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The New Work as Worship Network site with RightNow

Seven years ago a conversation began here on this Business as Mission Network site. It was a conversation that started because too many Christians spend a great deal of time at work and yet they don’t see how their work intersects with their faith.

Over the years the blog posts sparked many conversations that have become a regular part of our DNA with the 75 people on our RightNow team. Today, one of our deep passions at RightNow is helping people realize that there isn’t a divide between the sacred and secular parts of our lives and that working with our God-given skills can be an act of worship.

We might spend 2 hours of our week at the church building or in a small group. This kind of worship is biblical and a vital rhythm in the life of a Christian. But during the other 166 hours of our week, we have just as much potential to worship the God who created us. Our time at church and small group should launch us out into the world—which includes the marketplace—prepared to take the hope of Jesus with us.

Currently, there are pockets of churches and ministries promoting a part of the work as worship message.  Some focus on how to give money as a business person, while others focus on how to do evangelism in the workplace or build a business overseas.  Some focus on business leaders, others on employees. Our RightNow team is committed to creating content for business leaders and the Church that champions a holistic viewpoint of work and faith.

So today the BusinessasMissionNetwork.com site is merging with our new WorkasWorshipNetwork.org site to put a bigger dent in the sacred and secular divide by having this conversation on a much bigger platform. You'll continue to find the same news updates but today you can check out 40+ different video stories and illustrations as well as updates on our growing Work as Worship Conference.  In order to communicate a complete and biblical picture of work and faith, we’ve defined 8 tenants of the Work as Worship message that inform all the content we create in this area, including our Work as Worship conference and video resources. You can read the full list here (www.workasworshipnetwork.org/what-is)

If you're on the Business as Mission Email list you'll be getting an email from work@rightnow.org highlighting the new site. So check your mail filters and make sure it gets through. It will be the first of our monthly email updates from the new site.

Justin Forman
Executive Vice President
RightNow

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The baton has been passed – Remembering Kent Humphreys


Last night Kent Humphreys finished the race. With an uncommon strength, he ran across the finish line and set the bar high for all of us to follow.

Kent was truly a modern day Joseph. A successful entrepreneur of several businesses and a champion of the Work as Worship movement as President of FCCI he was on a mission to make sure business leaders and Church leaders understood that we’re all called to make a difference in our work.

There are many heroes in this Work as Worship conversation that I now call friend because of Kent. These friendships have given me a front row seat to see the ripples from Kent’s life continue to expand today. Countless church and business leaders we're impacted by his friendship and endless source of encouragement.

Over the last few years I found it a privilege to be one of the younger leaders that received that encouragement but also direct challenges. Kent talked about how he was stepping us his challenge to younger guys like Jeremie Kubicheck, Jonathan Shibley and many others in this Work as Worship space to us to take up the baton for the next generation.

I’ll always remember him coming to our first Work as Worship event a few years ago. With less than half of his lung capacity, he was there. Not as the main stage session speaker that he could easily command. But as a friend, encourager and coach working behind the scenes to pass the baton. Like a student to a teacher it was a fun moment to show Kent some of the things he’d inspired and it was humbling to receive his challenge to keep running even harder as that baton got passed.

He ran the race. Seemingly harder in the last years of his life than most of us do in our prime. Friend, hero, coach... They all apply. Saying that he modeled it for us all seemingly falls so short.

The relay race to heaven continues. Today that passing of the Work as Worship baton became a little more official. Its up to all of us now to steward it well down the homestretch. 

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Historic Global Congress on Business as Mission in April

The Global Congress on Business as Mission, BAM, will be a unique gathering of leaders and practitioners from all continents.

The Congress is the culmination of a yearlong think tank process engaging hundreds people from all over the world, addressing key strategic issues related to Business as Mission.

Over 30 national, regional and international working groups will present cutting edge BAM practices and models and bring strategic recommendations during the Congress.

The global Congress will provide a unique ‘one-stop shop’ to meet and interact with BAM leaders from all over the world, on an unprecedented scale.

