Word for Work - A Quiet Revival 

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A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper…I’m preserving for myself seven thousand souls: the knees that haven’t bowed to the god Baal, the mouths that haven’t kissed his image.  1 Kings 19:11-12,18 MSG

There is something happening around the UK right before our eyes; however, it is covert. It is so quiet you would not believe it is actually there. In fact, secular opinion says it does not even exist, that it is in decline and on the verge of being obsolete. 

Nevertheless, there is a very quiet revival of faith, vision and passion occurring in workplaces around the nation.

You might say there is no such thing, but it is there even in the Bible.

The way in which the Holy Spirit moves is sometimes in a gentle and quiet whisper. This is what is being heard in workplaces up and down the nation. Believers are meeting in groups of varying shapes and sizes in corporate organisations in every sector.  Some of these Christian Workplace Groups are new, small and not yet fully visible, while others are fully-fledged with organisational acceptance and formal recognition.

Are you part of this quiet move of God? Be quick to get on board before it passes you by.

A good paradigm of this type of phenomenon is taught by Jesus when He said:

The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” -  Matthew 13:33 NKJV

It is an unseen revival, but a powerful revival nonetheless. It is shaping culture. It is changing the way organisations think and exist. It is elevating value systems, illuminating ways of thinking; it is educating in the ways of Jesus the Carpenter. 

It is also celebrating the faith we know and love in the public sphere. Christian Workplace Groups are maximising the platforms presented by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Framework in the workplace. They are seizing the opportunity to share the truth of the gospel, not only in words, but especially by works. Words and works communicated with gentleness and respect can have a real impact.  Think about the way Jesus communicated effectively but respectfully with the Samaritan Woman in chapter 4 of the Gospel of John. 

You might say this is an obvious compromise. However, there is fruit; and “wisdom is justified by her deeds.”-Matthew 11:19 NIV

For example, staff morale rises; value systems change; diversity groups begin to engage with each other, leading to the gospel being shared more openly; policy and decision making are affected; people start bringing their whole selves to work resulting in greater well-being and therefore higher quality results and output for organisations; creativity and innovation is higher; sickness absence is almost non-existent; work culture is enriched and enhanced; customers and stakeholders get more for their time and money…  the list of benefits continues. 

This is all because Christians are able to take their faith to work.

Transform Work UK is at the forefront of this.

Transform Work UK is a charitable organisation whose aim is to see the UK workplace transformed, locally and nationally, by every Christian living out their faith in effective workplace ministry, leading to transformation over time in the nation's culture, values and spiritual environment.

We create and strengthen communities of like-minded colleagues, both inside and outside the context of work, to live out their faith where they are.

We inspire them to do this by helping people see that their workplace matters to God, and we provide advice, training and resources to support them. We also help individuals and groups to grow in confidence and effectiveness as they seek to benefit their organisations, sectors and professions, through prayer and encouragement when needed.

We do this because there is a great need. A need for a move of God to take place in the workplace for which we have been praying for decades.

There are currently over 450 Christian Workplace Groups known to TWUK.  We are discovering more in the most unlikely places on a weekly basis. TWUK has more than 12 volunteer Ambassadors in regions around the country taking care of these Christian Workplace Groups. The Ambassadors are kept busy with the work of connecting, supporting and equipping these Christians and Christian Workplace Groups.

You are welcome to join this move of God. You can join the TWUK army of volunteer Ambassadors, if you are able and available. They are experienced, committed and passionate about supporting and equipping Christians in the workplace and Christian Workplace Groups. Are you willing?
 
Elizabeth Ukiomogbe