Essential Resources


Examples and Stories | September 26, 2016

Good Work Matters: The Surprising Story of the Oxygen Mask

by Reid Kapple

Reid Kapple, an associate pastor at Christ Community Kansas City, shares an experience he had losing cabin pressure mid-flight — and then discovering the company who manufactured the mask that saved his life. Why this matters: First, this is simply a really good and inspiring story on why work matters. But beyond that, it is a […]


Ebooks | July 1, 2016

The Economic Wisdom Project

From: The Oikonomia Network. Description A vision paper explaining the foundational principles of the Economic Wisdom Project. More specifically, explains the need to go beyond theology of work and connect theology to economics. Stresses four big themes: stewardship and flourishing, value creation, productivity and opportunity, and responsible action. Distills these themes into twelve “elements” of economic wisdom for […]


Sermons | May 23, 2016

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4

Work

by Timothy Keller

Tim Keller contrasts the modern view of work, which emphasizes money and security, with the Biblical doctrine of work, which treats works as the “gracious expression of creative energy in the service of others.” Apart from embracing this view of work, Keller suggests, we will never find rest.


Articles | May 11, 2016

Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (Washington Times)

by Amy Sherman

What are the hallmarks of human flourishing from a biblical perspective, and how can we deploy our vocational power to advance these values in our lives? In this article, Amy Sherman helpfully summarizes the main thesis of her book, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good.


Sermons | October 11, 2015

Scripture: Luke 2, 6, 10, 12

Love Thy Neighbor

by Tom Nelson

In this sermon, Tom Nelson kicks off a new series by challenging listeners to view, with fresh eyes, the meaning of Jesus’ command to love God and love your neighbor. As it turns out, a biblical view of economics is more foundational to Christian discipleship than most of us realize.


Messages | April 6, 2013

Work Matters

by Tom Nelson

Description The Christian faith speaks to all of life, connecting our Sunday worship with our Monday work. Yet both pastoral and lay leaders often struggle closing the gap between faith and work. Writer and social commentator Wendell Berry has noted that the quality and significance of our work is largely determined by our understanding of […]


Articles | December 4, 2012

How Faith Affects Our Work

by Timothy Keller

As a brief summary of his book, Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller highlights four ways that God’s work connects to our jobs. The bottom line: our work is one of the means through which we can serve God and love our neighbor.


Articles | October 12, 2012

What’s So Great About the Common Good?

by Andy Crouch

Should Christians be concerned with the common good? What does this phrase even mean? Is it even possible to achieve in such a diverse culture? Andy Crouch addresses these questions and more in this helpful Christianity Today article.


Articles | February 23, 2010

Influencing Culture

by Gabe Lyons

Why we are posting this: This is a fantastic article by Gabe Lyons, founder of Q, on why we need to influence culture and what it looks like to do it. Gabe also tells his story of how he came to see the importance of influencing culture (but in the right way). Here is the start […]


Sermons | October 25, 2009

Scripture: Titus 2

Hope for Your Work

by Timothy Keller

Many Christians assume that if you believe in a literal second coming of Christ, then you shouldn’t be concerned with improving this world at all. According to Keller, however, the Bible teaches the exact opposite. Since we believe in a coming age without sin and injustice, we should passionately strive to bring about, in our daily activities, glimpses of the world to come.


Articles | August 30, 2007

Vocation: Discerning Your Calling

by Timothy Keller

What are the theological foundations of work, and how can we discern our calling in work? Tim Keller addresses these two important questions in this essay, which is essential reading for those recently joining the faith and work movement.


Articles | January 1, 1942

Why Work?

by Dorothy Sayers

In this classic reflection on the value of work, Dorothy Sayers challenges readers to think beyond the monetary results of our labors and consider axiological questions like “Is that product good and useful?” and “Is that work valuable?” Ultimately, according to Sayers, work is not a thing one does to live, but rather the thing one lives to do.


Ebooks | August 31, 1605

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7

A Treatise of the Vocations

by William Perkins

This is one of the most important books on vocation ever written. It is written by the Puritan, William Perkins, and discusses the general calling and particular callings of the Christian, along with the right way to go about our callings and the account we will give to Christ at the end. Download the PDF.