Why Transform Work?
Here are 6. distinct reasons why the UK needs our ministry.
1. Unique vision
Our vision is as far as we can see, pretty much unique. It’s God given. No-one else is doing what we do.
We are overwhelmingly a volunteer organisation. That is, apart from our CEO, Ros Loaker! When people continue to join a vision even sometimes at their own cost, as they are with Transform Work, then it’s a very good sign.
We have 496 workplace groups and 42 related Christian Professional & Sector Groups. But there are tens of thousands of organisations in this country with Christians working in them. They all need a Christian Workplace Group. And the vision equally applies in other countries. The scope for Transform Work is huge. We wish to fulfil the potential!
There is a time for everything. Transform Work and its vision is right for the present time, not least with the present day focus on openness and equality.
5. We are wanted
Employers of all sorts in our experience are proving open to the creation and development of Christian Workplace Groups if they are presented with wisdom and love. Do not believe it if you hear that the workplace is anti-Christian. Employers everywhere positively desire employees who are full of integrity, honesty and industry and who are at pains to bring a positive influence in the organisation. Transform Work promotes all of those things.
6. Transform Work is complementary to an overall positive Christian picture in this country.
These days we have UK churches numbering a thousand members or more. We have more church plants than ever. Many churches and Christians are alive and vibrant. There are countless excellent missions and ministries emanating from this land. Transform Work fits well in that overall positive picture. Churches and missions recognise more than ever that they cannot do everything. Specialist initiatives and experience are prized. Transform Work is widely welcomed by a diverse range of organisations. And Transform Work does not see itself as doing ‘church’ but as complementary to church membership.
Summary: Transform Work has a huge, timely vision which is attractive both to secular workplaces and to the wider Christian family.
So, how should we respond to these distinctives?
The Word states that it is ‘not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit’ says the Lord. However skilled and experienced we may be, however well-resourced and able, we do not rely on ourselves, but we follow the Holy Spirit. It would be easy to go headlong into rather human ways. But the way of the Spirit speaks life and health and peace. We may do all we can, but it is the work that the Spirit does that will fulfil our vision. We will stay prayerful and careful for the Lord’s ways.
Much better to do a little well, than to do more but less well. We aim in everything to do the best we can with the resources we have. We want to serve our Christian Workplace Groups and Christian Professional and Sector Groups excellently.
Most businesses that fold do so because they expanded too quickly. At every point, let us consider the balance between ‘faith foot forward’ and God-given wisdom on available resources. We aim to move forward progressively and powerfully but without undue haste.
We aim to be clear in what we hope to achieve and focus our energies and resources appropriately. It would be easy with such a splendid vision resourced by volunteers as we are to get easily excited and do the things that are attractive to us personally or even as a team, to the detriment of achieving key aims. It will take personal discipline and maybe sacrifice to keep to the core tasks and fulfil our specific roles.
Christian Workplace Groups are not for the short term. They are not a fashion. There will always be a huge place for the interaction between Christian employees and their organisation. What we are beginning now is fresh and new but it is long term. The need for the vision will not fade. There may be times of challenge as well as rapid progress, but keeping our eyes on the long term nature of our vision and calling will be essential to smooth out the ripples and energize the push forward. Our aim is a big one. We need big hearts and long sight to achieve it.
Summary: Transform Work is more a marathon than a hundred yard sprint. Careful focus and measured pace will help us achieve our God given vision.