Your Church Can Schedule a Seminar
Churches often sponsor seminars on evangelism, leadership, assimilating newcomers, Christian marriage, godly parenting and other relevant topics. But has your church ever offered a seminar on how to turn a so-called “secular” job into an authentic way to serve Christ?
Believers Invest Their Best Hours at Work. Some 35 people from one church recently took part in a Serving Christ in Your Workplace seminar. They called out the number of hours they worked each week as one group member entered their answers into a calculator. The total: 1,746 hours—or an average of nearly 50 hours each per week. In other words, they were spending almost 45 percent of their waking hours on the job.
Needed: Encouragement from Churches. But in spite of this heavy investment of time, R. Paul Stevens says “Few business people . . . think of themselves as full-time ministers in the marketplace. Fewer still are encouraged in this by their churches” (The Other Six Days, p. 39). In our seminar, Serving Christ in Your Workplace, we partner with churches to provide just that kind of encouragement.
The Seminar Requires Six Hours. It usually works best to divide the time into two sessions—such as a Friday evening and Saturday morning. A one-day format also works well. Your church publicizes the training and supplies the classroom. If you wish, you may invite believers from outside your church.
Who Should Attend?
- Employees in all lines of work.
- Business owners and employers.
- Students making career choices.
- Pastors and church leaders who wish to empower members of their congregations.
What Does the Seminar Cover? The seminar aims to help participants find biblical answers to three basic questions:
Who are you in Christ? (Is it right to think of yourself as a “minister” where you work? What traditions from church history still divide Sunday from Monday? What New Testament picture-words can reshape your thinking about your own identity at work?)
Why did God position you in your workplace? (Are you there only to evangelize and make money to support your church and missions? Or are there additional reasons God has placed you in your job? As a Christian, what should motivate you to get up and go off to work each day?)
What practical steps can you take to serve Christ in your everyday work? (Once you know God's strategic reasons for sending you into your workplace, how can you intentionally cooperate with him in carrying out his various purposes for you there?)
(For more on this seminar, download a tri-fold brochure.)
What Does this Training Cost? We ask only to be reimbursed for travel, expenses and materials. There is no set fee for the instruction.
To Learn More About Scheduling a Seminar, click here. We will supply references on request.