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In the News: “Doing God’s Work – At the Office”

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal featured an article called “Doing God’s Work – At the Office.” It examined the growing movement among Christians to see their work, yes, even their work in secular business, as an opportunity to serve God. 

Their mindset is captured by Dave Evans, co-founder of the videogame
giant Electronic Arts and a design professor at Stanford. Mr. Evans
talks more like a theologian than a former Apple engineer. He points out
that Genesis says that humans were created in the image of God, so all
of our work–not just church work–is holy. We are called to be
co-creators, with God, of a flourishing life on Earth. “It is really a
profound act of engaging the kingdom of God,” says Mr. Evans.

When he began work in the 1970s, integrating faith and business
amounted to little more than being ethical and trying to make converts.
Much has changed, he says, as a younger generation seeks to sanctify the
corporate world. “The glory of God,” Mr. Evans says, “is humans fully
alive. Work itself has value. It’s a huge countercultural behavior to
train yourself to value work for its own sake and to see it as a service
to God.”

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This weekend, 250 MBA students will gather to consider how they might honor God through their work. The conference is sponsored by Yale’s MBA Christian Fellowship. Though interest in living out one’s faith in the context of work is growing, this isn’t really a new idea. (Photo: David Miller speaking at Laity Lodge.)

The so-called faith-at-work movement has more than a century-long
presence in American business, says David Miller, a former finance
executive and now the director of Princeton University’s Faith at Work
Initiative. Mr. Miller, who helped start the conference when he advised
Yale’s MBA Christian fellowship, says that it attracts people from a
variety of religious traditions who are looking for meaning in what they
do. “The good life isn’t accumulation of things, but it’s what you do
with your gifts and talents,” he says. “People are asking these big
questions.”

If you find this conversation interesting, let me recommend that you visit TheHighCalling.org. This website, a sister ministry to Laity Lodge, where I work, seeks to help people live out their faith in every facet of life. I would also encourage you to check out David Miller’s Faith & Work Blog.



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Marcus Goodyear

posted February 12, 2011 at 10:57 am


Yay! It always warms my heart to see more and more people catching this vision. More than anyone, David Miller helped me understand some of the different ways people connect their faith and work.
I’m glad to see that he is connecting with us regularly through the Laity Leadership Institute.
We’ll be running a series about his work on TheHighCalling.org when we finish the 8 part series on D. Michael Lindsay’s research on “elite leaders.”



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Asturiano

posted February 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm


This is nothing new whatsoever. Martin Luther wrote extensively on Christian vocation almost 500 years ago. One famous quote: “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays—not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.” For more, go to the link or look at the many fine articles available on Lutheran and Vocation on the internet.



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Asturiano

posted February 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Johny

posted February 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm


I really appreciate this article. The Bible talks so much about work and working, yet we often think of work and Christianity as separate realms. Thank you for drawing attention to how our faith doesn’t just “happen” on Sunday.



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