Act Like Men

Men’s Leadership Podcast

#54: The Watchman in the Marketplace

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March 21, 2024

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In Biblical times the watchmen were stationed on the wall of the city, alert to any danger that might approach the city. The city walls provide protection against attack especially at night when it might be easiest for an enemy to try to sneak in.

Similarly, God has called us to be watchmen on the wall in our workplace. How do we call out danger — spiritual danger — in a way that we can make a positive difference spiritually in our marketplace? Can we do this without completely alienating ourselves, or does that matter? This is the challenge — one that we need to wrestle with so we are focused on being the man of God in the workplace that He can use to make a significant impact. There are so many in the marketplace that will never enter the doors of a church, so God has called us to make an impact where we work.

How do we do this effectively? What are some ways we can be a “watchman” in the marketplace?

Let’s look at 5 things to consider on this great topic:

  1. Recognize that God has called you to be a missionary in your workplace. A missionary has a trade to make a living, however their primary purpose for being in the country and in that specific workplace, is to be a light in the world and salt to create interest, and ultimately share their story of God’s transforming power in their own life and how He can transform their life as well.
  2. Live a life of integrity within your marketplace. Let people see the difference in you with your work ethic, quality of work, honesty, truthfulness, attitude, and of course consistency. They will respect you even if they do not know you well or know of your faith.
  3. Build a caring relationship with those with whom we work. The old saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. You can speak the truth in the presence of a genuine relationship and even if they do not agree, because of your life of integrity, they respect you because of your relationship and the consistent life you live.
  4. Your identity as a man of God makes an impact — “in the world but not of the world” as found in John 17. Many men find their identity in their position, the amount of money they make, the car they drive, or any number of other ways. These are all “Outside In” ways of identity, which is common, but shaky. As a man of God we can find our identity in Christ and what He has done in us and for us =- this is an “Inside Out” identity, which gives you a real chance to not be swayed by your surroundings but allow your identity to make a difference right where you are.
  5. Know we may be persecuted for our faith in any number of ways — Matthew 10:22. There are times that as a man of God, we have to take a stand. Sometimes these things happen in the workplace This is an amazing truth — God has placed you right where you are in the marketplace because He needs a representative to share your story and allow the Holy Spirit to bring them to the Lord, because of your missionary presence.

Three Questions to ask yourself:

  1. How do you see yourself in your marketplace? Can you imagine yourself as a missionary?
  2. Knowing your character, and your respect in the Marketplace sets you up for an ability to impact your coworkers, what might you need to ask God to help you with so you can make an impact?
  3. While we don’t seek it, are you prepared to stand up for Christ even if there is persecution? How will you respond if persecution comes your way? You are called to be the Watchman in your workplace. Allow the truth of God to lead you.
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About Wendell Morton

Rev. Morton graduated from Western Evangelical Seminary with a BA in Religious Education and a Master of Counseling Psychology, Rev. Morton was in full-time ministry for 17 years with both small and large churches. He spent four of those ministry years with Promise Keepers. He was the the US representative to PK Canada – serving on the PK Canada Board.

Wendell also spent 23 years in Corporate America. He built and led sales teams that worked with very small businesses and other groups that worked with Fortune 500 companies. He is gifted at helping identifying the next generation of leaders as well as helping those around him being successful.

Rev. Morton has a passion to help pastors and church leaders build growing churches. Having men come alongside the vision of the pastor, build a dynamic team, create a plan, and execute the model of “each one brings one” has been proven effective for more than 2,000 years. This approach is a great way for every local church in North America to grow while helping men better understand biblical manhood.

About Dale Eudy

As an advocate for ministry to men, Dale Eudy brings a combined background of leadership skills developed in the marketplace along with senior leadership experience in the Church.

Following military service, Dale earned his undergraduate degree and gained valuable systems and operations experience working for two prominent Fortune 50 companies. Responding to God’s leading in his life to focus on leaders in the body of Christ, he went on to complete seminary and served as a pastor for 16 years in a large church in the Denver area and as a denominational leader at the regional and national levels. With his background, Dale knows the heartbeat of the local church.

Dale’s passion is the discipleship (spiritual reproduction) of men. That passion is what drew him to partner with Men’s Ministry Catalyst. In his words, “The simple call of Jesus to follow him and to make fishers of men is the most foundational call in my life.” Using his spiritual gifts of leadership and exhortation, Dale is a great coach and cheerleader for those involved in the arenas of life.

Dale and his wife Kathy live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and serve their home church, Cherry Hills Community Church. They have two grown children and a caring extended family.