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Integration Tools | June 5, 2017

The Pastor’s Challenge: Workplace Visitations

Pastors tend to meet their congregants at church or in a home, or perhaps at a neutral site like a coffee shop. Less common is when a pastor goes out to meet a congregant where they spend the majority of their time—in the workplace. Since people spend the majority of their lives outside of church […]

Articles | August 17, 2017

Social Enterprise as Youth Ministry

by Amy Sherman

Necessity isn’t the only Mother of Invention. Dissatisfaction can be, too. It was for a youth pastor in the Pacific Northwest named Matt Overton. To better engage both youth and parents, he started Columbia Teen Enterprises. It’s the social enterprise arm of the youth ministry at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington. “I started a […]

Articles | August 10, 2017

Discipleship and Economic Wisdom: What’s the Connection?

by Matt Rusten

At Made to Flourish, we believe that following Jesus requires us to grow in economic wisdom and that the Bible teaches economic wisdom throughout its pages. One great resource for learning more: “The Economic Wisdom Project: A Christian Vision for Flourishing Communities”

Articles | July 27, 2017

Film, Joy: Path to Being an Entrepreneur Not Always Joyous

by Luke Bobo

When I Think About Teamwork. Imagination. Betrayal. Persistence. Self-advocacy. Humiliation. One step forward, multiple steps backwards. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. A dream deferred. Sweet Success. These are some of the words and phrases that come to mind when I think of the film, Joy (2015). Based loosely on a true story, […]

Articles | July 25, 2017

Silence and Beauty

by Amy Sherman

To understand movies (or any cultural text), it can be helpful to peek inside the “world behind the text”—learning about an author, and the themes that inspired their writing. In this essay, Amy Sherman examines the themes in the film Silence (directed by Martin Scorsese) through the lens of Makoto Fujimura’s book, Silence and Beauty. […]

Articles | July 20, 2017

Faith and Work in an Intense Workplace Environment

Hacksaw Ridge recounts the compelling true story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a devout Seventh Day Adventist and the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his valiant bravery at the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. (See the movie trailer below.) The film chronicles Doss’s life from his […]

Articles | July 18, 2017

The Truth About Happyness

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology at Knox College and his team have done widespread research on happiness. They have found that the idea of happiness comes from either intrinsic or extrinsic goal setting. Intrinsic goals are relational and communal. These goals include purposeful things like learning something new or working hard. Extrinsic goals tend toward: […]

Articles | July 13, 2017

Driven: Taxi Drivers and Two Films About Them

For this post we’re talking about films featuring taxi drivers. Many of the ideas would translate to Uber drivers, bus drivers, train engineers…even pilots would probably loosely fit the bill. So…Why Ponder Cab Drivers and Films About Them? In a French TV interview Jim Jarmusch shared the following insights: When you step into a cab […]

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