14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
These words, from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, are more than 2,000 years old and yet they hold many truths in our lives today. When we are forced to honestly consider our personal situation, most of us would agree that we find it much easier to find the proverbial lampstand on our weekends rather than during the workweek. Still, the simple fact is we will spend more time at work than almost any other activity in our lives and Christians who find a way to incorporate their faith in an appropriate way can grow substantially. This idea is surely nothing new and clearly there is a foundation of Christian leaders within our organization.
Upon the move to the ExxonMobil Houston Campus, a group of Christian employees saw an opportunity to link together the existing groups of Christians within ExxonMobil; thus began The Christian Community at ExxonMobil! At its core, it provides a hub for communication for those who want to participate at whatever depth or frequency they choose. It also serves as a central repository for faith based activities that are happening all around us, from local bible studies / small groups to the Global day of Prayer. We believe that simple fellowship can provide confidence and reduce the urge to “check our faith at the door”, increasing our boldness to discuss or share more openly in our daily activities. This could include bowing our heads before a meal, participating in a special study, or exercising the great power of prayer together for our co-workers, their families and our leaders.
It strengthens us to know that from members of our senior management to a new hire coming through the door we have a connection beyond our business cards. The ultimate vision for this network is to provide a means to establish a deeper connection to our faith through our work, not in spite of it.