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on your own. You were wrong.
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run your business?
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Can you use the Bible and
prayer to run a business?
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Can you use the Bible to Find the Right Answers for Your Business?

“Healthy Leaders Contribute to Healthy Families”
When we create a workplace where people know they’re loved, where everyone brings out the best in each other, and they’re all paid fairly, we go home feeling fulfilled.

Many families struggle with many things. When people know they’re loved at work, they bring some of that love home, and their families get better.

Does that sound like your workplace? If not, how will you get there?

We believe the answer comes through business leaders who take their calling as employers seriously and journey toward God’s definition of success, not only for themselves, but their employees and their families, their customers and vendors, and their local community.

That’s bringing heaven closer to earth, and why we want to invite God into every aspect of our workplace.

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Simple Systems that WORK

“The principles that Phil taught us put us in a position where we had a financial cushion for the 1st moment in our lives.”                                                                       

Ira Huber, Business Owner

Ira Huber, Business Owner

Bridging Business and the Bible

“Any time we have an issue, we go to God for wisdom and the Bible.”

Justin Palmer, Plant Manager

Justin Palmer, Plant Manager

Practical Steps to Breakthrough

“Putting in place Phil’s systems personally and organizationally helped grow out organization from 6 employees to 30, and I have stronger relationships with God and my family than I did with the smaller organization.”

Jon Reinagel, Director, Equip Mozambique

Jon Reinagel, Director, Equip Mozambique

About Me

Business Awards, Conference Speaking, Dynamic Business Leadership: that’s how people see me now, but it wasn’t always that way. Click the dates at the right to learn about the evolution of Cohen Woodworking over the years.

A Modern Facility

In 2016, we added 33,250 square foot expansion to our Saint James headquarters, bringing the total square footage of our main facility to 54,250 square feet. Today we have about 75 employees.


In 2004, the company built and moved into a 12,000 square foot facility in the Industrial Park in Saint James, Missouri. This is also when we incorporated under the name Cohen Architectural Woodworking. In 2007, we added another 9,000 square feet to the existing building.

New Dimensions

In 1994, we moved to Flemingsburg, Kentucky and built a 2,800 square foot facility. At that point, the name of the business changed to New Dimensions. We made another move to Summersville, Missouri in 1998 and built a 3,200 square foot facility.

A Business is Born

In 1982, I purchased my first business license in Altamont, TN. At that point, the name of the business was Country Woodshop. We built a home with used building materials, moved in and began building cabinets in our 600-square-foot basement.

Humble Beginnings

I started working with wood in 1975 in a neighbor’s barn, building porch swings from walnut, cherry, and cedar. Having grown up in the violent neighborhoods of Chicago in an abusive home and later overcoming drug use/addiction and manic depression, I found woodworking to be therapeutic.

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    Building Tips

    Building Tips One
    Use "Mountain Guides" whenever possible. These aren’t always people with degrees and resumes, but those who have climbed the mountains you're facing for each facet of your business. They’ve been there and done that. Many of these mountain guides are eager to help you for a reasonable fee—sometimes even for free—if you just ask.
    Building Tips Two
    Approach the Bible experimentally. Your eye doctor will have you cover one eye to read the eye chart. If you’ve been given a churched version of the Bible, try covering your “church eye,” and reading the Bible. You’ll be surprised at the whole world message you’ll receive.
    Building Tips Three
    For the core part of your business—your service or product—develop an insatiable hunger to learn as much as possible about your line of work. Never lose that hunger.
    Building Tips One Four
    Don't be surprised if starting or running a business is harder than you ever imagined it would be. And never quit on a bad day. Breathe, read the Bible, take some serious prayer walks, and wait for better days that WILL follow!
    Building Tips Five
    Structure how you start your day and stick with it. Have a finish line at the end of each day when you can go home to your “other life.” I talk about this in the "Importance of Self-Care" podcast, which you can access here.
    Building Tips Six
    ALWAYS tell yourself the truth. “If you don’t tell me the truth, life will.” Confusion enters when you're NOT telling yourself the truth about something. Don’t fudge or fizzle the truth. Meet life head-on.
    Building Tips Seven
    Become as ORGANIZED as you can! If your day-to-day is organized, then you have more energy for spontaneity. Like Jazz music, running a business is a healthy tension between structure and improvisation.
    Building Tips Eight
    When we hire people, we look at our "Five C's": Character, Competence, Cultural Fit, willingness to take Correction, and Commitment. Use mine or come up with your own. Also, no decisions about employees ever should be made by one person. Always use a team to get you multiple views of the employee.
    Building Tips Nine
    Consider what makes your organization—or any organization—TOXIC instead of HEALTHY. Make lists of what healthy and toxic organizations do. Stop doing toxic things and start doing healthy things. Ask employees to help create those lists.

    PHIL’S Quotes

    Don’t be surprised if this [running a business] is harder than you ever imagined it would be.

                         Never quit on a bad day.

                   It’s important to have a pure and serving heart.

              [Organizational] Culture doesn’t create itself.

    When you’re in pain, build something beautiful for God and for each other.