Quarterly Report, 2017 Q1
Recovering Addicts and Former Inmates Find Purpose in Work
“I just want to give you a quick shoutout and let you know how powerful the curriculum you wrote is and what an impact it’s having on the men. The Theology of Work curriculum helps connect the practical things the men are learning about job searching and resume writing with the hope of their newfound Christian faith.”
- Matthew Tatham, Teen Challenge Career Development Training
The Theology of Work Project is partnering with Teen Challenge to pilot curriculum that helps recovering addicts and former inmates understand how work fits into God’s story for their lives. The program couples Teen Challenge’s job curriculum with a Bible-based small group curriculum written especially for Teen Challenge by TOW Project. Lessons include Does God Care About My Work?; What’s a Calling?, Getting Past the Past When You Have a Record; Bosses, Good and Bad; Money; and Fights with Coworkers. The curriculum has already been implemented at two Teen Challenge centers and will soon be network wide.
TOW Bible Commentary Added to Bible Gateway Online Study Library
“We’re grateful to the Theology of Work Project both for producing this unique commentary and making it available on Bible Gateway.”
- Andy Rau, Senior Manager of Content for Bible Gateway
Bible Gateway, the world’s largest online Bible site, added the Theology of Work Bible Commentary to their online study library and Study Tools bar, making our commentary available to millions of readers. With the Study Tools bar, users can read the Bible passage they’re studying right alongside the TOW Commentary.
New for Churches: Small Group Studies and Sunday School Curriculum
Theology of Work Project pilots and publishes small group studies on essential work-related topics. We’ve started with two studies: Sabbath and Work, and Work Life Balance. Both are available at www.theologyofwork.org/small-group-studies for free.
In Spring 2017, we also partnered with the Center for Transformative Work to publish their curriculum God’s Story of Work for Kids at theologyofwork.org, free of charge. This partnership answers a prayer we’ve long expressed at TOW Project, to offer an engaging, biblically sound curriculum that helps children develop a godly understanding of work.
Q1: At a Glance
New Devotionals Available Right From Your Phone
Three new TOW Project devotionals are now available for free:
• End Boredom at Work
• Anxiety About Money
• Finding God in Unemployment
They can be done right from your phone with the YouVersion Bible App.
TOW Project's YouVersion plans were completed over 97,000 times in the first quarter of 2017.
Over 600,000 Website Readers in First Quarter
The TOW website served over 600,000 users in the first three months of 2017.
Reaching Out Locally & Internationally
- TOW Project Executive Editor Will Messenger and Steering Committee member Alistair Mackenzie travelled to New Zealand to speak with churches, young professionals and new pastors about how to integrate faith and work.
- Mark Roberts, TOW Steering Committee member and leader at Fuller’s DePree Center of Leadership, spoke about TOW Project at gatherings for the Evangelical Covenant Order, the Presbyterian Church (USA) annual conference, and Fuller alumni events.
- TOW staff and Steering Committee members presented at events hosted by InterVarsity’s MBA ministry, Asbury Theological Seminary, Westmont College, Seattle Pacific University, Nashville Institute for Faith and Work, New Canaan Society, Made to Flourish, Redeemer City to City, and the India City Advance Program.
Partnership with Oikonomia Network Helps Seminaries Integrate Faith & Work Into Curriculum
The Oikonomia Network (ON) is a community of theological educators and seminaries. Theology of Work Project was a featured sponsor at ON’s Karam Forum in March 2017, a 2-day gathering for ON members. In addition, TOW provides practical insights for integrating faith and work into seminary curriculum through ON’s monthly newsletter.
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