Faith at Work XXI

April 2006

Imagine having the inspiration to start a project and feeling deep down that it is absolutely right.It needs support from a variety of directions: the most obvious is funding, but it is also important to find the right people to work with, good networking skills to engage and enthuse others, a good base with adequate resources to get off the ground, plenty of advice and maybe even a little prayer.

How long do you allow the project to establish itself?In these days of short-term contracts and throw-away culture, funding is often available for the first two or three years and then much more difficult to obtain thereafter, at least from the original sponsors.So, apart from building up momentum in creating the product and the customer base, some thought needs to be given about how to make the operation sustainable, assuming that the initial concept has proved its worth.

There are several companies at the Science Park that would fit this description and it is affirming in my role as chaplain to be asked: ďsay a little prayer for meĒ when the end of the funding is only a month or two away and uncertainty is growing about whether a new job and direction needs to be sought.People have become accustomed to having a specific job.They are content with the environment and the part they play within the organisation; they donít need the hassle of being uprooted when they are valued for what they are doing and the bills are being paid.

The situation reminds me of the time long ago when the carpenter from Nazareth had served his time and was recruiting folk to come and serve as disciples with him as he developed his ministry of healing and teaching.He was on a short-term contract of three years and his mission was to leave his followers with sufficient experience and spiritual guidance to enable them to continue after his crucifixion at the hands of the authorities.They were devastated at their sudden loss and thoughts began to turn to alternative employment until they realised that he was still with them in spirit.The Church was in their hands now.

Some words from John Bell and Graham Maule of the Iona Community come to mind:

Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you,
and never be the same.
In your company Iíll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus Iíll move and live and grow
in you, and you in me.
AMEN



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