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Workplace ministry is a calling

Far too many employees have been through the painful experience of losing a job in the current economy. The unemployment rate is higher than it has been in many years.

It is hard to lose a job. I know from experience.

I also know God can use such a privation to bring positive change. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.” (NIV)

After my fourth job dislocation, at a loss as to what to do next, I prayed. I asked God to send me someplace where He could use me.

That was six years ago. He answered my prayer in a way I couldn’t have envisioned.

God sent me to a Fortune 500 company to be involved in workplace ministry. I had never heard the term “workplace ministry” before this assignment. I could not have imagined being involved in a ministry at work.

I was admittedly reluctant to join the council of the Christian Employee Resource Group upon my arrival at my new destination. I had made an inquiry simply out of curiosity when I had seen the announcement of the newly formed group. That was also six years ago now.

I have served in a variety of roles with the Christian group, including Chairperson.

The Christian group brings in guests – both speakers and musical – who share a Christian message. The group starts small group, prayer groups and Bible studies, which meet on the lunch hour.

Workplace ministry is a calling. The workplace is an amazing place to serve God.

Isaiah 6: 8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"(NIV)

Ask God to use you in your workplace. You will see transformation in your life as well as in your work world. My experience with workplace ministry has been personal and life changing.

For more on faith in the workplace visit International Coalition of Workplace Ministries.