Business, chicken and PRAYER

Truett Cathy is emphatic about it: "I see no conflict between Biblical principles and good business practices," he says. Cathy has built a very successful business by adhering to faith-based principles and values, even though those values seem outmoded to some. His company, Chick-fil-A, is America's third largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain, with over 1,000 outlets.

Cathy feels supported by a higher power in his business. Asked if he prays for and about his business, Cathy responds with a chuckle, "Well, oftentimes it gets so bad you have to. Nothing else works better than prayer."

Describing a critical, prayerful moment in his business, Cathy relates a particularly difficult time for Chick-fil-A during the recession of the early 1980s. The company had taken out a large loan to build a new $10 million corporate headquarters. At the same time, changes in the chicken-breast-sandwich business, an item around which Chick-fil-A's menu is centered, were unexpectedly occurring, and the industry was experiencing increased competition, adding to the cost of doing business and decreasing sales.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Angels on the ski slope
November 18, 2002

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.