We talked with Re:Work director Matt Williams. Re:Work is a new Resurrection program designed for people in their 20's and 30's wanting to explore the intersection of their faith and their work.
What is Re:Work?
Matt: Re:Work is a new group for people in their 20’s and 30’s trying to explore how their faith impacts their work. Work is something that everybody has to do and is the fabric of our society. We spend half of our lives doing it. It isn’t always easy to figure out how our faith interacts with our work life. The reality is work isn’t always fun or easy. It’s trying to figure out what God says about work and not just what our culture says about it.
Talk about the format of the Tuesday class?
Matt: Every Tuesday through Advent we will be meeting from 6:45 until 8:15 in room 221 in the East building. There is going to be three main parts to every week. Part one is when we will have time to hang out at the beginning and meet some people. Part two will be the content portion of the night. Sometimes we will watch a TED talk video and other times I will teach. We will invite in speakers. We might also do interviews or panel discussions so we will mix it up. Part three is where we will be able to break out into smaller groups to talk about the topic of the night. To try to figure out not only what the message means but how to apply it.
How important is the community part of this group?
Matt: We are all wired to be apart of a community. Even the introverts, and I have a lot of that in me. We were made to connect with other people. There is something really powerful to connecting with like minded people and creating this safe and trusted environment where you can be yourself, take your mask off and be vulnerable. Open yourself up to friends and have meaningful relationships.
The community aspect is the main goal of this program. We want to live out our church’s mission where people from all backgrounds are becoming deeply committed Christians. There is something empowering to know that there are other people out there who want their faith to encourage their work. Whether we love our job or hate our job, there are people who can help us understand how our faith interacts with our work and how what we do can glorify God to the best of our abilities.
Can anybody attend this program?
Matt: This program lives into our churches mission where non religious and nominally religious people can grow in their faith and this is a place for them. There is no membership requirements. You don’t even have to go to church. You don’t even have to be a Christian. We aren’t going to hide the fact that we are a church. We believe that faith in Christ can be transforming in your life but at the same time it is going to be a welcoming environment for anybody who wants to explore what it means to grow spiritually.
Learn more at www.cor.org/rework