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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Dear Colleagues,

WANT TO WIN YOUR WORK ASSOCIATES TO CHRIST? CONSIDER THESE TIPS:

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For starters, begin by looking at your job as one of the greatest opportunities in which to build redemptive relationships.

  1. Help make your company and its people successful. Co-workers are interested in how you handle problems.  Help others to become successful.
  2. Make sure that anything labeled Christian with which you are involved is as sharp or sharper than anything sponsored by your company.
  3. Pray for yourself Ask God to give you a love for people around you.
  4. Pray for your co-workers by name.
  5. Get involved in their personal lives. Invite them out for lunch, dinner, coffee, sporting events, plays, etc.  Do things together.
  6. Invite an individual or a couple for dinner to provide an opportunity to relate personally. 
  7. Remember special days of your business associates: birthdays, weddings, sickness, accidents, births.  Send cards, make telephone calls, drop by, etc.
  8. Join a local service club.
  9. Become active in your business athletic team(s): softball, bowling, basketball.
  10. Participate with associates in regular sporting events such as racquetball, tennis, golf.
  11. Dont embarrass non-believers by your witness. Be sensitive, look for a relaxed setting where you are alone.  People rarely share their deep feelings in a crowd.
  12. Reflect a positive outlook in every aspect of your work.
  13. Dont pressure anyone. Talk only to people who seem to be interested.
  14. Dont try to make an impact for Christ alone! Seek out Christian co-workers and work together on a plan to reach fellow employees.
  15. Get training.  We may be offending people. Zeal without knowledge builds barriers rather than bridges.
  16. Plan your strategy.  Always be ready to flex but planning helps you keep your goal.
  17. Plan a night during the month you can devote to entertaining co-workers and associates.1

It is important that we view evangelizing our work associates as a process, rather than as an event.  Most non-believers erect at least one of three barriers that need to be processed through:

#1 The emotional barrier is a set of negative feelings that a seeker has toward Christianity based on bad experiences with believers or with organized religion. (Consider utilizing I Cor. 9:19-23; Col. 4:5, 6)

#2 The intellectual barrier is a predisposition to disregard or reject Christianity based upon bad information, misconceptions, or unanswered questions. (Consider utilizing I Pet. 3:15)

#3 The volitional barrier is a predisposition to resist examining spiritual things, or to reject Christianity outright, based upon pride and independence caused by a sinful nature.  (Consider utilizing Col. 4:2, 3) 2

We will be less inclined toward anxiety during the process of evangelism if we keep in mind the fact that God is responsible for the results: I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things growFor we are God’s fellow workers (I Cor. 3:6, 7, 9a) (See Mt. 16:15-17; 2 Tim. 2:23-26)  

1 Adapted from The Secular Bridge, by Glenn Pate

2 Adapted from Foundations, pages 56-59, Search Ministries, 5038 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042, 1991

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