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Faith@Work Summit: October 24-25, 2014

 

A renewed commitment to faith at work integration has emerged in the workplace and the church over the past decades. The literature on faith at work is booming, as are initiatives at seminaries, business schools, workplace ministries, and in traditional and new media. This appears to be the work of the Spirit, no one person or organization in the lead.

So where are we now?  And what still needs to be done?

On October 24 and 25, 2014, a seminary, a technology school, a business school, and a foundation join forces to convene a summit to address these two over-arching questions.

The purpose of the summit is to gather active leaders and participants in the faith at work movement to assess the state of the movement (achievements, needs, obstacles, opportunities, and resources) and together to develop an agenda going forward for individuals in the workplace, churches, marketplace ministries, seminaries and Bible schools, and universities and business schools.

This is a working conference, not a celebrity or performance-oriented event. All speakers, leaders, and organizers are donating their time and effort. We welcome and encourage every voice in attendance to help shape our understanding and our sense of agenda going forward.

Pre-Summit Research

In the months leading up to the October 2014 Summit, research will be underway.

  • Current opinions and practices in faith at work arenas
  • Recommendations of best resources (publications, websites, organizations) for faith at work activists and thinkers
  • Identification of networking/collaboration opportunities

Research findings will be shared at the summit.

Faith@Work Talks

Faith@Work talks focus on key topics by thinkers and practitioners on the front lines. A live discussion board throughout the day will enable conferees to post their suggestions, questions, and comments.

Workshops

Our workshop task is to identify:

  • Ongoing gaps, obstacles, and challenges in our arena
  • Best practices, opportunities, and strategies
  • Next steps in our arena
  • What our arena needs from other players in the movement
  • Next steps for each of us personally

Registrants will participate in the group that is closest to their primary arena of activity and calling (though most of us have interests and investments in more than one of these arenas).

Each of the five workshop arena groups will spend two hours:

  1. Orienting to the task and hearing brief examples of best practices in that arena
  2. Breaking into smaller affinity groups to get specific
  3. Reassembling to share and consolidate ideas

All five groups will meet back in one large plenary session to hear brief reports from each of the five groups and have an extended “open microphone” general discussion.

Summit Schedule

Click here for the summit schedule.

 

Post-Summit Follow Up

  • Summit findings will be shared as widely as possible among seminaries, Christian business schools, churches, marketplace fellowship groups and ministries, student groups, and interested individuals.
  • The conference co-chairs and workshop chairs will oversee the editing and publishing of summit materials and findings on line and (as financially feasible) in print.
  • Plenary “Faith@Work Talks” will be made widely available online.
  • We return with renewed purpose and a clarified agenda to make a difference where God has called us.

Summit Speakers and Leaders

Click here for a list of summit speakers and leaders.

 

Location

The Summit will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Boston’s Logan Airport, just a five minute free shuttle ride from airline gates. The Embassy Suites offers the same discount conference rates for two days before and after the Summit for interested registrants.  The room charge is the same whether one or two persons occupy the suite.  The discount rate for single/double suites is $179/night plus tax (including breakfast).  Click here to reserve a room.

For those wishing to visit Boston or surrounding areas the hotel is just two stops on the MTBA to Boston Common and also has a car rental agency next door. The Summit is scheduled at a time when New England fall colors and weather are often glorious.

Easy onsite parking for those residing locally.

Registration

The registration fee includes all meals and breaks.

February 1 to July 1: $145/person

After July 1: $175/person

Fifty $100 scholarships available to students first come, first served.

Space is limited to 270 registrants so don’t delay!

Register online today here.

Pioneer Recognition

  • R. G. LeTourneau
  • Tom Phillips
  • Wayne Alderson
  • Howard Butt
  • Pete Hammond

Summit Partners

  • Acton InstituteMockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University
  • Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University
  • Oikonomia Network at the Kern Family Foundation

Co-sponsors

  • Redeemer City to City & Center for Faith & Work
  • CBMC, Inc.
  • Marketplace Institute at Regent College
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's MBA Ministry
  • The High Calling at the H.E. Butt Foundation
  • The Gospel Coalition
  • Talbot School of Theology
  • Theology of Work Project
  • Workplace & Leadership Ministry Network

Summit Organizing Committee

  • David Gill, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Al Erisman, Seattle Pacific University
  • Bill Peel, LeTourneau University

Contact the Organizing Committee here.

Don't forget to Register Online Now!