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Business as Mission

It is always humbling to have an article published! I am particularly grateful that my article on Business as Mission was published in the September Lausanne World Pulse!

It deals with a subject that I am passionate about!

I’d be grateful if you’d read it here and encourage others to do the same.

Thanks!

Dion

Some feedback from readers – Transform your work life!

I am pleased to say that ‘Transform your work life:  Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling‘ is moving off the shelves (and from the internet) at a good pace!  This is great news for the Global Day of Prayer and Unashamedly Ethical campaigns since the proceeds from all of the sales are donated to these two wonderful organisations!

But, it is even better news since it means that the message of being a blessing, and finding great blessing, in the 9 to 5 window is getting out there!

The feedback is starting to pour in at a steady pace as more and more people share their insights, testimonies, and experiences of discovering what it means to be a minister in the marketplace!  Here are a few little lines from some of our readers:

This powerful book has great potential to do what the title sugests: Transform your work life – turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling. You will discover Biblical perspectives, practical knowledege, and very usable tools to be a kingdom ambassador and change-agent in the marketplace. Through this book you will also be connected to a network of experiences and insights of this new move of God to transform our world in our life time. May you be equiped to be part of that and become a history-maker where you are everyday. (Dr. Johann Oostenbrink, Associate at Camino Consultancy Practitioning Coach & Mentor and Consultant in Organisational Development)

Johann is a wonderful leader who is doing a great deal to activate leaders for to reach their God given potential in their work life – his endorsement is an incredible affirmation for the book.  Thank you Johann!

I want to congratulate Graham and Dion for an excellent resource. Their new book ‘Transform your work life’ is a must for every working person and also for Pastors seeking to minister effectively to people struggling to turn their working hours into ‘worship.’ Well done guys!

This feedback comes from Rev Delme Linscott, the author of two great books ‘Now’ and ‘Living Oceans Apart’.  Delme is a minister in a thriving Church in Pietermartizburg, it is such a blessing to have a pastor’s perspective on the book!  Thanks Delme – you can read more about Delme’s work at www.livingingrace.co.za

Hi Dion. I’ve finished the first chapter – great reading – and a topic I’ve struggled with for several years and still don’t have an answer. It’s a flipping big question and I just wish God would write the answer on my bedroom wall!! If I didn’t have to get up @ 5am I would have finished your book tonight!!

This wonderful bit of feedback comes from my friend Philip Collier – Philip did an MA in Psychology and is an expert in neuroscience (see his great blog at http://www.brainsparks.co.za/ for more). He is currently developing a unique model to high level performance that helps athletes to surpass their current levels of achievement.

I’d love to hear your feedback on the book as you read it!  You can either comment on this post below, or add a comment on the comments and discussion section of my blog, or leave us a comment on the ‘Transform your work lifefacebook page.

To Hell with the Church!

Ed Silvoso rightly said:

“The target of the church should be the world and not the pew.”

Chapter 5 of ‘Transform your work life’, entitled ‘To Hell with the Church’ is causing a bit of a stir!  That’s good news!  Here’s an excerpt from that chapter:

Where is the best place to ‘shine your light’ and be ‘the salt of the earth’ (Matt 5:13–15)? You need to shine your light where it is dark of course! For many years I made the mistake of thinking that a church’s success is measured by its seating capacity (how many people are in worship on a Sunday). The truth is that a church’s salt, its real worth, is measured by its sending capacity. God does not care how big the ‘salt shaker’ is, rather what God is concerned about is how much salt is shaken from the salt shaker, and how much light the church shines in the darkest places of society.

Let me ask you another question, if your church were to close its doors this week, who would notice that you are not in ministry any longer? Of course the members who worship in your congregation would care, but would the homeless in your area notice? Would the hungry and the abused of your society realise that you are not operating anymore? Would your closure have an impact on the sick and the elderly people in your community? How about the schools and businesses in your community; would they notice that you are no longer ministering in the community?
When Jesus said that He would build his church and the gates of hell would not overpower it (Matt 16:18), there was a clear assumption that He builds his church at the gates of hell! One of the most loving things we can do with the church is to send it to hell. We need to find the places of suffering, brokenness and need, and be the church in those places so that Jesus can build his church there. In my experience those places are not very far from where you work!
What do you think?  Where should the Church’s ministry be focussed? Either leave a comment below, or post a message on the discussion forum here.
I’d love to hear your feedback!

An overview of ministry in the marketplace

A full video interview about ‘Transform your work life’.

What is God’s purpose for work?
How can you find blessing during your worklife?
How can you transform your workplace without alienating your co-workers and clients?
Does God automatically bless Christians?
Should Christians only work for Christian companies?

These questions, and many more, are discussed. You’ll also get some insights into ministry in the marketplace and being a marketplace minister.

I’d love to hear your perspectives, insights, and ideas on serving Jesus in the ‘9-5 window’! Drop me a, or post a comment below.

Share your workplace testimony with others! Ask for prayer!

When you share what God is doing in your life you not only give God Glory for His grace and power, you also encourage others to grow in their trust and faith!

Also, please remember that you don’t have the take the journey on your own! If you’re facing a challenge, looking for a new opportunity, or asking God to help you to minister to a client or co-worker why not ask others to join you in prayer?

As you read the book ‘Transform your work life‘ please take some time to drop us a line to share some feedback, testimony, or even a prayer request!

Please go here to leave your comment, share a prayer request or open a new discussion point – discussion page on Dion Forster’s website.