When you think of the difficult people on your team, what do you think of? How do you perceive the problem employees on your team? Could it be that you are looking at them the wrong way?
I’m not saying that everyone is fixable. It may ultimately be better for everyone if certain people don’t work at your organization any more. I think it Abraham Lincoln got it right when he said that people are usually as happy as they make up their minds to be. Nonetheless, you may be the one to help those certain people change their minds.
Difficult people have been through difficult stuff. And hurt people hurt people. If you just pass them off as problem employees then you may be missing a huge opportunity—for them and for you.
I realize that you may not be the pastor-in-chief at your workplace, but you can develop a pastor’s heart for your team. Spiritual insight into their situation can help your team become more positive, more innovative, and more productive.
Here’s how you can get the most out of your team by training yourself in how you look at your problem employees.
It seems that faith and work are perceived as contradictory in the business world. People think that trusting God doesn’t require that you follow good business practices. Or they think that putting in disciplined effort means that you don’t trust God to provide. The truth is that faith and work complete each other.
You can demonstrate how your faith impacts your work and how your work reinforces your faith. You don’t have to choose one over the other—because faith and work are complementary.
Here are three steps for meaningfully pursuing both your faith and work.
Is God interested in what you do for a living? Or do you think God thinks your work matters?
Does God care if you trade stocks, lay tile, or raise cattle? Does God bother with such mundane things? Or does God only care about what we do if we go into the ministry?
God cares about whatever you do. Here’s why your work matters to God.
Many Christians have a wall between their faith and their work. They have a Sunday way of thinking, and a way of thinking for the rest of the week. But you don’t have to limit your faith to the four walls of the church building. You can be the Church at work.
Colossians 3:23-4 tells us that we should put our all into whatever we do, because we ultimately serve the Lord and not just our bosses. So you can allow your faith to permeate all areas of your life—especially your work.
You can look at your workplace as a mission field. And here’s why we should be the Church at work.
Did Jesus restrict his ministry to only the synagogue? Not at all. Jesus ministered everywhere that people were. And since most people are involved in the work world, then it makes sense that you should have ministry mindset in the marketplace.
If you limit yourself to thinking of ministry only taking place in the church, then you will miss out on most of the opportunities to help people where they are. And you will miss out on Jesus’ model of ministry too.
Here’s how you can incorporate a ministry mindset into what you do every day at work.
With Christianity having less and less impact on American culture, how do we turn it around? Dr. Alex McFarland has the game plan.
Dr. McFarland is a speaker, writer, and religion and culture expert. He’s also the director of Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University in South Carolina.
Alex has written 16 books, preached in more than 1,500 churches across the United States, and been a guest on myriad major news outlets.
I caught up with my fellow McFarland at Proclaim 16. Here’s what Alex said about how to pass the torch to the next generation.
How necessary is sharing your faith today?
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center report, 86% of Americans grew up Christian. But 19% have now left their faith.
Commenting on “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” Pew’s director of religion research Alan Cooperman said, “Overall, there are more than four former Christians for every convert to Christianity.”
More people are choosing to have no religious affiliation today. “Nones” have increased from 16% in 2007 to 22.8% in 2015.
That means America is becoming increasingly secular. That also means the opportunity for evangelism is greater than ever before.
So where is the best place to reach out to the “nones?” At the workplace.
But before you start evangelizing on the job, here are three “Be’s” to consider before sharing your faith at work.
God wants to use us to do His will. But it’s hard to do His will when we’re too busy to hear God.
If God wanted to use you, would you be able to respond? Or would you be too busy to hear Him?
Here’s a lesson I learned the hard way.
Michael is an evangelical Christian who opened up a coffee shop in an artsy area near a large university. He planned on hosting Christian concerts and evangelical speakers there.
Word got out to the progressive community when the local paper wrote about his intentions. Before Michael bought the building, it had hosted the community’s largest arts event, featuring some very “transgressive” art.