Work and family are the two domains of life that are most important to most people. Church leaders must have a well-developed theology of work so that they can help their people view work as a means of serving God faithfully. There are several strands that we need to tie together in this course. Firstly, there is the theology of work, inculcating a more biblical perspective in which all Christians are called to work for the glory of God. Secondly, public theology and socio-political advocacy are domains of community life in which Christians needs to engage. Thirdly, there is the business as mission movement, a multidimensional perspective. Fourthly, there is the practical reality of bi-vocational ministry or tentmaking. Finally, undergirding all of these is the critical element of the values and ethics of being a Christian in the marketplace.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Articulate a holistic ‘theology of work’ that empowers Christians to view all honest work as faithful service to Christ (Keller 2012).
- Identify, evaluate, embrace, and communicate the gospel-centred values and ethics that should shape Christian conduct in the workplace.
- Assess how you and your church need to engage community issues through public theology and social advocacy.
- Determine how your ministry can embrace ‘business as mission’ to advance the kingdom of God.
- Appraise the value and challenges of bi-vocational ministry for your context.