What Professionals Can Do for Churches
Last Monday, I posted the blog What Churches Can Do for Professionals. I suggested 3 things churches can do for their professionals. Churches can help them by teaching them to be excellent at work, reminding them of their reward from Jesus, and challenging them to be missional-minded in their offices. Now, it’s the other way around. I’ll be sharing what professionals can do for their churches.
Again, I’m not claiming expertise on this subject matter. But here are a few suggestions:
1. Serve in ministries that cater to professionals. Professionals are in the best position to serve their fellow professionals. They can help fellow professionals on their spiritual walk and even coach them in their careers, both in the professional and witnessing levels. There’s a megaton of lessons and experiences from these professionals, including how to be a salt and light in the workplace, and it need not be wasted.
2. Support your church financially. I don’t mean to ruin their budget. But I want them to consider giving financial support to their pastors, church staff, and missionaries. Some of them are being paid highly, or are already in managerial and executive roles. They have been blessed with a high (or increasing) salary so that they can be a blessing to others, especially to their churches. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), and doing so is partnership in the Gospel (see Philippians 1:5).
3. Help your church establish presence in the workplace. Since they have access to their offices, they are in the best position to witness to unbelieving officemates, influence their superiors, and impact their organizations by establishing Bible study or fellowship groups, helping their churches penetrate to their workplace. In my church, there is an office ministry that caters to professionals. They are made up of laymen and women from different organizations, who are partnering with my church to establish a presence in their workplace.