If you want to learn the connection between your work/career and your faith, vocational stewardship, how to share your faith appropriately in the workplace, how to deal with ethical workplace dilemmas in a God honoring way, or want to explore how to be strategic in making a difference for good, for God, in the world around you, then these modules may be for you.
Learn core concepts for engaging the workplace and culture as change agents for Christ. This part of our training focuses on developing a biblical worldview, or Kingdom perspective, as it relates to the role of a Christian in the marketplace and as a positive difference maker in society. A Kingdom perspective must include a theology of work, which should inform our character and drive for competence.
Change Leadership Discussions are 90-minute sessions at which main ideas from the module are presented. The group frequently breaks into interactive small groups, often with guest leaders, to further explore concepts, implications, and applications for daily work life. Minimal reading is required beforehand (5-10 pages per week.) These discussions are held in an informal, home setting, and are almost always preceded with supper with the guest leader. Module sessions are typically on Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Participants discuss the topic and how/if it applies to daily life. A one page reflection journal entry is due about every two weeks.
Because this track is module-based, and offered in a program cycle (12 months), participants can jump into the training at any time. These modules may be the only formal biblically based career and leadership development training a trainee may receive, as secular universities do not offer comparative and most churches don’t either. It’s a unique opportunity to shape perspectives before getting firmly engrained in one’s career and subsequent lifestyle choices.
Christian Marketplace Ethics. Trainees should understand: 1) the three divine characteristics that have a direct bearing on ethical decision-making: holiness, justice and love; 2) the false exits for ethical decision-making, which are Dual Morality, Law and Agency; 3) nuances and implications of honesty & deception, concealment & disclosure; 4) practical tools for handling dilemmas in the workplace or classroom concerning sexual issues, employee issues, customer interactions and a general ethical dilemma decision-making tool. The story of Daniel is used as a case study.
Prayer Foundations. Gain an understanding of the importance of prayer in sharing about Jesus with others and the role it can play in transforming culture on a community and city level. Learn simple principles for an effective prayer initiative and get out of your comfort zone via a prayer walk.
Sharing Christ at Work. Learn how to take sharing about Jesus out of the religious box and weave it into your life at work in appropriate, timely ways. Practical principles are reinforced through in-session role playing.
Theology of Work and Calling. Calling: Trainees should understand: 1) Primary Calling 2) Secondary Calling; 3) Be equipped to discover their individual secondary calling and grasp a better understanding of themselves. Theology of Work: To develop an understanding and foundation of key principles from the bible on God’s viewpoint on work as opposed to the world’s view of work. Gaining an understanding God’s perspective on work and calling has proven to be liberating and encouraging for many of our trainees.
Mechanics of Change: Becoming a Transformation Catalyst. Learn how to give back and make a difference strategically. Those taking this module will gain an understanding of: cultural/societal Transformation Basics; Why God directs us to be involved in transformation; Spiritual Traps, Authority & Spiritual Warfare associated with transformation; The importance of Problem Solvers & Networks; Micro Cultural Transformation: Community Transformation and development; Transformation Metrics and Indicators; 10 Transformation Strategies; and Macro Cultural Transformation principles. Local and national-level content experts will be joining in on the sessions throughout the module.
Seven Mountain Transformation. Trainees will gain an understanding of the seven different cultural spheres or mountains of influence (Arts & Entertainment, Business, Education, Government, Media, Family, and Religion) and how strategies are integrated across the spheres to catalyze cultural and societal change at micro and macro levels. We will be “drilling down” into the different spheres, with the help of guest leaders from most of those spheres. They will be equipped to identify indicators of cultural and social change initiatives happening around them.
Transformation Projects & Cases. Historic and contemporary case studies (some via movies) will be reviewed to highlight the principles from Modules 5 and 6. A compare contrast will be conducted to reveal how the principles can be used in cultural for redeemed and unredeemed purposes.