Why Workplace Ministry? Why now? Why Me?

It is funny how God weaves and controls our lives. I remember the day a staff person came to me and asked, “Can we start a prayer group at the office?” Without hesitation or thinking about any of the ramifications that may come with my decision, I said yes. I thought it was a great idea for a small group to pray for the purpose and well being of the organization and the staff. The group started with 5 people and grew to about 20 staff people. I saw three people give their lives to Christ and two people answer a call to ministry. Prayer requests were consistently generated throughout the organization.

In the midst of prayer time God showed me letterhead that said the words “The Workplace Ministry.” Up until that time, I had never been exposed to that concept. I began to research and find the concept of faith in the workplace is very much alive. It is a social movement that has roots back into the early 19th century. My research indicates that majority of the training and workshops in this arena were geared toward CEO’s. As a CEO myself I saw where there was value in that approach, but in terms of impact, I believe that equipping frontline Christians (as well as mangers, supervisors) is a critical piece of the puzzle that has not been fully researched or developed.

It was during this time that the scriptures spoke in volumes concerning love, integrity, and excellence, knowing our call, and knowing and accepting who we are in Christ. As Christians we are called to display Christ like character everywhere we go. The marketplace is an area where Christians seem to lose their faith. God tells us in his Word that as Christians our walk opens up doors of opportunity to build relationships that can lead to evangelism. We are representatives of Christ. When we handle adversity in a Christ like manner, people that are hurting and searching for the answer will be drawn to us.

I began to examine myself. I wondered out loud am I cheating on expense reports and timesheets. Am I utilizing office space, time, and resources for business unrelated to my work? Have I truly exerted excellence in all my duties on the job? My answer was frightening. The characteristics of love thy neighbor, excellence, and integrity were not as evident in my walk as they should be.

I often wonder why is it that some Christians think it is ok to be like the world Monday through Saturday. I believe the answer is that we are not being equipped to function in the world as God called us to do. I believe the pulpit has not given us enough practical advice or counsel to empower us to be all we can be. My call is not only to let God begin transform me into his image at the workplace, but to also assist others along that path. I can accomplish this on an individual basis or come into churches and do a series of Workplace ministry workshops. Phase I of this ministry is to begin to equip the saints to become “workplace ministers.” The bottom line that workplace ministers will focus on is pleasing Christ. Phase II oft the program will be geared toward business efficiency and effectiveness. The practical application of love, excellence, ethics and calling (Christ Like character), can transform workplace culture, impact and efficiency. By focusing on the bottom line of pleasing Christ, there will be a direct effect of increase upon the bottom line of business.

Methodology
The Workplace Ministry has been created to support Christians to serve as true Ambassadors of Christ in the workplace. This can be accomplished by sharing the Love of Christ. It is the focus of the ministry that “work” will not be looked at just a 9-5 job, a way of paying bills, or an unnecessary evil. Instead work will be seen as an opportunity to display moral excellence, our faith in God, and as an assignment from God to spread the gospel and touch the human lives.

The Workplace Ministry will do the following:
. Minister to you individually or in a group setting
. Develop your capacity to be “workplace ministers”
. Will change how you see work and adversarial conditions
. Provide support through prayer and materials to assist you get through hard times

Keys to a Successful Workplace Ministry (Workshop Modules)
. The True Description of Work (Avodah)
. The Greatest of these is Love
. The Power of Fervent Prayer
. Knowing who we are in God
. Our new “nature” and it’s responsibilities
. Ambassadorship (What does that mean?)
. Excellence
. Glorifying God in our Vocation Part I and II
. Divine Appointments
. Walking with the Heart of Christ
. Integrity

About The Workplace Ministry
Stanley A. Holbrook is the President and CEO of a large Non profit organization in Pittsburgh, PA. He holds an MPM Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, MBA from Point Park University, and a BS in Human Resource Management from Geneva College. Currently, Stan is a student at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Stan has over 24 years of non profit administration experience. That experience covers program development, organizational administration and development, planning, performance management, and training. He is currently an active board member of several national boards and has served as a delegate on the White House Conference on Aging in 2005. Stan also serves as a minister at First Baptist Church of Penn Hills in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Phase I
Begin to equip the saints to become “workplace ministers.” The bottom line that workplace ministers will focus on is pleasing Christ.

Phase II
Phase II is geared toward business efficiency and effectiveness. The practical application of love, excellence, ethics and calling (Christ Like character), can transform workplace culture, impact and efficiency. By focusing on the bottom line of pleasing Christ, there will be a direct effect of increase upon the bottom line of business.