Courses for workplace groups
Alpha in the Workplace
Be encouraged – run an Alpha course!
My friend, Ros Loaker, put up a discussion point on the Alpha in the Workplace group page on Linked In, requesting responses as to how people run events within their workplaces.
The result was that there were several interesting replies, both from elsewhere in Europe and from the USA. It was the different and creative ways that Christians reached out to their work colleagues through this form of evangelism that was encouraging.
One organiser of an Alpha course arranged for the event to be held at a local restaurant so that business people from different organisations could be invited.
A similar event was held in a high street coffee shop by another organiser as people were used to going into the venue with the advantage that it was not associated with ‘church.’ This particular respondent found that the relaxed and familiar settings resulted in attendees discussing the issues raised in the DVDs and conversations after the meetings had officially ended.
In the Netherlands, a Christian in the railway industry undertook Alpha courses within his own lunchtime so that he did not need his employer’s permission. Posters were placed in prominent places (in this case, the refreshment points) with the name of the contact printed on them, and the details were publicised on a website that they created specifically for the event. The most important thing that they did was pray, every week, for people to come along to hear God’s message.
Elsewhere, Christians used a multi-faith room within the organisation. The use of this venue meant that they had to get permission from their management so that they would not be surprised by the event. The managers in turn encouraged Alpha in the Workplace as part of the company’s multi-faith approach. The respondent emphasised the point that they did not pressurise people to their beliefs (as they were in a multi-faith situation) so they were reliant on the work of the Holy Spirit. They encouraged people to discuss the issues raised in the open forum in an uninhibited way, praying that God would work in people’s hearts.
The situations may have been different but the good news of God reaching out to us is the same. There might be that you can adopt or adapt any of the above examples, or come up with solutions that fit your own situation. It does not matter whether you run Alpha in the Workplace, Christianity Explored or any similar course, the most important thing is to tell the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a clear manner.
‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.’ 1 Peter 3:15
Fruitfulness on the Frontline
Fruitfulness on the Frontline is an 8-part DVD series for Christians who want to make a difference ‘on their frontline’ – wherever they are and in whatever day to day situations they encounter. It offers a fresh, simple framework for discovering the rich variety of ways in which God works in and through us. You can explore the session overview and watch some taster clips at licc.org.uk/fruitfulness
Fruitfulness on the Frontline is produced by our friends at the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC). The DVD contains 8 short films (8 – 13 minutes in length) which are easy to watch and follow. Session guides, which include discussion questions and a short bible study and a takeaway action can be downloaded from the website here.
The course follows 6 ‘Ms’:
- Modelling Godly character
- Making good work
- Ministering grace and love
- Moulding culture
- Being a Mouthpiece for trust and justice
- Being a Messenger for the gospel
Transform Work UK recommends this excellent resource produced by the LICC Work Stream. Although it has wider applicability than just the workplace, it is a great tool for use in the work environment, covering many aspects of a Godly character which are so important in living for God in the workplace. This series doesn’t focus on big heroic acts that only ‘super Christians’ might ever hope to accomplish, but on the everyday aspects of life as a Christian that can speak volumes to others even when we don’t realise it.
The Transforming Work course
The Transforming Work course, developed by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC), has been available for some time as a course to help Christians live out their faith in the workplace.
Now Transform Work UK have come together with LICC to develop a version of Transforming Work that is suitable for groups to use in the meetings. This resource can be downloaded here, or from the LICC website here.
The Parenting Course
Wessex Water Christian Workplace Group – Parenting Children Course
It is always great to hear of the exciting things workplace groups are up to, and this account from Wessex Water Christian Group is no exception. Hugh Webber, our south-west ambassador, spoke with Matt Wheeldon, who helps lead the group, about a recent initiative.
Wessex Water Christian Group ran a parenting children course on site during the lunch hour. It is a course written by Holy Trinity Brompton and was delivered by a member of their local church. The course contains the usual things you might expect in a parenting course but specifically advice on building strong foundations, love in action, setting boundaries and building character. The course is designed to be suitable for both those with and without faith, and contains some input with a Christian bias in the final week.
Matt says that the turn-out was around 15 people with a 50/50 mix of faith and non-faith attendees, and that it has been well received by those attending. This is an excellent example of a local church supporting the work of a local business-based Christian Workplace Group.
If you want know more about the HTB course, then use this link.