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People At Work: Preparing To Be The Whole Church

Author: Willy Kotiuga
Date: 08.06.2010
Category: Workplace Ministry

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Editor’s Note: This Cape Town 2010 Advance Paper has been written by Willy Kotiuga as an overview of the topic to be discussed at the Multiplex session on “Preparing Your Marketplace for a Faith Journey.” Responses to this paper through the Lausanne Global Conversation will be fed back to the author and others to help shape their final presentations at the Congress.

Abstract

One of the largest ‘unactivated’ peoples’ groups that spans across all nations and continents is the workplace where most of the world’s populations is actively engaged in earning income to support their families. Within all segments of the workplace are believers who have a personal relationship with God. Some are extremely effective in using their workplace to invite others to join them on their journey while for others work is a place where faith shapes their behavior but not much more. The fields are ripe unto harvest and in the workplace there are many harvesters but only a small percentage are fully engaged in proclaiming hope to a world looking for hope.

While there is little disagreement on the theology of being salt and light where we are planted, the reality of our current situation is that we have fallen short in our passion to live out our responsibility to declare Jesus Christ as Savior. In this paper we explore where we are today, highlight the many positive developments in workplace ministry and look at the barriers to getting where God would like us to be so that there is sustainable development in properly equipping the believers in the workplace to do what God has called them to do.

1  The Context (Biblical Basis)

We are called to go into the entire world and that includes the world that God has placed us in. Wherever our sphere of influence extends we are to be the salt and light for this world to see. This call does not make a distinction between professional Christian workers in churches or Christian agencies and those who have ordinary occupations. Even Jesus lived out His vocation as carpenter until it was time to live out the last ten percent of His life focused on announcing the Kingdom to the masses full-time.

There are numerous examples of Biblical heroes that model how faith was an integral part of how they conducted business in the workplace. The one common element in all the stories is that their faith journey and professional journey were one and the same, with faith and work mutually interdependent. There was no differentiation between work and spirituality as they lived out their faith twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (24/7).

Joseph’s faith not only sustained him through four separate careers (family business, household management, prison administration, public service) but was also a key element in his rise to the top in each position he held. Paul used his skills as a tentmaker not only to support his missionary endeavor but also as a means to reach an audience who did not have the luxury of engaging in public discussion on faith-related matters. Daniel rose to the highest ranks because of his God-given wisdom and his unswerving commitment to God’s principles, despite personal risk to his life. All aspects of their work were offerings of excellence unto God.

Keywords: marketplace, people group, equipping, Bible studies, accountability, occupations, disconnection, multicultural, love, dialogue, training, Joseph, journey, culture gap, relevance, transformation, integration, intentional, passionate, leadership

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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down TGORDON35 (0)
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Thanks Willy,

This is a very appropriate move that my prayer is the church takes. We work beside that harvest forty hours per week but the workers are few. For the majority the workers have not been adequately trained or received the support of the local church. Further we have to have a program that may not heal every wound but that is a great bandage. My prayer is that from Cape Town forward we as the church will choose to support the laity who are working beside the harvest.


22.09.2010
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@ TGORDON35:

Thank you for your comments.


We often pray publically at the front of the church for people going on missions trips for a fews. How would our view of the workplace change if we had public prayer for those who are going into the workplace every weekday of the year?


Willy


30.09.2010
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@ Kotiuga:

Thats a creative idea; however, I believe it could come off as too agressive.


08.07.2012
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Marguerite_Evans (1)  
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Dear Willy,

Thank you for the article.

What’s been burning in my heart is the fact that we as Children of God have access to God’s Wisdom and Creativity.  We see in 1 Kings 10 how Wisdom and Creativity were related :4-5. :

“And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,

the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her.”  

Solving complex problems, creative ideas, inventions.. we, the Church should be the forerunners.

It is crucial in this hour that the Children of God know with confidence that they hear the voice of God.  John 10:27. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

The question is... are you a sheep? :) When we are faced with a complex problem or need creative ideas, in stead of first trying to figure it out in our own strength, we need to in that moment ask the Holy Spirit what He thinks first.  I love this scripture in Acts 15:28

“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:”

They discussed the situation with the Holy Spirit.  That is available to all of us.  2 Corinthians 13:14: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”

It is about living by example and be sensitive when the Lord speaks to us. Over the weekend we were in SAMs Club and as we were leaving I felt the Lord saying to me to tell the cashier that she is so precious to Him.  I was about to leave but so glad I went back to her. I whispered in her ear and her face lit up, it so touched her heart!

