The Sunday to Monday Gap

2014 Redeeming Work Conference - Denver

How are you equipping congregants in their work? In this 47-minute session from the 2014 Redeeming Work Conference in Denver, Tom Nelson shares three ways pastors and church leaders can narrow the gap between Sunday worship and Monday work.  Tom Nelson is Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas and the author of Work Matters

Tom believes that the greatest Sunday to Monday gap in the American church is not in the pew, but in the pulpit. How might you be widening the gap? How did this teaching challenge you?
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Tom shared three ways pastors and church leaders can narrow the Sunday to Monday gap:

  1. Teach a robust vocational theology that informs work.
  2. Embrace a liturgical regularity that affirms work. 
  3. Cultivate a pastoral-relational investment that applauds work.  

Genesis 1:28 (ESV)

28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Tom explained that the Hebrew word "fruitful" in this verse denotes both procreativity and productivity. Why are both of these aspects vital to fruitfulness? What happens to our theology of work if we lose one, or elevate one over the other?
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Eve was created for more than procreation. She was a helper for Adam. How does the creation narrative impact women in your church, specifically the stay-at-home mom, the single woman, and the working professional?
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Tom shared that work is biblically defined as contribution, not compensation. How can you help your congregants see the value of their work and lives apart from their paycheck? What implications does this have for the low-wage earner? The high-earning executive? The retiree?
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Tom said, “The vast majority of spiritual formation takes place in what we do every day in our work. Our work is part of our formative process of Christlikeness.” How has this been true in your own life? Who in your church could you invite to share with congregants how God has shaped them through their work?
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What might a renewed emphasis on the theology of work look like in your worship services? How can you intentionally communicate the biblical value of work through your preaching and teaching?
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The work your congregants do on Monday is just as important as their worship on Sunday. Before you can effectively communicate a robust vocational theology that transforms lives, it must first penetrate your own heart and mind. Pray that the Lord would give you wisdom and understanding as you help His people work as worship. 

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