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.

Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

October 16, 2017

I graduated seminary in 2011, on the heels of the Great Recession. Very few companies were hiring. In fact, many were laying people off. Let’s just say that in a depressed economy there is very little demand for someone with an advanced degree in theology and no record of success in any industry. To complicate … Read More

Let’s Change How We Ask About Calling

Let’s Change How We Ask About Calling

October 3, 2017

I hate icebreakers. Maybe it’s the introvert in me. Or maybe it’s because I’m Irish and my face heats up every time I’m put on the spot. Either way, I hate icebreakers. Four or five years ago, during one such icebreaker, I was paired up with a man and asked to talk about our jobs. … Read More

Failing Well, Not Fast

Failing Well, Not Fast

June 26, 2017

Someone asked me once, “Why are you afraid to fail?” I remember wading through a bunch of half sentences until I admitted, “I don’t want to fail because I’m afraid of who that means I am. Basically, my identity is at stake.” Even though I know that my being is more important than my doing, … Read More

Addressing Entrepreneurial Anxiety

Addressing Entrepreneurial Anxiety

June 22, 2017

Describe the anxiety that comes with your role as an entrepreneur. “Entrepreneurship is an uphill battle. It’s filled with roadblocks, pitfalls, and detours. Often times the pressure of validating an idea, building a quality project and service, and making sure I don’t lose sight of our core “why ” can become very overwhelming. If I’m … Read More

Learning Agility

Learning Agility

June 22, 2017

The world will reward agility, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Every manager and entrepreneur recognizes this. But our educational system does not yet prepare people for agility. So managers and entrepreneurs will need to know how to prepare their people for agility. That process starts with understanding why today’s grads come to them without instincts for agility. … Read More

Liberty Sessions: Finding Hope in Another Woman’s Story

Liberty Sessions: Finding Hope in Another Woman’s Story

June 21, 2017

I recently went back home to the Midwest to visit family. While there I visited the coolest nail salon I had ever been to. I was so enamored with the aesthetics, art, and ecological decisions in the salon, that that I struck up a conversation with the owner. We quickly learned that we had gone … Read More

Was Jesus an Entrepreneur?

Was Jesus an Entrepreneur?

June 20, 2017

I feel a little sheepish asking this question. I am not eager to join the club of writers who claim Jesus for their particular cause or agenda. You can find books that identify Jesus as a CEO, the world’s greatest therapist, an excellent manager, a revolutionary, a free-market capitalist, and, well, you name it. I … Read More

Zooming In and Zooming Out

Zooming In and Zooming Out

June 17, 2017

Together, my husband and I own a creative agency. Separately, I work as a practical theologian and he is a filmmaker. Like many of our colleagues and friends, we are busy “building” our careers. And while I admit to daydreams of snorkeling and sleeping until 10 a.m., our chosen trajectories are ones that require long … Read More

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Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

Why Passion Isn’t the Holy Grail of Work

October 16, 2017

I graduated seminary in 2011, on the heels of the Great Recession. Very few companies were hiring. In fact, many were laying people off. Let’s just say that in a depressed economy there is very little demand for someone with an advanced degree in theology and no record of success in any industry. To complicate … Read More

Truth in the Workplace: A Story of Resistance

Truth in the Workplace: A Story of Resistance

October 16, 2017

When I was the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church, a woman from my congregation – I’ll call her Rochelle – made an appointment to see me. When she entered my office, I could tell something was wrong. Normally quite joyful, Rochelle looked distressed. Sitting down, she got right to the point. “I have a … Read More

Sheroes of the Faith: What We Can Learn About Creative Resistance

Sheroes of the Faith: What We Can Learn About Creative Resistance

October 9, 2017

“But the Midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them.” (Ex. 1: 17) Two women face an ethical dilemma at work. By profession, they are caretakers, nurturers, and guides ushering new life into the world. But in the midst of their life-giving work, there is a death-dealing force at … Read More

Gender Discrimination at Work: Faithful Resistance

Gender Discrimination at Work: Faithful Resistance

October 9, 2017

I was on a panel recently that opened up with this question: As a woman, what are some of the ways you’ve been discriminated against in the workplace? And, how does the Gospel shape your response? Whoa! Talk about starting off strong. I loved this question. So, seeing that none of my panel-mates were eager … Read More

Women and Men Leading Together: A Biblical Study

Women and Men Leading Together: A Biblical Study

March 1, 2017

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 All Deborahs

Calling All Deborahs

March 1, 2017

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

Women at Work: a round table conversation

Women at Work: a round table conversation

February 27, 2017

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

Theology and Practice: empowering women at work

Theology and Practice: empowering women at work

February 20, 2017

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

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Truth in the Workplace: A Story of Resistance

Truth in the Workplace: A Story of Resistance

October 16, 2017

When I was the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church, a woman from my congregation – I’ll call her Rochelle – made an appointment to see me. When she entered my office, I could tell something was wrong. Normally quite joyful, Rochelle looked distressed. Sitting down, she got right to the point. “I have a … Read More

Overcoming the Barriers to an Inclusive Organization

Overcoming the Barriers to an Inclusive Organization

November 7, 2016

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

The Power of Relationship

The Power of Relationship

November 7, 2016

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

There and Back Again: Power, Difference, and Faithful Living

There and Back Again: Power, Difference, and Faithful Living

November 7, 2016

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

Be the Bridge

Be the Bridge

November 7, 2016

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

A Woman’s Work: Restoration Through Calling

A Woman’s Work: Restoration Through Calling

November 7, 2016

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

Stewarding Power

Stewarding Power

November 1, 2016

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

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