What Churches Can Do for Professionals
In my blog Professionals, I Salute You, I expressed my deep admiration for professionals. Their ability to endure work for 8 hours, with all the stress and the discipline, deserves much respect. In this blog, I’d like to share what churches and ministries can do for their professionals.
Now, I’m not claiming that I am an expert in this field. So I’d appreciate if you send your comments and suggestions. Or if you are a professional and is ministering in the workplace, I’d also appreciate if you share your experience. (I also realized that I’m already a part of a ministry team that caters to young singles. Most of them are young urban professionals, or more known as yuppies. So it is absolutely vital that I come in touch of their needs, as well as what our ministry can do about it).
Let me suggest the following:
1. Teach them to work excellently. We want them to work not because their bosses’ eye is on them, or because they want to win the favor of their superiors, but with “sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord” (see Colossians 3:22; also NIV1984). More importantly, we want them to be excellent on whatever they do, working with all their heart, or working as if they are giving their lives on their work, “as for the Lord and not for men” (v.23). (See my blog Working With All Your Heart for a related discussion).
2. Encourage them that the Lord Jesus will reward them. Now, not all of them are properly compensated. They may be giving so much (of course, working excellently) for their companies, but receive little in return. Some are even experiencing unreasonable bosses. But they shall be comforted by this truth: That “the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward” (v.24). Someday, they will be rewarded by the Lord Jesus, whom they ultimately serve (v.24).
3. Exhort them to be missional-minded. The Bible commands every believer, including professionals, to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). The corporate world is ripe for the harvest. Professionals must then learn to engage in evangelistic conversations with their co-workers, invite them to their churches, and even begin Bible study or fellowship groups in their companies. If they happen to have believing bosses, they can be strategic by collaborating with them and make workplace ministry a reality.