One of the ways you can live out your faith at work is through leading a workplace Bible study.
We’ve been talking about the importance of loving your neighbors and some different ways you can be a good neighbor this summer. However, if you work full-time, then your closest “neighbor” for 40-plus hours per week is the person in the office next to yours. They are your next-door neighbor for at least a third of your waking hours, and you probably interact with them more than you interact with your neighbors at home. That means you also have more opportunities to talk with them about Jesus.
However, starting a workplace Bible study (or sharing the gospel at work) can be intimidating. You might feel ill-equipped to lead, or be concerned that it could somehow get you in trouble with your employer. There is no need to fear (2 Timothy 1:7), though, and no reason to be anxious (Philippians 4:6-7). You have the Holy Spirit as a helper (John 14:26) and God’s Word as a guide (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We’re also here to help, with some tips from Watermark Members who have (collectively) decades of experience in leading Bible studies at work.
First, don’t underestimate the opportunity you have to minister to your coworkers.
When you work at a for-profit company, it can be tempting to think that people who work as pastors or missionaries are the ones who are really making an impact for God’s kingdom. After all, they are “in ministry” or “on mission.” However, you can also do ministry and be on mission in ways that they cannot.
For starters, you have your own mission field in your workplace. You already speak the language and understand the culture. Instead of Googling the price of flights to far-off countries, realize that there are coworkers sitting just a few feet away who also need Jesus—and you’re literally paid to be there with them every day.
You also have the benefit of not being known as a “pastor” or “missionary.” Some people are reluctant to talk with pastors, because they don’t want to be preached to or feel convicted of sin. You, on the other hand, are more like an undercover agent on a secret assignment. Your coworkers don’t know that you are a pastor; they think you are an engineer or a salesperson or that girl from accounting. They are therefore willing to engage with and listen to you in ways that a professional pastor could only imagine.
You have a great opportunity to reach people in your workplace, so make good use of the time you spend there (Ephesians 5:15-16).
So, how do you make the most of the opportunity? Here are some tips on how to lead a Bible study at work:
If you are wondering what to study in your Bible study, the obvious answer is “The Bible.” It can be as simple as picking a book in the Bible (the Gospel of John is a popular choice) and going through it chapter-by-chapter. You can also pick a relevant topic, such as love, peace, or work itself, and look at what the Bible has to say about that subject. Some people who are reluctant to come to a Bible study might be more willing to attend a discussion on anxiety, for instance.
There are other books and organized studies you can lead people through, along with resources you can use to answer questions and improve your own understanding of the Bible. Below, we’ve included a few (mostly free) resources you can find online, along with tips from Watermark Members who have gone before you in starting their own workplace Bible studies.
Start simply, but simply start. If you want to lead a Bible study at work, then figure out what your next small step is, and take that step this week.
Compiled from Watermark Members who have experience leading Bible studies at work:
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