Some Questions About Prayer from Ephesians 5:20

November 18, 2018By Mark D. RobertsArticle

Ephesians 5:20 reveals that, once filled with the Spirit, we should be “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This verse sparks several questions: 1) How can we give thanks “always”? That seems impossible. 2) Should we really thank God for “everything”? Really? 3) Does … Read More

Rhythms of Work: Fruitfulness

November 14, 2018By Susie LippsArticle

I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener… Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. – John 15:1, 4 On my drive through Sebastopol, the vineyards on … Read More

Practicing Yes: Taking Vocation Step by Step

November 12, 2018By Karley HatterArticle

June 2016: I sat in my cap and gown, sweating, with my teeth clenched. I was about to walk across the stage and receive my degree in business. I was incredibly hopeful, and my creative mind was running with all of the possibilities of the future. I was sitting in one of the most significant … Read More

What Can We Know About the “Leaders” in Ephesians 4:11?

November 5, 2018By Mark D. RobertsArticle

In the New Testament letter known as Ephesians, we find a short list of what might be called “leadership roles” in the church. The word “leadership” does not appear in this passage. Neither does the word “roles.” What we do read is this: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors … Read More

Rhythms of Work: Lessons from the Vineyard

October 31, 2018By Susie LippsArticle

This article is an introductory piece to a new regular series called “Rhythms of Work.” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to weep and a … Read More

Do I Have a Calling? Or Is This Just for Special Christians?

October 8, 2018By Mark D. RobertsArticle

Many Christians believe that only a few special Christians have callings. Ordained pastors, priests, and ministers have callings. So do missionaries. And perhaps people in obvious helping professions have callings, folks like doctors and nurses, perhaps teachers and youth workers. But most Christians, it seems, are just ordinary folk, people without a calling. Scripture tells … Read More

Myths of Vocation

August 21, 2018By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Recently, I had two separate conversations with friends who were in career crises. Each crisis was catalyzed by a sense of disillusionment with work—the feeling that the world had promised them something and was failing to make good on that promise. One friend, in her mid thirties, is in the midst of a corporate career … Read More

Work as Blessing, Work as Curse

July 17, 2018By Scott CormodeArticle

(Excerpted from “Making Spiritual Sense of Money”) If the first step toward making spiritual meaning about money is to provide a language for being honest with God and with each other about the financial pressures each of us feels, the second step is to make some sense of work. Most adults spend their days working. … Read More

Leadership Begins with Listening

July 17, 2018By Scott CormodeArticle

Leadership begins with listening.  But our fears take us the other way. They tell us that leadership is about having something to say, about having followers, about having control.  But our fears lie. Leadership begins with listening. Leadership begins with listening – listening to God.  The Christian life begins when we listen to the generous … Read More

Reconciliation, the Church, and Economic Justice

July 6, 2018By DPC EditorArticle

Originally published at Made to Flourish. These three phrases — reconciliation, economic wisdom, and the church — belong together. Why? Let’s begin with a definition of reconciliation. Brenda Salter McNeil’s book, Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice, helps us. McNeil, featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity … Read More

Please Remember My Name

June 5, 2018By Julia StewartArticle

I had the good fortune to work for a CEO who was an incredible leader. I count myself privileged to have worked for such an exceptional person. He had a vision for the direction of our organization and took timely, tangible steps to achieve that vision. My CEO understood the value of a strategic plan, … Read More

Mentoring

June 4, 2018By Walter C. Wright, Jr.Article

Max De Pree has been a defining mentor in my life. I first became aware of Max when I was a young administrator and he was Chairman of the Board at the institution where I worked. As I assumed leadership responsibilities, I was vulnerably aware of my lack of preparation. So I applied for a Kellogg … Read More

CaseCrown and its Giving Partnership

May 22, 2018By DPC EditorArticle

In the year 2000 the richest 10% of the world’s population owned 85% of global assets.* Today, more than one billion people live on less than $1 a day.* When I first heard these numbers, I felt compelled to do something. I felt that for-profit companies should share responsibility for changing these realities. During 2011, … Read More

