Theology that Works: Making Disciples Who Practice Fruitful Work and Economic Wisdom in Modern America

THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL OF LIFE – INCLUDING THE MODERN ECONOMY. Integrating theology with work and economics will be central to the task of the American church in the coming generation. As the emergence of the global economy transforms the structures of everyday life, our faith compels us to build new models of godly life for this new context. And as our culture struggles to find a source of cultural integrity, we have the opportunity to offer our fruitful work and economic wisdom as signposts that remind our neighbors of the real purpose and meaning of human life.

That’s how this excellent document by Greg Forster starts. It looks at why churches need to integrate theology with work and economics, and then how they can do this. It is one of the most comprehensive and helpful documents out there on this subject. It is a long read (perhaps about 2 hours), but it is worth it. This is the type of resource to carve out some focused time to spend reading and then reflecting on its implications for your work and your church. If you want to understand faith and work integration at a deep level, this is what you need to read.

It is available as a PDF at the Oikonomia Network.

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Greg Forster, Ph.D. serves as the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University. He has a Ph.D. with distinction in political philosophy from Yale University. He is the author of six books, including Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It (2014).