After years of pastoring, Tom Nelson realized he committed what he calls “pastoral malpractice,” neglecting to disciple his congregants in the whole of their lives. Inspired by the critical gains of the faith and work movement,he aimed to help pastors around the country avoid the same mistake.
In 2015, Nelson and a team of church, business, and private sector partners launched Made to Flourish in order to “empower a growing network of pastors” to better engage, equip, and encourage each other as they integrate a more robust theology of faith, work, and economics into their churches.
When Tom Nelson, president of Made to Flourish, realized he neglected the place most people spend the most time – work – in his pastoral role, something shifted. We believe pastors play an essential part in God’s mission to see churches and communities flourish, and we believe it involves valuing what people do outside of church on Sundays. From Chicago to West Palm Beach and beyond, you can see and feel it – a growing movement, desire, and cultivation of the belief that Christianity is not only true, but good, and it changes the way we work.