Vocational Coherence and Constraints: Part Two

May 15, 2018By DPC EditorArticle

If all work is indeed God’s work, then it is a deep grace that even the work we do out of a place of pain, or insecurity, or constraint, is still work that he can use and redeem for good purposes. Learning to see the value in limitation and constraint has been especially helpful to … Read More

Vocational Coherence and Constraints: Part One

May 15, 2018By DPC EditorArticle

Vocation is a wonderfully broad and encompassing word. In contrast to how we normally think about calling, as something having to do with our career or professional work, instead I find tremendous grace and reassurance in the more biblical understanding of vocation that helps us see all work as God’s work. Etymologically, vocation comes from … Read More

The Image of God and the Entrepreneurial Vocation

May 9, 2018By Rob TribkenArticle

Originally written on September 17, 2013. It is hard to find a well articulated theology of work – especially work involving entrepreneurial and other commercial vocations. Shortly before his death in 2008, Catholic scholar William J. Toth wrote an extraordinary theological examination [1] of the entrepreneurial vocation that addresses this shortcoming. Toth uses Catholic social … Read More

The Season of Easter

April 10, 2018By Mark D. RobertsArticle

Happy Easter! No, Really! No, I haven’t got my days mixed up. Yes, I do mean to wish you “Happy Easter!” You may be done with Easter Sunday services and Easter egg hunts. You may have put away your fancy new Easter dress and your bunny decorations. But Easter isn’t over, at least not for … Read More

What is Entrepreneurship?

March 12, 2018By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Recently, I was chatting with a client of mine who was a few years into resurrecting an organization that had nearly fizzled out under previous leadership. When she assumed leadership of the nonprofit, it had run out of money, was unclear on its mission, and had major personnel problems. As we talked, she described to … Read More

How Does Ash Wednesday Relate to Our Work?

February 12, 2018By Mark D. RobertsArticle

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Gen. 3:19) To Dust We Will Return This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, one of the most important days in the Christian year. Millions … Read More

Beyond Sexual Harassment: Dignity

January 16, 2018By Mark D. RobertsArticle

Stories of sexual harassment continue to get top billing in the news. It seems that each day another prominent man—a leader in government, entertainment, business, news, or whatever—resigns or is fired or is in serious hot water owing to believable accusations of grossly inappropriate behavior in the workplace. Most of these accusations come from women … Read More

Jesus of Monday Mornings: A Meditation on Epiphany

January 5, 2018By Jerome BlancoArticle

The Christmas season is over. We’ve put away nativity scenes and unstrung our lights. That distinct festivity is no longer in the air. Another year has started, and while this can be an exciting occasion for many—time for resolutions and fresh starts—it can also feel like the great Monday morning of the year. Back to … Read More

What Does Advent Have to Do with Work?

December 5, 2017By Mark D. RobertsArticle

At first glance, Advent doesn’t seem to have anything to do with work. Advent, after all, is a special season in the Christian year, a time for people to prepare for the advent of Christ at Christmas. (The English word “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival.”) Advent is about … Read More

Ruth the Faithful: A Survival Story

November 29, 2017By Meggie AndersonArticle

As I was recently re-reading the book of Ruth, I found myself remembering similar stories I have encountered in my own life. I thought especially of my husband, who is a second-generation immigrant. His parents were ranchers in his home country. But the countryside had become unsafe, and economic instability meant that their work was … Read More

Thanksgiving and Work

November 20, 2017By Mark D. RobertsArticle

When you saw the title, “Thanksgiving and Work,” what was your first reaction? I expect some of you, seeing the title “Thanksgiving and Work,” felt wistful, perhaps even a bit peeved. You may not associate work with being thankful. Your job may be terribly demanding or tedious. Your boss may be a tyrant. You may … Read More

Truth in the Workplace: A Story of Resistance

October 16, 2017By Mark D. RobertsArticle

When I was the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church, a woman from my congregation – I’ll call her Rochelle – made an appointment to see me. When she entered my office, I could tell something was wrong. Normally quite joyful, Rochelle looked distressed. Sitting down, she got right to the point. “I have a … Read More

Let’s Change How We Ask About Calling

October 3, 2017By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

I hate icebreakers. Maybe it’s the introvert in me. Or maybe it’s because I’m Irish and my face heats up every time I’m put on the spot. Either way, I hate icebreakers. Four or five years ago, during one such icebreaker, I was paired up with a man and asked to talk about our jobs. … Read More