I was very involved in the fashion industry in South Africa before attending a School of Ministry in Canada in 2000 (We moved to the USA in 2004). There were many times where I was lonely ’cause people saw that I was different.  I did not walk around proclaiming that I was a Christian but they could see through my lifestyle that I was... some of them started to come to me and talk to me when they needed someone to talk to and later I had the priviledge of seeing some give their lives to the Lord.

One thing I’ve learned through that was that people in the world may reject you at first but they are watching you.  When you compromise you loose their respect, but when you walk your Christian walk with love and boldness you gain respect.

We are the answer through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The deepest need a human being has is to be loved.  By knowing who we are in Him, we can love people through their "stuff".

We need God’s Wisdom in the market place.  Here are some old Testament example where God filled specific people with the Holy Spirit, now we all can be filled, we all have access to the One who knows everything!!

Exd 31:3 "And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,"

Exd 35:31 "and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship,

1 Kings 4:34 And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

This is the Global Church’s greatest hour... may all nations, from all the kings of the earth come to hear and see what the Lord is saying through His Children.

We are the answer because we have access!!

much love

Marguerite


18.09.2010
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@ Marguerite_Evans:

Dear Marguerite


I think that we often forget that God’s desire is to work through us but we insist on using our ways to try to get through to people.  Thank you for the verses to remind us that we have full access to all of the resources in heaven.


Willy


03.10.2010
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@ Kotiuga:

I agree, we need to step back and let God be GOD!


08.07.2012
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Christine_Tennant (3)  
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Thank you for a great paper to get this conversation going. The feedback that has already been submitted is very thoughtful. I hope what I add here will be helpful as well.

In addition to the points made here, I believe that in order to be an effective witness for Christ in the marketplace, we must also devote ourselves to being examples of excellence in the workplace. We must not only embody the fruit of the spirit and be exemplary Christians, but we must likewise be exemplary professionals in our fields. I would even argue that we must first be exemplary workers before we can be exemplary Christians. Nothing makes a poorer witness than someone who is unprofessional and yet zealous for Christ. We must be leaders, demonstrating gospel values (humility, honesty, integrity) while also demonstrating the highest professionalism. We must aim to be above reproach in all things. When we have earned professional respect, our gospel witness will have a much more receptive audience among our co-workers.

We also must exercise appropriate sensitivity in theological engagement and “witnessing.” For example, going out to coffee or lunch with a co-worker might be a better place for spiritual conversations than standing around the photocopier (perhaps not, but discernment is required!) We cannot interrupt peoples’ work with our agenda to witness, as important as sharing the gospel is, unless it is clearly an open door from God.

As has already been stated, we cannot underestimate the importance of prayer in the workplace. When I worked for the CEO of a global corporation in New York City, I would sometimes go in to the office early and silently prayer-walk the office corridors. I would pray for supernatural conversations and pray for co-workers. I did this discreetly and without drawing attention to myself. I was always blessed by how God would open doors for conversations that were divine. I was able to make some great relationships and share the gospel in natural ways.

We have to be careful not to come across like we have an agenda – even if that “agenda” is for others to have life to the fullest through Jesus Christ! Rather, we need to be authentic, genuine professionals and friends to our co-workers, ready to respond when the Holy Spirit opens doors for engagement.

Looking forward to hearing more about this and engaging with many of you at Lausanne!


15.10.2010
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@ Christine_Tennant:

Dear Christy,


I particularly appreciate your comment. I have seen situations where people left what should have been done in the name of Christ. I wonder how Christ can be reflected in such attitude. I have visited some countries where it is unlawful to talk about christ to a colleague at work. One professionalism will certainly speak volume about Christ.


Great contribution, Christy.


 


15.10.2010
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@ Clement_Osikhuemhe_O:

A lot of jobs don’t like for religion to be brought up and that is sad. This is why it is so important to share to word of God because we are coming to a time where its being unlawful or wrong to proclaim Christ in public.


08.07.2012
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Reading this article has greatly encouraged me. The author has put into words much of what I have a passion for that I haven’t been able to document. Because there doesn’t "seem to me" to be much emphasis in the local church for being a 24/7 witness in one’s life and work, one tends to feel like he’s carrying out a personal agenda and not being an obedient Kingdom worker. This is surely just a lie of Satan. I am greatly encouraged because I now know that there are many of you out there that feel exactly the same as I do and for this I thank you. There is hope!


18.10.2010
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@ cebookseller:

I could see how you would feel this way after reading it. Maybe its up to you to figure out the best way for YOU. Its time to get creative and start using the Holy Spirit to guide us in our conversations with people. We are the vehicles used to share the gospel and He will equip us and open doors of opportunity to share.


