Next Steps for Church Members
You have selected this page because you’re involved in a church that you would like to see get more involved in the integration of faith, work, and economics. That’s great! Though you are not on the staff of the church, your participation in the life of your church is essential. Your leadership can make all the difference in helping your church to grow in whole-life discipleship that impacts daily work.
Sometimes, when church folk get excited about something, they take a step that turns out not to be helpful. So, as you begin to walk down the pathways of FWE integration, let us encourage you to avoid this common step. Here it is:
Don’t heap more work or guilt upon your pastor!
While partnership with your pastor and/or church staff is essential for FWE integration, don’t begin by meeting with your pastor and suggesting that they take on more work. And don’t say that your pastor is failing because of not paying attention to FWE integration. Most pastors are already exhausted from the demands of caring for a church. The last thing they need from you is some new request or demand.
While we would discourage you from suggesting (or insisting!) that your pastor and/or church staff take on more duties, you can be an encourager and supporter who helps your church leaders get excited about making connections between faith and daily work. Here are some things you might do with your pastor and/or staff:
- Invite your pastor to lunch and talk about how your faith intersects with your work and vice versa. Share some of your personal challenges.
- If your pastor has done something that has helped you with FWE integration, be sure to let your pastor know. Drop a note. Send an email. Or offer a personal word of thanks.
- Tell your pastor about Pathways, why you’re engaged with us, and how we’re making a difference in your discipleship. Share your growth and excitement.
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