Discipleship at Work

They Really Want to Know

It can be difficult enough to get a congregation excited about Sunday morning worship. So when it comes to preparing believers to use their jobs opportunities to worship and glorify God, pastors can feel vastly under-equipped. In this video produced by the Made to Flourish Pastors Network, J.D. Greear says it’s actually easier than it seems. The message itself—that work can glorify God—is compelling enough. J.D. is the Lead Pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham area of north Carolina. 

People want to hear how their work can glorify God. J.D.’s experience reflects not only the enthusiasm that sermons on work and faith can generate, but also the perpetual nature of the topic. You may only need to begin the discussion and watch it evolve from there. 

Have you ever preached on the topic of integrating faith with work? If so, what was the response? If not, why not?
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How does J.D.’s story encourage you to cast a vision for faith-at-work?
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Sometimes simply making your congregation aware of something as simple as working to glorify God can transform their view of their lives.  

Let the Leaders Lead

Once you launch a vision for the people in your church to integrate their faith with their jobs, how do you establish a consistent form of discipleship? J.D. argues that, because of the nature of the business people you’re aiming to disciple, it doesn’t take a lot of effort on the part of the pastor. 

J.D. cast a vision, and he unleashed the business leaders of his church to build the discipleship ministry. The notion that work has significant, eternal meaning is powerful enough to motivate businessmen and women to build the ministry themselves. If you want to help your congregation take their faith to the office on Monday, all you may have to do is let them know they can. 

Who in your congregation (business leaders or owners) could you enlist to help build a discipleship ministry aimed at equipping your congregation to live out their faith at work?
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What other churches in the area could you partner with to build a network of business leaders who are also disciple-makers?
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What would your community look like if your congregation embraced the mission of taking faith to work? Is that vision important to you? Why or why not?
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The Christian faith isn't just for Sunday. God calls us to live out our faith seven days a week. You can transform your congregation's view of work when you show them that they can glorify God during their nine-to-fives. Once you cast the vision, you can watch the leaders take the lead. You just have to take the first step.

Don't embark on the process of helping your church integrate faith and work alone. You have help. To find out more about the ministry of Made to Flourish or to find out to become a part of the pastors' network, click here.