Jim Brangenberg, Workplace Missionary

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Bio

  • 54
  • Married 34 years to Martha
  • 3 kids all married and following Jesus
  • 6 grandkids
  • Love Jesus and I want every day to count

What are some job titles you’ve held?

What industries have you worked in?

  • Property Casualty Insurance
  • IT Hardware Sales
  • Used Cars
  • Radio

How old were you when you were baptized?

  • 8
  • 13 when I went all in – no turning back

How did a failure set you up to have success being a missionary at work?

When I screw up, I usually go all in and do it BIG. One time, in 2007, I had gained a new position and was to take a bunch of slack off of my boss, I started telling my new reports to not bother my new boss and let me just handle it. They all felt it was subversive but I was legitimately trying to help alleviate workload. I had to ask forgiveness and start all over. These women today are very close and I could hire them in a minute because they trust me, a man, who could admit he was wrong. This and many conversations like it, eventually allowed me to participate in leading my new boss to Jesus.

What’s a Bible verse that you want to share with your fellow workplace missionaries? Why?

Romans 12:2 NLT Stop Copying the behavior and customs of this World but Let God transform you into a new person by Changing the WAY you Think.

For most of my life I lived by “Church is Church and Business is Business – they have nothing to do with each other”

This kind of thinking is pervasive in the body of Christ recognized in the marketplace and workplaces of America. Almost zero training has been done in equipping workplace believers to live out their faith in their mission field of work.

If you could tell the CEOs of the biggest companies in the world one sentence about Jesus, what would it be?

Jesus changed the world by loving the people under his instruction.

What’s the best spiritual investment you’ve made?

Praying with my wife every day.

What seed planting tip would you share with your fellow workplace missionaries?

Pray for those you work around each and every day by name, look for ways to serve them over and above what your job requires you to do, then build a friendship with them outside of work. All along be the best and most excellent worker in your position. All of these steps give you a chance to minister to these coworkers when you notice them having a rough day and you get a chance to pray with them with their permission. iwork4him.com/jointhenation

What would you tell young Christians who are entering the workforce for the first time?

You have a calling and it matches your natural gifts talents and abilities and it is enhanced by your spiritual gifting. God did this on purpose. Your workplace, no matter what it looks like, is a place full of people who need to meet Jesus and God is placing you there to be a paid missionary to the lost and hopeless. You have a full time calling to ministry on your life and it is in the workplace you are being hired to.

When you find yourself focusing on worldly things, what do you do to refocus on following Jesus?

Phil 4:11-13. Contentment drives me now but has not always. I have to remember that everything we experience here on earth is temporary and short lived. Adversity and full pleasure are fleeting. We are here on a mission, we don’t want to leave any of our friends behind.