Commission Your People for Their Work

May 4, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

by David Gill, originally posted at Made to Flourish. We believe and we say that Jesus Christ is Lord of the whole life, including that one-third or so of our lives we spend working (or preparing/studying for work — or looking for work). Sometimes we need a visible way to emphasize and even celebrate a … Read More

Visit Your People Where They Work

May 2, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

By David Gill, originally posted at Made to Flourish. For twenty years I have been urging pastors to visit at least one of the workplace members of their congregation per month in their workplace environment, whether that is an office downtown, a factory, a farm, a restaurant, or a day care center. Wherever our people … Read More

How Congregants Reflect God’s Labor

May 1, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

Originally posted at Made to Flourish. Earlier this month, we challenged our network pastors to visit their congregants at their workplaces – and you can still participate in The Pastor’s Challenge: Workplace Visitations. Whether you’ve been visiting congregants for awhile or are boldly taking this step this summer, we encourage our pastors to keep looking for ways to … Read More

Ideas for Church Implementation

April 27, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

Originally posted on Made to Flourish. These models are basic concepts to spark thinking – we encourage pastors to enhance, alter, combine, any of these suggestions to suit their ministry context. Most importantly: YOU know your community (inside and outside your church walls) the best.  If one of these model ideas gets your juices going … Read More

Discipleship Dynamics

April 26, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

Originally posted at Made to Flourish. Discipleship Dynamics is the first of its kind online discipleship assessment. By using scriptural principles in conjunction with tested methods of social science, you can truly discover where you are in your spiritual life, accurately define your spiritual strengths and weaknesses and find resources designed to build your life of … Read More

The Discipleship Dynamics Assessment

April 26, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

Originally posted at Made to Flourish. How do we know our disciple-making is effective? The deliverables of pastoral portfolios are scored quantitatively and then assessed by testimonies. And, thankfully, much good takes place as people gather to examine the Word, pray and share life. But we need a fresh approach. We are busier than ever, … Read More

Vocational Liturgies: Discipleship at Work

April 26, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

Originally posted at Made to Flourish. We continue to encourage pastors to find tools that will help their congregants cultivate their own discipleship in the places where they spend the majority of their lives outside of church each week – their work. In You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, author James K.A. … Read More

A Hymn on Work by Charles Wesley

April 25, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

Originally posted on Made to Flourish. Charles Wesley’s “Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go” is a great hymn relating to our work: Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I go, my daily labor to pursue; thee, only thee, resolved to know in all I think or speak or do. The task thy wisdom … Read More

Simple Service of Ordination to Work

April 25, 2018By DPC EditorChurch & Work

Originally posted at Made to Flourish. From: Elizabeth O’Connor, Call to Commitment: The Story of the Church of the Savior, 105-106. As quoted by: Douglas Schuurman, Vocation: Discerning Our Callings In Life , 129. Minister to Participant: Your work and your worship are intimately interwoven.  In fact, they are not separate at all: Your work grows out of your … Read More