Workplace Issues and Faith

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Posted 11/10/10 at 11:39 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

No Division Between Clergy and Laity

written by Ed Silvoso
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There is no way our "pros" can win by themselves; every player in the Church must be engaged.

But Peter raised him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am just a man" (Acts 10:26).

The Early Church was led by "uneducated and untrained men" whose only (but most effective) credential was "that they had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13, NKJV). Uneducated does not mean illiterate. The apostles knew how to read and write, and some of them even had business experience, but they had no formal education in religious matters.

This informal form of Church leadership continued during the first few centuries and coincided with an era of rapid expansion of Christianity. Eventually, a division of the Church into clergy and laity was created—a division that severely damaged the effectiveness of the Church by confining to a few, by virtue of their training, the mission that belongs to everyone, by reason of their calling. The wall that was thrown up between these two groups inside the Church—with clergy being superior in rank—is unbiblical. The division is also a corruption of the Early Church model, established as it was with the help of secular rulers, who wanted to use the Church for political purposes. FULL POST

Posted 10/27/10 at 10:29 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

The Church is Not a Cruise Ship

A pastor explains why we must think of our churches as aircraft carriers rather than cruise ships...

WorkLife, Inc. is one of the leading "Life at Work" voices in America. WorkLife pioneered the first scalable and sustainable WorkLife coaching system via the web called Maestro WorkLife Coaching. Founded by Doug Spada (CEO) nearly 10 years ago, WorkLife has collaborated with God equipping organizations to empower working people to practice an effective life at work. WorkLife is now serving faith-based networks, churches, corporations, and small groups across America and beyond. FULL POST

Posted 10/21/10 at 9:42 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

A Faithful Woman

written by Os Hillman
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She was the Vice President of Household Affairs for her entire adult life. She had a husband, four daughters, and one son whom she managed. Her calling was not to the marketplace; it was to the home. It was a calling that she fulfilled well. She often went beyond her job description to fulfill menial tasks like sewing clothes for her twin girls, playing dolls, and even playing catch with the only boy in the clan.

Things were going along well until midway in life a telephone call came that changed everything. The caller informed her that the love of her life had been killed in an airplane crash. She was in her early 40's, still beautiful, with five kids to raise on her own in spite of the fact that she hadn't worked in the business place for nearly 20 years. The death of her husband removed their steady upper-middle-class income, and she was now faced with the greatest test of her life. At her lowest moment, wondering how she was going to make it, she cried out to God. God answered, "Trust Me, Lillian." Those audible words became the strength that she needed to care for her family for the next 40 years. From that moment on, she came to know her Savior personally and shared Him with her family. Her children came to know Him as well. Grandchildren became the recipient of her prayers, and they came to know Him too. She was building an inheritance in Heaven, one prayer at a time, one soul at a time. She never remarried; Christ became her Husband. FULL POST

Posted 10/21/10 at 12:49 AM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

The Empty Chair

By Author Unknown
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An old man’s daughter had asked the local priest to come and pray with her father, who was ill and bed-ridden. When the priest arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows and an empty chair beside his bed. The priest assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. “I guess you were expecting me,” he said.

 “No, who are you?” replied the old man.

“I’m the new associate priest at your parish,” the priest replied. “When I saw the empty chair, I figured you knew I was going to show up.”

 “Oh yeah, the chair,” said the bed-ridden man. “Would you mind closing the door?” Puzzled, the priest shut the door.

 “I’ve never told anyone this, not even my daughter,” said the man. “But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At the Sunday Mass I used to hear the priest talk about prayer, but it always went right over my head. I abandoned any attempt at prayer.” the old man continued, “until one day, about four years ago, my best friend said to me, “Joe, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here’s what I suggest. Sit down on a chair, place an empty chair in front of you, and, in faith, see Jesus on the chair. It’s not spooky, because He promised: ‘I’ll be with you always.’ Then just speak to Him and listen in the same way you’re doing with me right now.” FULL POST

Posted 9/4/10 at 5:20 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Can Business and Church Be Partner?

written by Jim Smucker and Beryl Jantzi
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Friction has grown out of misconceptions / misrepresentations of each other's roles.

The authors, both rooted in the same faith but representing different professional spheres, met informally for nine months to examine issues relating to church and business. In the following article, they share conclusions from their journey together.

In today's complex world, business and the church need each other more than ever. Like the young players in the country, both need to work together and watch each other's backs.

