A number of Christians have made contact with one another within the workplace. There is a desire amongst these Christians to meet within the context of the workplace and explore how they might support one another.
There is a desire to explore how to bring a positive influence to bear within the organisation’s workplaces. At this stage managers do not formally recognise this group.
1. Meet informally (possibly outside the workplace) and share ideas about why you want to meet and what you would like to do.
2. Clarify the aims and objectives for your group.
3. Identify how your leadership will work.
4. Think about how people will become members of your group, particularly those who are not yet Christians but are interested in finding out more. Be as inclusive as possible.
5. Don’t rush into a meeting with managers with a wish list. Do your thinking first.
6. Identify the potential opportunities and benefits for the organisation.
7. Identify some of the barriers to acceptance of the group by managers and how you can resolve them.
8. Think about questions that might be raised about your relationships with other faith and diversity groups.
9. Identify a manager in the organisation who might be a potential champion for you.
10. Have discussions with that manager before putting a formal proposal.
11. Arrange a formal meeting with a senior manager, possibly HR, to discuss what your ideas for the group are. At the meeting be clear what you are looking for in way of support from senior managers.
12. Seek help from others who have gone through the process of establishing a CWG.
13. At all times be prayerful!