The Economic Wisdom Project

From: The Oikonomia Network.


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 contemporary application, and identifies five ways churches can put them into practice: theology, pastoral care, compassion, the common good, and youth and family ministry. Endorsed by the faculty leaders of the Oikonomia Network.

The Need

“It is certainly the task of the Christian spokesperson to teach, train, and exemplify both the foundational traits (of the fruit of the Spirit) and the more specific traits required in the economic domain – industriousness, self-control, moderation, and responsibility for oneself and others. That is the responsibility and posture of love. To repeat, we should put to rest once and for all the idea that these traits are ‘private’ and that public economic flourishing is independent of them. Public wellbeing and prosperity essentially depend upon them, properly understood and implemented.”  —Dallas Willard, University of Southern California Oikonomia Network 2013 Faculty Retreat

The Table of Contents

The Church and the Economy
Basic Facts About Economics
The Elements of Economic Wisdom
The Central Themes
Stewardship and Flourishing
Value Creation
Productivity and Opportunity
Responsible Action
Five Pathways to Pastoral Application
Pastoral Pathway 1: Theology
Pastoral Pathway 2: Pastoral Care
Pastoral Pathway 3: Compassion
Pastoral Pathway 4: Common Good
Pastoral Pathway 5: Youth and Family
The 12 Elements of Economic Wisdom

Download the ebook. Also check out the research notes that go into more detail on each element.

Topics: Economics