The reasons BAM leaders have given for this are 1. that the church is too difficult to work with, 2. that church and business don't mix, and 3. that if the church is the people, then we should be able to work directly with people in the marketplace without going through the gathered church.
Yet the belief of the Discipling Marketplace Leaders global team is that NOT working through the church is the main reason that faith and work integrations have come and gone over the centuries. Because it has not been embraced and fully accepted as a core need for holistic discipleship in the church means that there has been no institutional grounding for this movement.
So it remains a movement outside of the church, with a very real risk of dying out without the sustaining role that workplace discipleship can be given through the institutional church, pastors, and seminaries.
When churches begin to teach life on life evangelism rather than evangelistic programs and events, the opportunity for the growth of the church is also exponential. Our research shows that churches grow both numerically and financially when a workplace ministry becomes part of the fabric of the church.
We have great hope for what could happen if more churches and denominations begin to accept the need for discipleship in this important area. Yesterday my pastor said that hope is profound certainty. This is based on trust that God is continuing to work out His purpose for the Church and bringing His people together. We have seen it, and we are seeing it, and we believe we will continue to see it going forward.
So we ask for your prayers this week as we have these conversations. Prayers for the right people to attend from around the world, for the internet to not be a barrier for those who need to be in these (and other) conversations. We will be working with BAM Global to build a task force to study this opportunity globally, and we will be looking for those individuals who have a calling and heart for this opportunity at this time.
Darrow Miller from Discipling Nations Alliance says, “You cannot transform nations without saving souls, but you can save souls without transforming nations." Releasing members to be the church every day of the week, in every workplace, can transform nations.
Please pray with us!