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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

We will host a Colloquy reading group at Bethel Seminary San Diego during Spring Semester 2016 - application process opens mid-fall.

The Bethel Seminary St. Paul community will host a Colloquy reading group during Fall Semester 2016. Participants in St. Paul will include business and economics students from Bethel University’s MBA program. More information to come in Spring 2016.

Participation Requirements

Interested students can apply to participate. The colloquy will read 4 books together and meet 8 times throughout the semester, usually meeting Saturday mornings for breakfast discussions. All books and breakfasts are paid for by the initiative.

Participants are required to attend all breakfast meetings - meeting dates will be provided upfront with the application.

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-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 meetings (7 or 8 breakfasts, depending on term). 

How to Apply

You can apply online (right here from this site) as soon as the application process opens. Additional application instructions will be provided at that time.

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 any questions about the St. Paul program.