Who is Workplace Ministry?
Workplace Ministry is a ministry of St Mary's Cathedral. However we seek to serve and support workers from many different churches.
What is Workplace Ministry?
When you work in the city, you know just dealing with the day-to-day can be a real challenge. But there is definitely more to life than long hours in the office, crowds, queues, and traffic jams.
Workplace Ministry’s (WM) aim is to get Christians together to remember the gospel and the bearing it should have on our lives as workers. At our events we take time to think and talk about what the Bible says about workers and work. We hope our events will serve to encourage and equip workers to serve Christ in their own workplace.
Ultimately we hope that our events will result in two things:
Bringing Christ to Work
It is easy for us to compartmentalise our lives as Christians dividing our lives into work, family, friends, and church. We can then be tempted to let Jesus influence our lives when we are at church or at home, but to live otherwise secular lives in our workplace. But as Christians we know that Christ’s Lordship extends not over just one part of life but all of it. We need to bring Christ to work. Overwhelmingly, this means being godly in priorities, moral integrity, faithfulness, diligence, wise use of time and money, and seeking first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness rather than career progression or promotions.
WM’s first goal is to encourage workers to bring Christ to work. To think together about what God’s word says we are to be like as workers and to each other stand out as different as we live transparently for Christ in our different work contexts.
Pointing Workers to Christ
The bibles emphasis is not only on godliness in our work, but on making Christ known. We are called to be pointing workers to Christ. That means actively seeking to bring the gospel to our colleagues, bosses, clients and customers that they might come to faith in Christ.
There is huge potential for the workplace as a platform for ministry. The non-Christian can tune out almost every form of the gospel, but he or she cannot tune out the testimony of a Christian living in the power of the Spirit day by day, hour by hour, crisis by crisis in the workplace. Unlike a gospel tract, it cannot be thrown away. Unlike a church invitation, it cannot be declined. The workplace is the one place where the Christian is forced to meet non-Christians. The one place where Christians and non-Christians have to relate to one another. That is why it is critical for Evangelism. But often we are to be silent.
WM’s second goal is to encourage workers to point workers to Christ. To be clear together on the gospel we are to proclaim, to discuss the challenges we face, and to equip people with foundation and resources to make Christ known in their workplaces.
Bringing Christ to Work, Pointing Workers to Christ
WM believes that these two things cannot be separated. God requires word and action, lips and life, proclamation and godliness.