Christ at Work Stories
Thousands of people receive our Spark workday reflection, “Christ at Work”. The most popular are individual stories illustrating a life of faith, integrity, and excellence being lived out in the workplace. Written well, the Holy Spirit uses these to enlighten each of our situations and circumstances.
We request writers follow a particular approach for effectiveness and consistency. We want these reflections to foster a community and shared life of being Christ in the workplace.
Each story begins with a scripture quote, tells a personal experience and an understanding gained. They focus on a clear point and have a beginning, middle, and end. All sign off with a challenge for us to apply in our own situations.
The beginning explains the situation, the middle describes what occurred, and the end summarizes the insight or take away. (See example below).
Stories are about ordinary, everyday life. They’re not about big, flashy successes. In fact, in some cases they might not look successful in the world’s eyes. What they do illustrate is faithfulness, love, and devotion to God and his call to give our lives away for others.
The Gospel operates on the “mustard seed” principle. Most of us aren’t doing great things; we’re doing small things God uses to do great things.
That’s what these stories bring to life. And, for our readers that makes them practical and applicable. And it makes the Gospel visible, attractive, and admirable.
KEEP IN MIND
- 300-400 words are ideal
- Use NIV version, or if a different translation, identify the one you’re using.
- The stories can be about personal growth and faith in action in the workplace. They should be as specific as possible.
- Let the story illustrate the verse; don’t give a “teaching”.
- Your opening is important. It should draw readers in and make them want to learn more.
- With a third person story, get permission and use first names for confidentiality.
- Use first person plural language as much as possible. It’s inclusive. Second person sounds preachy.
- Use short, uncomplicated sentences. Paragraphs should contain single thoughts. It makes it easier to read.
Submit your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a phone number we can contact you during the day.