When Do You Go Public About Your Faith at Work?
Short answer: as soon as possible! As a Christian, your main identity is wrapped up in Jesus and being one of "his people." As you introduce yourself and people get to know you, the real you, it ought to be obvious that you are a person of faith: "I'm really involved at my church...," "I meet Wednesday nights with some church friends to pray...," "I like reading my Bible every morning with a coffee to start my day..." This is what might be called a Deuteronomy 6 lifestyle of living out loud with your faith (Check out Deuteronomy 6:4-9). I've noticed a Canadian tendency in my own life to be as private as possible when it comes to my faith: I'm trying to break out of that so I can live more authentically and honestly with the people I care about.
Long Answer: Don't flaunt it, but don't hide it. I'll let Bethany Jenkins answer this question with a story of her friend, Andrew Nemr.
"It’s tempting to avoid talking about faith at work altogether for fear of adverse career ramifications. Yet most of my friends approach the issue in the same way—they’re not going to hide it if a colleague asks whether they’re a Christian or if the topic comes up in conversation, but they’re also not going to lead with it. Their approach reminds me of Daniel. He didn’t share his faith at work with everyone he met, but he also didn’t shy away from talking about it when his two obligations—doing his job as his employer wanted and remaining faithful to the Lord—came into conflict (Daniel 1).
My friend Andrew Nemr, for example—a renowned tap dancer, TED Fellow, and Gotham Fellow—isn’t shy about his faith. Before performances, he often leads a prayer for the entire cast of his company—regardless of their personal faith traditions. He also isn’t afraid that his public faith may hurt his career.
“Two or three years ago,” he says, “I made the decision that, if I were ever to be blacklisted from Broadway for my faith, that would be hard, but it would be okay.”
Yet Andrew lives as an exile—he talks about his faith in subtle ways, but he doesn’t share the gospel in every performance or rehearsal.
“I’ll do little things,” he explains. “If someone says, ‘I don’t know how you dance for an hour,’ I’ll reply, ‘It’s not my strength.’ That’s how I gauge their curiosity. Faith is a journey and God is at work. Maybe I’ll be the one who plants and someone else sows. I just try to be sensitive to the Spirit so that my witness is timely and compelling.”
Here's Andrew doing the performance aspect of his work...