Two thousand years ago, the Hebrew people had a word that merged work, service to others, and worship of God. Avodah (ah–voe–dah).
There is no equivalent word in English. For most people, Work is Monday-Friday. Worship is on Sunday. In the Garden, before sin happened, Adam and Eve were working…Avodah.
What would it look like if work and worship merged for every believer? Avodah.
What if our hearts worshipped behind the desk on Monday morning? Avodah.
What if you envisioned that project you’re working on as an offering? Avodah.
What if the next staff meeting or board meeting was a worship meeting? Avodah.
Discovering Work as Worship is what Corporate Chaplains of America strives to build into company cultures all across the country. Corporate Chaplains of America is undaunted in sharing the hope of Christ and unleashing Avodah in the American Workplace.
Over our history, we’ve had the distinct privilege of serving men and women in the workplace who possess the spirit of Avodah. Many continue to labor to lead some of America’s most outstanding organizations. Some have passed on to their eternal reward.
To recognize these extraordinary workplace leaders, Corporate Chaplains of American has created the Avodah Fellowship. Induction into the Avodah Fellowship is our recognition of an individual whose labor and service is or was conducted, not flawlessly, but faithfully, as worship before the great “I AM.”
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24