Work Matters

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 story in which we are a part. What is the good news story of work revealed to us in the Bible? How ought this story inform our minds, fuel our imaginations, deepen our relationships and shape our priorities?

Through inadequate thinking, distorting language and local church practice, we have often reinforced a faulty sacred/secular divide rather than viewing our work through a more integral lens of faith. This breakout session will explore why our work matters, and how this should profoundly shape the way we think about and approach our work, whether paid or unpaid.

Who might find this most helpful:

Business leaders, pastors, church board members, civic leaders, non-profit leaders

Topics: Theology of Work
Conferences: CG2013
Church: Christ Community Church, Kansas City

About the Author

Tom Nelson serves as the president of Made to Flourish and is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Five Smooth Stones: Discovering the Path to Wholeness of Soul, Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church, and The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community's Compassion and Capacity.  Tom is a regular speaker and facilitator on faith, work, and economics. He is also the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He has served on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tom and his wife, Liz, have two grown children and reside in Leawood, Kansas.