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, seminars, and conferences. Watch our events calendar for what’s coming up next.
At the Seminary
The 100,000 Hours Colloquy student reading group brings motivated seminary students into lively and in depth conversation with one another around key concepts of faith, work, and economics. The group hosted in St. Paul also invites students from Bethel University’s MBA program to join the conversation. Interested students can register online.
The Work with Purpose team has launched its Student Idea Grant program, piloting it among Bethel Seminary students completing the seminary internship course sometime in 2016. This Idea Grant program invites students to develop leadership and resources in faith, work, and economics in order to advance a vision within a church setting for all work as ministry. Interested students are encouraged to learn more and apply.
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.
Development of course opportunities is ongoing. Curricular impact has already included a special full-semester course on theology of work and vocation, an internship readiness course for all Master's of Divinity and Master's in Ministry Practice students, and a vocational thread that has been added to the formation arc that student's interact with throughout their coursework. These classroom opportunities focus on students' own capacity and vision for faith-work integration, as well as their capacity to lead parishioners and others in light of this vision.
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.
- Colonial Church - Edina, MN
- Freshwater Community Church - St. Bonifacius, MN
- Lighthouse Christian Church - Rosemount, MN
- St. Luke's Church - Fairbault, MN
- Trinity Baptist Chruch - Maplewood, MN
- Westwood Community Church - Excelsior, MN
- Wooddale Church - Eden Prairie, MN
In 2016 we have partnered with the Made to Flourish pastor's network in order to invite pastors into friendly competition with peers in order to advance a vision for faith, work, and economics among greater Twin Cities churches. Learn more and register for this unique and fun opportunity.
We have partnered with Christianity Today International to create relevant and practical 6-week courses on faith-work integration. One of the courses explores the relationship between faith and work, while another specifically looks at calling and vocation. Development is currently underway for a course that explores faith and economics. These materials have been piloted in partner church in a seminar mode.