In the comments, Larry Peabody made a good suggestion in answer to my question, “what’s my first step?” on Recognizing the City Church that Already Exists. I am highlighting it here and asking for your stories.
You asked, “…what’s my first step?” It seems to me that one first step is to encourage believers in the work world to identify and serve each other in their workplace networks.
Os Hillman has said, “The church in the workplace is the purest form of the body of Christ today due to its diversity.” On the job, Christians form relationships with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, customers, clients, students, and so on–without regard to denominational differences.
The first step, then, would be to learn to identify the Christ-followers in my workplace network. I should look for them as Jesus instructed, using the fruit test. Step Two would be to let the Spirit of God direct me to find creative ways to serve/encourage/pray for/spur on those other members of Christ’s body in my workplace context.
This alone would not solve all the problems associated with seeking the unity of the church in the city. But I believe it would be a valuable first step.