We had a great couple of hours eating home-made pastries, worshiping, and listening to Sarah-Jane. After coffee we sat in our sectors and shared challenges and opportunities in our workplaces, which was really helpful. You can read one person’s reaction to the morning at the bottom of the page.
Here are some of the points from Sarah-Jane:
- MISSION is not just overseas or community outreach.
- Don’t divide life into secular and sacred: our workplaces are mission places.
- “Seek the peace and the prosperity of your city” – Jeremiah
- CULTURE is “The way we do things around here”: rituals, rewards, taboos, creeds & proverbs, stories, environment. What’s culturally acceptable? How do people eat in your workplace? What’s on the notice boards?
- Your presence makes a difference; you are never neutral. You may not be senior at work but you can have integrity.
- What’s the Kingdom antidote to an issue? It can take time to see change; make just a one-degree shift.
- MACRO-CULTURE is “What do I want to achieve long-term?” Dreaming big is part of our Christian DNA. We are ‘citizens of Heaven’ (Philippians 1:27).
- It starts with a one-degree shift.
- When asking/answering: “how was your week?” be asking/answering: “what did God do in your week?” (Treat your week at work like a mission trip!)
"It was really helpful at the brunch just to remember why I felt I was called to teach. You can easily be bombarded with a target driven culture, children needing to make X amount of progress and proving that you are teaching well but actually our job goes much deeper than that. I went into teaching with the belief that everyone is gifted in some way and each and every one of us has something distinctive and unique to offer society. Now my hope and prayer is that every child leaves my class knowing that they can do something well and they are wonderfully unique. Thanks Christ Church for the opportunity to reassess why I felt called to teach."