Business Is the Church's Business
"The church rarely addresses [work-related] issues. It seems to be more directed toward individual relationships with Christ."
"I do not think it is an interest of the church to help one resolve work problems."
"Family issues, drug and alcohol problems, crises of faith are concerns for my pastor. … It is hard for me to waste the time of one faced with life issues on a personal business issue. I've never heard anything to the contrary at any event I have attended at my church."
"Pastors are too busy taking care of the sick and dying to get involved in people's work whims and troubles."
Is faith only of value when healing is needed? Is it not essential to living our daily lives as instruments of God's healing power in the world? Church culture, like business culture, reinforces the notion that the proper place for faith is the private sphere. Despite this, many men and women in the pews are not easily persuaded that the God they worship on Sunday morning is unconcerned with how they make their living.
John C. Knapp is founding director of Samford University's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership.
Excerpted from How the Church Fails Businesspeople (And What Can Be Done About It) by John C. Knapp. Reprinted with permission of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
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