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Church-from-Scratch: Resources (4)

Friday, December 07, 2012

"If you could create it from scratch,” a reader wrote, "what would a church look like that fully embodied a proper theology of work and really empowered its members to be ministers in the workplace?” This is the fourth blog in a series responding to this question.

Leaders of a church-from-scratch don’t have to begin from scratch with the theology of work. A bumper crop of biblically sound resources on the subject is now available. Books by the thousands, videos, websites, magazine articles, and more. In this blog, I’ll include brief descriptions and links to just a tiny sampling of resources:


Videos:

In the "Sacred-Secular Divide,” Mark Greene of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity describes the "devastating impact” of split-level thinking among believers. (click)

Robert Murray, in this video clip, creatively unfolds the need to reconnect work, people, and church in line with God’s original plan. (click)

Why does your work matter to God? And why does God matter to your work? Tim Keller speaks to each of those questions in this 23-minute video. (click)

A pastor gets honest on camera concerning prayer for those in the workplace. (click)

Henry Blackaby calls for churches to equip those whom God sends into the work world. (click)

Books:

The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective by Paul Stevens. "My central concern in this book is to recover a truly biblical basis for the theological enterprise, especially as it relates to the ordinary person not only in the church but the world.” (click)

Integrity at Work: Finding Your Ethical Compass in a Post-Enron World, by Norman L. Geisler and Randy Douglass. In their Introduction, the authors say, "if we do not live by what is beyond us, then what is within us will be dragged down by what is below us. Business desperately needs an ethical compass.” (click)

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, by Timothy Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf. In the Foreword, Katherine Alsdorf recalls, "Most pastors were more concerned about helping us serve inside the church than about discipling and equipping us to serve in the world.” (click)

Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed), by Jeff Van Duzer. "I have found it useful to approach the biblical story by looking separately at creation, Fall, redemption and consummation. . . .In a world where there is a ‘meaning crisis’ in so many work places, hopefully this theological framework can be a valuable help.” (click)

Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, by Amy L. Sherman. "Congregants in our pews need to know that they should—and can—connect their workaday world and their faith. So often they feel that God is just a Sunday God. . . .This is a book primarily for pastors and ministry leaders.” (click)

Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work, by Larry Peabody. ". . .if you, as a Christian believer, are looking for a workplace mentor, you’d do well to consider Daniel. What he lived through qualifies him to serve as any working Christian’s coach.” (click)

Websites:

The Theology of Work Project: "Our mission is to bring together scholars and practitioners in a coalition aimed at building consensus around fundamental truths contained in a Theology of Work consistent with orthodox historical Christianity.” (click)

LeTourneau University's Center for Faith and Work. "We help Christians close the gap between Sunday worship and Monday work.” Video clips. Sermon outlines. Downloads. Books. Curriculum. Websites. (click)

The High Calling: "Everyday conversations about work, life, and God.” Provides free faith-and-work content for personal and small group study, for sermon outlines, and for daily reflection. (click)

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