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Jesus in the Workplace

Guest Post by Mark Russell - There seems to be a serious conflict with our current lives and strongly held concepts about church and ministry.


So many churches that I know of, which are actually great churches, hold to a local church-centric view of ministry. This means that the goal of the staff is to get the lay people involved in ministry, which is defined as either volunteering at the physical church location or through church organized service projects in the community.


Undoubtedly both of those are valuable and needed avenues. However, this is really what I call "faith addition", living your faith means 'adding' certain activities to your already busy life.


The contrast to this is "faith integration', living your faith means integrating your faith into whatever you are doing.


 The average church goer in America spends 70-80 hours a year at church. The average work week is getting close to 50 hours a week or 2500 hours a year. If living one's faith means doing things at church then we are not on a whole living our faith very much.


 If however, living our faith means following Christ in everything we do, everywhere we are then the doors have opened to a deeper, more meaningful conversation. As a result, it seems we need to take seriously what it means to follow Jesus in the workplace. Thoughts?


Mark Russell is the editor/publisher of Our Souls at Work: How Great Leaders Live Their Faith in the Global Marketplace and the author of The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission, available at www.russell-media.combusinessasmissionnetwork.com readers can use discount code: Rmdiscount4 and obtain 20% off plus free shipping.

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posted by Justin Forman | 4.27.2010 - 9:17 AM

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This is a critical distinction. If we ask ourselves the question, "How do I add ministry to my already busy schedule?" The answer is likely to be that I can't (and still honor all of my other priorities for personal devotion, family obligations, discipling relationships, etc.). Asking how I can make my vocational work an area of ministry produces a more target-rich environment of possibilities. As business people, we desperately need our local churches / leaders to help us think along these lines, and to actually support us as we do it (instead of making us feel guilty for not teaching another Sunday School class).
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