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Work with Purpose helps the church embrace an integrated, kingdom vision of work, vocation, economics, and whole-life discipleship. Here are some of the ways we serve pastors, students, workers, lay leaders, and congregants alike as they come to see work through the eyes of faith.

Resource Library

Work with Purpose has gathered a collection of print resources as well as video recordings of some of the brightest minds in the faith-work conversation. Past keynote speakers include:

  • Amy Sherman, author of Kingdom Calling and leading faith-work advocate
  • Ken Blanchard, management expert and author of the best-seller The One-Minute Manager
  • Andy Crouch, author, speaker, and former executive editor of Christianity Today
  • Christopher Brooks, radio host, author, and senior pastor of Detroit's Evangel Ministries
  • Steven Garber, scholar, consultant, and author of Visions of Vocation
  • Tom Nelson, pastor, president of Made to Flourish, and author of Work Matters

Check out our video and audio archive for recordings of these and other past events.

Church-Based Courses and Booklet

We have developed a series of practical, multi-week courses on topics related to faith-work integration. The courses are ideal for church-based education classes, small group studies, or even personal study. There are five courses for adults and one designed especially for youth. The material in each course combines personal reflection, biblical and theological exploration, and perspectives from Christians throughout church history. Plus, we've published a concise booklet that examines the biblical foundations, historical insights, and constructive proposals related to work and vocation. Learn more and purchase copies of these resourses.  

One-on-One Pastor Conversations

We offer personalized conversations to help pastors and ministry leaders consider ways in which to conceive, implement, and integrate whole‐life discipleship concepts of faith, work, vocation, and economics into their church community. To schedule a conversation and get started, contact:

Women in the Workforce 

As the faith-work movement grows, much of the dialogue excludes the unique experiences of women in professional marketplace and ministry roles. We seek to change that. Together, we want to help women consider how they are participating on God's redemptive story through work. 

Online Sessions

These hour-long sessions engage pastors and Bethel Seminary community in the Twin Cities and across the U.S. to consider the meaning of work and how vocation is tied to ministry no matter your occupation. Check out our video and audio archive recordings of past sessions.

Seminary Courses

Since the launch of Work with Purpose, dozens of courses at Bethel Seminary have incorporated teaching units, modules, lessons, and projects that increase students' capacity and vision for faith-work integration. In addition, Work with Purpose has contributed to the development of these whole courses as part of the Seminary curriculum:

  • Christian Social Ethics for the Workplace 
  • Ministry Models for Sustainable Community Development 
  • Theology of Leadership and Vocation
  • Work, Economics, and The Church: A Practical Theology