About the Author
Jago Wynne has been there. Formerly a management consultant with Accenture, he knows the pressures, temptations and challenges workers face. He then spent five years as the Workplace Minister at All Souls, Langham Place, and is currently studying theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Jago is married to Susannah, and has two young children, Daisy and Boaz.
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When I met Jago through his growing workplace ministry at All Souls in London, it was clear that he was a man with a mission. It was quite obvious that he was passionate about encouraging people, especially young people, to live a seamless Christian life at work that does not divide up their Christian experience into a sacred and secular dead end.
This primer for the workplace will be especially sought after by those starting out in their working careers and also by those who have been seasoned in the workplace, but for whom the idea that God has an interest in their work is a foreign one.
Throughout the book one can see the disciplined approach of a management consultant. He knows how to pull together ideas that belong and at the same time to separate out rigorously the false and the misleading. We can imagine him, if he had remained in consultancy, armed with a PowerPoint presentation, coaxing mandates from his clients! He has retained this facility for persuasion and drawing material together through lucid writing and arresting headings. Well-argued and illustrated points draw out the stated and implicit message on every page of the book. Work and worship grow intimately together.
At a time like this, when we are undergoing what the Financial Times calls a `mammoth shock' to the economy, we need to ask urgently as the writer to the Hebrews did, `What is unshakeable in our lives? What will survive this great shaking?' The book helps us to find true security in a living daily relationship with Christ in the workplace, recognizing all the while the reality of the stresses at work.
One often hears that it is those at work who are in the front line in advancing the kingdom. In this view the clergy merely play a supportive role. But we should not allow this view to diminish the distinctive contribution of a pastor (for that is what Jago really is), mapping out a biblical view that will enable our daily lives to flourish as we see our work as part of our worship.
Chairman of Lazard International Bank, Chairman of Alpha International and author of 'God at Work'