To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

YOUR JOB MATTERS

Posted on Oct 25, 2017 by Roger Goins, Director of Ministries

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Would you believe that what you do Monday through Friday is more important to God than what you do on Sunday morning?  It is!  Singing, prayer, teaching, and fellowship with other Christians is vitally important. But, if it doesn’t help you to become a better teacher, engineer, waiter, principal, lawyer, mechanic—you get the picture—then somewhere we have missed the point.  Paul said that “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” Col 3:23.  We have a tendency to view our job as what we do to pay the bills, our hobbies are what we do for fun, and our ministry is what we do for—or at—church; we live fractured lives!  We come to church and (sometimes) experience the presence of God.  We leave church on an emotional high and then grudgingly go to work Monday.  We are often exhausted, frustrated, and used up by payday.  We take that check, tithe, pay some bills, and try to enjoy what is left.  We call that life?

I sat in a conference Friday listening to business leaders discuss ways to lead in “the world” as a Christian.  I left excited and convicted.  I am excited that there are many successful Fortune 500 companies led by Christians following Biblical principles.  I am excited that there are people willing to stand up in “the world” and proudly proclaim Jesus as Lord over their lives and Lord over their work.  I am convicted that the Church is not more relevant in the daily lives of many Christians.  Leadership development at church shouldn’t just help you lead a small group.  It should equip you to lead that class of 6th grade students Monday through Friday.  That class on prayer should prepare you to pray for your coworkers and employees.  That spiritual gift of discernment should help you see through the mask your best friend is wearing to hide the pain of his addiction.  That stewardship class should prepare you to live within your means and operate your business for profit. 

Heritage is a very good church and I very proudly introduce myself as her Director of Ministries.  Friends from high school and college often respond in laughter or shock but that is a story for another day.  Your Pastor and staff love the Lord and we love this congregation. Our desire is that this community would be transformed—7 days a week—by the love of Jesus through the ministry of Heritage.  Will you help?  If you have not yet taken the Church Relationship Assessment, please do it as soon as possible.  Simply go to http://liferelationships.com/cra-heritage on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  We would also like to know how we can better equip you for your M-F ministry; please drop me a note at rgoins@heritage.church and tell me ideas you have that would help you better take meaning TO your job.  Jim Collins said that the enemy of great is good.  Join me in praying that it should never be applicable to Heritage.  I am excited for our future; I pray you are too!

Roger Goins, Director of Ministries

 



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