The Global Congress will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand – April 25-28, 2013. Visit http://bamthinktank.org/congress to find out more.

Quotes from other key leaders in business, church and missions endorse the BAM Think Tank & Congress: http://bamthinktank.org/about/endorsements/

A digital post card and sample social media posts can be found here:http://bamthinktank.org/congress-media/

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Tim Keller on MSNBC's Morning Joe to talk about Faith and Work

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Last fall we talked about the much anticipated book, Every Good Endeavor by Pastor Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf of Redeemer in New York City. 

He appeared on the Morning Joe on MSNBC a few weeks ago to talk about a biblical perspective on faith and work. 

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Rick Warren's Letter on the Hobby Lobby Lawsuit

Image: Pastor Rick Warren on Hobby Lobby Lawsuit

Last week, Rick sent an open letter about the recent Hobby Lobby lawsuit and the surrounding conversations. I thought it was an incredibly well worded. While not the first domino to fall, it is very well a watershed moment in giving Christian business owners and entrepreneurs the freedom to practice their religion. You can view the full article here

“Every American who loves freedom should shudder at the precedent the government is trying to establish by denying Hobby Lobby the full protection of the First Amendment.  This case is nothing less than a landmark battle for America’s FIRST freedom, the  freedom of religion and the freedom from government intervention in matters of conscience.  Religious liberty is often called our “First Freedom” because it is the first phrase of the first sentence of the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights. Freedom to practice your religion is listed before the freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and the right to bear arms.  The first American settlers, Pilgrims, came to America for this very reason – seeking the freedom to PRACTICE their religion, which they were denied in Europe. This is the freedom that made America unique from all other nations.

Today, the government has tried to reinterpret the First Amendment  from freedom to PRACTICE your religion, to a more narrow freedom to worship, which would limit your freedom to the hour a week you are at a house of worship.  This is not only a subversion of the Constitution, it is nonsense.  Any religion that cannot be lived out … at home and work,  is nothing but a meaningless ritual.

Some flippantly say ‘A business cannot be a Christian’ but the truth is, every business is either moral or immoral, ethical or unethical, depending the values they base their business on. When the government starts coercing businesses to violate their religious, moral, and ethical values, that is a flagrant violation of our Constitution.

I predict that the battle to preserve religious liberty for all,  in all areas of life, will likely become the civil rights movement of this decade. If it takes a popular movement to reign in overreaching government, then Hobby Lobby’s courageous stand, in the face of enormous pressure and fines, will likely be considered the Birmingham bus boycott, where good citizens finally got fed up with having their rights trampled on, and decided to challenge those who favor conformity over freedom.

Regardless of your faith, you should pay attention to this landmark case, and pray for a clear victory for freedom of conscience.” – Pastor Rick Warren

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Relevant Magazine's Article on Why the Hobby Lobby Case is so Important

Click here to Read the Full Article from Relevant Magazine - “This is the way the world ends,” wrote American-English poet T.S. Eliot, “not with a bang, but a whimper.” Buried somewhere in the top news stories of the day—“U.S. Marine Pens Response to Gun Control Bill,” “Cat Arrested at Brazil Prison,” “Father of India Gang Rape Victim Reveals His Daughter’s Name,” “Candlelight Vigil Planned in Boulder for Slain Bull Elk”—you might have read about Hobby Lobby.

No? That’s not surprising, since many of the major networks have remained largely silent on the issue. Yet this “whimper” of a story might be one of the most significant legislative decisions in our time. Lest you think I overstate my claim, let’s take a look at Hobby Lobby’s case and what’s actually at stake.

As of today, the Green family, the evangelical Christian owners of Hobby Lobby Creative Centers and Mardel Christian Bookstores, potentially owes the federal government $21.3 million in fines for defying the HHS mandate that requires all companies to provide insurance coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, surgical sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, including “the morning after pill” and “the week after pill.” According to the Greens, since these drugs interfere with implantation in the womb, they destroy human life in the earliest stage of development.