08.07.2012
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Jeffrey (0)
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I think the use of Paul, Joseph and Daniel to the theme of being an influence for Christ in the work place was excellent.  I had never before connected the dots before in those examples linking the two.  It takes away the excuses of those who would separate their faith from the workplace.  It gives us a biblical model to into the equipping of the church in this paradigm.  Thank you!


18.10.2010
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@ Jeffrey:

Me too! I love how the analogy just wrapped it all up. 


08.07.2012
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Billy_Houze (0)
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i HAVE LONG FELT THAT THE WORKPLACE IS THE INTENDED FIELD OF SERVICE FOR THE CHRISTIAN IN THIS AGE. WE HAVE UNDER UTILIZED OUR POTENTIAL TO INTIDATE THE WORLD WITH A POSTIVE ENERGY THAT SHOULD FOSTER GOODWILL TOWARD ALL MEN. THIS HAS BEEN DONE SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAVE DICTOMIZED THE SACRED AND THE SECULAR AS A LIFE IMPLYIED AND A LIFE REALIZED. WE MUST ENGAGE THE WORKPLACE WITH MASSIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO REACH PEOPLE OF ALL RACES AND CULTURES AVAILABLE IN OUR WORK CIRCLES.


27.09.2011
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@ Billy_Houze:

Billy,
Like you said, fostering goodwill towards men is a Christians only chance for sharing their faith. Without kindess, Christians don’t have any merit to witness. It is so important that we teach our congregations this lesson.


12.11.2011
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@ Billy_Houze:

The work place is filled with different cultures and races. It is the perfect opportunity to share the gospel. We just need to learn the right approach. If you show kindness, they will flock to you and next thing you know, they will be asking you for advice and wisdom. 


08.07.2012
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Ernesto (4)
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thank you haley,

doing evangelism in the work place is a blessing to Christianity because by doing so, we will reach a good amount of people that does not attend church.  And, in addition to that, we will be obedient to the Great Comission of going to the ends to the earth to preach the gospel and make disciples.  


13.11.2011
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@ Ernesto:

Yes ernesto we do need to do the work of evangelism at the work place but sometimes we miss out because we can’t see what it can be, we don’t always have to have a bible in our hand or even use the name of Jesus in the beginning, but rather let them see Jesus in us and his name will come up.


25.04.2012
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@ willie_williams:

I agree. People are so quick to throw the Bible on the table. People run from this. PEople don’t always want to be preached to.


08.07.2012
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Ernesto (4)
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Willy

I also share you statement that the fields are riped in the workplace.  there are so many opportunities for Christians to witness that if all of us will take advantage of the situation, there will not be enough of us to share the gospel in the places that we work.  Inspite of the fact that in the majority of the workplaces talking about Jesus is prohibited, there are still plenty who allow believers to witness to their coworkers at a certaing time and place.  therefore, let us not lose the wonderful opportunities that we have to proclaim the powerful truth that there is hope and salvation in Jesus Chirst our Lord and Savior.     


17.10.2011
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@ Ernesto:

Ernesto,
You bring up a good point that sometimes Christians are not allowed to share their faith in Christ at work; therefore, Christians must express their faith in their words and deeds. If Christians would exercise the Fruits of the Spirit, their faith should become obvious to those around them. Since most of the world is not patient, being a patient with people will definately make you stick out as a Christian.


12.11.2011
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@ Haley_GWU:

that’s rihgt haley,


one of the methods of sharing our faith is by allowing the power of the Holy Spirit do HIs work in and through us.  If and when we do it, then we will fully understand that God’s power has not limits and that He will use us in a special way.     


13.11.2011
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@ Haley_GWU:

that’s rihgt haley,


one of the methods of sharing our faith is by allowing the power of the Holy Spirit do HIs work in and through us.  If and when we do it, then we will fully understand that God’s power has not limits and that He will use us in a special way.     


13.11.2011
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@ Ernesto:

Ernesto,
That is what I would like to communicate to our churches, if we let the Holy Spirit move then we can be used in such a special way. The Holy Spirit allows us to do things we couldn’t even imagine doing in our own power. The Holy Spirit is the key to effective work place ministry.  


14.11.2011
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@ Ernesto:

often we forget to let The Holy Spirit tell us when and to whom we should wittness to.


25.04.2012
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@ Haley_GWU:

This is true. Actions go a long way. If they see you showing the love of Christ, they become curious.


