to the disciples before he ascended to heaven were the Great Commission, where Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age. Make disciples. Being a disciple maker is ultimately what our lives are all about as followers of Christ. So if you constantly are thinking about that, how can I make disciples? How can I be more impactful for the kingdom of God, expanding the kingdom by having more disciples? Then that's going to help you to have the right mindset when it comes to your practice.

So let's now turn our attention to the upper cervical practice specifically and look at seven ways to glorify God with your upper cervical practice. These seven ways we're going to go through right now are promote a kingdom-focused practice mission, prioritize prayer, disciple your team, design systems focused on order, community outreach, financial stewardship, and being a bold witness. Let's get right into it.

The first one here is to promote a kingdom-focused practice mission. So once you look internally and you really look at your own relationship with God, then you can start thinking about, okay, how can I impact this mission? this world in a bigger way through my work, through what I'm doing on a daily basis. And that starts with your mission. So promoting a kingdom-focused practice mission, it's focused on expanding the kingdom of God by sharing the love of Christ with everyone you meet.

Your mission, it should in some way, shape, or form, take the form of our mission is bring glory to God by doing whatever you're doing within your practice, right? Your upper cervical specific technique or the way that you were serving patients within your practice. So that the idea there is that it starts with love, right? Promoting a kingdom focused practice mission begins with love. John 13:35 says, "By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another." 1 Corinthians 16:14, "Let all that you do be done in love." Love for your team, love for your patients, love for your community is what that kingdom-focused practice mission is all about.

And so, you know, when it comes to loving your team, Loving your team means loving them with patience and kindness and trust and unselfishness, truthfulness, forgiveness, and dedication. And another part of this kingdom-focused practice mission is loving your patients. Loving your patients can take a lot of different forms, but a lot of it can start with just gratitude, being grateful to your patients with your words and your actions, you know, thanking them for little things within the practice, sending them thank you cards, being mindful of what's going on in their lives, recognizing what's going on in your patient's lives, right? Romans 12:15 says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep," right?

So caring enough about them to love them well as a team and really teaching your team to recognize body language, voice inflection, helping them to understand what's going on in their lives. So You know, doing things like, you know, if you had a patient who had a death in the family being caring enough to send them flowers or send them a card, send them something to express your condolences. If you have a patient whose daughter's getting married, sending something that's congratulatory to them, being excited for them on the different things that are happening in their lives. Being involved with them doesn't mean being their counselor, doesn't mean being anything like that, but it's caring enough about them to understand what's going on in their lives and loving them well. The other part of this is loving your community. And a lot of this just comes down to serving, right?

As we looked at earlier, being the servant of all. So serving within your local church and not in some manipulative way to try to get more patients, but just because you have the heart of a servant, serving in your community with your team is a great way to live this out. So for instance, taking your team and feeding the homeless or participating in a cause that matters to you and your team. I know in my practice, we did a walk for life one time with a pregnancy resource center in the area. So whatever it is, love your community well through your actions. And so that was the first way that you can Glorify God with your upper cervical practices to promote a kingdom-focused practice mission, and it's focused around love.

The second one is to prioritize prayer. Prayer is crucial in glorifying God with your practice. As James 4:2-3 says, "You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly to spend on your passions." So praying by yourself, with your team, with patience when God presents the opportunity is a big part of glorifying God with your practice.

The first area is praying by yourself, leading your practice through prayer. So, you know, one of the ways that, you know, I've talked about this before is getting into praying over your practice in the mornings, right? Having that great morning routine where you get to the practice early before anyone else does. You walk through each room, you pray for the Lord to work in you and through you and your team. Pray for specific patients and their results, issues in their lives. Pray for your team members. Pray for wisdom. Pray for the spiritual gift of healing and miracles to be given to you, right? Leading your practice through prayer as you start the day is a huge, huge thing.

And then praying with your team, you know, in your morning huddle that I encourage practices to do is, you know, gather together in the morning and One of the things you can do during that morning huddle is just pray that the Lord would be with you to accomplish your mission in that day. If you have that mission to bring glory to God with your practice, then pray that he would bless that mission. Pray for specific team members' needs. If you have a team member who's sick, a team member who's struggling with something, pray for them. Pray for specific patients' needs as a team. Praise God for results as well. And one of the ways you can do that at the end of the day, having that end of the day huddle where you Look back at the day and you thank God for what he did that day in the practice.