In September, the Greens filed a lawsuit against the federal government, stating, “These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith ... We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.” In addition to the lawsuit, they requested an injunction to defer the $1.3 million (approximately $100 for every employee) daily penalty while their case made its way through the courts.

On November 19, Judge Joe Heaton in Oklahoma denied the company an injunction, stating that Hobby Lobby and Mardel “are not religious organizations” according to the definition proposed in the mandate but are secular, for-profit businesses that employ and serve both Christians and non-Christians. The company appealed the decision to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, and a panel of three judges denied the appeal for similar reasons. The company then took its request to the Supreme Court, where Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer also denied the request, stating it was not “indisputably clear” that the case met the requirements for an emergency injunction.

“TODAY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TRIED TO REINTERPRET THE FIRST AMENDMENT FROM FREEDOM TO PRACTICE YOUR RELIGION, TO A MORE NARROW FREEDOM TO WORSHIP." —RICK WARREN
The HHS mandate allows religious exemption if the organization meets the following criteria: (1) its primary purpose is to promote religious values; (2) it primarily employs persons of the same religion; (3) it primarily serves persons of the same religion; and (4) it is a nonprofit organization under specific sections of the Internal Revenue Code.

The underlying merits of the HHS mandate is not what’s at stake—that has yet to be determined. What’s at stake in this case is whether or not the government can force private business owners to act against their religious convictions.

If a privately owned company is paying for health care, should the federal government have a say in what is covered? There are three reasons why Christians and non-Christians alike should be concerned about the ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.

1. Let's define "religious." - The religious exemption proposed in the HHS mandate is so narrow that the vast majority of faith-based organizations—including Catholic hospitals, charities, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations—fail to meet the criteria. In a post for Libertyblog, Dan Smyth argues that in order to avoid a breach of our first amendment rights, we must adhere to what the Founders would have understood to be a “religious” organization... Read the rest of the article

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Book Review: Work Matters, Lessons from Scripture by R. Paul Stevens


Guest Post by Sandra Sims- From the time I awake to the sound of the alarm on my phone, my life seems to be centered not just around technology, but entertainment. There's the radio app on my phone, the constant temptations while at work, glued to my computer but with Facebook or YouTube just a click away. Furthermore, how many of our working hours, our job descriptions themselves, depend upon the desire for entertainment?
The life of the biblical writers was much different. It may go without saying that entertainment did not factor into the life of the common worker. Theirs was a life of working the ground for survival. Yet their stories can have such a great impact on our lives today—no matter whether we emulate them more literally in trades that require physical labor, or if we spend our time exerting ourselves in an office setting.
In the book Work Matters: lessons from scripture, R. Paul Stevens takes the reader on a journey throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, bringing to life the lessons from the many workers found in the Bible. In all, Stevens profiles more than twenty biblical accounts and portrays the very nature of their work as an expression of God's plan for the world. In this review, I will highlight just a few of the stories that I found most meaningful.
Naturally, Stevens begins with Adam and Eve. While much has been written about the command to have dominion over the Earth, in this book he looks deeper. Read the rest of the article here.

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At the Corner of Church and Work


Guest post by Larry Peabody - It’s time to create a new intersection. Back in 1974 when I wrote Secular Work is Full-Time Service (now published asServing Christ in the Workplace), I was not aware of any other books on the connection between faith and the workplace. Since then, however, literally thousands have become available. Just this year (2012), for example, quite a number of new books have appeared. To name just a few:
 Work MattersLessons from Scripture, by R. Paul Stevens.
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, by Tim Keller.
How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work, by Hugh Whelchel.

