A Pastor’s Network for the Common Good
We are a network of pastors who seek to encourage and resource each other to integrate faith, work and economic wisdom for the flourishing of our communities.
We have a longing to take the gospel in all its fullness to all dimensions of human reality. Our desire is for everyone to grow in their faith and embrace the life-changing truth of the gospel in every aspect of their lives.
The Struggle of the Gap
One area where many struggle to make a connection — and where pastors often don’t know how to equip their congregations — is integrating the Christian faith with work and economic wisdom.
Most of our lives are spent working (whether paid or unpaid), but rarely do churches consistently address this topic head on. By failing to do so, churches miss the opportunity to minister to their congregations right where they live. In addition, we may be ignoring an area where many people seal off their faith from their lives.
Integrating Faith, Work and Economic Wisdom
We see work in the context of the biblical storyline and explore how God considers work and economic wisdom good and meaningful. We have a desire to walk with you as you learn a faithful theology of work. There is no sacred/secular distinction—the work of Christians in the marketplace and social sectors is just as important as the work of pastors and staff inside the church. This is a crucial truth to grasp in order to understand how God is carrying out his mission in the world.
Part of the work of the pastor is to provide all-of-life discipleship, which includes equipping people for a place where they spend the bulk of their time, yet which we often overlook: the workplace. What does it mean to be a Christian at work? Does work matter in itself, or is it just a platform for evangelism? How should our faith affect the way we go about our work?
By connecting pastors to one another and providing a growing number of resources, access to thought leaders, and in-depth training centered around transforming ideas and best practices, we help you connect this theology to the everyday practices of your church and ministry so that you can truly equip your people and live this out with us for the common good of your city.
Empowering a Growing Movement
What’s unique about Made to Flourish is that we are a network of pastors for pastors. We believe pastors have a key role to play in the faith and work movement because Christians miss out on something crucial when their church does not support them in this integration.
Because of this, we seek to develop flourishing pastors who are leading the local church with integrity of heart and skillful hands. We equip pastors in developing flourishing churches who join God’s mission in the world. We assist pastors and their churches in pursuing flourishing communities which experience the justice and peace of God.
As you walk this path with us, we will grow together through the sharing and implementation of ideas and practices in the context of relationships.
We equip pastors with a more integral theological foundation of faith, work, and economic wisdom.
- Online Learning
- Online Resources
- Common Good Conference
- Pastoral Residencies
We assist pastors and leaders in integrating faith, work and economic wisdom in their churches.
- Learning Community
- Common Good Conference
- Chalmers Centers Grants
We connect pastors in local networks for mutual learning and encouragement.
- City Network Development
The Fullness of the Gospel
Ultimately, our desire is to take the gospel in all its fullness to all dimensions of human reality. This means seeing an ever growing number of flourishing pastors, flourishing churches, and flourishing communities.
We develop flourishing pastors who are leading the local church with integrity of heart and skillful hands. Their flourishing will be seen in the following ways:
- Pastors are maturing disciples of Jesus.
- Pastors are growing in their understanding of the connection between Sunday faith and Monday work as outlined in the six theological foundations of Made to Flourish.
We equip pastors in developing flourishing churches who join God’s mission in the world. Their flourishing will be seen in the following ways:
- Corporate worship services that lead individuals to worship in every area of their lives
- Discipleship programs that help people connect faith, work, and economic wisdom
- Pastoral practices that help pastors understand and speak into the work of their congregation
- Leaders are developed to serve in every sector of society
We assist pastors and their churches in pursuing flourishing communities which experience the justice and peace of God. This happens as churches serve their communities in the following ways:
- Congregants are deployed to be on mission in every area of life
- Financial resources will be released into the community with economic wisdom
- The common good will be pursued through renewal and reconciliation
- Collaborative partnerships will be formed with other churches and organizations
Values That Shape Our Journey
Uncommon Generosity – We are committed to extending generosity to those around us.
Entrepreneurial Mindset – We are committed to having a mindset of innovation.
Individual Dignity – We are committed to showing respect for all people.
Humble Confidence – We are committed to exemplifying humility while holding firm convictions.
Diverse Perspectives – We are committed to pursuing diverse voices.