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A Call for Help

Friday, June 17, 2011

Can you help me with a project? I am seeking to identify difficulties believers encounter in living out their faith on the job. What dilemmas, stresses, or unanswered questions do Christians face in the world of everyday work? What do they struggle with?

My reason for undertaking this project? I hope to make these concerns available to pastors and church leaders so that they can better equip believers to serve Christ in the labor force. My goal in documenting these troublesome areas is to help bridge that well-recognized "Sunday-Monday Gap.”

I’d like to hear the concerns of one particular segment of Christians who work: employees in non-church-related jobs. Employers and entrepreneurs wrestle with some of the same issues in addition to many others. They also need to be equipped. But in this project, I want to zero in on just employees—and only on those whose work takes them outside the church and its programs.

What kinds of issues are fair game? They can range across a wide spectrum. These few examples will illustrate:


If you wish to respond in the comment section below, please try to do so in the form of a question. Let’s say you’re an employee—or you’ve spoken with Christian employees. Given the opportunity, what would you or they like to ask a pastor or church leader about walking the talk at work?

For example, one question might be: "Under the law, how far can a Christian go in sharing his or her faith on the job?” Or, "How can I remain spiritually engaged when the work demands my full concentration?”

I’ll appreciate any question you send. If you can supply several, so much the better.

Comments (3)

Keith (a pseudonym) (6/17/2011 6:01:07 PM)
The nature of my work and my employer is competitive-to-adversarial, no points for 2nd place, my chain of command has no Christians, and unlike sports/firms there's no chance of people switching from one side to another: to what degree, and how, do I maintain relationships that reflect well on Christ without compromising the work?
John M Curry (6/17/2011 9:38:50 PM)
As a full-time military soldier now (activated reservist), I am running into people that I would not normally be around. God is giving me opportunity to be a good witness, how do I know how far I should go when I speak to people? I look for times to say something but it just seems I am only planting seeds. I would like to have a harvest once in a while. I am going to pray for more confidence...and let God do the harvesting. Does that sound like a good plan?
jd (6/18/2011 9:04:44 PM)
I work for a large corporation which has very strict restrictions on displaying any religious affiliation in the workplace. Yet, there are signs and banners proclaiming June as gay pride month. I'm not bashful about my beliefs and my standing with God. I'm new in this department and want to know where my immediate supervisor is in his relationship with God. How would you recommend I broach this topic without getting myself in trouble with company policy?

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