Covington Aircraft | Powered by God

January 17th, 2014

Does aircraft maintenance have anything to do with God's work? Paul and Betty Abbott and their sons Luke and Aaron believe so. The Abbotts took over operations of Covington Aircratf shortly after Paul’s graduation from LeTourneau University, know that they were just stewards of a company that belonged to God. “We hold every decision we make, concerning any aspect of the company, up to the light of God’s word. We do this because we, as believers in Christ, are responsible for everything put into our hands by our Savior Jesus Christ. We try honestly to fulfill the goals of our heavenly Father through submitting ourselves, and all we have, to Him on a daily basis.” That commitment is demonstrated in four core values: integrity, dependability, affordability, and quality service.

Located just south of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Covington Aircraft is a world-leading aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility specializing Pratt & Whitney turbine and radial engines. One of only two Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facilities in the United States, Covington provides world-class service to corporate and agricultural aircraft. In addition to engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, Covington performs engine installations and operates state-of-the-art engine testing facilities.

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Discussion Questions

Paul Abbott began the interview by stating, “God does own this business and we’re all here working for him.” What ways can you recall from this video that God’s ownership was manifest at Covington?

Paul quotes Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it ...” What claim does God have on your work and business? How does that change things?

Paul says that the key to Covington’s success is finding their niche. How important is to focus and become excellent in what you do?

Beyond focused work, Paul and his wife Betty depended on God for not only success but the next meal when they started out. How has Matthew 6:33 been a reality in your work? What ways did you see the verse illustrated at Covington?

Do you agree with Luke Abbott that Christian values are necessary to do business in today’s world? Why do you believe this is true—or not?

What do Christian values contribute to business?

Do you agree with Aaron Abbott that if you don’t get integrity right the other values don’t matter? Why—of why not?

Paul says, “You can have the buildings, the tools, the equipment; but if you don’t have good employees, you don’t really have anything.” Why are good employees critical? How do they contribute to the success of Covington?

Aaron mentions that they try to “be the church to their employees.” What is he talking about? Why might this be increasingly important?

What are some of the ways that Covington serves the spiritual needs of its employees?

If Covington fails to do good work, the problems are a bit more catastrophic than in most workplaces. Why else is excellence important besides keeping planes in the air?

Paul tells us the there’s no doubt that God “called him into business and to be a businessman.” Have you ever heard someone say they were called to business? What does that mean to you?

The Abbotts have stepped beyond the bounds of their daily work at Covington to serve the world’s needs. What has God laid on your heart that you might do with your business resources like this?

Paul mentioned that he prays for his business on a daily basis. Why? How important is prayer to you and your business?

If you believed that “everything we have is because of God’s blessing,” how would your work change?

- See more at: http://centerforfaithandwork.com/learn/keeping-aircraft-flying-glory-god#overlay-context=

Does aircraft maintenance have anything to do with God's work? Paul and Betty Abbott and their sons Luke and Aaron believe so. The Abbotts took over operations of Covington Aircratf shortly after Paul’s graduation from LeTourneau University, know that they were just stewards of a company that belonged to God. “We hold every decision we make, concerning any aspect of the company, up to the light of God’s word. We do this because we, as believers in Christ, are responsible for everything put into our hands by our Savior Jesus Christ. We try honestly to fulfill the goals of our heavenly Father through submitting ourselves, and all we have, to Him on a daily basis.” That commitment is demonstrated in four core values: integrity, dependability, affordability, and quality service.

Located just south of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Covington Aircraft is a world-leading aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility specializing Pratt & Whitney turbine and radial engines. One of only two Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facilities in the United States, Covington provides world-class service to corporate and agricultural aircraft. In addition to engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, Covington performs engine installations and operates state-of-the-art engine testing facilities.

[insert video]

Discussion Questions

Paul Abbott began the interview by stating, “God does own this business and we’re all here working for him.” What ways can you recall from this video that God’s ownership was manifest at Covington?

Paul quotes Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it ...” What claim does God have on your work and business? How does that change things?

Paul says that the key to Covington’s success is finding their niche. How important is to focus and become excellent in what you do?

