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Setting up a Christian group in your workplace

Stuart Sadler who works in the technology sector and is training as ordinand on the Local Ministry Programme reflects on his experience…

 ‘Once you find even one other Christian in your workplace, why not very gently suggest meeting for coffee? When two, three or maybe more people from the same workplace meet up, it’s a great opportunity to just talk and pray for your time in work, as well as for the organisation and its leadership.   One danger when you meet is that you end up talking about your time outside the workplace.  Although this is necessary as you get to know each other, it should not be the focus.  Your commonality is this workplace. 

Two other things to watch for:

There sometimes can be issues if the members of the prayer group are at different levels in the organisation.  I have at times known about redundancies and although other have a sense, I need to be very careful of the trusted position I am under.

It’s also important to get a sense of how the organisation feels about a group like this meeting.  Meeting with HR and letting them know that you are meeting is a first step and then you can tentatively discuss how they would feel about publishing this group’s existence.  In my last two companies they have not wanted any publicity at all.  So the group grew through word of mouth, as well as by placing ‘Company Prayer Group’ in Outlook and making our calendars visible by others.  This has led to people saying ‘what’s that at 8am on Mon?’    

How does it work? 

Typically, we would meet at 8am for 30 mins at the start of the week. We’d start with chit chat, followed by a thought/bible passage, and then asking where we’d seen God this past week. We’d end with open prayers and finally by saying the grace together. It was a diverse group: an Egyptian Coptic, an Evangelical Anglican, a Mexican Catholic, an Anglo Catholic and a Pentecostal!

There was an outreach dimension too. One of us was asked to explain the meaning behind the Christmas Carols sung by the company choir, so that people could sing with more understanding.  What an opportunity!’

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

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