From the archives: Good fruit, thorny endeavor

One of the great joys of serving The Kern Family Foundation as a regional director is gathering together with other Kern Pastors to wrestle with profound questions of life, ministry, and how the local church can be an agent of cultural change through the integration of faith, work, and economics. This past summer, we had the opportunity to do just that, meeting every other week over breakfast to discuss Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work— a brilliant and clear-headed discussion of how faith and work intersect. [Read more…]

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VIDEO: How Faithful Churches Create Flourishing Communities

Here’s an inspiring talk on a vision for churches and their communities delivered by Charlie Self at an Oikonomia Network event on June 19, 2015.  For more, check out http://www.oikonomianetwork.org. [Read more…]

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Are you a functional atheist?

By Mike Coyner Last week during our Learning Forum for active UM bishops, I heard one of our presenters say, “Many of us in the church are functional atheists.” That statement got my attention, and I hope it gets your attention. He further explained: It is easy for us in the church (especially in church [Read More…]

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Chasing problems is a key to social innovation

Innovation begins with carefully listening to a community and defining the problems it’s facing. Then social innovators act, learning from failure and building on success, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. This post  was first published in Faith & Leadership. What fuels the minds of people pursuing innovations to make [Read More…]

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From the archives: Working on gratitude

One simple way to help people integrate faith, work, and economics is through gratitude. You do not need to wait until you have read three or four books on the subject, preached a sermon series, or attended the latest conference on these themes. You can begin by simply taking a moment to stop and consider what you are thankful for. Thankfulness often shows honor and respect for work performed. [Read more…]

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Changing one congregation: Jobs for Life

Last year the Patheos Faith and Work Channel contacted leaders of some prominent community development and entrepreneurial organizations to talk about their attempts to transform communities through the growth of new businesses and attention to the dignity of work. The interviews were very popular and we’re going to be running some of them here again over [Read More…]

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