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.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Theology of Work
  • Unit 2: Workplace Ethics
  • Unit 3: Advocacy Ministry
  • Unit 4: Business as Mission
  • Unit 5: Bi-vocational Ministry

Required Reading
Baer MR 2012. Business as Mission: The Power of Business in the Kingdom of God. YWAM Publishing.
Bakke RJ 1997. A Theology as Big as the City. Downers Grove: IVP Academic.
BAM Think Tank 2013. A Dangerous Calling? The Challenge of Business as Mission in Hostile Environments. Issue Group Report. Business as Mission Global Think Tank.
________ Biblical Foundations for Business as Mission. Issue Group Report. Business as Mission Global Think Tank.
________ 2014. Business as Mission and Church Planting: Fruitful Practices for Establishing Faith Communities. Issue Group Report. Business as Mission Global Think Tank.
Baumer G, Cortines J 2016. God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School. Rose Publishing, Inc.
Benesh S 2011. View from the Urban Loft: Developing a Theological Framework for Understanding the City. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers.
Blackaby H, Blackaby R 2008. God in the Marketplace. Nashville: B&H Books.
Blue K 2006. Practical Justice: Living Off-Center in a Self-Centered World. Downers Grove: InterVasity Press.
Boone D 2014. The Way We Work: How Faith Makes a Difference on the Job. Kansas: Beacon Hill Press.
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Davis NJ, Robinson RV 2012. Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Duzer JV 2010. Why Business Matters to God. IVP Academic.
Elisha O 2011. Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches. In Anthropology of Christianity. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Erisman AM 2015. The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith, and Calling from the Life of Joseph. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers.
Erisman AM, Gill D, Peel WC 2016. Connecting Faith and Work in the 21st Century: A Faith@work Summit Study Guide. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers.
Everts D 2012. Go and Do: Becoming a Missional Christian. Downers Grove: InterVasity Press.
Fry LW, Nisiewicz MS 2013. Maximizing the Triple Bottom Line Through Spiritual Leadership. California: Stanford Business Books.
Garrett DT, Woodroof T 2014. Leaving a Legacy: Sustaining Family Unity, Faith, and Wealth. Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press.
Gloege TEW 2015. Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism. Vol. 1. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.
Gordon W, Perkins J 2013. Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development. Downers Grove: InterVasity Press.
Grudem W 2003. Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business. Crossway.
Hill A 2008. Just Business: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace. Downers Grove: IVP Academic.
Kunhiyop SW 2008. African Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids: Hippo Books (Zondervan).
Massingue X 2014. Theology of Work and Poverty Alleviation in Mozambique. Cumbria: Langham Monographs.
Witherington B 2011. Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor. Grand Rapids: Wm B Eerdmans.
Johnson NC 2009. Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice. Downers Grove: InterVasity Press.
Johnson NC, Rundle S, n.d. Distinctives and Challenges of Business as Mission. 2006:19–40.
Edward Veith GE 2002. God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life. Wheaton: Crossway.
Keller T 2012. Every Good Endeavour: Connecting Your Work to God’s Plan for the World. London: Hodder & Stoughton.
Keller T, Horton M, Ortlund DC 2016. Shaped by the Gospel: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Keller T, Strange D, Salguero G, Crouch A 2012. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
________ 2016. Loving the City: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Larson B 2016. Walking Through Walls: Connecting Faith and Work. Houston: Lucid Books.
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Lindsay, Michael D 2007. Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mackenzie A, Kirkland W. 2015. Where’s God on Monday? Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers.
Marshall R 2011. God@Work: Discovering the Anointing for Business. Shippensburg: Destiny Image.
McGilchrist D 2015. The Meaning of Work. Edited by Glenn McMahan, Jim Petersen, Tom Petersen, and Jerry White (3 rd ed.). Colorado Springs: Global Commerce Network.
William 2014. Matthew through Acts. In Theology of Work Bible Commentary (Vol 4). Peabody: Theology of Work Project.
Moreton B 2009. To Serve God and Wal-Mart. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Peabody L, Wallis A 2004. Serving Christ in the Workplace: Secular Work Is Full- Time Service. Fort Washington: CLC Ministries.
Peters RE 2007. Urban Ministry: An Introduction. Nashville: Abingdon Press.
Scott R, Wong KL 2012. Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics (3 rd ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Rundle S, Steffen TA 2011. Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions (2 nd ed.). Downers Grove: InterVasity Press.
Russell ML 2011. The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission. Birmingham: New Hope Publishers.
________ (ed.) 2012. Work as Worship: How the CEOs of Interstate Batteries, Hobby Lobby, PepsiCo, Tyson Foods and More Bring Meaning to Their Work. Boise: Russell Media.
Shaw M 2014. Work, Play, Love: A Visual Guide to Calling, Career and the Mission of God. Downers Grove: InterVasity Press.
Theology of Work-What Does the Bible Say About Faith and Work? n.d. Accessed 5 May 2017.
Traeger S, Gilbert GD 2014. The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs. Grand Rapid: Zondervan.
Tunehag M 2008. God Means Business: An Introduction to Business as Mission.
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Walker K, Marshall R 2011. God@Work (Vol 2): Developing Ministries in the Marketplace. Shippensburg: Destiny Image.
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William 2015. Romans through Revelation (Vol 5). Theology of Work Bible Commentary. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers.
Zeid A, Davis J 2014. Business Transformation: A Roadmap for Maximizing Organizational Insights. Hoboken: Wiley.