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Messages | April 19, 2017

Discipleship with Monday in Mind at The Gospel Coalition

by Tom Nelson

The gospel speaks into every nook and cranny of life, including the work we’re called by God to embrace for his glory and the furtherance of the common good. Tragically, many church leaders fail to adequately equip congregants for their vocational callings. What’s really at stake when our gospel-centered churches fail to connect Sunday worship […]

Articles | March 14, 2017

Scripture: Mark 1:19-20

If I Follow Jesus Should I Quit My Job?

by Mark D. Roberts

We’ve all seen the effects of the sacred-secular divide because it often prompts the question – does my job matter? To really follow Jesus, do I need to quit my job and become a pastor? Referencing Mark 1:19-20, Mark Roberts of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership offers us great insight into this question […]

Book Reviews and Summaries | March 1, 2017

What Do You Do For A Living?

This common question often becomes an identity marker that intertwines with our self-worth. In this short book by Justin S. Holcomb, readers are challenged to think about their work in light of who they are in Christ. Below is an exerpt. The Bible portrays “calling” in a way that put these two meanings together – the […]

Integration Tools | February 12, 2017

Visit Your People Where They Work

by David Gill

For twenty years I have been urging pastors to visit at least one of the workplace members of their congregation per month in their workplace environment, whether that is an office downtown, a factory, a farm, a restaurant, or a day care center.  Wherever our people work, let’s go visit them.  So often we meet […]

Integration Tools | February 11, 2017

Six Specific Steps To Connect Pastors To Their Workplace Disciples

by David Gill

It is a rare pastor who has any trouble seeing the biblical mandate — and the practical importance —- of connecting with the day-to-day, in-the-trenches lives of one’s congregants.  It is right there in front of us in Scripture and in the life challenges of our people. But it is also rare to find workplace […]

Integration Tools | February 10, 2017

Commission Your People for Their Work

by David Gill

We believe and we say that Jesus Christ is Lord of the whole life, including that one-third or so of our lives we spend working (or preparing/studying for work — or looking for work).  Sometimes we need a visible way to emphasize and even celebrate a theological truth like that.  Here is a simple but […]

Integration Tools | August 30, 2016

Usable Instruction Manuals Matter! A Letter of Appreciation

by Luke Bobo

Usability matters — even with instruction manuals! We have all had the experience of puzzling over instruction manuals that leave out important details and just don’t “work” to help us fully assemble a product. Many companies seem to think that instruction manuals are an unimportant, inconsequential detail that doesn’t matter. But in reality, they matter immensely. […]

Integration Tools | August 11, 2016

Calling Entrepreneurs

Linwood Fellows of Macedonia Baptist introduces members, by sectors, to the notion of faith and work integration. For example, during the fall of 2016, Kansas City Network co-eirector DeLano Sheffield and the Fellows team introduced educators, principals, school administrators, etc. to the importance of faith and work integration. Below is an invitation they issued to […]

Integration Tools | March 20, 2016

Take Your Pastor to Work Day

by Chip Roper

From: Patheos, Marketplace Faith I showed up at his office and waited in reception. My host rushed in and greeted me. Was he nervous, excited, or weighed down by some new work crisis? The answer was some version of “all of the above.” He’d been working for several years on this project and now he had […]

Integration Tools | May 31, 2015

The Blessing of Stone Brewery

Here is an example of a workplace blessing, in this case of Stone Brewery in Austin.

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