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This reading group brings motivated seminary students into lively conversation around a biblically and theologically sound vision of work, as well as the practical implications of this vision on our daily lives and on the life of the church. 

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 over breakfast or lunch for discussion 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.

Upcoming Groups

Our Spring Semester 2016 Colloquy reading group will be hosted at Bethel Seminary San Diego.

The Bethel Seminary St. Paul community will host a Colloquy reading group during Fall Semester 2016. Participants in St. Paul will include students from Bethel University’s MBA and Strategic Leadership (M.A.) programs.  See application details below and join the conversation.

Participation Requirements

Interested students can apply to participate. The colloquy will read 4 books together and meet 7 or 8 times throughout the semester. The Fall 2016 group will meet main Bethel University campus on Saturday mornings for discussion over breakfast. All books and meals are paid for by the initiative.

St. Paul participants are required to attend all breakfast meetings (8:30-10 a.m., except for the final meeting):

  • September 10
  • September 24
  • October 8
  • October 22
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3 (meeting time - 8:30-10:30 a.m.)

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 meetings, and writing an 8-page (2,400-word) paper. In December, 2016, the papers from both groups will be reviewed, 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-paper, etc. to be shared with the Work with Purpose network. 

MBA & MASL Students

At the end of each session, MBA and MASL participants will receive a $140 stipend. This is contingent upon reading all 4 books and attending all meetings (7 or 8 meetings, depending on term). 

How to Apply

Apply online now for the Fall 2016 Colloquy - applications due by Sunday June 26, 2016.

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

  • Campus Mail: Erin Rupe PO 7060 (the PO boxes in the Seminary Campus Center)
  • In Person: With Erin Rupe, office A212 in Faculty Hall
  • Email: Send PDF/scanned image of signed document to Erin, e-rupe@bethel.edu

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


Contact Adrienne Aguirre (adrienne-a-aguirre@bethel.edu, 619.325.5225) with questions about the San Diego Colloquy program.

Contact Erin Rupe (e-rupe@bethel.edu, 651.638.6480) with questions about the St. Paul program.