Will Messenger: Work, Calling & Discipleship at Upper House

Speaking event

Is this what I'm supposed to be doing? How do I live as a Christian at work? How does God view my work? Theology of Work Project's Executive Editor Will Messenger explored these questions at this event with Upper House and High Point Church, in Madison, WI.

How Does God View My Work?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm

On average we will all spend 100,000 hours of our lives at work, whether paid or unpaid. As Christians we are each called to serve in unique ways, but it is not always clear to us how the muddy realities of our day-to-day work relate to God’s larger plan for our work lives. Pressures, personalities, paychecks, prestige—are these barriers to God’s purpose in our work, or are they part of God’s purpose? What does vocational discernment look like for a Christian, and how can we discover it in the midst of work’s realities? Read more here.

Biblical Wisdom That Works at Work

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00-8:30 am

Can the Bible actually make my work—and/or workplace—better? Or, would following what it says get in the way? The Bible’s practical wisdom for workplace realities like conflict management, organizational learning, team dynamics, supplier and customer relationships may actually surprise you. Read more here.

Equipping People for Work: a Seminar for Church & Parachurch Leaders

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

What does it mean for pastors to equip people for ministry in all of life? Read more here.

Christians spend about 40 hours per week at work, and 4 hours per week at church or working on church-related matters. What does this mean for how we think about kingdom activity? How might this shape how churches and parachurch organizations equip their members for kingdom service in the workplace? And how can the Theology of Work Bible Commentary be an empowering resource in this endeavor?

Faithful service goes beyond workplace evangelism into the core activities of work: serving customers, investing in colleagues, creating good products, working with excellence, making a living, finding meaning, etc. You don’t have to create a special ministry or program to equip people for work. All you have to do is pay attention to work—alongside life’s other activities—in the things you already do every week, such as preaching, small groups, worship and music, and pastoral care. Resources from the Theology of Work Project and other marketplace ministries can make it easier than you might think to engage your congregation. Read more here about the Theology of Work Bible Commentary – what it is, who it is for, and how to use it.