08.07.2012
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Haley_GWU (0)
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This advanced paper was very interesting because this topic is definately a severe problem in America. Christians feel unequipped and unable to share their faith with their co-workers, so they miss God given opportunities to make disciples. Every workplace Christian knows that there unchurched people in their office, so the first step is to simple take an interest in these people. If Christians begin to care and take an interest in their coworkers, questions of spirituality will arise. Once people know that you are true follower of Christ, they begin to see you as a moral counselor. They are likely to approach you and share information about themselves because they know you care about them. For Christians that are scared or feel inadequate, simply caring can be a great first step. 


08.10.2011
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@ Haley_GWU:

I agree haley,  but I also think we as believers should realize that the work place and the streets are where Jesus would have us to minister too the most rather than inside the church building where the believers are.


26.04.2012
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@ Haley_GWU:

I completely agree. People are so quick to dismiss these people. However, they need to start befriending and showing concern for these individuals. This is how you will share the gospel when you gain their trust.


08.07.2012
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It is very important to bring your faith to work. We are the salt and light of the world and just because you are at work that doesn’t change. You lead by example. So while on the job, you are to behave a certain way because you are a child of God and you want people to be able to see that. This way when you are given the opportunity to minister to them, they will recieve it because they see your acts.


08.07.2012
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Often it is those we are closest to, and really care about the most that we find the hardest to witness to.  I wonder if it is because they see the "true" us each and every day.  We need to teach our people to make sure they "live-out" the gospel in all they do.  If we are different, people will notice and begin to seek what we have.  Witnessing will be easier when Jesus is first in all aspects of our lives.  Let us be like Joseph - depending on God no matter the situation we find ourselves in.

Great and thought-provoking paper.  Needs to be shared with all of our churches


07.12.2011
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Thank you for this article on Work-place ministry. Oftentimes we go to work wondering how people will react if we talk about our faith. So in turn we keep our faith to ourselves. I appreciate the you lifting up that the harvest is ripe, but where are the harvesters. Carrying our faith to work and sharing it with our co-workers are great opportunities that reaches the masses and allows the gospel of Jesus Christ to have transforming effects in the lives of those who may not know him. We are the salt of the earth, and it behoves us to go, share and make disciples, even at the workplace. Our witness is only as effective as we make it. This article encourages me to encourage others to reach out to others who are hurting, and despondent, by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reggie


11.07.2011
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@ triedstone1009:

Triedstone1009,
You are so right in your comment that our witness is only as effective as me make it. That is something that I sometimes forget when I am working my secular job. Most times I am so focused on planning the next ministry event that I miss opportunties at work. Thank you for readjusting my perspective.  


14.11.2011
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Ernesto (4)
United States

thank you haley,

doing evangelism in the work place is a blessing to Christianity because by doing so, we will reach a good amount of people that does not attend church.  And, in addition to that, we will be obedient to the Great Comission of going to the ends to the earth to preach the gospel and make disciples.  


13.11.2011
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@ Ernesto:

Ernesto,
Workplace ministry is a good way to get unchurched people into our congregation. I did not even consider that some people that are not bold enough to share Christ with their co-workers, can simply invite them to church to hear the Gospel.  


14.11.2011
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For the past thirty years I have had the privilege of working in both the secular and Christian work force.  First as a salesman and then as a  manager for a large retailer in the South East.  Now that I am a pastor I can reflect on my years in retail  to determine what worked  when it came to me sharing my faith.  First, I do believe that the work place is a great place to share our faith, but I also believe that it is a privilege that is earned.  Like the old cliche that says "people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care" is true or at least it is in my experience.   Building a relationship with your co-workers allows you to share your faith when the appropriate time comes. The challenge that is ahead of us is building the relationship, because I fear that we are quickly becoming a generation that does not know how to talk with one anothern face to face.  Today it is easier to send an IM, text message, e-mail, or Facebook comment to someone setting five feet away than it is to talk to them face to face.  Nevertheless, I believe God has placed Christians in the work force to be a light to a darken world.  We should not be afraid or ashamed of the Gospel as Romans 1:16 reminds us "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile."  Thank you for this article


02.10.2011
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@ pastort:

Pastort,
I agree with your idea that sharing your faith in the workplace is something that you must earn the right to do. You cannot expect to share your story without forming that relationship first. It is always good to be reminded of this fact.


11.11.2011
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Haley_GWU (0)
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I agree with Melanie that most Christians are too busy with "church work" that they miss out on making disciples. I think the best solution to this problem is to be knowledgeable of this issue and find a way to plug into society. Volunteering at social service organizations, like children shelters, or homeless shelters are an excellent way to get involved in the outside world. It is vital for ministers to find outlets so they can actually meet lost people.


