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This reading group brings motivated seminary students into lively conversation with business and economics students from Bethel University’s MBA program and from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

The name of the colloquy reflects the fact that the average person will spend 100,000 hours of her or his life at work. Colloquy members think together about how to address these hours with biblical integrity and practical power. Gathering, at a series of Saturday breakfasts, around books such as Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor, Gene Edward Veith’s God at Work, and Amy Sherman’s Kingdom Calling, participants delve into work, vocation, and economics through eyes of faith.

Participation Requirements

Interested students can apply to participate in our next session - Spring semester 2015. The colloquy will read 4 books together and meet on 8 Saturdays for a 1.5-hour breakfast discussion. All books and breakfasts are paid for by the initiative.

All meetings will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. at Bethel Seminary on the following dates. Participants are required to attend all breakfast meetings.

  • January 31
  • February 14
  • February 28
  • March 14
  • March 28
  • April 11
  • April 25
  • May 9

Seminary Students - At the end of the session, seminary participants will receive a $400 stipend. This is contingent upon reading all 4 books, attending all breakfasts, and writing an 8-page (2,400-word) paper. At the end of the year, these papers will be judged, with the best awarded a prize and public reading at a Work with Purpose event. Additionally, seminary participants will translate some of their reflections captured in the paper into a blogpost, a brief white-page, etc. to be shared with the Work with Purpose network. 

Business & Economics Students - At the end of each session, business and economics participants will receive a $140 stipend. This is contingent upon reading all 4 books and attending all breakfasts (7 or 8 breakfasts, depending on term). 

How to Apply

Appy online by Sunday November 30, 2014.

Seminary students must also print and sign the Agreement and Release Form (pdf). Please submit the signed form in one of the following ways:

  • Bethel Campus Mail: Attn: Erin Rupe, PO Box 7060
  • In Person: Dr. Justin Irving's Office (Faculty Hall A211)
  • Fax: Attn: Erin Rupe, 651.638.6002
  • Email: Send PDF of signed document to Erin, e-rupe@bethel.edu

Space is limited, so students are encouraged to apply early.


Contact Erin with any questions about the Colloquy program.