In addition to the books, marketplace conferences, theology-of-work seminars, and faith-at-work websites have multiplied. A few seminaries and graduate schools now offer courses on the biblical revelation concerning human work.
The basic biblical theology on human work has been explored quite thoroughly. God as Worker. Human beings as workers—because made in his likeness. Our responsibility to steward the Creation and our cultures. Calling recognized as not limited to those in "full-time Christian service.” The Kingdom-of-God perspective. The unbiblical and demeaning division between so-called "sacred work” and "secular work.” Work as a major arena for practicing the priesthood of all believers. And much more.
But in spite of all the good theology now available about our daily work, an important element is still missing. With some exceptions, these truths have barely penetrated the ministry agendas of the typical local church. InGod at Work, David W. Miller says that, "despite some exceptions, the evidence strongly suggests that the church in general seems uninterested in, unaware of, or unsure of how to help the laity integrate their faith identities and teachings with their workplace occupations, problems, and possibilities.”
A high percentage of those in most congregations spend their weeks in paid and unpaid work. Yet the truths of workplace theology have not become a part of their church DNA. The biblical revelation on work rarely shows up in sermons, classes, and small groups.
In his book, Letters to Pastors (also published in 2012), Kent Humphreys describes what he sees as the obstacles that build the "wall of misperception  and misunderstanding” that separates the "professional minister” and the "ordinary believer.” He lists 10 obstacles that stand in the way of pastors. And he offers another 13 that block the path of the "ordinary believer.” As a result of these obstacles, he contends that "a full eighty percent of ‘ordinary’ believers do not understand their calling as full-time ambassadors of Christ.”
A grasp of the biblical revelation about work is critical for God’s people if we are to carry out God’s agenda in the world today. So by means of this blog, I am asking you to describe what you believe it will take for that to happen. Specifically, if you’re not hearing much in your church about what the Bible says about ordinary work:
  • What barriers are blocking such teaching?
  • What steps need to be taken to incorporate the workplace vision into the regular life of the church?

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From Call2Business-  Please join us for the first ever international call2business Trade Fair in Chiang Mai, Thailand, April 27-30, 2013!

§  Are you looking for best in class marketplace businesses that can be duplicated or scaled?  
§  Are you interested in impacting emerging markets?
§  Are you interested in connecting with others with similar passions and callings in business?

Call2business has partnered with the BAM Think Tank to create two events which will bring together some of the leading organizations and people working in the global marketplace providing well established opportunities. I would like to personally invite you and members of your organization to attend or exhibit at this event. We are anticipating 300-400 attendees and 40 exhibits where you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to successful businesses from all over the world. Please see the invitation below or our event website.

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Forbes Magazine - Christian Investors Get Patient With Their Capital


By Rob Moll & Rudy Carrasco - Christian investment vehicles have always struggled. When the FaithShares ETF launched in December 2009, it was to significant press. The founders rang the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and the Christian and secular press covered their launch. The funds allowed retail investors to put money into stocks based on the recommendations of their denominations. Baptists could avoid liquor while Methodists could avoid gambling profits. However, 18 months after the high-profile launch, FaithShares went defunct.
Now a new movement is well underway that links Christian values and emerging investment opportunities. This time, it isn’t retail investors who are participating but the more affluent “qualified” investors. They’re taking a new approach to their money, patiently allowing firms the time required to obtain their objectives. They aren’t ringing bells to announcing these new opportunities, but slowly attracting wealthy Christian investors who want to earn solid returns, achieve social goods like providing jobs or clean water, while also seeing spiritual fruit. Read the rest of the article on Forbes

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Know God and Make Him Known… In Business. The new Business Discipleship Training School

Oswald Chambers was writing about discipleship when he said, “It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God – but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people.”

I often think of this quote when I think about our lives spent in the marketplace. The ‘marketplace’ has become a general term for the places where the vast majority of Christians spend the vast majority of their lives. There is a growing number of Christians who recognize that their primary sphere of influence for Christ is right where He has placed them, in their workplace or business. There is a growing movement of people that long to see God’s Kingdom transformation in and through the marketplace.

Transformation, however, begins with us; transformed people with a transformed understanding of God’s plans for the world and His purposes for business. The Business DTS is for those with a passion for marketplace transformation. The DTS will focus on personal growth and on serving God in business and through business.