25.10.2011
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@ Haley_GWU:

Your right Haley,


We Christians should take the time to interact with those who have been marginalized by society insead of ignoring them.  If we are true followers of Christ, we have to live by personal example and go beyond our comfort zones in our churches.  Jesus on the other hand, did not reject anybody during his ministry.  On the contrary, He showed them His love and compassion by spending time with them in spite of the criticism from the religious leaders of His time.  And, of course, He was not popular for the fact that he loved and cared for those whom have been abandoned.  


26.10.2011
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@ Ernesto:

Ernesto you are right. Jesus did not do the popular thing but still changed people’s lives. The lesson we can glean from Jesus example is that if we act in accordance to the Scriptures there will always be people to minister with the Gospel. As long as we let the Holy Spirit dictate our actions then God will be faithful in providing individuals to minister.


28.10.2011
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I found this paper and the discussions helpful, this is something I’ve thought a lot about lately, especially with Lausanne coming up...do we really need to be in "full time ministry" to be in full time ministry?

I was in a lecture last week and we were discussing the problem of witnessing to friends and sharing faith with work colleagues and them commenting that we as christians are too busy doing church stuff to really enjoy life! How are our church commitments and pressure in many churches to "get involved" often in numerous committees and ministries, helping or hindering our proclamation of the gospel? If we spend all our day doing Christian meetings, how do we firstly build meaningful relationships with those outside the church and secondly, how do we stop ourselves from getting bogged down in church politics?

I think we need to rethink our lifestyles in order to connect with our workmates better!


11.10.2010
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@ Melanie:

good point Melanie,


I agree with you that we Christians are too busy doing church stuff and we often forget what are proriorities are to begin with.  I think that we can balance our daily walk with Christ by doing what He commanded us to do, to be the salt and light of the earth everywhere we go.  By doing so, we will honor God and be a blessing to others as well.    


25.10.2011
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Haley_GWU (0)
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Workplace ministry is definately one of the most important ministries in America. The majority of our church members are involved in a secular workplace atmosphere; therefore, it is vital that they take advantage of these opportunites. As church workers, we should inspire these individuals to utilize their opportunities. There are several things people can do before they even open their mouth to spread faith in Christ. They must perform at a highest standard than the average worker because Christ calls us to work as if we are working for God and not for men. Workers can also display a Christian attitude and kindness towards individuals, this alone should make them stand out from the crowd. I believe it is our job, as ministers, to inspire our people who have access to the people we can’t reach.


25.10.2011
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workplace ministry is a huge area to witness to those who do not feel the desire to attend a church service on a given Sunday morning.  I have also learned from other experts on evangelism that the average christian worker  is far more effective than the "professional ministers."  I am not saying that ministers are not a blessing because I stronlgy believe that they are the experts in doing the work of the Lord in any context or setting.  On the other hand, the average Christian has the ability to be a better witness to his coworkers for the fact that he/she spend the majority of the time with them.  Therefore, they have the tremendous opportunity of to be a blessing to their fellow workers right at the exact moment of a crisis.        


24.10.2011
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In regards to the ministry in the workplace, one should ask the question, if Christians don’t step up to the plate and speak in the name of our Lord, who will?  yes, there are many other religions whose members claim to have "the truth" and they wind up distorting it.  But, the turth of the matter is that the majority of the times, they will convince others due to the fact that they are in desperate need of spiritual help in such a way that they are willing to listen to anyone who shares his/her faith.  My personal opinion is that we as Christians have the truth in Christ who said and in fact it was true, "I am the the way, the life and the truth, no one comes to the Father but, through me."   


17.10.2011
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A colleage, Christian Overman, and I are partnering in presenting a workshop for church leaders:  MAKING WORKPLACE-READY DISCIPLES (comparing the need here to the need for battle-ready soldiers in any war zone).  We offer this strategy statement: 

To equip workplace-ready disciples, we will mesh Sunday with weekdays by:  (1) making scattered-church concerns a major part of gathered-church services, and (2) encouraging believers to gather even when scattered.

Among the tactics we recommend to carry out this strategy are: Sermons on the workplace; Reports from the front lines (workplace testimonies in public services); Public prayer for those in the work world; Video clips; Commissioning; Home groups that include workplace prayer ane encouragement; Pastoral visits to the workplace; Workplace groups (such as one just started in Microsoft); and Seminars.

I am currently doing a series on these tactics in my website, www.calledintowork.com.


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LD Peabody,


Thank you for the website link.  I was curious about how to equip my church with the information needed on being used by God in their workplace.  I have a felow church member who has had to result to only being able to read her Bible or pray in the school which she is employed because of church-state regulations.  I know the books listed on your website will be beneficial to her and the rest of the congregation.


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