A renewed commitment to faith at work integration has emerged in the workplace and the church over the past decades. The literature on faith at work is booming, as are initiatives at seminaries, business schools, workplace ministries, and in traditional and new media. This appears to be the work of the Spirit, no one person or organization in the lead.

So where are we now?  And what still needs to be done?

On October 24 and 25, 2014, a seminary, a technology school, a business school, and a foundation join forces to convene a summit to address these two over-arching questions.

The purpose of the summit is to gather active leaders and participants in the faith at work movement to assess the state of the movement (achievements, needs, obstacles, opportunities, and resources) and together to develop an agenda going forward for individuals in the workplace, churches, marketplace ministries, seminaries and Bible schools, and universities and business schools.

This is a working conference, not a celebrity or performance-oriented event. All speakers, leaders, and organizers are donating their time and effort. We welcome and encourage every voice in attendance to help shape our understanding and our sense of agenda going forward.

**WAITING LIST: We have been overwhelmed and gratified by the response to this conference. Unfortunately we’ve run out of space—for now. We would love to add your name to a waiting list. We anticipate that some spots will open up, so please forward your name, email address and phone number to mockler@gcts.edu and someone will contact you as space becomes available.**

 

Pre-Summit Research

In the months leading up to the October 2014 Summit, research will be underway.

  • Current opinions and practices in faith at work arenas
  • Recommendations of best resources (publications, websites, organizations) for faith at work activists and thinkers
  • Identification of networking/collaboration opportunities

Research findings will be shared at the summit.

 

Faith@Work Talks

Faith@Work talks focus on key topics by thinkers and practitioners on the front lines. A live discussion board throughout the day will enable conferees to post their suggestions, questions, and comments.

 

Workshops

Our workshop task is to identify:

  • Ongoing gaps, obstacles, and challenges in our arena
  • Best practices, opportunities, and strategies
  • Next steps in our arena
  • What our arena needs from other players in the movement
  • Next steps for each of us personally

Registrants will participate in the group that is closest to their primary arena of activity and calling (though most of us have interests and investments in more than one of these arenas).

Each of the five workshop arena groups will spend two hours:

  1. Orienting to the task and hearing brief examples of best practices in that arena
  2. Breaking into smaller affinity groups to get specific
  3. Reassembling to share and consolidate ideas

All five groups will meet back in one large plenary session to hear brief reports from each of the five groups and have an extended “open microphone” general discussion.

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Summit Schedule

 

 

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Post-Summit Follow Up

  • Summit findings will be shared as widely as possible among seminaries, Christian business schools, churches, marketplace fellowship groups and ministries, student groups, and interested individuals.
  • The conference co-chairs and workshop chairs will oversee the editing and publishing of summit materials and findings on line and (as financially feasible) in print.
  • Plenary “Faith@Work Talks” will be made widely available online.
  • We return with renewed purpose and a clarified agenda to make a difference where God has called us.

Summit Speakers and Leaders

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Katherine Leary Alsdorf


Katherine-Leary-Alsdorf_squareFounder (2002) & Director Emeritus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Center for Faith & Work; previously twenty years in California and New York high tech as CEO of Pensare, One Touch Systems, Private Satellite Network;   co-author, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.

Cheryl Broetje


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Co-Founder, with husband Ralph, of the Broetje Orchards now with five million trees shipping apples under the “First Fruits” and other labels around the world; 1900 employees (1200 full time) are paid above minimum wage with benefits and opportunities to grow in responsibility and leadership. 

Gina Casey

Gina-Casey_squareSenior Pastor of Columbus Avenue AME Zion Church in Boston. Previously served fifteen years as Pastor of Fisher Chapel AME Zion Church in Phoenix and nine years at Intel Corporation in IT management, capital purchasing, and college recruiting. Currently writing DMin thesis on jazz and faith.

John Dyer

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Executive Director of Communications and Educational Technology for Dallas Theological Seminary and author of From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming & Corrupting Power of Technology; previously a web developer building tools for Apple, Microsoft, Harley Davidson, Department of Defense, and NPR Dallas.

