Christians working in business and industries across the globe say they often share this sense that there is a gap between their faith 和ir work. They manage offices, lead major corporations, create marketing materials, and start small businesses, but don’t encounter the message that doing business can be holy work.
这是通过桥接所述间隙 信仰 & Co.，一个广阔的举措在2018年通过SPU的推出 企业，政府和经济学院 和 中心商务诚信. Designed to help people inside and outside the business world integrate Christian faith into their work, 信仰 & Co. consists of an innovative online course series and a print study guide, both built around a series of original documentary films.
“在市场上所做的工作是神圣的工作，说：” kenman弘, professor of business ethics and 信仰 & Co. course instructor. “There doesn’t have to be a difference between business and ministry.”
The 信仰 & Co. curriculum takes participants to businesses around the globe, from a smartwatch manufacturer in Vietnam to I Have a Bean, a coffee roaster in Wheaton, Illinois, that employs ex-convicts.
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While the concept of vocational theology — faith-informed work — is not new, Wong said many people do not encounter it in daily life. 信仰 & Co. is at the forefront of a movement to make such conversations routine.
信仰 & Co.’s roots come from a seed planted during a 2013 retreat at Laity Lodge near San Antonio, Texas, where Seattle Pacific Provost Jeff Van Duzer, then dean of the School of 商业 and Economics, was a 主讲人。面包车Duzer，谁最近写 为什么商业事务相关的神 （IVP学术，2010），与一小群商人的重要作用，企业在神的计划对世界起着共享。
Ethics professor Wong came on board as film producer, content developer, and course instructor. SPU hired the award-winning Seattle-based film company, Untamed. Eric and Keri Stumberg, the primary funders, were joined by other donors. After 18 months of production — sourcing film subjects, filming, post-production, marketing and distribution, and aligning with best practices in educational methods and structures — 信仰 & Co. was born.
“For more than a decade, SBGE has been recognized as one of the leading developers of a ‘theology of business,’” said Van Duzer. “信仰 & Co. represents a quantum step forward in advancing God’s kingdom work through business.”
Since their premiere, the 信仰 & Co. films have been shown by universities and organizations across the nation, acting as catalysts for seminars and other events on the integration of faith and work.
“Unfortunately, much of the conversation about connecting faith and work in the business sector just scratches the surface,” said Amy Sherman, senior fellow at the Sagamore 在stitute for Policy 研究 and thought leader in the area of vocational theology. “信仰 & Co. is theologically richer, digging into the implications of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation for everyday business. This isn’t ‘Five Tips for Successful 商业.’ This is wisdom for the long haul.”
在 spring 2018, SBGE launched SPU’s first open online class, free of charge for anyone who wished to participate. Titled “信仰 & Co.: 商业 on Purpose” and facilitated by Wong, the self-paced, eight-week course allowed participants to draw connections between their faith and work through writing assignments, self-reflection in response to the films, readings, interviews with business leaders, dialogue with fellow students, and exercises to put lessons into practice.
The course incorporates the 信仰 & Co. films along with more than 70 other short, topical films in a graduate-level curriculum that explores biblical business principles. The stories in the films serve as real-world examples of course lessons.
The positive impact business can have on a community is illustrated by San Francisco company Dayspring Technologies. 在 a move many might see as a business-killer, the organization relocated from the downtown core to a low-income neighborhood where employees used their skills to help local businesses flourish.
The first time SPU hosted the course, 118 individuals from 13 countries across four continents participated. 在 January, the course ran a second time, with 280 registrants and two options: a free course open to all, and an option to take the course for credit, applicable toward a graduate business degree at Seattle Pacific.
信仰 & Co. harnesses the accessibility of the MOOC format, but takes course design and quality to the next level, Moe said. Rather than providing a predetermined pathway for all students to take, the content meets users where they are. Whether users complete the entire course, participate in part of the course, or simply watch the core films, their experience will still be informative and effective.
“These are free online classes, but the design is remarkably sophisticated,” said Moe. “This experiment in providing a multitude of educational on-ramps around a topic, while harnessing the expertise of an instructor who connects the source material to learner growth, is our future. Today, education must be multi-modal.”
The 信仰 & Co. study guide, available on Amazon, provides an instruction and discussion manual for the local church or any group, as well as exercises to help people implement lessons into their lives and careers.
Those involved with the 信仰 & Co. project are eager to see its impact spread. Production is underway for a second film series and course. With the theme “Redemptive Workplaces,” this series will focus on theologically informed practices that help employees flourish.
“Christians need to hear the message that work does matter,” said Padula, the strategy officer at Hill Country Memorial Hospital. “I’m grateful to be part of sharing this message. It’s such an underserved need in the church: acknowledging and honoring the gritty, day-to-day work people do for God.”