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Pastors Gathering Dinner: Praying and Preaching as if Vocation Matters to God and the World

Date Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
FeaturingDr. Steven Garber, author of Visions of Vocation
Location Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Minneapolis
Instructions for GuestsGet driving directions to the Earle Brown Heritage Center. 
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SponsorsBethel Seminary's Work with Purpose initiative and Made to Flourish pastors network

Event Description

This is part of a series of gatherings designed to create an opportunity for pastors and ministry leaders to hear from one another as we seek to integrate themes of work, vocation, and economics into the life of our church communities. Each gathering focuses on a different topic and is facilitated by pastors who have especially considered how the topic shapes their approach to pastoring. Our topic at this gathering:

Praying and Preaching as if Vocation Matters to God and the World

Many Christians erroneously believe their role in worship is to make enough money to support the “real” ministry of the pulpit. But in truth, God has much more in mind for the everyday believer than simply contributing tithes and offerings. The work that happens outside the context of the church is actually fundamental to God’s mission for the world.

Join fellow pastors for dinner and an opportunity to hear Dr. Steven Garber, author of Visions of Vocation, describe a seamless integration between our vocational and our spiritual lives--a place “where heaven and earth meet.” Discover how to pray and preach about work to your congregation in ways that encourage them to see how much their profession matters to God. Be challenged to embrace the vision that all of life, including work, is meant to be holy.

Event Schedule

6:30 p.m. | Reception
7:00 p.m. | Welcome and dinner
7:30 p.m. | Presentation and discussion
8:30 p.m. | Event concludes

About Our Speaker

Dr. Steven Garber is the founder and principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations, and educational institutions, he is a teacher of many people in many places. The author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior and Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, Dr. Garber is also a contributor to the books Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog. He lives with his wife Meg in Virginia.


Contact us at work-with-purpose@bethel.edu or 651.638.6480.


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