Al Erisman

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Executive in Residence, Seattle Pacific University, School of Business & Economics; Co-founder & Executive Editor, Ethix Magazine; Board member, Theology of Work Project and KIROS business fellowship; former Director of Technology R&D and Inaugural Senior Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company.

Micheal Flaherty

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Co-Founder (2001) and President, Walden Media, a Production Company with over 30 films that entertain and educate, including “Amazing Grace” and “Chronicles of Narnia”; former curriculum designer, Boston Public Schools; writer for Wall Street Journal and Boston Business Journal.

Greg Forster

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Program Director, Oikonomia Network and Faith, Work, & Economics program of the Kern Family Foundation. author of six books and numerous articles in both academic and popular publications; Senior Fellow, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition.

David Gill

David-Gill_squareMockler-Phillips Prof. of Workplace Theology; Director, Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace, Gordon-Conwell Seminary; author It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations, Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles; veteran business ethics consultant www.ethixbiz.com 

Ray Hammond

Ray-Hammond_squarePhysician and founding pastor (1988), Bethel AME Church Boston; co- founder and chair of Ten Point Coalition to prevent violence and mobilize the Greater Boston community on behalf of at-risk youth; Trustee or Director, United Way, Catholic Charities, Boston Globe, Yawkey Foundation, Citizens Bank.

Randy Kilgore

Randy Kilgore is Senior Writer and Workplace Chaplain with Desired Haven Ministries (www.madetomatter.org).  After over two decades in business, mostly in senior human resource management positions, Randy returned to seminary (M.Div. Gordon-Conwell, 2000). Randy has released six volumes of workplace Bible studies and two books, including Made to Matter: Devotions for Working Christians (Discovery House Publishers: 2008). He is a monthly contributor to the devotional publication Our Daily Bread, and was one of the original founders of the Theology of Work Project, where he serves on both the Board of Directors and the Steering Committee. 

Tim Liu

Tim-Liu_squareBusiness director of a multi-national technology company in Singapore; President of the Graduates’ Christian Fellowship Singapore, Founder and Director of Marketplace Christian Network; Senior Associate for Marketplace Ministry at the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.

Will Messenger

Will-Messenger_squareExecutive Editor, Theology of Work Project; former Director, Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; member Board of Directors of ArQule biotech firm near Boston; formerly with IBM, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey; former Episcopal pastor.

David Miller

David-Miller_squareDirector, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative; Lecturer, Princeton University; President, Avodah Institute; formerly Executive Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture; author, God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement. Formerly with IBM, State Street, HSBC.

Andy Mills

Andy-Mills_squareFormer CEO and Board member, Thomson Financial and Professional Publishing unit of the Thomson Corporation; Board member, Verisk Analytics, The Kings College (NYC), Salvation Army (MA), Lexington Christian Academy, Camp-Of-The-Woods; Co-Chairman of the Theology of Work Project.

Tom Nelson

Tom-Nelson_squareSenior pastor, Christ Community Church, Leawood, Kansas; author Five Smooth Stones: Discovering the Path To Wholeness of Soul, Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church, and Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work; board member, Gospel Coalition and Trinity International University.

Gloria Nelund

Gloria-Nelund_squareCo-founder, Chair, & CEO, TriLinc Global social impact investment company; former CEO U.S. Private Wealth Management Division at Deutsche Bank, the world’s fifth largest financial institution; senior executive roles with Scudder Kemper Investments and Bank of America.

Bill Peel

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Twenty-five year veteran of the faith and Work movement; Founding Executive Director of the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University; award-winning author of seven books including Workplace Grace; former Director of the Paul Tournier Institute and co-author of the continuing medical-education course, The Saline Solution.

 

Bill Pollard

Bill-Pollard_squareChairman & CEO Emeritus, ServiceMaster Company; former VP, Wheaton College; author, The Soul of the Firm, Serving Two Masters?: Reflections on God and Profit, and The Heart of a Business Ethic; current or former Director, Herman Miller, Drucker Institute, Wheaton College, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Scott Rae

Scott-Rae_squareProfessor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics & Dean of the Faculty, Talbot School of Theology; author of 10 books in ethics including Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies and Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics; hospital ethics consultant; fellow of Wilberforce Forum.

