Christianity Today highlighted Made to Flourish this month by featuring Skye Jethani and Luke Bobo’s interviews with over a dozen pastors across the country. Jethani and Bobo’s work, captured in the Discipleship with Monday in Mind ebook, emphasizes the importance of pastors moving beyond simply knowing a theology of faith and work towards integrating these ideas.
One way pastors can integrate faith and work in their church is by hosting commissioning services, where pastors publicly pray for workers from various industries like they do for missionaries. Read these testimonials:
After commissioning those in the tech industry one Sunday morning, a female visitor hurriedly approached Pastor Ryan Beatie (Bellevue Presbyterian Church) and said, “It’s our first Sunday visiting here. My husband had never seen his faith relating to his work.” The commissioning service was powerful for this man. Such examples simply underscore the fact that we were never meant to live a compartmentalized life; our faith should inform our parenting, our citizenship, and our work.
After doing a commissioning service, a teacher approached Pastor Jon Tyson (Trinity Grace Church) and said, “That was the most powerful moment in my entire life in church. Thank you.” Commissioning services have a powerful ability to affirm people in their work. (Full article here)
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