Churches are Helping People Connect Their Faith and Their Work

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In the past several years, there has been a growing awareness among pastors of the biblical foundations of integrating faith with work and the economy. Books like David Miller’s God at Work and Tom Nelson’s Work Matters have paved the way to help pastors think theologically about faith and work.

The natural next step of needed development will be pastors who begin to integrate these ideas into the local church in new, creative ways. At Made to Flourish, we have the privilege of hearing some of these integration stories. We wanted to further this conversation by allowing others to eavesdrop on what we are hearing from leading practitioners across the country who are working to integrate faith with work in their churches.

The following diagram illustrates the way we envision faith, work, and economic (FWE) integration in the local church. At the foundational level, we seek to serve pastors by encouraging the move toward personal wholeness. This is followed by teaching our pastors a robust FWE theology. Our hope is that these same pastors will prayerfully and imaginatively seek ways to integrate this theology into their respective congregations through four main “arteries”: pastoral practice, corporate worship, discipleship/spiritual formation, and outreach/missions.

To gather qualitative data on how pastors were actually integrating FWE theology into their respective congregations through these main “arteries,” Skye Jethani and I interviewed over a dozen pastors across the country.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Skye Jethani and Luke Bobo

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