Mark Roberts

Mark-Roberts_squareExecutive Director of Digital Media for The High Calling/H.E. Butt Foundation. Former Presbyterian parish pastor for 20 years and Fuller Seminary adjunct professor; Author of several books and primary writer of the Daily Reflections at www.thehighcalling.org encouraging the integration of faith with daily life and work.

John Terrill

John-Terrill_squareDirector, Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University; formerly national director for MBA and Professional Schools Ministries, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; Harvard Business School campus minister; Hay Group consultant on compensation and organization development; NationsBank real estate loans.

Eric Welch

Eric-Welch_squarePartnering Catalyst, Cru; National Facilitator of Ministry Networks, Mission America Coalition (US Lausanne Committee); facilitator and catalyst, Workplace & Leadership Ministry Network (workplace, marketplace, leadership ministries); formerly in R&D, Innovation Strategy, & Knowledge Management with Boston Scientific.

Lee Truax

Lee-Truax_squareCEO and President of CBMC, Inc. Previously twenty years as Senior Business Development executive with NetFRAME, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and AMD. Also twenty years as NFL Gillette Stadium Technician & Game Day Operations Support Stats Crew for Patriots.

Leigh Anne Walker

Leigh-Anne-Walker_square_V2Program Chair of the Business School at The King's College (New York City) and adjunct professor at the NYU Stern School of Business; former senior executive in the financial services industry including JPMorgan Chase (division CEO and CFO), Citigroup, American Express, and Bell Laboratories.

Julius Walls Jr

Julius-Walls_squarePastor, Metropolitan AME Zion Church (Yonkers, NY) and President, Greater Centennial Community Development Corp; former CEO, Greyston Bakery, a $7 million social enterprise, and VP for a $23 million chocolate manufacturing company; adjunct professor NYU Stern; author, Mission, Inc.

Larry Ward

Larry-Ward_squarePastor, Abundant Life Church (Cambridge MA) for twenty years; trainer for National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Financial Education Associates (financial literacy and homeownership); Entrepreneurship course instructor for Gordon-Conwell Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME).

Mark Washington

Mark_Washington_squareNational Coordinator, MBA Ministry, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; former campus staff for nine years at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; former microenterprise entrepreneur and teenage gang counselor.

Paul Williams

Paul-Williams_squarePaul Williams (BA, MA, MSc (Oxford), MCS (Regent College)) is Executive Director of the Marketplace Institute and David J. Brown Family Chair of Marketplace Theology & Leadership at Regent College (Vancouver BC). Prior to Regent he worked for major international corporations and government agencies, most recently DTZ Holdings as Chief Economist and Head of International Research.  His clients have included JP Morgan, MetLife, Pirelli, Prudential, GE Capital, the Government of Estonia, and the Spanish Social Security Agency. He has written numerous articles on Christian faith and the marketplace. 

 

 

Location

The Summit will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Boston’s Logan Airport, just a five minute free shuttle ride from airline gates. The Embassy Suites offers the same discount conference rates for two days before and after the Summit for interested registrants.  The room charge is the same whether one or two persons occupy the suite.  

**We have now sold out of rooms reserved at $179/night at the Embassy Suites Hotel. You can still reserve a room (single or double) at $229/night until September 8th. After September 8th the price will go up.** Email carla.chauca@hilton.com for the discounted rate. 

For those wishing to visit Boston or surrounding areas the hotel is just two stops on the MTBA to Boston Common and also has a car rental agency next door. The Summit is scheduled at a time when New England fall colors and weather are often glorious.

Easy onsite parking for those residing locally.

 

 

Registration

The registration fee includes all meals and breaks.

February 1 to September 8: $145/person

After September 8: $175/person

Fifty $100 scholarships available to students first come, first served.

