An estimated 240 people attended the event including more than 80 representatives from a vast cross-section of occupations, including vocational Christian ministries.
Ps. Andrew Hoey, Senior Minister of Rangeville Community Church opened the evening and Murray Wright spoke about choosing a course of study or career from a biblical perspective.
The interview panels included representatives from a wide range of occupations and workplace responsibilities, sharing about their work and what it meant for them to follow Jesus in their work environments.
Organisers were pleased to see parents, secondary and tertiary students and those seeking a career change, mingle and meet with the career representatives. Qualified Career Counsellors were also kept busy with enquiries.
Organiser Ian Collett said the number of Christians and workplaces represented challenged stereotypes about Christian ministry.
“What a witness to see so many people called to ministry wherever they serve.” he said.
Career representatives believed it was a very positive experience.
“It was astounding to find so many other Christian professionals under one roof, united together in spirit,” said one representative.
Another said, “I thoroughly enjoyed networking, sharing about being a Christian in the work place, and learning of valuable connections that will enhance my work,” said another career representative.
Students as well were full of praise.
”I didn’t want to hear about courses, I liked that I could hear about the job from the people who do it,” said one student.
“I loved the night and have never been to anything like it before. It was fantastic because it was the first event that has ever focused on being a Christian in the workplace,” said another student.
Ian Collet said he was very pleased with how the evening went.
“Overall, the feedback from both representatives and attendees was encouraging as they found the event very fruitful with many people saying they would like to attend an event like this again.”