Can I Lead a Bible Study at My Company?
April 21, 2016
We know we can’t sit in our offices and read the Bible all day. We’re called to work diligently as stewards and servants, “as if working for the Lord” (Col 3:23). Daily, we have a unique and powerful opportunity to attest the truth and value of God’s written Word. How we honor God’s Word in and through our work is not as important as actually doing it.
When we live God’s truth by applying it in our daily activity, others surely notice. Our own understanding and application of the teachings in the Bible can have a profound effect on our employees and sphere of influence.
However, for Christian leaders feeling the Lord tugging on our hearts to engage our team with scripture, we have heard many testimonies from C12 members of changed lives and renewal through their company Bible studies.
So, can you really lead a Bible study at work? Absolutely! Although, make sure to answer these four questions before you start planning.
Why? Ask God if He has any other ways you might honor His Word, or if the ways you currently use can be improved. Remember, what we give our time to is one of the clearest ways to define what we hold to be important. If teaching a part of your ministry elsewhere, such as your church or home fellowship group, think about how people respond to you and whether or not you have had a sustained positive response.
Who? You will have to find ways to encourage participation without requirement. It’s important to make it clear that only those who want to come, and who come freely, should participate. It’s easy to reserve the invitation for executives or management only, but find ways to include everyone at the company if logistically possible, and watch God move in and around your company.
When? If God is calling you, He will direct the timing. Don’t set a study guide, agenda, or send invitations until you receive confirmation from Him. Let God provide guidance on when to share and engage your team with Scripture. He’ll work out the details and the reception if you give Him the opportunity to lay the plans.
How? Ask your closest advisors, or those who know you intimately, to be honest with you about your implementation and goals for a workplace study. A local C12 Group of seasoned CEOs and Business Owner peers can provide Godly insight, guidance, and accountability. They can also share their own experiences with ministry in the workplace to help you set guide rails for your own journey.
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