**WAITING LIST: We have been overwhelmed and gratified by the response to this conference. Unfortunately we’ve run out of space—for now. We would love to add your name to a waiting list. We anticipate that some spots will open up, so please forward your name, email address and phone number to mockler@gcts.edu and someone will contact you as space becomes available.**

 

Pioneer Recognition

 

 

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Industrialist and prolific inventor (nearly 300 patents); LeTourneau machines built America’s highway infrastructure and supplied 70 percent of the earthmoving equipment used during World War II; founder of LeTourneau University (TX); served both CBMC and Gideons as President; widely known as "God's businessman.”  Tribute from Bill Peel 

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Former CEO and Chairman of Raytheon Corporation, with whom he served more than fifty years; co-founder, Ethics & Compliance Officers Association; Board member, Gordon College, SRA International, Digital Equipment, John Hancock, Knight-Ridder, State Street, Massachusetts Gen; First Tuesday Business Leader Breakfast Host, Marketplace Ministry Network, Theology of Work Project. Tribute from Andy Mills

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Founder, Value of the Person Seminars; former Vice President, Pittron Steel; Labor’s Man of the Year in Pennsylvania (the only management person so honored); Purple Heart, Bronze Star, World War II; author, Theory R Management; subject of the biography, Stronger Than Steel, and film "Miracle at Pittron” which inspired many in the faith at work movement. Tribute from Al Erisman 

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Vice chairman, H. E. Butt Grocery Company; President, H. E. Butt Foundation, Laity Renewal Foundation, & Laity Lodge Foundation. Radio voice of “High Calling of Our Daily Work”;  Author of At The Edge of Hope: Christian Laity in Paradox, The Velvet Covered Brick: Christian Leadership in an Age of Rebellion, and other works.  Board member, Christianity Today, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Tribute from Mark Roberts.

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff and leader for 41 years; pioneer of IVCF marketplace ministry; worked as a farmer, carpenter, coach, teacher, rodeo cowboy, adjunct seminary prof; creative developer of Word in Life Study Bible; co-author, Marketplace Annotated Bibliography; catalyst/founder, Mockler. Tribute from John Terrill

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Summit Partners

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Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Founded in 1994 to honor the legacy of “Level Five” Gillette CEO Colman Mockler, the Mockler Center organizes events and study programs on and off campus, for seminarians, alumni, church and marketplace. Sign up for the free monthly Mockler Memo --- more than a newsletter. Check out one-of-a-kind WTEL study program. www.mockler.org

Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University

Founded to champion R.G. LeTourneau’s faith@work legacy, the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University inspires and arms Christians to live out their faith at work through engaging workshops, extensive online resources and curriculum, and exceptional co-curricular campus learning experiences. www.centerforfaithandwork.com

Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University

Drawing on the best of theological and management scholarship and practice, the Center for Integrity in Business creates tools, resources, and learning communities that enable businesspeople to lead with integrity and to shape a more just and flourishing world. www.spu.edu/cib

Oikonomia Network at the Kern Family Foundation

The Oikonomia Network is a community of theological educators and evangelical seminaries equipping pastors to connect biblical wisdom, sound theology and good stewardship to work and the economy. www.oikonomianetwork.org

 

Co-sponsors

Acton Institute

Acton Institute is an educational organization exploring the foundation of faith, work, and economics with the goal of human flourishing. Acton resources include a new film series/docu-drama For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles, video-based curriculum Our Great Exchange, the Abraham Kuyper Translation Project, and annual Acton University.  www.acton.org

C12 Group in Southern New England

The C12 Group of Southern New England is a roundtable of Christian business owners and CEOs who are serious about growth in their business, their family and their faith. The C12 Group is a national network of local member groups comprised of Christian business owners and CEOs who are committed to applying Biblical principles to their plans and operations through a proprietary C12 curriculum and the facilitation of a full-time Managing Area chair.

Redeemer City to City & Center for Faith & Work

(Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC)

The CFW represents Redeemer’s foundational commitment to seek the flourishing of the City.  With a balance of robust theology and real-life practice, CFW seeks to equip, connect, and mobilize Christians to engage the City and specifically their work with the renewing power of the gospel to change individuals, communities, and the world. www.faithandwork.org

CBMC, Inc.

