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The Church at Work: How Your Church Can More Effectively Integrate Faith, Work, and Economic Wisdom

May 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - June 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm CDT

Presenters: Will Messenger, Alistair Mackenzie

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There are generally two paradigm shifts that occur for pastors in the faith and work movement. The first is theological, when a pastor first understands and embraces a biblical perspective on faith, work, and economic wisdom. This provides a crucial foundation on which to build. But it also leads to the second paradigm shift, which is far more practical. How do local churches effectively integrate these theological beliefs into the ongoing rhythms of local church life and practice? If the first paradigm shift answers the “what” and the “why,” this one is all about the “how.”

The “how” is one of the biggest obstacles to local church integration, and this virtual workshop seeks to provide some practical and accessible answers. This is not about starting a Faith and Work ministry in your church (though many churches have done that with success), but rather how to integrate faith, work, and economics into what your church is already doing.  There is no one-size-fits-all prescription, but there are some best practices we can learn from churches who are thinking creatively and acting courageously in this area. This virtual workshop will explore some of the ways churches can integrate the theology of faith, work, and economic wisdom into their local context.

Level: Beginner.

Dates/Times: May 3, 17, 31, and June 14 from 3-4 p.m. CDT

Participants will receive the event’s Zoom meeting link in their registration confirmation and in an email sent one day prior to the event. We welcome your tax-deductible donation to continue the ministry of Made to Flourish.

Course Objectives

  1. Learn basic principles about FWE integration in the local church
  2. Explore four key FWE integration areas for local churches: (1) pastoral practices, (2) corporate worship, (3) discipleship, and (4) mission.
  3. Hear stories of what some local churches are actually doing about FWE integration in their context.
  4. Come away with easy, concrete ways to integrate FWE in the things your church is already doing.

Course Features

  1. Four online workshops
  2. Examples of churches living out FWE integration
  3. Interactive Q&A with presenter
  4. Practice FWE integration through short, accessible assignments

Presenter Bios

William G. Messenger is the executive editor of the Theology of Work Project. Previously, Will served as the director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2008, and an adjunct faculty member there. Will is a member of the board of directors of ArQule, Inc., a biotechnology company near Boston. He previously worked as a sales representative at IBM, corporate finance associate at Goldman Sachs, consultant at McKinsey & Co., and vice president of sales and marketing Advanced Metabolic Systems. Will is ordained in the Episcopal Church and formerly served as pastor of Charles River Church in Boston and assistant rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Belmont, Massachusetts. He was awarded a B.S. in Physics from Case Western Reserve University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a master of divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a doctor of ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He lives near Boston with his wife and their two daughters.

Alistair Mackenzie is a teaching fellow at Laidlaw College – Christchurch, New Zealand. He began his working life in his family’s timber mill and then as a truck driver while completing a science degree. After becoming a Christian and completing theological training, he spent 23 years in pastoral leadership in three Baptist churches in New Zealand, and was also involved in the leadership of Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor (a mission and community development agency). Alistair is the author of Where’s God on Monday?, SoulPurpose: Making a Difference in Life and Work and Just Decisions: Christians Ethics Go to Work. He is the founding director of Faith at Work, New Zealand (www.faithatwork.org.nz), has been employed as a mission consultant with the Baptist Churches of New Zealand, and participated in the Lausanne Committee’s Marketplace Ministry Issue Group. Alistair is married to Alison and is involved with South West Baptist Church. They have two adult children, Catherine and Christopher, and also two lovely granddaughters, Ruby and Rylee.

Course Schedule

Join us for a 4-session virtual workshop involving a live classroom setting, reflective exercises, and a customized plan of action. All sessions are held online via Zoom Meeting on Thursday afternoons, 3-4 p.m. CDT. Participants will receive the event’s Zoom meeting link in their registration confirmation and in an email sent one day prior to the event.

May 3 — How FWE Shapes Pastoral Practices

This session will lay a foundation for FWE integration in the local church.  We will also begin exploring the first integration area: pastoral practices.  Much of the pastor’s work involves practices like hospital visitation, counseling situations, spiritual direction, intercessory prayer, and connecting people to the broader body of Christ. How should our understanding of faith, work, and economics influence these (and other) practices that fill our days? 

May 17 — Corporate Worship and Preaching

This session will explore the second integration area: corporate worship. The gathered worship of God’s people is where we celebrate and are reminded of the things we believe about God, ourselves, each other, and the world around us.  In what ways can our theology of faith, work, and economic wisdom influence how we preach, pray, read, sing, and commission God’s people?

May 31 — Discipleship: Shaping God’s People for their Daily Work

This session will explore the third integration area: discipleship and spiritual formation. Much of the discipleship focus tends to be in what happens in the gathered community within the church walls. What might it look like for our discipleship efforts to focus instead on the formation of God’s scattered people in their daily work?  

June 14 — Mission: Work for the Common Good

This session will explore the fourth and final integration area: mission.  What is God’s mission in the world, and how does the daily work of God’s people fit into this redemptive mission?  In what ways can the church more effectively mobilize God’s people for mission in the work they are already doing?



Once registered, participants will receive the event’s Zoom meeting link in their registration confirmation and in an email sent one day prior to the event. We also welcome your tax-deductible donation to continue the ministry of Made to Flourish. See registration form for more details.

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May 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
June 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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