Do you go to work every day overwhelmed, challenged and disconnected? Are you facing specific workplace issues like integrity, fear or discouragement? Can one simple change make a transformational difference at work?
In my workplace there are many difficulties and it seems like everyone keeps trying to fix the same old problems with the same old solutions. As I pondered what could be done differently I had an epiphany: I am a Christian and yet I seldom bring my faith into action at work. I love God and He is my Lord and Savior, but I don’t intermingle my faith and work very well. It was time to weave my faith into work, and with God, He can transform my work experience and help to solve the same old problems.
A workplace Bible study. A gathering of Christians who come together in the name of Jesus to examine the Word in light of workplace issues. A place to grow in fellowship, to develop leadership skills and lean on God for workplace help. What better way to bring purpose and meaning to the workplace than to walk together with other believers, and possibly lead a co-worker to Christ!
After I decided to start a workplace bible study, I began researching laws and regulations to understand what my rights were. It is not against the law to have a workplace Bible study, for more information visit: In the Workplace. Please note this is not legal advice and I am not an attorney, just a US citizen who is sharing what I have found. Legal sources can be found at American Center for Law and Justice. Here are a few noteworthy items to share about having a workplace Bible study:
Once I understood my rights I had to find a study. That’s when I discovered WorkMatters.org. WorkMatters is focused on helping people find purpose and passion while living out faith at work. Since most adults spend 40 hours a week at work…why not make it more meaningful?
“WorkMatters has helped thousands of men and women find purpose and meaning in their work. From entrepreneurs to seasoned executives, we have seen leaders of all types find deeper meaning fulfillment and satisfaction in their work by living their faith at work.” WorkMatters
Workmatters makes it easy to get started. They have designed Bible studies to address the difficulties of living out faith in the workplace by studying Bible leaders and biblical principles of leadership.
“And we’ve discovered that all of the answers we need can be found in the Bible.” WorkMatters
At WorkMatters, they provide a wide variety of resources including videos, a blog, email support and 4 studies with facilitator notes.
The studies include these four topics:
Once the group was established, I took a vote on which study to do. The majority won with Daniel: Integrity at Work. Selfishly, I was pleased because this was the area of greatest challenge and most growth opportunity at my workplace. We decided to meet once a week via conference call (we are geographically diverse), before work for 10 weeks (the length of the study) and then take a vote after to see if everyone wanted to continue.
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9
When we started, neither myself nor my co-workers had any idea how perfectly aligned the study would be to the challenges that lied ahead. God increased our faith and trust in Him as we dug deep into the roots of pride, faith in God, the importance of integrity and working with excellence. Each week’s lesson so beautifully spoke to our situations. We had a safe place to discuss our faith, encourage each other and become more refined in our leadership skills.
God knows what we need at the exact moment we need it!
Get started today! Chicken-IN and have the courage to go outside your comfort zone. Begin by visiting WorkMatters.org. The scriptures are powerful…powerful enough to change you from the inside out, and make your workplace more meaningful. But, I warn you…be ready because God is going to do something unexpected and amazing…something transformational in your work life!
Sincerely with Hugs,
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