Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 10

7-9 p.m. | Plenary 1 - Steven Garber
"Why Work Matters: For the Sake of God and the World" – "Vocation" and "calling" are big, theologically loaded words that we use about our everyday work. But what do they mean? Learn to see vocation more clearly through eyes of faith.

Session will also include a testimony.

Free admission.

Friday, October 11

7:45-8:15 a.m. | Registration and continental breakfast

8:15-8:30 a.m. | Welcome and overview

8:30 a.m
. | Testimony

8:45-9:30 a.m.
| Plenary 2 - William Messenger
"The Problem of Work: Why Our Faith and Work Lives Seem Disconnected, and Some Ways to Address the Challenge" – Work seems to be a big part of God's plan for us. Yet many find our work frustrating and unfulfilling. Learn how we can reconnect our work to God's purposes. 

9:30-10 a.m. | Interactive discussion

10-10:20 a.m. | Break

10:20-11:30 a.m. | Breakout sessions
Choose one of the following sessions to attend.

  • Theology Panel: Jeannine Brown, Paul Ferris, Kyle Roberts
  • Workplace Panel: Dan Addington, Theresa Bademan, Mary Pawlenty
  • Church Panel: Daniel Harrell, Joel Johnson, Amy Sherman

11:30 a.m.-noon | Break

noon-12:20 p.m. | Lunch and testimony

A box lunch and beverage is included in the cost of registration for non-Bethel community members. Bethel students, staff, and faculty have the option to purchase a $10 lunch when registering.

12:20-1:05 p.m.| Plenary 3 - Amy Sherman
Companies & Cities: How Discerning our Contexts Can Help Breathe New Life into our Work" – Consider how the organizational and social contexts of our work present tremendous opportunities to bless others when we steward not only our finances but also our gifts, positions, networks, and influence. 

1:05-1:35 p.m. | Interactive discussion

1:35-1:45 p.m. | Closing remarks

 2-3 p.m. | Q&A with Plenary Speakers
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