Year 1 – Biblical Foundations for Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation
October 2-11, 2017
What does the Bible really teach about faith, work, economics, and vocation? The goal of this year will be for students to gain in-depth, integrative knowledge of biblical teaching on these topics. They will do this, in part, by reading every biblical passage relevant to work, economics, and vocation, with seasoned input from the Theology of Work Bible commentary as well as other contemporary writers on these topics. Essential themes in the cohort’s conversation will include: creation, fall, redemption, reconciliation/consummation, incarnation, justice, Sabbath, shalom, and the sacred/secular divide. Marketplace leaders whose work and life is shaped by Scripture will enrich the class dialogue, providing models of whole life integration. Cohort members will create biblically informed resources to serve the people they lead in their churches or parachurch organizations.
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Year 2 – Theological Reflections on Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation
Instructors: Matthew Kaemingk with Mark Roberts
October 1-10, 2018
Building upon the biblical foundation from the first year, in the second year cohort members will explore various theological reflections on faith, work, economics, and vocation. They will engage with classic thinkers on these topics (such as Ignatius, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, and Kuyper) as well as recent theologians (such as Volf, Cosden, Garber, and Theology of Work writers). The point of this engagement is to encourage cohort members to think critically and creatively about the biblical foundation they received in the first year. They will be challenged to consider what biblical faithfulness means in the lives of disciples and churches in the 21st century. Once again, conversations with marketplace leaders will add perspective as well as down-to-earth examples of embodied theology.
Year 3 – Ecclesial Expressions of Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation
September 30-9, 2019
The third year will feature an investigation of how the church has expressed and is now expressing its understanding of faith, work, economics, and vocation. Readings will look back to church history as well as examine what the church is doing throughout the world today. The best of popular theological writings on work and vocation will help cohort members with the task of integrating their learning into their own work. Additionally, the cohort will consider the nature of the church and its mission as a way of evaluating and envisioning how the church can make a kingdom difference in matters of work and economics. Church visits and practitioner guests will tie class conversations to what’s happening in the church today. Cohort members will wrestle together with the question of how the church can faithfully embody in today’s world the biblical truths studied in the first year and honed in the second year, so as to contribute to God’s own work in the world.