About The Institute/Contact Information
ABOUT THE WORK & WORSHIP INSTITUTE:
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
Over the years I spent at seminary I felt a growing awareness that there was a great opportunity in connecting the business world I came from and the church world I was entering. As I worked with other non-profit organizations, I too thought of an organization that could facilitate connecting faith based organizations and corporations. In Hebrew the word for work and worship has the same root. Work life was not in a separate compartment from worship life. The organization would focus on work and worship. At first I relegated the idea to the trash bin labeled "Another of Sara's Crazy Ideas". God kept dragging the idea out of the trash. It just wouldn't die. Thus The Work & Worship Institute was born.
Of course, the institute is about stewardship but so much more. It is about churches and business organizations in dialog with each other. It is about churches improving their business practices. It is about business improving their spiritual practices (yes, they do have them). One woman I talked to about the institute said there were many people she knew that had started their careers energized just to be working and climbing the corporate ladder, but now felt drained and uninspired. The career did not have the punch it used to have. It is in a businesses best interest to be aware of the spiritual side of their business.
Churches and other faith based organizations can benefit greatly from contact with secular business organizations. People expect their churches to run better administratively. They do not want a "mom and pop" attitude toward the business aspects of the church, such as budgeting and money management. They want churches to manage their contributions of time and money in a responsible fashion. God requires no less from us as well. We must be good stewards of the great blessings God has given to both the faith based organizations and secular business organizations.
Work and worship are constantly intertwined in our lives. As an Apple dealer in 1984, I was blessed with going to one grand daddy of a revival meeting called the "Macintosh Roll Out" . You were a "true believer" walking out of that meeting. Worship is not just in church and work is not just in business. So welcome to The Work & Worship Institute, Inc.. Thank you for helping create a forum of learning, dialog, partnership and developing community between faith-based organizations and business enterprises.
Sara A. Barnaby
7329 Lyndale Ave. S.
Richfield MN 55423