What is the job description of a Workplace Minister? For years we have seen ministry as mostly preaching, playing music, working for a church or serving the poor, the needy, or anyone who doesn’t know Jesus.
So does a workplace minister need to wear a collar; carry a bible, keep communion bread and grape juice at their desk? What are the daily activities of a Workplace Minister? Because I couldn’t easily find one, I thought I’d start one.
Live Your Work
A workplace minister lives their life to show others what it means to follow Jesus. As a result, they love and pray for their coworkers, customers, and vendors. They do what’s best for their boss, their peers and their direct reports. They express a genuine interest in others and consider others more important than themselves (Phil 2:3). They work to remember names, family members, personal information and anything to show others how important they are. They remember they have an opportunity to make an eternal difference in the life of every person they contact.
Know Your Stuff
A workplace minister also knows why they follow Jesus. They can share the benefits of life following Jesus using first person pronouns like “I” and “me.” And their actions and their life backs up what they say. If anyone asks a question about the faith, the workplace minister can either answer from personal experience or research the question and get back with the answers.
Graceful, Helpful, Merciful
A workplace minister takes the time to help others within or outside of the work context. They are on the lookout for opportunities to serve others. They are available to help, while always honoring their supervisors and making sure their employer gets excellent value from their labor. They do their paid job very well (Colossians 3:23) so they show grace and mercy when interrupted by their fellow workers or when others don’t meet their commitments. They have time to help without sacrificing their own performance. They make themselves available after hours or on weekends as needed to serve their coworkers.
I’m just getting started. What else would you add? Over 60% of us work for someone else. And the rest are self-employed or employ others. Can you add ideas to this job description? Let’s keep the conversation going!
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