The other thing is praying with patience. When God presents opportunities, be ready to pray with patience. Pray with them for salvation. You may have opportunity to lead a patient to Christ. Pray for healing. Pray for issues that they're going through. Be ready to rejoice with them and weep with them. Again, you don't have to spend hours with patience in order to do this. It's moments where the Lord will give you these moments where you've got to be ready to pray when he calls upon you to do so. So prioritizing prayer within the practice is the second way to glorify God with your practice.

The third way is to disciple your team. Using principles from the scriptures to disciple your team well. And so this starts with using these Jesus discipling principles to develop your team. Well, how did Jesus disciple people? Well, one thing is he spent time with them, right? He engaged with them. He got to know them personally. He spent time getting to know their families and getting to know who was important in their lives. And so as a leader of a practice, right? You've got, these are the kinds of things you wanna do. You wanna spend time with your team, spend time with their families, spend time with their husbands or wives, right? In time outside of the practice, right? Getting to know them, getting to know what matters to them, getting to know how you can serve them most effectively.

Another part of it is being an example for your team, right? Being able to say, you know, follow me as I follow Christ is a huge part of discipling anyone well, but especially your team members. And then rallying your team to help more people together, helping them to stay focused on what's important, be focused on the big why of bringing glory to God is another part of discipling your team. So, Part of this too is teaching your team how to love people well. You don't ever want to assume your team knows how to love people well. You want to teach them how you want people to be treated, right?

In Luke 6:31, as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them, right? So training your team on an ongoing basis, teaching them how they should handle this situation, that situation, these kinds of things so that they love people well is part of bringing glory to God in your practice. And as I said, also being an example to your team, it's important to demonstrate what a servant looks like within your practice. So always be ready to serve. Be ready to serve your team. Be ready to serve your patient. Be the servant of all. You hear this idea of servant leadership, but I'll tell you, all leadership is really servant leadership, true leadership. It's servant leadership. It's being focused on serving the people that you're leading. Being confident enough, as I said, in your own relationship with God, to be able to say, follow me as I follow Christ. And then helping more people together. Rallying your team behind a mission focused on bringing glory to God by helping more sick and suffering people find hope and healing. Helping them to reorient their minds every single day to that mission. through your prayer, through your words, through what you say, through how you speak and how you encourage them to continue to focus on what's most important.

And so discipling your team is that third way to glorify God with your upper cervical practice. And I'll tell you, if you really want to Work with your team to grow in this area. We would love to help you. This is an area we've been able to help a lot of practices with their teams, clarify their roles, get more specific on what's expected of each team member, helping them to rally behind the mission. And so, you know, if you want to head over to the website, UCMPracticeGrowthSystems.com, just click on the button that says Start Growing. This is a great way that we could partner with you and help you in this area.

The fourth way to glorify God with your practice is to design systems focused on order. When we look at the scriptures, we see that God is a God of order, not chaos. We can see examples in Noah's Ark, tabernacle, church service, so forth. Many other examples. We'll look at more in a second. And we also see that God calls us to work with excellence. Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord, not for men. So these are two different principles that are key at designing systems focused on order. And so let's look at this more.

The first thing is that God is a God of order, not chaos. We see this throughout the scriptures. Example, you know, Noah's Ark. He tells very specific examples. This is how you are to make it, right? He has a very specific, orderly way of building the Ark. In the tabernacle, he says, make this exactly as I show you, right? He has a very specific way of doing it. And we see also with the church service in the New Testament, 1 Corinthians, he says, He gives him very specific instructions on how to orient the church service. And he says, for God, at the end of this section, he says, for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. So we see that God is a God of order, not chaos. And we want to aspire to do the same within our practices.

So does your practice represent the character of God by being a place of order, or is it in chaos? right? Looking specifically at your practice and whether or not it's orderly. So some of the most important things to do when it comes to this and glorifying God in this area is clearly defining your systems, right? Having clearly defined checklists, milestones, scripts. You have documented systems. You have consistently updating those processes. You're utilizing those systems in your weekly trainings. You're using those systems to hold your team accountable to the standards. Having those clearly defined systems is a way that you can glorify God with your practice, right? Having it so that patients get a consistent experience within the practice.

This is part of a way of reflecting the character of God. And so one of the ways, one of the systems that's crucially important to your practice is, It's your new patient phone call. When someone first calls the practice as a new patient or you call a patient who is a lead that is looking to schedule with the practice, having a clearly defined process for that call is really, really important. And so we've created a new patient phone call checklist if you want to. Download this as a free download. You can head over to the website and click on resources and you'll see the practice growth tools resources and new patient phone call checklists is in there, a really great resource to help you in this area.

