The Work with Purpose initiative exists to help the church come to an integrated, kingdom vision of work, vocation, and economics. We serve pastors, students, workers, lay leaders and congregants alike as they come to see work through eyes of faith.
WWP brings a broad slate of speakers to lunch presentations/discussions, public lectures, forums, and our annual conference. Watch our events calendar for what’s coming up next.
The 100,000 Hours Colloquy student reading group brings motivated seminary students into lively conversation with business and economics students from Bethel University’s MBA program and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Interested students can register online.
The Faculty Idea Grant program invites Bethel Seminary professors to develop classroom learning opportunities, ranging from class assignments to entire teaching units. These bring work, vocation, and economics into dialogue with the classical theological disciplines and contemporary leadership theory. Interested faculty are encouraged to learn more and apply.
Our church partners are faith communities in the Twin Cities area who are seeking biblical wisdom on work in an increasingly secular world. We readily confess that we learn as much as we teach when we get together with these communities. It is good—indeed, essential—for a seminary to listen carefully to those living on the “front lines” of ministry and life in our post-Christian world. Out of that learning, we are developing and giving back resources that will help many churches bring to their people a new, kingdom vision of work.
Bethel Seminary developed a special full-semester course on theology of work and vocation. The course was first offered Fall 2013 and is regularly offered as part of the seminary’s Christian Thought program. Through personal interaction with key texts and experienced local speakers, the course offers immersion in a unique combination of business and pastoral leadership wisdom.
Additionally the seminary has created and launched an internship readiness course for all Master's of Divinity and Master's in Ministry Practice students. Initially piloted in Spring 2014, the course includes a focus on a theology of calling and a personal process of vocational discernment that students will apply directly to their internships as well as to parishioners in the future.
Development is also currently underway to add a vocational thread to all Bethel Seminary coursework as part the seminary's commitment to providing holistic formative education.
We have partnered with Christianity Today International to create relevant 6-week courses on faith-work integration. Our first course introduced a number of reflections about the relationship between faith and work. Our second course will be specifically themed on calling and vocation. These materials are piloted in partner church in a seminar mode, with the launch of the second course anticipated in Spring 2015.