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March 2018

How the Gospel Influences Our Economics

Presenter: Tom Nelson
March 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

What influence does the good news of Jesus have on our economics? Too often, Christian teaching and ministry focus only on the gospel’s spiritual significance and ignore its physical, real-world ramifications. But loving our neighbor well has direct economic implications. Join us for a discussion with pastor Tom Nelson about his new book,The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity. Combining biblical study, economic theory, and practical advice, Tom will present a vision for church ministry…

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April 2018

Jesus and Jobs: Why Every Church Must Connect Faith to the Economy

Presenter: Matt Rusten
April 5 @ 2:00 pm - April 26 @ 3:30 pm CDT

How can the local church be a positive economic actor in the community? Over the course of two (2) 90-minute sessions, Made to Flourish Executive Director Matt Rusten will walk us through four pillars of economic wisdom and how they can be applied in our local church contexts.

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Glory in the Ordinary

Presenter: Courtney Reissig
April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

Many people who fill your church’s pews each week work long hours under stressful conditions. They begin each week with a long list of mundane tasks, and are often placed in situations where no easy answers or solutions exist. Success is not indicated by measurable means, and they don’t get paid a dime for any of it. When we talk about the intersection of faith and work, the conversation is often limited to the things we get paid to do.…

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May 2018

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

Presenters: Will Messenger, Alistair Mackenzie
May 3 @ 3:00 pm - June 14 @ 4:00 pm CDT

How do local churches effectively integrate our theological beliefs about faith, work, and economics into the ongoing rhythms of local church life and practice? Over the course of four (4) 60-minute sessions, Will Messenger and Alistair Mackenzie (Theology of Work Project) will help us explore four key integration areas in the local church.  

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June 2018

How Your Church Can Address the Root Causes of Poverty

Presenter: Marlo Fox
June 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

Many followers of Jesus agree that the church should play a role in addressing poverty, both globally and locally. But we often don’t know how to do this effectively. In our efforts to help without hurting, we can sometimes feel paralyzed. How do we understand the physical, emotional, and relational challenges faced by those in poverty? What practices can we employ to help others reach their full potential? How can a church leverage its resources in a way that helps…

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July 2018

Making Flourishing Disciples: Wholeness, Calling and Daily Work

Presenter: Charlie Self
July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

What does a flourishing disciple look like? How do we measure whether our discipleship strategies are effective? And what role does our daily work play in contributing both to the flourishing of individuals and communities? Join us for this webinar as we explore a revolution in discipleship: moving from programs to outcomes, from tasks to transformation. We will learn about the five dimensions of human wholeness, the integration of a disciple's vocations and occupations, and the paradoxical grace of commissioning…

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August 2018

Flourishing in Ministry: How to Care for the Flock without Losing your Soul

Presenter: Chris Adams
August 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Every profession has certain vocational hazards. The pastorate is no exception. Pastors frequently report a sense of isolation, exhaustion, and feelings of failure. They often spend their time taking care of others and find it difficult to care for themselves. The shifting expectations of congregants and the relentless demands of weekly sermon preparation can weigh on a pastor’s shoulders, and depression rates of clergy members is on the rise. In this current climate of the pastoral role, what does it…

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September 2018

Christians at Work: New Insights on the Integration of Faith and Work

Presenter: David Kinnaman
September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

Most people want their jobs to produce passion, not just a paycheck. For Christians, this search for meaningful employment goes even deeper, driven by the idea that God gives each person specific gifts to do … something. Finding that “something” can feel especially difficult in our rapidly changing world and workplaces. The church has a huge opportunity to help people discern and live out their callings — which is why Barna has embarked on an initiative focused on vocation, beginning…

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November 2018

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory

Presenter: Tod Bolsinger
November 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

One of the most difficult aspects of pastoral leadership is navigating change. This is especially true when the change leads us off the map of our experience into unknown territory. As pastors begin to embrace a theology of faith, work, and economic wisdom, it will require that we navigate change: from Sunday to Monday, from centralized power to the priesthood of all believers, from inward focus to outward mission. But how can churches navigate these changes into uncharted territory? Join…

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Discipling Workers for the New Gig Economy: Vocational Formation in a Changing World of Work

Presenter: Michaela O'Donnell Long
November 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

In a changing workforce, many men and women are working less for corporations in what's coming to be known as a "gig economy." This shift in the workforce raises new questions about what we need to equip workers for success. We need creativity, confidence, and resiliency, or, in other words, an entrepreneurial posture. Join Michaela O'Donnell Long as she talks about four practices that people in this new workforce will need to succeed: empathy, imagination, risk-taking, and reflection. Communities that…

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