The other part of order within the practice is not just having systems, but also looking to be excellent within those systems. As I mentioned earlier, Colossians 3.23, whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord, not for men. So being excellent is a key part of having a practice that glorifies God. One of our core values at UCM is to be excellent in the ordinary. And I encourage you to focus on excellence in your upper cervical practice as well.

And part of this is you got to fight against complacency. The idea of being good enough or complacency Instead, you want to work hard. You want to encourage your team to work hard as well. You want to encourage your team to continue to improve and refine what you're doing within your systems is really, really important. And so again, if you need help in this area, we'd love to help you. This is another area where we love helping doctors, our practice growth sessions. We focus on these types of things all the time with doctors, help them to grow in these areas, teams, systems, these types of things. You can go over the website, UCMPracticeGrowthSystems.com and get a free practice growth strategy session there to learn more about what we do.

So the fourth area here is to design systems focused on order. The fifth is community outreach. Outreach in your community, right? As Jesus said, we don't want to be hiding what we do. We want to be the light of the world. We want to be a city on a hill. If you truly are a practice that is seeking to glorify God in your work, why not help more people, right? When I get more people into your practice that you can serve and bless and encourage and ultimately expand the kingdom of God. And that is exactly what another way that you can glorify God with your practice is by consistently reaching out to the community.

And ways to do that is through digital. The digital world now is so, so important at communicating with people internally and externally, right? These three main areas of outreach community outreach is is crucially important and you know this is something obviously that we're very well known for at UCM at is that helping doctors with this helping doctors reach more people in their communities reach more people through digital internal and external means And we've been blessed to help lots of doctors over the years with this particular area, addressing new patient problems, addressing these types of issues of community outreach. And we'd love to be able to help you too. Again, you can head over to the website and learn more about those services as well.

So the fifth way to glorify God with your cervical practice is prayer. through community outreach. The sixth is financial stewardship. Financial stewardship, so, so important when it comes to glorifying God with your practice. So I'm going to look at four key practices to create financial peace in your practice. So we're going to look at making and following a budget, doing your accounting, saving, and getting out of debt. These are four ways we can see. These are biblical principles for handling finances, specifically for your practice that will glorify God. And so the first one is making and following a budget. Your budget gives you a plan for your money, what you make, spend, and save. Every dollar has a job. When you use a budget, you can tell your money, your collections, where to go instead of wondering where it went. So you want to think of your budget like looking through a windshield to see what's coming up and gauge how you're doing on reaching your destination. When you see the big picture, the money coming in, and what's going out, right? Your collections and overhead. You can set goals, you can make adjustments, you can plan for all the costs of running an upper cervical practice. And you can start to say a little margin, right? Margin, right? Margin for marketing, margin for purchases, margin for raises and bonuses and taxes, emergencies, unexpected opportunities. And instead, get rid of the flying by the seat of your pants. That's the power of a budget. So First thing you can do when it comes to financial stewardship, glorifying God with your practice is making sure that you actually have a budget in place for your practice that you follow each month.

The second way to have financial peace in your practice is to do your accounting, right? So many times over the years, I've sat with doctors and asked them about numbers and they just weren't sure about them. And so making sure that your financial reports are done, because ultimately they tell the story of where your practice is healthy and where it's struggling. Most practice owners don't want to spend the time studying spreadsheets and reports But what happens if you avoid them? Chaos takes over. Your business may fail ultimately. So understanding some of these things, you have to steward what God gave you to manage.

So in other words, you have to look at your numbers regularly. If that sounds about as fun as sticking your finger in a light socket, take heart. You don't have to personally track and crunch your numbers. Make one of the first hires. If you haven't already, hire a bookkeeper, hire an accountant, hire a CPA. They can do those number of things you hate, but you have to know your business and the basics of accounting in order to effectively steward your practice.

The third way you can get financial peace in your practice is to save. Saving gives you margin and choices. A lot of business owners believe they need a line of credit to survive, but what you really need is money in your savings account so you can be your own line of credit. It's called retained earnings, and having it is crucial to survive and prosper in practice. So retained earnings gives you margin to handle emergencies, reduce debt, make planned purchases, invest back into the practice. And it gives you freedom to jump on unexpected opportunities like buying out another practice or buying someone's furnishings or snagging a piece of property or purchasing a new piece of technology. Having cash gives you choices. And so making sure that you're saving is another way to have more financial peace within your practice.

