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Your Help, PleaseSaturday, August 14, 2010
Can you help me? Your insights and experience would help me as I create a seminar for pastors and church leaders.
Church leaders are to "prepare God's people for works of service” (Eph. 4:12). Great numbers of God's people do most of their "works of service” where they spend their best waking hours, out there in the work world. We believers are to "do good” to everyone—not only to believers but also to outsiders (Gal. 6:10). How can pastors and other church leaders make workplace-ready disciples? Disciples who understand what "ministry” looks like in the setting of a non-religious job? Disciples prepared to serve Jesus in the spiritual war zone of the work world?
Unfortunately, in many churches the work world seems to be off the radar ("tending to escape detection or attention”). The world of the working person, by contrast, gets constant attention in TV programs and movies. Recent movie examples include, "The Devil Wears Prada,” "Outsourced,” and "Employee of the Month.” On TV the characters in "The Office,” "House,” and "The West Wing,” all interact within workplace settings.
These films and programs recognize an obvious fact: in our culture, the social center has shifted to the workplace. Typically, people know their co-workers far better than their neighbors.
All of which raises an important question: How can pastors and church leaders incorporate workplace-preparedness into the DNA of their church life? That's the challenge I am seeking to address as I put this seminar together. You can help me do so by using the comments box below to provide me with:
- Examples of what your church has done or is doing to equip believers to represent Christ in the work world.
- A description of the kind of help you, as a working Christian, would like to receive from your church.
- Two or three sentences that summarize the greatest challenge you face as a Christian in the work world.
Thank you for any help you may be able to provide. Please pray for me as I continue to create this seminar.