Failing Well, Not Fast

June 26, 2017By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Someone asked me once, “Why are you afraid to fail?” I remember wading through a bunch of half sentences until I admitted, “I don’t want to fail because I’m afraid of who that means I am. Basically, my identity is at stake.” Even though I know that my being is more important than my doing, … Read More

Addressing Entrepreneurial Anxiety

June 22, 2017By Church & MarketplaceArticle

1. Describe the anxiety that comes with your role as an entrepreneur. “Entrepreneurship is an uphill battle. It’s filled with roadblocks, pitfalls, and detours. Often times the pressure of validating an idea, building a quality project and service, and making sure I don’t lose sight of our core “why ” can become very overwhelming. If … Read More

Learning Agility

June 22, 2017By Scott CormodeArticle

The world will reward agility, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Every manager and entrepreneur recognizes this. But our educational system does not yet prepare people for agility. So managers and entrepreneurs will need to know how to prepare their people for agility. That process starts with understanding why today’s grads come to them without instincts for agility. … Read More

Was Jesus an Entrepreneur?

June 20, 2017By Mark D. RobertsArticle

I feel a little sheepish asking this question. I am not eager to join the club of writers who claim Jesus for their particular cause or agenda. You can find books that identify Jesus as a CEO, the world’s greatest therapist, an excellent manager, a revolutionary, a free-market capitalist, and, well, you name it. I … Read More

Zooming In and Zooming Out

June 17, 2017By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Together, my husband and I own a creative agency. Separately, I work as a practical theologian and he is a filmmaker. Like many of our colleagues and friends, we are busy “building” our careers. And while I admit to daydreams of snorkeling and sleeping until 10 a.m., our chosen trajectories are ones that require long … Read More

Women and Men Leading Together: A Biblical Study

March 1, 2017By Mark D. RobertsArticle

These days, we hear a lot about the need for more inclusive workplaces, especially when it comes to the participation of women in leadership roles. The reasons put forth for why we should include women in traditionally male roles vary. Some base this on basic human rights and equal justice. Others advocate allowing women to … Read More

Calling All Deborahs

March 1, 2017By Jo SaxtonArticle 2 Comments

Calling for Deborah: Investing and encouraging women leaders in the workplace It had been twenty years. Twenty years of Canaanite oppression Twenty years that had devastated Israelite communities; that left roads and highways abandoned (Judges 5:6). Twenty years that had broken God’s people Finally the Israelites cried out to God for help and one leader … Read More

Women at Work: a Round Table Conversation

February 27, 2017By Church & MarketplaceArticle

Michaela: What I would love to try to have here are the conversations that I feel like I’m having naturally with people everywhere right now. I feel like the most important work that I’m doing right now is not work I’m getting paid to do. The tricky part is that I can’t, nor do I … Read More

Theology and Practice: Empowering Women at Work

February 20, 2017By Church & MarketplaceArticle

Mark: We were asked by some really strong, competent women to have this conversation about women, work, and church and how we contribute to their flourishing. My first question is, when Meggie said, “Hey, would you participate in this conversation,” what did you think? Marcos: For me, I first think of my grandma who was a … Read More

Be the Bridge

November 7, 2016By Arielle EstoriaArticle

A note from the Church & Marketplace network staff: We encourage you to use this poem to practice the rhythm of action and reflection by yourself or in community with others–whether that is in a small group, or Sunday morning worship, or shared online with friends and colleagues. We hope this poem will be a creative … Read More

A Woman’s Work: Restoration Through Calling

November 7, 2016By Nada JonesArticle

It was the early 90’s and I was a 20 something trying to figure what to do with my life and how my chosen endeavor might make a difference in the world. I’m not sure the dilemma was exclusive to me as many of my peers were also Christians trying to figure out how their … Read More

Stewarding Power

November 1, 2016By Mark D. RobertsArticle

Several years ago, I helped design an academic study of Christians who held positions of significant leadership in the marketplace. My team and I joined forces with a major university to learn about the lifestyle, beliefs, and work of over seventy leaders. Much of what we discovered through our research was predictable. But one of … Read More