Faith at Work XX

March 2006

Apart from those organisations large enough to put the time and effort into finding new employees, there must be many who invite agencies to find people to fill gaps in their workforce. There are certainly a few such companies based at the Science Park and I have had some good conversations with some of them. It is possible for them to focus either on the potential employee or on the employer or on maintaining their own existence. Ideally, of course, they would wish to satisfy both those seeking employment and those who can offer it as well as being affirmed themselves in what they do. There is a creative tension between all three that needs to be sensitively balanced if their contribution is to be truly valued.

There are several analogies that spring to mind and they may indeed be much closer to the situation than first appears or even deeply embedded within it. John V. Taylor, once Bishop of Winchester, wrote a book called "The Go-Between God" in the early 1970s that explored the same three-way activity that we have introduced in the context of employment. Consider the Divine as the ultimate employer and humankind as the workforce being at one and the same time both consumer and supplier. If a good balance is to be achieved, all must have a part to play and feel that they belong to the community that dwells on earth and derives from heaven. The terms of employment in this ideal must somehow capture that spirit that binds us together.

Consider next that the balance has not been very well achieved. What does the good employer do but go down to the shop floor and encourage the workers with a vision that makes real sense to them; they are valued for whom they are and for what they do. He or she has a very particular interest in ensuring that they are motivated for themselves, for the business and for the society they serve. This is God's action too, as recorded by the evangelist John, when he says: "So God loved the world that he gave his only Son, to the end that all who believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life" [John 3:16].

The season of Lent, the forty days leading up to Easter, is a traditional time for learning how much we depend on the inspiration that the spirit gives. We pray for growth, not just in numbers but also in the depth of our understanding and in the maturity of our being. The service of communion, which uses the above words of St.John, is one when we remember in worship our dependence on the divine and in gathering new "recruits", we re-member the work of the church itself as we leave, we pray that

we may go into the world in peace
to love and to serve the Lord,
in the name of his son Jesus.

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