Izenzo looks at the theology of work and how work glorifies God. With 1 in 3 South Africans unemployed many cannot worship God through their work.God wants us to address this situation.
Izenzo assists churches to assess their employment situation, the needs and resources. A local church team is then formed to set strategies and facilitate ongoing responses including:
The long term vision is to facilitate partnerships between churches and individuals so that materially well resourced churches can partner with materially poor, but spiritually rich churches.
Journeying together towards employment solutions is a fertile area for holistic discipleship and disciple making
God worked in creation and work is part of His image which He placed in us. When we work, we glorify Him. The Hebrew word avodah means work, worship and service. Thus the church needs to reflect this concern for an integrated life where all can work, worship and serve together. Scripture exhorts us to be concerned that all have access to the resources to work and in today’s society that includes access to the networks providing work.
While many are concerned for the unemployed they often do not know where to start. Do they tackle the large economic issues or do they start assisting one person at a time? Izenzo seeks to open this conversation at congregational level. Each person is invited to start on a journey whether the vision is improved job satisfaction and pay for their employees or to create or find work opportunities for themselves or others.
In South Africa there are some churches where the unemployment rate is 100%. No one in the congregation has paid work. At other materially resourced churches the employment rate is close to 100%. Yet the materially poor often have vibrant faith which they readily share. The opportunity thus exists for mutual learning as congregations meet and share across these divides.
The conversations and journeys seek to address unemployment but the greater context also presents opportunities for exploring holistic living through a relationship with Jesus Christ. As the employed and unemployed reflect on and discover their calling they can discover their place in the Kingdom of God.
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