It has been said that “the hope of the world” is the lo- cal church. This is as true today as it was when Jesus declared, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16: 18, ESV).
But the local church is more than steeples, buildings,
sanctuaries, congregations, pews, robes, priests and
preachers. The local church, as many of us have been re-
learning over the past few decades,
Every Christian can become
a servant and a disciple maker
in their neighbourhood and in
their workplace, and it is the job
of churches to equip us to do so.
Do you agree that we all share
the goal that every member of the
Body of Christ, including every member of each local congregation, would be lovingly engaged in the purpose of
God – to build His Church and invite all into His presence?
Surely we all want our congregations to be places
where the Word is taught, the faith is shared, missions
are at the forefront, the hungry are fed and the poor are
But where do the workplace and the marketplace fit in?
These are the places where average Christians encounter
their colleagues and customers, bosses and employees for
many hours every day.
Many of us today are realizing these too are places of
worship. These too are part of the Church.
There are many different ways to include the workplace and the marketplace in our understanding of the
Church. The key is to engage the whole Church in the
greater work of serving the Lord while going about daily
demands and responsibilities.
What’s a bit new for some of us is realizing that reaching our city isn’t necessarily accomplished by inviting
people to church or to a concert.
I have often argued Christians should not invite someone to church before inviting them into their home.
This point is based on the idea that the Church is bigger than our designated Christian buildings and meeting
places. Our mission is to co-operate in advancing the
Kingdom of God, which extends to everywhere and any-
The Hope of the World
our vision of the church should include
where that people acknowledge Him as king, including
our homes and workplaces.
The Lord’s Prayer declares, “Thy kingdom come, Thy
will be done” (Matthew 6: 10, KJV). All are invited and all
will be challenged to choose just whom they will serve.
The workplace in particular is an unreached domain into
which we are to shine the light of hope and truth.
Kingdom-focused workers, whether CEOs, managers,
manufacturers, maids or merchants, have His work to do
as they serve with diligence and competence in the place
of their calling.
We trust the Holy Spirit to convict and to save those
who are encountered and served. Meanwhile, we can
seek to live a life that honours
the Lord, loves and serves others,
and, when presented with an opportunity, declares that Jesus is
Lord of our life.
Yes, pastors are called to
serve, as are all who come into a
dynamic love relationship with
Jesus Christ. Whom are you called
Let me say a special word about marketplace leaders.
These women and men have influence and thus special opportunities to convey God’s love for the city. God has called
and empowered business leaders to partner with pastors to
impact every segment of our cities.
Let’s put an end to silos in our ministry and our thinking. Let’s work for one church in unity (John 17: 17–21),
using the gifts of apostolic leaders, pastors and priests,
teachers and prophets, intercessors and entrepreneurs!
We can all be men and women of influence in our communities, people who choose to live and work in such a
way that others are compelled to notice and be blessed. It
is already happening now in cities around the corner and
around the globe.
God is not doing a new thing. He is moving by His
Spirit as He always has. People of all cultures and capaci-
ties are hearing and acting upon His word. Church people
are again serving as the face of the local church, not just
when they are doing church-sponsored activities, but
wherever they go. FT
gerry Organ of Greely, ont., is a marketplace
minister in ottawa on behalf of one Way Ministries
the Church. He previously served ten years as executive
director of Christian Business Ministries Canada.
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I have often argued
Christians should not
invite someone to
church before inviting
them into their home.