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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. Participants gather over lunch to discuss books such as Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor and Amy Sherman’s Kingdom Calling and to consider work, vocation, and economics through eyes of faith.

Upcoming Groups

The Bethel Seminary San Diego community will host a Colloquy reading group during Spring Semester 2017. Participants in San Diego will include students from the theological and counseling programs. See application details below and join the conversation.

The Bethel Seminary St. Paul community will host a Colloquy reading group during Fall Semester 2017. Participants in St. Paul will include students from Bethel University’s MBA and MASL programs. More details will be posted this spring.  

Participation Requirements

Interested students must apply to participate. The Colloquy will read 4 books together and meet 8 times throughout the semester. The Spring 2017 group will meet at the Bethel Seminary San Diego campus on Friday afternoons for discussion over lunch. All books and meals are paid for by the Work with Purpose Initiative.

San Diego participants must attend all lunch meetings (noon-2:15 p.m.). Please note that only one excused absence is allowed during the semester: 

  • February 10
  • February 24
  • March 10
  • March 24
  • April 7
  • April 21
  • May 5
  • May 19

Stipend and Writing Assignment

At the end of the semester, 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 due in June. In December 2017, the papers from both the San Diego and St. Paul reading groups will be reviewed and the best paper will be awarded a prize and receive a public reading at a Work with Purpose event. Additionally, seminary participants will translate some of their reflections captured in the paper into a blog post, a brief white-paper, etc., to be shared with the Work with Purpose network. 

How to Apply

Apply online now for the Spring 201Colloquy in San Diego. Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 9 or until all seats are filled. Space is limited; students are encouraged to apply early.

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


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

Contact Tessa Pinkstaff (tessa-pinkstaff@bethel.edu, 651.638.6480) with questions about the St. Paul Colloquy program.