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is one of the most established discipleship courses in the world. Over its 35 year history, hundreds of thousands of people have been through a Youth With a Mission (YWAM) DTS in over 200 locations around the world.

The first ever Business focused Discipleship Training School starts in January 2013 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Dates are January 19 to June 22, 2013 – 12 weeks of training, followed by 10 weeks of service in Thailand.

The Business DTS: a life changing discipleship and business training course. Know God and make Him known in business!

Register now or find out more at the Business DTS page: http://www.businessdts.org

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The Moral Mattress Kings of Denver


Article from Christianity Today - A "restful buying experience."
Few American consumers would ever think to describe mattress shopping this way. In fact, if you have been mattress shopping recently, restful is probably the last word that comes to mind.
"This is one of the sleaziest industries in the world," says business owner Ethan Rietema. "Customers are treated so poorly. Stores beat you up, trying to get as much money as they can, but they couldn't care less if you get the right bed."
Rietema and Steve Van Diest, both former campus ministers, are bringing rest—and integrity—back to a business largely devoid of it. Four years ago, a Christian entrepreneur invited the Colorado natives to begin deploying their relational abilities in strip malls rather than on college campuses. They now co-own three Urban Mattress stores in Denver and have franchised four more. And, they argue, their current work is just as important as their former ministry.
Neither Van Diest nor Rietema was searching for a business opportunity, and they certainly never envisioned a career in mattresses. They wondered how to live out their faith in a "secular" environment, and had pastor friends question the vibrancy of their faith when they made the leap.
But then they started learning about bed sales in the United States. On average, they learned, people spend one third of their lives asleep. They began to discover just how much a good mattress matters.
"I don't have to do mental gymnastics with the product I sell," Van Diest says. "It's not a frivolous item. It's not an image-conscious product. People come here after being worn down by horrible sleep, replete with aches and pain. If we can provide them with a small glimpse of grace for a third of their lives, that's kingdom work. That matters to God." Link to the rest of the article on Christianity Today

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Hobby Lobby Loses, Tyndale Wins Legal Round. Government says For Profit Corporations do not have a Right to Free Exercise of Religion.


The idea of seeing our Work as Worship is ultimately an idea that will be decided in Christian business leaders taking action or sitting on sidelines. Its a cultural decision and not a political football. 

That being said, the government took a step last week to limit Americans legal ability to have free exercise of religion in their own business. This issue is key to business leaders everywhere in the Work as Worship conversation. It's definitely not the first, but likely one of the defining dominos that could fall and erode the ability of a business owner to exercise their values in their company. Here's the report from the Christianity Today Blog: 

"A federal judge denied Hobby Lobby's request for an injunction against the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive mandate. They ruled that the arts-and-crafts company must cover emergency contraceptives in its insurance policies. 

U.S. district judge Joe Heaton rejected both First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) claims by Hobby Lobby and its well-known evangelical owners, the Green family. Heaton ruled that "secular, for-profit corporations do not have free exercise rights."

"The Greens do have such rights," Heaton's ruling stated, "but are unlikely to prevail as to their constitutional claims because the preventive care coverage regulations ... are neutral laws of general applicability which are rationally related to a legitimate governmental objective." 

The ruling stands in contrast to a D.C. circuit court's ruling in favor of Tyndale House Publishers just three days earlier. In that case, the courtgranted Tyndale a preliminary injunction and ruled that the Christian-owned publishing house has legal standing because "the beliefs of a closely-held corporation and its owners are inseparable, the corporation should be deemed the alter-ego of its owners for religious purposes."

