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Colloquy ( KOLL-uh-kwee ) = Conversation

This reading group brings motivated students into lively conversation around a biblically and theologically sound vision of work. Students also explore 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 at least 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 meals to discuss books and to consider work, vocation, and economics through eyes of faith.

Upcoming Group

The Bethel Seminary St. Paul community will host a Colloquy reading group during Fall Semester 2017. Participants in St. Paul will include Seminary students as well as students from Bethel University’s MBA, MASL, and PA programs. See application details below and join the conversation.

Participation Requirements

Interested students must apply to participate. The Colloquy will read four books together and meet five times throughout the semester. The Fall 2017 group will meet at Bethel University (except for the final meeting) on Saturday mornings for discussion over breakfast. All books and meals are paid for by the Work with Purpose Initiative.

St. Paul participants must attend all breakfast meetings. Please note that only one excused absence is allowed during the semester.

  • Saturday, September 9, 8:00-9:30 am
  • Saturday, September 23, 8:00-9:30 am
  • Saturday, October 21, 8:00-10:30 am
  • Saturday, November 18, 8:00-10:30 am
  • Saturday, December 2, 8:00-10:30 am (off-campus)

Book List

Students will read the following books during the semester:


Participants must read all four books and attend all meetings. In addition, Seminary students must write a paper and complete a blog post (see below). Seminary students will receive a $400 stipend, and MBA, MASL, and PA students will receive a $140 stipend at the end of the semester.  

Writing Assignment (Seminary Students Only)

Seminary students must write and submit an 8-page (2,400-word) paper due in December. After the Colloquy is over, all papers will be reviewed and the best paper will be awarded a $500 prize. Additionally, Seminary participants will translate some of their reflections captured in the paper into a blog post that will be shared with the Work with Purpose network. 

Want to see what other Seminary students have written? Check out the Work with Purpose Initiative Blog to view posts from past participants. 

How to Apply

Apply online now for the Fall 201Colloquy in St. Paul. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, August 27 or until all seats are filled. Space is limited; students are encouraged to apply early.

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

  • Campus mail: Attn: Tessa Pinkstaff, PO Box 7060 (Seminary Building)
  • In person: Tessa Pinkstaff’s office (A207B in Faculty Hall)
  • Email: Send PDF of signed document to tessa-pinkstaff@bethel.edu


St. Paul Colloquy: Contact Tessa Pinkstaff at tessa-pinkstaff@bethel.edu or 651.638.6480. 

San Diego Colloquy: Send an email to work-with-purpose-bssd@bethel.edu