CBMC, Inc. is a marketplace ministry committed to those in the business world who have a desire to become intentionally engaged as Ambassadors for Christ. Today CBMC, Inc. is in over 250 cities across the United States and in more than 80 foreign countries. Stop by our booth to learn more or visit us at: marketplaceambassador.com 

Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation

Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation (PLF) equips, connects and mobilizes gospel-minded leaders from all sectors to steward their vocations and fully integrate their faith into their work, moving theory into practical application for the social, spiritual and economic renewal of the city. Transformed Leaders, Thriving Organizations, Flourishing City. www.plf.org

Patheos Faith & Work Channel

The official faith & work channel of the religion blogsite patheos.com.  Come join the conversation: Explore workplace challenges, social structures that impact our work, and how it all looks through eyes of faith. Engage with Steve Garber, the Theology of Work Project, The High Calling, The Acton Institute, and many others. Biblical, practical, theological. http://www.patheos.com/Faith-and-Work

Marketplace Chaplains International

Serving the workplace since 1984, Marketplace Ministries through its four operating entities, Marketplace Chaplains USA, Railroad Chaplains, Marketplace Chaplains International and Senior Living Chaplains, provides the unconditional Love, Care and Compassion of Christ to employees, patients, residents and family members. Over 3,000 professionally trained and experienced male, female and ethnically diverse Marketplace Chaplains make more than 13,000 worksite/community visits each month in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.K., Korea and China. www.mchapusa.com

Marketplace Institute at Regent College

Our mission is to equip the church to live out the gospel in every aspect of life and at all levels of society. Using Regent’s integrative approach to theological education we provide web-resources, events and ReFrame – a new video-based discipleship course connecting faith with everyday lifewww.marketplace.regent-college.edu

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's MBA Ministry

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's MBA Ministry aspires to develop communities of high impact leaders with competence and character who transform their schools, their business communities, and our world at large to flourish in the name of Jesus Christ. www.mbaministry.org and www.bibconference.org will tell you more of our story.

The High Calling at the H.E. Butt Foundation

Since 1933 the H. E. Butt Foundation has helped lay people discover their vocation as God's ministers in every part of life, especially their work, through retreats and programs at Laity Lodge and through Foundations for Laity Renewal. The High Calling through multiple digital platforms, resources and communities, contributes to this effort. Visit www.thehighcalling.org.

The Gospel Coalition

GC is a fellowship of evangelical churches that believes the good news of Christ is not only for individual forgiveness, but also for the renewal of the whole creation. Through our faith and work initiative, Every Square Inch, we seek to equip people to think out the implications of the gospel in their vocations. www.thegospelcoalition.org

Talbot School of Theology

Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, is a non-demoninational seminary committed to preparing students to impact the world for Christ.  We desire to see future pastors help the people to whom they minister to meaningfully connect their faith and their life in the workplace. 

Theology of Work Project

The Theology of Work Project is an independent, international organization researching, writing, and distributing materials with a biblical perspective on non-church workplaces. The Project’s primary mission is to produce resources for workplace disciples, pastors, and scholars on every book of the Bible plus major topics in today’s workplaces. www.theologyofwork.org

Workplace & Leadership Ministry Network

The mission of the WLMN, a fellowship of marketplace, workplace, and leadership ministries, is to work together (1) to equip and engage leaders in Gospel-powered personal and societal transformation, (2) to build trusting, collaborative  relationships, (3) to serve and encourage growth of Faith & Work movements, and (4) to promote awareness of strategic opportunities for Spirit-led whole city impact.

Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

This mission of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics is to educate and inspire Christians to embrace a Biblical understanding of work and economics. Our vision is a free society characterized by greater creativity and increased human flourishing. http://tifwe.org/

 

Summit Organizing Committee

David Gill, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Al Erisman, Seattle Pacific University

Bill Peel, LeTourneau University

Contact the Organizing Committee here.

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