The fourth way is to get out of debt. I'm a big Dave Ramsey guy. I love his materials and what he does at Ramsey Solutions. And in Proverbs 22.7, it says, the borrower is slave to the lender. And I love this quote by Dave Ramsey. Proverbs 22.7 says, the borrower is slave to the lender. And it doesn't add except in business, right? So getting out of debt in your business is key. At Ramsey Solutions, they often say, you know, debt is dumb and cash is king. Why do they say that? Because debt increases risk and magnifies mistakes. You don't want to be stuck with five years of payments on a failed idea, right? So what happens when you borrow and can't make your payments? Your cash flow dries up quick. And so getting out of debt, if you're already in debt, is key part of glorifying God with your practice. So here's some ways that you can get out of debt. If you're in debt, by following these practices, you can help eliminate debt and turn your cash position around, usually in about three to five years.

First, you start by paying yourself a living wage, aka the minimum your family can live on, and still pay your bills without just eating rice and beans for every meal. Number two is you pay all your expenses and payroll and taxes for the business. Number three is you put 15 to 20% of your net profit into retained earnings. And number four is you apply the remaining amount, the 80, 85% that's left to business debt until it's gone, right? So if you do those four things, you can get out of debt relatively quickly, depending on how much debt you have, somewhere in the three to five year range or less, if it's not too much debt, but highly, highly recommend eliminating debt from your business so you can glorify God more with your practice.

Another part of financial stewardship when it comes to your upper cervical practice is being generous. Being a generous practice, generous doctor within that practice. So there's a lot of different ways to be generous. Obviously, being a cheerful giver, being joyful in your giving. One of the ways that I love to do within my practice is I would... I would have one person per month that I would give full services to, right? So one charity case per month. Now this is not a discount, but full care for free, right? So this may be a pastor, this may be a single mom, this may be a widow, this may be something, somebody that comes into the practice I have, God gives me a heart for them to be able to serve them, care for them, take care of them. And I choose to give those services to them, right? So that's an example of being generous in the practice. Another way you can do it is just making sure you're blessing your team, right? Looking for ways to be generous to them, looking for ways to celebrate things with them, going out to dinners and events and different things with them and their families. looking for ways to give them bonuses or raises when they deserve them. Doing those types of things, blessing your team is another way to be generous. And then giving, right? Just giving to advance the kingdom. Use the resources, use the money that is made through your business to expand the kingdom through your local church, through other ministries that are important to you. Being generous is another way of that financial stewardship part of bringing glory to God with your upper cervical practice.

And so that is the sixth way to glorify God with your practice. We've got one more we're going to go through, and that's number seven, be a bold witness. Being a bold witness. So in 1 Peter 3, verse 14 through 16, it says, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect. So this means that... We need to always be ready to share the gospel with someone. Always be ready to share the hope that is in us with someone who doesn't know the Lord. And so part of this is setting your practice apart. Setting it apart from other businesses, setting it apart from other upper cervical practices even, is knowing how to articulate the gospel properly. be able to tell people what Jesus did, and always be ready to share it with patients or team members as the Lord gives you opportunities. It doesn't mean that every patient that comes through the practice you share the gospel with, but it's being sensitive and submitted to the Holy Spirit, being discerning when it comes to those opportunities that he gives you, and being able to share it when it comes.

So another simple way to set the practice apart is just don't be afraid to play Christian music in your practice, right? I used to do this in my practice and I'd have patients who loved it. I had patients who would ask about it, that type of thing. It's just another way, again, to set the practice apart. And then the third way is to understand and use the spiritual gifts the Lord has given you in your practice. So do you understand your spiritual gifts? Have you really looked into those? Have you studied the scriptures with what the spiritual gifts are? and do you know which ones you have if you have different gifts you know teaching or leadership or administration discernment evangelism encouragement healing service knowledge wisdom compassion these are some of the ones that you can actively use within your practice in different ways to help set your practice apart and so that's the seventh way to to honor God, to glorify God with your practice is to be a bold witness. And so as we started this conversation today, our mission at UCM is to bring hope and healing to sick and suffering people for the glory of God. Hopefully you've gotten a lot of value out of this today. Hopefully you understand our heart, which is really to help all of our cervical doctors bring hope and healing to more and more sick and suffering people. But if you specifically are a brother and sister in Christ and you have a similar mission, we would love to talk more with you and see if we could connect and be able to help you grow your practice. We would love to do that. That's been one of the greatest blessings of my life. And so again, schedule a free practice growth strategy session at UCMPracticeGrowthSystems.com. And as we always say, go team upper cervical.

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