We approach this discussion from our respective areas of training and experience. Jim is a partner in The Bird-in-Hand Corporation, a restaurant and hospitality business in Bird-in-Hand, PA. Beryl is associate pastor of the Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, PA, where Jim is also a member. Both of us have received graduate degrees in our own fields. Both of us have grown to appreciate the common threads of truth that have come out of our informal discussions on the church/business relationship.

We believe strongly that church and business are necessary partners, but in our tradition they have often seemed at odds. It seems both parties share the blame for a breakdown of trust and cooperation. In some cases, friction has grown out of misconceptions and/or misrepresentations of each other's respective roles. FULL POST

Posted 9/4/10 at 4:05 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Awesome at Work

written by Bob Ashcraft
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Reasons for taking work as a serious part of our Christian life.

"Being A Godly Workman."

  • How are Christians to act and react in the workplace?
  • Does God really even care about what kind of workman I am?
  • Is what I do at work really that important to Jesus?

God designed us to be awesome at our work.

FOUR REASONS TO BE AWESOME AT WORK.

1.) We represent God and the Kingdom of God.

1 Pet 2:18-23 - "Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this also you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly." FULL POST

Posted 8/11/10 at 10:21 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Faith in Good Supply

written by Stephen Caldwell
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The Apostle Paul is better known for spreading the Gospel than for his ability to make tents; but according to Acts 18:3, it was as a tentmaker that Paul made his living.

Alain de la Motte is known among his friends and associates as a businessman, a veteran executive who has worked in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures all over the world. At their most basic level, the companies de la Motte now controls are in the grocery business. But he sees himself and his employees in a different way. They are tentmakers.

"I keep telling our people that we are not in the food business per se," de la Motte said from his office in Portland. "First and foremost, we are in the ministry. Whether we win or lose in a business sense is not the primary issue; either way, we win if the focus is on God's work."

De la Motte, 48, has spent most of the last six years building International Trade Group LLC, Integrated Food Resources Inc. and their subsidiaries into an international food group with one underlying objective: To spread the Gospel around the world. His companies operate in countries such as China, Indonesia, and Israel that normally are closed to missionaries. FULL POST

Posted 8/11/10 at 10:03 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Work Relationships

written by Paul Apple
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Read Colossians 3:22-4:1

BIG IDEA:
UNION WITH CHRIST MANIFESTS ITSELF IN GODLY WORK RELATIONSHIPS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

INTRODUCTION
- What is the difference in our culture between employers and employees and in the NT culture of
masters and slaves?
- To what extent are these principles binding on us today?
- Lack of accountability in today's culture, cf. Eph. 6:5-9; 1 Tim. 6:1,2; Titus 2:9.

I. (:22-25) ACCOUNTABILITY OF EMPLOYEES

A. (:22) Accountable to Master on Earth

1. Scope: "in all things" not all things regardless of the law of God -- cf. Acts 5:29, but even in those areas where you personally disagree or areas you find unpleasant.

2. Primary Responsibility: obey / submit.

3. Motivation
- a) Negative
1) "not with external service"
2) "as those who merely please men"

- b) Positive
1) "but with sincerity of heart"
2) "fearing the Lord"

B. (:23) Accountable to Master in Heaven

1. Scope: "Whatever you do."

2. Primary Responsibility: Work your Hardest with all your heart. "Do your work heartily." FULL POST

Posted 8/11/10 at 9:45 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

A Business Transformed

written by Bill Dalgetty
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“When I started this business, personal security was one of my main priorities. Several years ago, the Lord changed my heart and now my desire is to serve and glorify the Lord in the work I do and the company does. This desire and prayer have had a huge impact on me and how we operate our company.”

Justin owns and operates a freight forwarding business that specializes in transporting fresh and frozen products. He has warehouses in Minneapolis and Chicago with employees in both locations.

“Today our first priority is to understand our customers and to serve their needs. We meet at least monthly with all the employees, including those who work on the loading docks. We ask them to share stories about how we can better serve our customers and work as team doing so.

“Recently, one of the employees at our Chicago warehouse shared the following story. Late on a Friday night a truck carrying products arrived from a customer in Indianapolis to be delivered to its customers in both Chicago and Minneapolis. The truck had been loaded in a very random way, with individual orders mixed up and paperwork not matching the orders. FULL POST

Posted 7/31/10 at 2:40 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Biblical Value of Work

A real life example of living out your faith at work...

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