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

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 the next few days.  Enjoy! By David Spickard, Jobs For Life What is the basic mission of Jobs for Life and how did it come… Read more

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 the next few days.  Enjoy! By Jim Wehner, Focused Community Strategies Urban Ministries How did FCS come about? What is its mission? Focused Community Strategies… Read more

Why Christians should care that the Nobel prize in economics has gone to poverty and welfare researcher Angus Deaton   By Dr. P.J. Hill The announcement of Angus Deaton as the latest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics is welcome news for Christians who want a deeper understanding of the dramatic change in human well being for most of the world over the last two centuries. Deaton, a Princeton economist who focuses very carefully on a wide variety of… Read more

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 the next few days.  Enjoy! By Brian Jones of Innové Project How did Innové come about? What is its mission? The name Innové means “breaking new… Read more

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 the next few days.  Enjoy! By Rudy Carrasco of Partners Worldwide How did Partners Worldwide  come about? What is its mission? Partners Worldwide mobilizes… Read more

Yours was the baited hook that drew me close When I was wandering in an alien land, A stranger to myself–and yet you chose To cast the line, to catch my trembling hand; And through the twisting corridors of doubt You showed me that I always knew the way, That all was waiting while I stood without, The feast, the dance, the Spring, the Light, the Day.   And now the wound that pierced when first I clung Flows with… Read more

The founder of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, talks about leadership, the arts and what it means to put on plays that ask spiritual questions from a Christian perspective. This post was first published in Faith and Leadership. When Ron Reed was preparing to graduate from seminary at Regent College in Vancouver, he asked founding President James Houston whether he should pursue work as a pastor or as an actor. He had done both well. Regent was founded by Plymouth… Read more

That’s what a recent article in the New Republic had to say about our desire for meaningful work and the difficulties of finding it. After noting a diagram that has been floating around the Internet showing how purpose comes at the intersection of passion, mission, profession, and vocation, author Jonathan Malesic argues that there is a forbidden conversation topic in the peppier quarters of the internet: the profound disappointment that actually characterizes most people’s search for purpose. You may develop your talent,… Read more

By Terry Timm This spring I began serving as one of the Pittsburgh regional coordinators for Made to Flourish. While my co-conspirator, Jay Slocum and I have been involved in a variety of start-up activities, one of my deep joys is bringing together local church pastors around the table to share the Made to Flourish vision. Over the past month, we have had opportunity to gather groups of 15-20 church leaders for a meal and conversation and each time we… Read more

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