This week with John Pletcher we have talked about multiplying workplace missionaries in our small churches. If you had to grade your church on this concept, on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being best, what would you grade it?
Do you, as the pastor, have a good grasp on where the adults in your church work?
Have you ever viewed those workplaces as outposts where your people take the Gospel?
Have you ever considered the kind of people that your church members work with, and tried to equip each member specifically to reach out to the people around them?
Did you, prior to listening to this week’s podcast, ever truly view the people in your church, in action at their workplaces, as the best missionary outreach strategy your church could have?
How are you and the other church leaders training and equipping your people to be missionaries to their workplaces?
Let’s think out loud for a minute…
All these questions… Just a thought. :)
6/12/2014 11:14:09 pm
Excellent Podcast ... You seem like old friends? What would you suggest for a pastor if many of his people work 40 to 50 miles away? In the DC area many work in building the pastor might be allowed to go into. Besides meeting for lunch how else can the pastor encourage others in there calling...This also sound like men meeting with other men ... what about the pastor meeting for lunch with a working mom or stay at home mom ... how is that best handled? take care and God bless.
6/13/2014 06:15:58 am
Great ?'s, Bob. Other ideas for encouraging workplace missionaries include actually doing a "Faith @ Work" series for 3 to 6 weeks, at least once a year. It's also tremendous to have people share faith@work stories on Sundays to celebrate what's happening, spotlighting where God is at work. I also like to buy some books that encourage marketplace ministers and share those with key leaders, etc. (if you'd like more info on how to assemble a "Faith @ Work" series, just shout and I'll share some resource ideas. Way to engage, Bob, with leading and loving leaders in the workplace!
6/18/2014 02:24:35 am
John ... Faith@work series - I have been going to church for - Well lets just say a long time!! - I don't recall anyone doing a Faith@work series at all... sharing my faith yes but not focused on the work place .. GREAT idea - I will encourage my church guys to see if that can't be done sometime soon ...
6/13/2014 04:42:08 am
Hey Bob, no fair! You can't answer my questions with more questions! :) We are only old friends from our retreat a month ago. Although we both attended the same school and have common friends, we never met each other before the retreat.
6/18/2014 02:29:11 am
Jeff ... thanks ...i actually appreciate your inclusion of the female pastors and their challenge in connecting ... that's not part of my tradition and was not even in my realm of thinking.... GREAT points of course .. there is some GOLD in connecting with stay at home moms and a prayerful strategy on connecting with them really make sense.
6/18/2014 03:28:04 am
Bob, there are literally thousands of women pastors all around the United States, but so many pastoral resources are presented in a way that assumes all pastors are men. We decided from the start to do our best to serve and encourage women pastors. Pastor Cynthia was featured on episode 45 - she has served her church for over 20 years.
6/13/2014 08:29:14 am
Thank you for contributing John. I thought you might be hovering close by. :-) We look forward to having you back on the podcast in the near future!
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