Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Monday: Connecting Worship to Work

Forbes reported on a Gallup survey of 230,000 full-time and part-time employees in 142 countries. It found that only 13% of workers feel engaged by their jobs. Gallup defined engaged as having a sense of passion for, connection to, and innovation in the work being done. These are very happy employees. The majority of employees, 63%, were considered not engaged. They have low commitment levels and do not find satisfaction in their work; they are generally unhappy. The remaining 24% were actively disengaged, meaning they hate their jobs to the point of having consciously done something to undermine their employers or co-workers. These are incredibly unhappy employees.

For every happy employee there are two unhappy ones! However, it is that 63% that is the most bewildering. Think about it. More than half of working adults find no fulfillment in their jobs. Add that to the 24% and you find that nearly 9 in 10 employees are unhappy at work. And Christians are no exception. 

Christians deal with the same conflicts and pressures, in addition to what is often a frustrating disconnect between their professed faith and what they spend the majority of their time doing during the week. Author David Miller, studying work patterns among believers, found that "many who are Christians complain of a 'Sunday-Monday gap,' where their Sunday worship hour bears little to no relevance to the issues they face in their Monday workplace hours."* That shouldn't be.

Join us during the month of April for our new sermon series Monday: Connecting Worship to Work in which Pastor Logan will challenge your thinking from the Bible in order to close the Sunday-Monday gap and help you find purpose and meaning in your daily work.

"Living for More than the Weekend" (April 3). In this introductory message, we'll examine work as it existed before the Fall (cf. Genesis 2:1-15) and come to understand not a four-letter word, in a derogatory sense, but rather a part of God's plan for our lives.

"Breaking through the Dead End" (April 10). Here we'll look at work after the Fall (cf. Genesis 3:17-19), acknowledging some of its challenges as well as the opportunities it affords us to glorify God.

"Dealing with People, Problems & Pressures" (April 17). In this final message, we'll look at a few specific pitfalls and temptations present in the workplace by studying the lives of Daniel, Joseph, and Moses.

*Miller, David, God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith and Work Movement. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007.

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