Essential Resources

Articles | April 15, 2020

What if no one did your job?

by Tom Lutz, Heidi Unruh

In a state of emergency, some workers are considered “essential” and others are told to go home. Workers in the essential category have the opportunity to reflect on the value of their work. This is intuitive for such frontline roles as healthcare providers, law enforcement, and grocers. But this crisis helps us see more clearly […]

Articles | December 20, 2017

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.

Videos | December 11, 2017

You Need Capacity to Love Your Neighbor

Have you ever wanted to help but just not had the money or time or energy to give? Loving our neighbor requires more than just compassion.

Articles | November 15, 2017

Pastor, visit their workplace

by Justin Buzzard

Being a pastor means being about relationships. My first responsibility as a pastor is to know and love God. My second is to know and love the people I pastor, encouraging them to flourish in their relationship with God, our church family, and our city. One of the most effective ways I can do this […]

Articles | March 28, 2017

How Do We Serve the Common Good?

by Charlie Self

In our last post, we learned that when we have both compassion and capacity, we have transformation. We continue our core values series on the common good by asking, how do we serve the common good? The Oikonomia Network recently released a substantial minibook, Economic Wisdom for Churches: A Primer on Stewardship, Poverty, and Flourishing. […]

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


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 L. 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.

Messages | April 6, 2013

Work Matters

by Tom Nelson

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 the […]

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 […]

Ebooks | May 31, 2005

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.