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Workplace Issues and Faith
First published Christian Post 5/26/10
A Spiritual Awakening for the Church
by WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)
By Doug Spada - www.WorkLife.org
Over one hundred thirty years ago, a spiritual awakening
occurred in America that resulted in over one million people coming to Christ.
Most say that this was the greatest revival in American history. The origins of that revival
started and were sustained in the workplace. Today, there is a similar worldwide
movement of God occurring in the workplace. God is raising up men and women who are
beginning to understand their work (vocation) is their ministry. Evidence shows that
believers desire to understand why God has created them, and what specific calling God
has for their life and work. They're discovering God has not called them to separate their
faith and work, but true to the New Testament church they are one and the same.
A great number of the people in our churches are wandering aimlessly from
church to work, and then from work back to church, trying to gain meaning out of what
they do for over 50% of their lives. One author called this aimless wandering a type of
"Christian Schizophrenia" resulting in the workplace witness being anemic or damaged,
and thus many believers concluding that Christianity doesn't apply at all in the workplace.
Over time, this has caused the church to grow more irrelevant in the very center of society
- the workplace. Our Lord spent a majority of His life out in the workplace - where a
majority of the people were, and still are. This dilemma is crippling the very people that
God has placed in strategic positions in the workplace (world) to pray and care for the
lost, and then share the great news about Jesus as opportunities come.
God is calling us back to His original truth of being disciples in all of life, including
work. A majority of the church congregation spends a majority of their time, and interacts
with a majority of the lost world - not in the church, not in the neighborhoods, but in the
workplace! Pastors and those in the workplace alike are sensing a call to rethink our
premise of ministry. Obedience to this truth can ignite the church to awaken a sleeping
remnant in the body of Christ - the workplace Christian.
Many churches and pastors are seeing the vision of what can happen when they
equip their people to be ministers in all of life, including their work or vocation. The Bible
says, "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and
some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry". In
accordance with Ephesians 4:11-12, let us equip the body of Christ to be ministers at
work! Most people that are called to work can and should be an integral extension of the
local church ministry, but need affirmation, teaching, leadership and support from the
church in this critical area.
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