Work Is a Mission Field

Work is a Mission Field


 As pastors and church leaders, we can tend to emphasize the "ministry" parts of the Christian life. We lead people in worship, and train them to study their Bibles. But what about the rest of their week while they tap away at a computer or sit in meetings? In this video produced by the Made to Flourish Pastors Network, J.D. Greear says it makes no sense to skip the largest part of our peoples' lives. J.D. is the Lead Pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham area of north Carolina.



 Most of your congregation works. And God created us as humans to work. As a pastor, it's critical that you equip your people to live out their Christian faith as they do their jobs. 

Reflect on your own ministry to your congregation. How much time do you spend preparing your people to do their work well?
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What would your ministry look like if it focused on preparing your people to be on mission in their workplaces?
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J.D. saw his father live out his faith both in his work in the United States and internationally. What kind of reach would your church have if every member saw their work as a mission field?
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Every believer has great potential to impact their workplaces with the power of the the gospel. But they need you to guide them as they work to integrate their faith with their work.

 
Why Should We Integrate Faith and Work?


 So why should we emphasize this faith-at-work model? In this next video, J.D. provides two points on the value of integrating not only our faith with our work, but seeing our work as an opportunity for mission.



J.D. points out that the men and women in your church will come to sense the pleasure of God in their work when you teach them to see their jobs as the place He put them to advance His goals. When people in your congregation come to love their work and see it as an opportunity to glorify God, they will begin to see meaning in their nine-to-fives.

As a pastor, do you feel God's pleasure when you do your work well? When you preach well? Counsel well? Why or why not?
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What would your community look like if your congregation engaged in the workplace with a love for their jobs and a passion to see God glorified?
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How can you, this week, help re-shape your people's minds about their work?
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No matter what, the world will always appreciate men and women who are good at their work. As believers grow in their love for their work and their passion to honor God through their jobs, the gospel—their source of hope—will become evident in their workplaces. As a pastor, you can participate in discipling your congregation in a mission-oriented view of life.

Work for the Question


 So how do we integrate faith and work together? As a pastor, how do you lead your people in instilling their jobs with the hope of the gospel? In this final video, J.D. answers the question.


J.D. points out that to be human is to be a creator. How can a creation-fulling view of work shape your people's interactions with their jobs?
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We do all things as if working for God and not for humans. What would change in the businesses/jobs of your people if they all worked with excellence as if serving God alone?
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God-honoring work starts people wondering why God's people work the way that they do. If the goal of all work is to prompt the unbelieving world to ask "why?" then how does that shape your discipleship of your people?
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What is one thing you can start doing this week to help your congregation begin to see their work as a mission field where they can glorify God?
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God calls us to follow Him in every aspect of our lives—both in church on Sunday morning and in the office on Monday. However, many people in our congregations struggle to integrate what they learn from the pulpit and how they work at their jobs. As their pastor, you have the unique roll of equipping God's people to be creative, excellent, missional workers for the glory of God. 


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