Discipleship & the Workplace
Saturday, August 26 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
As Christians, we are called to live our faith and be obedient to Christ in all areas of life. That includes our places of work and in our community, educational, political and family involvements. As our culture moves to being progressively post-Christian and sometimes even hostile to Christ and his Church, living our faith becomes an increasing difficult and complex task. This one-day seminar will focus on sharpening our spiritual skills in the work environment which will also affect and enhance how we perform our professional skills.
Discussion leader Paul Curtis
Our discussion leader will be Paul Curtas. Paul has worked for almost three decades with people in workplaces around the world and has theological degrees from Florida Bible College and Biblical Seminary in Hatsfield, PA, a masters degree from Columbia International University and formerly served in a staff position at L’Abri Fellowship in Huemoz, Switzerland. He has also served for 25 years as General Director of the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel (FCAP). For more than two decades, Paul has visited and worked with people both individually and in group settings in workplaces in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific. Paul communicates how the Christian faith gives work its greatest purpose in the most practical ways. He is the author of “When God Shows Up At Work” and has also written many articles and blog posts discussing how we can live out our faith in the public venue.
Our seminar schedule will be as follows:
8:30 – 9:00 Registration Time – Coffee and Snack (There is no charge, but Please pre-register)
9:00 – 10:15 Session One: Developing a God-Sized View of Work, focuses how our belief about WORK becomes God-sized, when we see the details of our job as important to God, while believing the ultimate purpose and results are bigger than that of the company.
10:15 – 10:45Break
10:45 – 12:00 Session Two: Defining Ministry in the Workplace, focuses on how our view of MINISTRY at work does not disrupt our job but is inherent in our workday and comes naturally as we intersect with the people and situations at work.
Noon – 12:50 Lunch (A free-will offering will be accepted for lunch)
12:50 – 2:00 Session Three: Responding to Workplace Conditions, focuses on how our view of ADVERSITY at work does not threaten our faith, but is seen as an opportunity to experience God’s purpose and provision. We will give consideration to some of the typical responses to what goes on around us at work, as well as evaluate our own work environment and consider its affects on us.
2:00 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:40 Session Four: Making Our Connection, focuses on how our idea of being the CHURCH in the workplace is more than a passive reflection from Sunday, instead it is a practical connection among Christians that draws them together in creative ways at the workplace.