STORIES OF FORMATION
Using The Call to Work tools and frameworks, participants are guided to respond to their specific, hour-by-hour work situations in better, more Christlike ways. As we intentionally practice more Christlike responses to our daily situations, God honors our efforts and uses them to form us and our patch of creation towards his will and his ways. See below for real life participant stories showing us what it looks like to act as an agent of God’s benevolent reign – at work on the front lines of his Kingdom!
I had some data that could paint a different picture, exposing him in the process, but was unsure if I should share it. Using the formation framework, my breakout partners helped me see that I couldn't answer the question about action, until I understood the concept of my motivations. What truly were the motivations behind my actions and how does that impact my relationship with God? Spending the time to get clear on what my motivations were made the right decision a no-brainer. (P.S. I didn't share the data and best of all felt peace with that decision. As it turns out, the boss learned of the co-worker's character in a different way!)”
The Call to Work helped me to reflect on the situation and gain new understanding. I realized I was pushing away from teaching because, in my mind, it was a connection or reminder of the emotional pain I suffered as a pastor’s kid. I associated teaching in the church with judgement, criticism and insufficiency.
Now that I could see what was at the root of my resistance to teaching, I was able to approach the problem differently. I've decided to co-lead a group for TC2W. I can’t believe that I'm getting ready to teach again.
On one occasion, I had a patient whose baby suffered from a heart defect. The baby also was not growing as expected and the mom was in denial of the current situation. She was known for abruptly leaving the office whenever she heard bad news, and returned at her own convenience. This really irritated my co-workers because it would always put us behind schedule. One day, during a scan, I was able to talk to her and listen to her story. I couldn't help but notice how TC2W's framework helped me identify brokenness and care for my patients on another level of God's grace and compassion.
Viewing work through TC2W's lenses and frameworks, I've now grown in confidence to serve people who are broken physically and spiritually."
About the job, families, even Trump the president. Two of the women go to church and say they are Christian. It hit me...to straight out tell them. If they want to find solutions to the problems, I'm up for it. Bet let's look for the good, though it may be harder to find, or let's even look at ourselves. By being silent for so long, I was allowing it to get worse. By confronting them in a loving way, it caused them to see a different way that was up-lifting. We have a much better lunch now."
Before my TC2W session, I didn’t think the relationship was of any value or importance. I knew my interaction with the person bothered me enough to not want to go to that gas station anymore, but I still didn’t think it was a big deal. After bringing it up in session, not only did I find many judgements in my own heart, but I also noticed the stress that the interactions caused. When we started talking about what God may want out of the situation, we discovered how His love and healing could be displayed in my personal life, in every interaction with this stranger (if I would answer the call), and how it could impact my community and the Kingdom alike. It doesn’t matter if it’s a close relative, co-worker or stranger, every one of our interactions with others matter! God wants all of our brokenness to be healed and if I decide to be intentional in my daily interactions with people, I come alongside Him in that purpose and His glory is revealed. My big a-ha was that I don’t have to look to necessarily make a BIG impact for the Kingdom, but purposeful impact in my daily interaction with others. These are the front lines of the Kingdom!”
It became clear that God was calling me to focus on one organization. I felt a sense of commitment to the other where I've held an executive leadership role for three years and a commitment to the CEO whom I regard as a friend. Nevertheless, I worked through the frameworks and found myself empowered to walk in obedience and ultimately positioned to confront the perfectionism that had me bound. I struggle with being perceived as incapable. As a result, I often found myself burning the proverbial candle at both ends in pursuit of competence and therefore "value." I am still allowing God's love to heal me, however, the frameworks permitted me to deepen my understanding of the counterproductive nature of this mindset. Finally, I had a very vulnerable conversation with my CEO. In the end, he allowed me the time away that I need to focus on the other organization, with a part-time schedule which is utterly not germane to my industry.“
They help me focus on a Christlike way of dealing with life. When I was on the subway there was a problem - it was stuck. People were angry, I could [have] joined in too, very easily. It was not moving for a good 1/2 an hour. But what was going through my head? “What would be a Christlike response? How can I let Jesus be there thru me?” I was thinking of the Formation Lens. I used my words and attitude in a Godly way. Praise the Lord.”
Up until this point I have been focusing on the technical side of the transaction - the costs, benefits, ROI, etc. One 20 minute conversation using the TC2W facilitation approach helped me see the need to connect with my boss on a human level, too. I was amazed how in such a short period of time, with a facilitator who is willing to put aside impulses to advise/judge etc. and create the space for the Holy Spirit to work, what great things can be done. Next time I met with my boss, he commented on how he saw me more enthusiastic that day than he had in our 3 years or worked together. Great experience!”