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.
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 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.
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:
- Orienting to the task and hearing brief examples of best practices in that arena
- Breaking into smaller affinity groups to get specific
- 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.
Click here for the summit schedule.