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A response to People At Work: Preparing To Be The Whole Church

Autor: Chris Kidd
Data: 09.10.2010
Category: Ministério em Locais de Trabalho

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Publicado originalmente em Inglês

As part of my preparation for attending Cape Town 2010 I’ve been reading the advance papers.  The latest is People At Work: Preparing To Be The Whole Church by Willy Kotiuga.  Below are a few highlights and then my comments.

I agree fully with Willy’s view that:

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 youth ministry we understand that the biggest mission field are local schools, so the church should see workplaces as the biggest mission field.  In the UK many people are only at home briefly as they travel into work and socialise outside of their local community, this makes workplace ministry even more important.

Over the last few years of church I’ve heard very few sermons and even less training opportunities on ministry in the work place.  I can think of two good responses:

  • This Time Tomorrow: whilst in church instead of highlighting a missionary, once a month a church I belonged to used to invite someone up to speak about what they’d be doing that time tomorrow and how the church could support and pray for them.
  • My dad works long hours and travels regularly which meant a normal fortnightly home group didn’t work for him, but along with a few other people set up a group to meet monthly on a Saturday morning designed for those with busy work lives, and to include time to engage with their work life.

Church leaders need to get out of their holy huddle and spend time engaging and listening to their congregations on this topic, this is one where paid ministry staff can’t have all the answers.

Palavras-chave: work, evangelism

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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou cherrmann (0)

Yes and amen!

Responder Bandeira 1 Gostou Não Gostou theBlood (1)
Estados Unidos

I totally agree everyone wants to be in a church behind a pulpit talking to people that are already saved.  When there is a dying world out there in the grocery stores, department stores, laundry and your favorite cleaners that need to hear the Gospel.

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou SFouch (0)
Reino Unido

Absolutley Chris! My church used to have a sign over the exit saying ’You are now entering a mission field’ - an emphasis we seem to be only slowly re-discovering in the West!

In my own ministry I come up time and again against a view that the Christian faith has little to do with what I do at work (other than being nicer and more honest - and even then only at a pinch!).

It is a culturl dichotomy that sadly Western missionaries exported worldwide - the fact that I come across Nigerian doctors and nurses who think that their real Christian ministry is what they do in church or through a Christian organisation with which they volunteer rather than in their paid employment is a sad endictment on what we imparted to them.

We need not only to put our own house in order, but also to make sure that we are not continuing to export this double thinking.

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou sashe (2)
Estados Unidos
@ SFouch:

I too, agree,  We are to make disciples.  How can we do that if the only people we evangelize is in the church we go to.  In order for there to be effective ministry, we have to believe what we read in the Bible.  It is applying what we read.  Jesus said go and go means go.  Go ye therefore in all the world, that includes the workplace. 


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