I love that I found my church
About two and a half years ago, I moved to a more urban area of San Diego and decided that I really wanted to find a new church, one that was engaged in the issues of my new neighborhood – homelessness, sex trafficking, AIDS to name a few. A few people pointed me in the direction of Harbor Presbyterian.
The second week I attended, I learned that they were starting a new Faith and Work Ministry. I couldn’t believe it! I had found a church that valued something that had been a passion of mine for years – connecting what happens on Sunday with what we do 40-50 hours each week. The serendipity was uncanny.
I jumped into serving on the leadership team, and we built an exciting ministry. We offer seminars on life calling, leadership, job transitions, etc. We hold small groups on wisdom at work, the StrengthsFinder assessment, leading like Jesus. We have Vocares (conversations on calling) for people who work in various disciplines like engineering, teaching, law. It has been a ministry that has really allowed me to use my own strengths and work within an area of passion.
This morning, I heard the pastor of the church I had previously attended for 10 years preaching on TV. While he is a gifted teacher, I was so sad to hear him essentially tell the congregation of more than 2,000 that the reason they work is to make money to support important mission work like Bible translation. Juxtapose that to the sermon my pastor gave last Sunday on how our work enables us to connect to and reveal God and His kingdom.
I am so blessed to have found my church. They don’t just give lip service to the fact that our work matters to God; they have a vision to transform the City of San Diego through mercy and marketplace ministries. This is a vision that connects to my own heart’s desires. I love my old church for many reasons, but I am disheartened in general by the fact that most churches (maybe because many pastors have never worked in the marketplace so they can’t relate) don’t help people make a connection between their faith and their work. It is such a missed opportunity.