For 25 years I had the privilege of pastoring churches ranging in membership from 35 to 2000. If God allowed do-overs, as a pastor I would be more intentional about equipping people to live out their faith in the workplace.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always been passionate about sharing the gospel. I taught countless classes on evangelism—propositional approaches like Evangelism Explosion, relationship evangelism models, and everything in between—so my parishioners would feel confident sharing their faith. But, like many pastors, I overlooked an important aspect of helping people fulfill the Great Commission. I didn’t teach them how to be ambassadors for Christ in their workplace—a huge mission field where they spend the bulk of their time.
Think about it: Average American workers spend approximately 79,120 hours of their life in the workplace and only 8,600 in church activities. Doesn’t it make sense to equip Christians to take the love of Christ to work and ask God to use them in the lives of people who are searching, hurting and in need of Christ’s love? I just wish I had realized this sooner.
Pastor, how are you helping people live out their faith in the workplace?