Beyond focused work, Paul and his wife Betty depended on God for not only success but the next meal when they started out. How has Matthew 6:33 been a reality in your work? What ways did you see the verse illustrated at Covington?

Do you agree with Luke Abbott that Christian values are necessary to do business in today’s world? Why do you believe this is true—or not?

What do Christian values contribute to business?

Do you agree with Aaron Abbott that if you don’t get integrity right the other values don’t matter? Why—of why not?

Paul says, “You can have the buildings, the tools, the equipment; but if you don’t have good employees, you don’t really have anything.” Why are good employees critical? How do they contribute to the success of Covington?

Aaron mentions that they try to “be the church to their employees.” What is he talking about? Why might this be increasingly important?

What are some of the ways that Covington serves the spiritual needs of its employees?

If Covington fails to do good work, the problems are a bit more catastrophic than in most workplaces. Why else is excellence important besides keeping planes in the air?

Paul tells us the there’s no doubt that God “called him into business and to be a businessman.” Have you ever heard someone say they were called to business? What does that mean to you?

The Abbotts have stepped beyond the bounds of their daily work at Covington to serve the world’s needs. What has God laid on your heart that you might do with your business resources like this?

Paul mentioned that he prays for his business on a daily basis. Why? How important is prayer to you and your business?

If you believed that “everything we have is because of God’s blessing,” how would your work change?

- See more at: http://centerforfaithandwork.com/learn/keeping-aircraft-flying-glory-god#overlay-context=

Does aircraft maintenance have anything to do with God's work?  It sure does, according to Paul and Betty Abbott, and their sons Luke and Aaron. The Abbotts took over operations of Covington Aircraft shortly after Paul’s graduation from LeTourneau University and call themselves stewards of a company that belongs to God. “We hold every decision we make, concerning any aspect of the company, up to the light of God’s word. We do this because we, as believers in Christ, are responsible for everything put into our hands by our Savior Jesus Christ. We try honestly to fulfill the goals of our heavenly Father through submitting ourselves, and all we have, to Him on a daily basis.” That commitment is demonstrated in four core values: integrity, dependability, affordability, and quality service.
 
Located just south of Tulsa, Covington Aircraft is a world-leading aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, specializing Pratt & Whitney turbine and radial engines. One of only two Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facilities in the United States, Covington provides world-class service to corporate and agricultural aircraft. In addition to engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, Covington performs engine installations and operates state-of-the-art engine testing facilities.
 

Discussion Questions

  • Paul Abbott began the interview by stating, “God does own this business and we’re all here working for him.” What ways did you notice God’s ownership manifested at Covington?
  • Paul quotes Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it ...” What claim does God have on your work and business? How does that change things?
  • Paul says that the key to Covington’s success was finding their niche. How important is it to focus and become excellent in what you do?
  • Beyond focused work, Paul and his wife Betty depended on God for not only success but the next meal when they started out. How has Matthew 6:33 been a reality in your work? In what ways did you see this verse illustrated at Covington?
  • Luke Abbott says Christian values are necessary to do business in today’s world. Do you agree? Why do you believe this is true—or not?
  • What do Christian values contribute to business?
  • Do you agree with Aaron Abbott that if you don’t get integrity right the other values don’t matter? Why—of why not?
  • Paul says, “You can have the buildings, the tools, the equipment; but if you don’t have good employees, you don’t really have anything.” Why are good employees critical? How do they contribute to the success of Covington?
  • Aaron mentions that they try to “be the church to their employees.” What is he talking about? Why might this be increasingly important?
  • What are some of the ways that Covington serves the spiritual needs of its employees?
  • If Covington fails to do good work, the problems are more catastrophic than in most workplaces. Why else is excellence important besides keeping planes in the air?
  • Paul says there’s no doubt that God called him into business and to be a businessman. Have you ever heard someone say they were called to business? What does that mean to you?
  • The Abbotts have stepped beyond the bounds of their daily work at Covington to serve the world’s needs. What has God laid on your heart that you might do with your business resources?
  • Paul mentioned that he prays for his business on a daily basis. How important is prayer to you and your business?
  • If you believed that “everything we have is because of God’s blessing,” how would your work change?

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