One of the things that make an organization a Best Christian workplace is that employees see evidence of Christ in the workplace. The Best Christian Workplaces survey has dedicated 6 out of 58 questions to measuring just this – one of which reads:
- Overall, I am very satisfied with the level of Christian fellowship and spirituality at my organization.
Even in an organization with an overt Christian mission and/or values, it’s important to set aside time and resources to be in the Word, pray, and fellowship together. There are many ways that this can happen; just as each workplace is different, how they will worship together will be unique. Still, I’d like to share some of my experiences and recommendations to get your creative juices flowing. And if you have any suggestions or recommendations about what has worked well at your workplace, please share them as a comment.
While working for a Christian school, at the beginning of the school day all the teachers would gather together to sing a hymn and pray for God’s provision for the day. With the noise of students greeting each other just outside the door and my mind filled with lesson plans, this was a wonderful moment to remind myself who it was all about and how I could only succeed if I were reliant upon Him.
More recently, I’ve enjoyed a weekly Bible study followed by a time of prayer at the BCWI office. Although we did pray for clients that were under particular stress, much of the prayer time was dedicated to personal prayer needs and in that small office environment it really helped to foster community and genuine care for each other that carried over into the ministry that we were doing.
What should your study time look like? Something as simple as reading a passage together may suffice, or you may chose to use a secondary source such as Joy at Work, Faith & Work (read our review), or Lead Like Jesus.
If your worship and fellowship time is in a small group format, www.smallgroups.com is a helpful website. It has everything from descriptions of the various small group formats – such as Free Market Groups – to study guides – like Faith in the Workplace.
If you were to ask your employees if there are very satisfied with the level of Christian fellowship and spirituality at your organization, what would they say? Although it may be tempting to focus purely on your mission, learn from Mary who sat quietly at the feet of her savior and Jesus said of her, “But few things are needed – indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her” (Luke 10:42).