What does it look like for the gospel to permeate every crevice of life -- including our work? Learning to live out our faith at work can be perplexing if we don’t have mentors and role models to teach, encourage and challenge us along the way.
This was a key point of discussion for more than 270 business, professional, church, and academic leaders at the inaugural Faith@Work Summit, hosted by The Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University, The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and The Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University in Boston on October 24-25, 2014.
Quick takeaways from the conference:
- The heavens declare the glory of God and so does our work. --Mark Roberts
- The gospel changes everything, including our work -- a important fact that Christians, the church, and the world need to know. --Katherine Leary Alsdorf
- If you want to know about work, read the Bible. --Will Messenger
- Our work has personal meaning as well as public meaning. --Greg Forster
- When we trust and equip the powerless, they will be productive. --Julius Walls
- Jesus died for whole created order. Everything is connected. Working together we can be a blessing rather than exploit the nations. --Tim Liu
- Technology is used by man throughout the Bible and, used constructively, it reflects the image of God. --John Dyer
- Mission control, instead of damage control, is a much better way to approach business ethics. --David Gill
- Salt comes before Light; if we want people to pay attention to our faith we must first pay attention to our work.--Bill Peel
- Translate the language of faith into the language of the workplace in order to disciple workplace followers of Christ. --Randy Kilgore
- Leadership in business is about falling in love with our people. --Cheryl Broetje.
- Innovation often comes when we're pressed against a wall. --Larry Ward
- To learn about faith at work, we need to study the Bible and ask how Christ would do our work. --Gloria Nelund
- The Faith @ Work movement is growing. Leaders need to collaborate and have an attitude of abundance. --Eric Welch
- A faulty theology of work, vocation and mission is a significant contributor to the secularization of western society.--Paul Williams
- The purpose of business is about more than making money. Business schools must return to the responsibility of shaping character. --Al Erisman .
- We must communicate better with Millennials if we want the Faith @ Work movement to be a trend and not a fad. --Mark Washington
- It’s not just the secular world that doesn't get the gospel; sometimes it's the religious folks. --Micheal Flaherty
- We all have common calling to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before our God. --Gina Casey
- Compassion has an economic component. To love our neighbor means we need to create great jobs.--Tom Nelson
- Move beyond your career and walk in your calling. We must be convinced we have something to share, and we have to earn the right to be heard. --Ray Hammond
- See work through the lens of avodah, a Hebrew concept translated in three ways in the Old Testament: to work (a job), to worship (God),and to serve (others). --David Miller
- The work we do to advance God's creation is a high spiritual calling. --Andy Mills
- Know and apply your mission, values and guiding principles to every part of your business. --John Beckett
- Leaders must understand what it means to walk in the shoes of those they lead. --Bill Pollard
[Photo: John Beckett, Chairman of R. W. Beckett and author of Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul, talks with Summit participants.]