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The Cutting Edge of Marketplace Ministries by Christianity Today


With all the twists and turns that led to his vocation, Chuck Proudfit might never have gotten there without the quest for more efficient toilet paper.
He was fresh out of college working for Procter & Gamble at the time. The company had scooped up the gifted entrepreneur after he graduated from Harvard. Proudfit had already launched a laser-printing business when he was a sophomore, selling it to Harvard upon graduation. Now he was on the fast track in the Cincinnati headquarters of Procter & Gamble. And one of his first jobs was to oversee a project whose objective was to fit fewer sheets on a toilet paper roll.
And then, he says, he had "a meltdown." Surely, he thought, there was more to life.
He pursued that "more" while he advanced in the business world over the next decade. That journey included running a large division of the Gallo wine empire on the West Coast, then returning to Ohio as a high-level manager for LensCrafters. All the while, he was reading voraciously about the major religions, searching for the truth.
He finally discovered it, he says, in Christ. Proudfit says he was eager to "apply my new faith to every area of my life, including my work." But when he looked to his church for guidance, he was stymied.
"The local church doesn't deal much with everyday realities for the working people in the pews," he laments. So, "more out of exasperation than inspiration," Proudfit founded the Cincinnati-based marketplace ministry At Work on Purpose (AWOP).
That AWOP formed independently of the church is common, says Princeton University scholar David W. Miller. Author of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement, Miller notes that most marketplace ministries "have formed outside the authority, involvement, or impetus of the church." What is uncommon is AWOP's holistic approach to integrating faith and work ... Read the rest of the article at Christianity Today.

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Work as Worship Track coming to Urbana this December


Whether on Main Street, Wall Street, or a market on another continent, business is changing the world. In an age of increasing urbanization, few parts of the world could flourish without goods and services fueled by business and economic growth. Unfortunately, in recent years we’ve seen ethical lapses and market failures that have wreaked havoc on communities at home and across the world. Public trust has been eroded and the imagination for what business can be has been seriously marred. But what if business were to be understood as a source of blessing and healing for the nations? What if business were recognized as a creative force, an ethical steward and partner, and a life-giving institution for the benefit of others?

The Business Changing the World track at Urbana 2012 will explore the idea of business as stewardship in both North America and internationally – enabling people to serve across cultures. Real world examples of businesses demonstrating value creation will act as a model for what business can and should be. From microenterprise to family-owned businesses to venture capital to large global corporations, this track is for anyone interested in exploring the role of business in Gods’ greater economy, bringing economic, social, and spiritual vitality to people around the world.

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Rick Warren: Work is Not God's Punishment for Man

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., kicked off a six-week sermon series on the topic of "Doing Business With God" over the weekend, and explained that, contrary to popular belief, Adam and Eve worked in the Garden of Eden and people will work in heaven as well.

"Some people actually think that work is punishment from God. It is not ... because there was work for Adam and Eve to do in paradise," said Warren. He continued, "The Fall, the cause of sin, actually just made work more difficult ... but work in and of itself is a blessing, and it's part of what it means to be a human being. Even in paradise, even in the Garden of Eden, God had work for people to do. You weren't put on this earth just to do nothing...God has a plan, a life mission, a life work for you to do."

The work that will be done in heaven, he says, will not be demanding or demeaning – there will be no more "bad bosses" or "unsolvable problems" – but working is something God "wired" into human beings and will continue into eternity. 
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Practical Ideas for Encouraging Others to Live Out Faith at Work


Who are you most inclined to share the Gospel message with? A stranger or someone with whom you have a relationship? What about your church members?  Are they more comfortable doing cold-call evangelism or talking about faith with co-workers they see every day in the cubicles around them.

Equipping people to live out their faith in the workplace is an important strategy for fulfilling the Great Commission. Click here for some practical things church leaders can do at the Faith and Work Center's Website at LeTourneau

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New Work as Worship Book by Tim Keller Coming Nov 13th


In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it? 



Tim Keller, pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Timesbestselling author of The Reason for God, has taught and counseled students, young professionals, and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than twenty years. Now he puts his insights into a book for readers everywhere, giving biblical perspectives on such pressing questions as:

• What is the purpose of work?

• How can I find meaning and serve customers in a cutthroat, bottom-line-oriented workplace?

• How can I use my skills in a vocation that has meaning and purpose?

• Can I stay true to my values and still advance in my field?

• How do I make the difficult choices that must be made in the course of a successful career?


With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest.

Coming November 13th. Order it here on Amazon

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