A series of articles and conversations to encourage theological reflection & new practices of faith & work integration – both for you as an individual & for your church as a whole.
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These days, we hear a lot about the need for more inclusive workplaces, especially when it comes to the participation of women in leadership roles. The reasons put forth for why we should include women in traditionally male roles vary. Some base this on basic human rights and equal justice. Others advocate allowing women to … Read More
Calling for Deborah: Investing and encouraging women leaders in the workplace It had been twenty years. Twenty years of Canaanite oppression Twenty years that had devastated Israelite communities; that left roads and highways abandoned (Judges 5:6). Twenty years that had broken God’s people Finally the Israelites cried out to God for help and one leader … Read More
Michaela: What I would love to try to have here are the conversations that I feel like I’m having naturally with people everywhere right now. I feel like the most important work that I’m doing right now is not work I’m getting paid to do. The tricky part is that I can’t, nor do I … Read More
Mark: We were asked by some really strong, competent women to have this conversation about women, work, and church and how we contribute to their flourishing. My first question is, when Meggie said, “Hey, would you participate in this conversation,” what did you think? Marcos: For me, I first think of my grandma who was … Read More
Women & Work
A 5-part series of a conversation between two women who have held executive roles in large companies.
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The story of a neighborhood church that is adapting to changing times by putting faith & work integration into practice.
Thoughtful Christian reflection & engagement on the timely topic of Power & Difference in faith & work integration.
You will also find excellent resources from many of our partner organizations. Some, though not all, correspond with the theme of Power & Difference.
Near the start of his ministry, Jesus proclaimed at the synagogue in Nazareth that he was the one, foretold in Isaiah 61, who would set the oppressed free (Luke 4:14-28). In doing so, Jesus announced that a central aim of his ministry would be leveling social hierarchies in which some people were favored over others. … Read More
Tucked behind a small beer garden in Pasadena’s Old Town district, the Norris Realty Advisors office does not boast any large, glaring signs or glorifying portraits. Steve Norris, the owner and principal realty advisor, is not bothered by the discreet nature of his office building. “My name is on the door, but that’s just because … Read More
Growing up and through his young adult years, Fabián Sandoval struggled with two different ways of carrying himself in the world: he could either be altruistic without concern for his own needs, or pursue money and power as a way of protecting himself from the poverty of his childhood. It was only through the painstaking … Read More
A note from the Church & Marketplace network staff: We encourage you to use this poem to practice the rhythm of action and reflection by yourself or in community with others–whether that is in a small group, or Sunday morning worship, or shared online with friends and colleagues. We hope this poem will be a creative … Read More
It was the early 90’s and I was a 20 something trying to figure what to do with my life and how my chosen endeavor might make a difference in the world. I’m not sure the dilemma was exclusive to me as many of my peers were also Christians trying to figure out how their … Read More
Several years ago, I helped design an academic study of Christians who held positions of significant leadership in the marketplace. My team and I joined forces with a major university to learn about the lifestyle, beliefs, and work of over seventy leaders. Much of what we discovered through our research was predictable. But one of … Read More
Written by Andy Crouch. Originally published by Christianity Today. This Sunday, thousands of pastors will prepare for worship. Some of them will wear distinctive clothing—the albs and stoles of liturgical churches echo ancient priestly garments. But many more pastors will wear nothing that marks them out as different from their congregations. Walk into many of … Read More
Originally published by FULLER Studio. “Vocations are not just the domain of monasteries and priesthoods, but of marketplace, homes, and professions. Since the call of Jesus is first and foremost to discipleship, none are excluded.” + Tod Bolsinger, in his guest-edited FULLER magazine on vocation. This generous view of vocation is part of the Fuller “DNA” … Read More
Written by Amy Sherman and published by Made to Flourish. “What am I supposed to do when I graduate?” Recently on a college campus, I heard again that plaintive, perennial cry. Vocational discernment is no easy matter and many 20-somethings feel real angst. If only I could offer definitive guidance! But of course I can’t. … Read More
Written by David Brooks and Arthur Brooks and originally published by The Atlantic. Several years ago, Gallup asked people in 142 countries to respond to a series of statements designed to measure employee engagement—involving matters like their job satisfaction, whether they felt their work was important, and whether they had opportunities in the workplace to … Read More
Navigating the Challenges of Career, Motherhood and Identity from Denver Institute on Vimeo.
Originally published by the Theology of Work Project. The proverbs do not stop with commending generosity but go further to claim that caring for the poor is a matter of justice. First, the proverbs recognize that people are often poor because the rich and powerful defraud or oppress them. Or, if they were already poor, they … Read More