How to Start a Ministry at Work:
An example of tentmaking in the Politically Correct U.S.
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As a 23-year recent grad, I have already found my calling- I am a minister. My job title does not say “minister”, but The Lord has made it clear that I’m called to love and minister wherever I am while doing what I love…
I am one of the youngest associates at my office, so I feel it was fair that when the Lord spoke to me about starting a ministry at my secular work, I felt it would be easier to move a mountain … Yet, Jesus created something beautiful …
Here are principles that guided me:
1) Kick butt at your job.
As evangelists, sometimes we think our job is to convert and the actual work is secondary. But credibility is shot once people hate working with you. Instead of working as if my life/identify/status/etc. depend on it, I worked with everything I have as worship to God. And the Lord has blessed with… amazing opportunities and favor. This is incarnation.
1a. With all you do, have integrity.
A few months ago, I was walking to lunch with coworkers and absentmindedly said”yes” to a mentally ill woman in a wheelchair asking for a push to the store. Before I knew it, I was pushing her five blocks – one of the most uncomfortable walks of my life! While I was fine talking to her, I was unsure how my coworkers were responding. But as we arrived, my VP said that that was the nicest thing she’s ever seen anyone do. When we are ingrained with Kingdom values, the fruit of our lives should be obvious to everyone except us because it is just who we are.
2) Be Intentional.
As my PIC and I were waiting for the “right time” to start something, we were intentional about seeing where God was working. It was awkward at times, but being bold started paying off. We had conversations around topics ranging from Christian holidays to personal brokenness. This built deeper relationships. Jesus started showing up everywhere.
3) Start gathering the conversation.
After a few months putting out feelers, there were all these side conversations but no space to bring them together. Then my HR friend shared eagerly that the “Big Guy”miraculously answered a prayer for her. God was so real to her in that moment!
As if on cue, a few others came over to listen and, led by the Spirit, I asked if they’d like to start a group to continue seeing God work. They jumped at it!
4) Find a partner.
Jesus always sent people in twos, so why should now be different? We need each other and build up each other. God does not want you alone!
Almost like the 90-10 rule, as we are faithful with small risks, the Holy Spirit partners with us…
5) Trust in God’s organic growth.
Over the past nine months, I’ve seen God grow seeds we planted. I have been blown away at how BIG His plan is and how small my role is.
Last week, my supervisor came to the group after hearing a coworker share her story of faith. She was so moved she started crying and wanted more. As we are faithful with small risks, the Holy Spirit does the rest.
I have found my calling and can tell you that following Jesus was worth ALL the risk. I am seeing coworkers healed by Jesus simply because we said yes to Jesus.
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