I wanted to work with other Christians so I got a job with the Commonwealth Bank
I work at Commonwealth Bank Australia in the digital technology team. I have been here for almost six years.
What prompted me to work for the ABC was that I knew there was a large network of internal Christian groups.
After a short time, I connected with some of the group and got involved in various activities including a Bible study, an evangelical prayer team, and helping with Christmas and Easter awareness events.
Our small groups are spread over different offices and we have employees in almost every state in Australia. We communicate through a Yammer group (like Facebook, for business) and have over 320 members.
The great thing about a working group is that you have colleagues with whom you have something in common: your Christian faith.
You can pray with them at any time and encourage each other.
When work is stressful, my work group gives me a step back, reminding me that I am part of something bigger.
During the COVID lockdown, we were unable to meet in person, but continued to meet in small groups over lunchtime on Skype. It has been a great support to my own faith in the middle of the work day, especially with the added isolation of working from home. Sometimes I am tempted to withdraw socially, but I have found that being part of a prayer team pulls me out of my shell and helps me think about how to be a blessing to my colleagues who also do prayers. difficult things.
The ABC has an annual graduate program where young workers coming out of college get a taste of working in different areas of a major bank. I have read all the biographies featuring them and if there is a common interest, I will reach out and say “hello”. In doing this, I found several fellow Christians and invited them to join the ABC Christian Network.
“Diversity and Inclusion” is valued at ABC, which encourages employees to come to work as “genuine” themselves.
This needs to be handled wisely, but gives us a great opportunity to bring Christ into our workplace and invite him into the work we do.
* City Bible Forum. Republished with permission.