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If you are a Christian who works in the marketplace but you also feel the need, the pull to serve God, you may be wondering, “Should I leave my job, the workplace, and go work for a ministry? Or should I go work for a nonprofit that helps people and brings the Gospel to the lost?” I believe most of us who are believers working in the marketplace—or any place other than in ministry, missions or a church—battle with these thoughts. How can God use me here, at work? Where is “my mission field”? Where does God need ME?”

Well, search no more. God needs YOU right where you are—in the marketplace. That’s exactly where He placed you and that is your mission field where the laborers are truly few and the harvest is plenty and ready. Working people need God the same as people in remote areas of the world. When I left my job at the church where I worked (and where God trained me in ministry) I told the senior Pastor, “You know how God sends some people to distant lands like Asia, Africa, or South America? Well, God is calling me to Corporate America. That’s my mission field. That’s where God needs ME so that’s where I’m going. I’m going to start a bank with my previous boss and work in the banking industry again.”

The financial services industry needs God. Isn’t that evident these days? The corporate executives, the wealthy customers, board directors—they all need God, so that’s where I felt God called me to go. I started my career in banking and after thirteen years, God took out completely and brought me to ministry, to a church. While I was there for five years, I not only gained new work skills and experience in IT, HR, and Finance. I also learned nonprofit corporate governance as the Secretary of the Board in addition to learning what it means to work in a ministry, “doing the work of God on a daily basis.”

While I was there, however, God showed that we can do the work of God daily—in the workplace—wherever our workplace is. Some believers are called to nonprofits that are not Christian. Others are called to work in government and politics. God calls others to be entrepreneurs and start businesses. Yet others will work with the wealthiest in America and bring them the good news of the Gospel. The harvest is indeed plenty and God is looking for believers who are willing to work in this mission field, and sometimes even risk their careers, for the sake of the Gospel.

Two and one half years ago (after ten years with the new bank) I left the comfort of my banking executive job to fulfill the calling in my life—to go where I had never gone before, to go deeper into the marketplace and expand my territory beyond just one small bank. God always has bigger plans for us. And His plans for you and me are bigger than we think. So now my workplace is the stage! As a professional speaker I have now a bigger opportunity, and thus responsibility, to influence my audience. So my new question was, how do I bring my faith to my new workplace—the stage?

When I started public speaking about seventeen years ago I told God, “You open doors and I promise you I will mention your name at least once.” And He continues to open new doors. I go speak wherever there is an open door—both in the secular arena as well as the faith based. In the faith based events it’s very easy to talk about God and even Jesus. I can mention “Christ” as my Savior. That’s easy and I love it.

But when I’m asked to speak on a technical banking topic at a banking conference, that’s a little more challenging. How do I incorporate God into my speech or educational topic? Well, it’s actually easy. I share a little bit of my life and background and somehow, there is always someone who asks me a question that leads me to share about my faith—and I go for it. The fulfillment I get from sharing at least one word—God—during my speech is so amazing. I come away satisfied and knowing I just planted the little seed of God’s Word in someone’s heart. Now I pray that someone else can water that seed so the Word of God can start growing in that person’s heart.

If you are a Christian public speaker, ask God to show you a way to incorporate Him into your speech wherever you go, whatever the topic. God is God and He will give you the opportunity. I’ve noticed people actually welcome the idea that the speaker’s faith has helped him or her throughout his or her life. Audiences usually accept the words “faith” and “God” and many people have told me afterwards that they appreciated that I had the courage to share about my faith. They connected now at the spiritual level. That is the best way you, as a speaker, can influence your audience—with the encouragement that being a believer in the workplace is ok. That’s how I incorporate my faith now in my new workplace—the stage. What a great opportunity and great responsibility. You can do it too!

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