I have a decision to make at work, and would appreciate some feedback from the community.
My company is based in the Midwestern US, and has a corporate culture of praying before big meetings or group meals - a habit established by the founder. It has been six years since the founder passed, and these days we are owned by an EU-based conglomerate. Next week we will have the first big company event to be livestreamed to colleagues in the UK and Sweden, and I’m wondering whether a typical prayer will be positive or negative for this new international group.
The EU president has already advised against it, citing a diversity of participant faiths (or non-faiths) East of the Atlantic (and he’s right, I’m familiar with this diversity first-hand). I am personally willing to do anything that would help influence people towards Christ, but I wonder if an unexpected prayer in a corporate setting would be more jarring than thought-provoking.
I saw something similar this summer before an open water swim competition in the Cayman Islands, where a local pastor prayed before/after the swim while nearby competitors quietly ridiculed the prayer as it was happening. That experience made me wonder about the effectiveness of the prayer then, and now I’m wondering about a prayer at my event next week.
The event will unfold as I script it. What’s your advice on achieving the most positive outcome?