Growing Deeper, Broader, Stronger

Moving from [email protected] 101 to 201

The history of Western thought and civilization is dotted with men and women who challenged the heretical assumption that some types of work are holier than others in God’s eyes. Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Abraham Kuyper, and Dorothy Sayers, for example, called the church to recognize the sacredness of all work—be it law, science, business, the arts, education, agriculture, or child-rearing.

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While God used these individuals in their eras, and their echoes still bear witness to the truth, erroneous thinking about work continues to plague our culture.

A faulty theology of work, vocation, and mission is a significant contributor to the secularization of western society. —Prof. Paul Williams, Regent College

But change is in the wind. The Spirit of God is moving—causing the winds of change to gather strength.

Over the past few decades, more than a thousand workplace ministries have launched. Hundreds of books have been written on faith-work integration. More churches have seen the need to address faith at work. However, while all positive endeavors, these initiatives have been largely disconnected.

The First Summit

The need to assess the state and stage of what appeared to be a movement became evident—and also triggered questions. How could we cooperate with God’s propelling Spirit? How could we promote collaboration between organizations and individuals working restore a Biblical view of work?

In response, the first [email protected] Summit was held in October 2014, co-convened by the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University, and the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University. Over 275 leaders from diverse industry sectors met to encourage and learn from each other, surface common challenges, and strategize about workplace discipleship. One prominent leader named the Summit “the most important gathering to date in the faith-and-work movement.” 

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Why a Second Summit?

The [email protected] Movement is approaching a tipping point. God is blessing the efforts of businesspeople, churches, universities, and ministry organizations to spread a Biblical view of work and calling. Yet amidst encouraging progress, two significant challenges have emerged. First, today’s workers are in great need of materials and mentors to show them what it means to follow Christ in their specific work. Second, whole segments of society remain largely untouched by the truth that they can serve Christ in their daily work.

The 2016 [email protected] Summit will address these important issues, tapping the collective knowledge and collaborative spirit sparked at the first Summit. Four hundred leaders from church, academia, workplace ministries, and every business sector are expected to attend the 2016 Summit in Dallas, October 27-29.

Purpose

To gather active participants and leaders in the [email protected] Movement from every industry sector to learn from each other and work together to extend Christ’s transforming presence in workplaces around the world.

The 2016 Summit will focus on taking the movement deeper and broader, addressing three key questions:

  • How might we help people deepen their understanding of what it means to follow Christ in their specific kind of work?
  • How can we broaden the reach of the [email protected] Movement to new audiences that remain largely unaddressed?
  • How can workplace Christians and the church strengthen their commitment to work together to develop whole-life disciples?

Outcomes

New ideas, initiatives, and collaborative partnerships will emerge and propel the [email protected] Movement to the next level, furthering continued growth and impact.

Pioneer Tribute

We recognize that we stand on the shoulders of men and women who have gone before us. We will honor five [email protected] Pioneers, in keeping with the tradition begun at the first Summit.

Before the Summit

Resources: In the months leading up to the 2016 Summit, the organizing committee will work with speakers, sponsors, and breakout leaders to collect and compile resource summaries for each topic addressed at the Summit.

Landmark Research: We will commission the Barna Group to conduct research on the breadth and scope of the [email protected] Movement, to be released at the Summit.

Summit Postscript

We anticipate that breakout sessions will provide a rich source of information and resources. The conference co-chairs will work with breakout session leaders to create a repository of all group reports. Group participants will have the opportunity to add to the reports.

In addition, all plenary talks will be made freely available online.

We will develop a promotional strategy to share the Summit findings as widely as possible—to seminaries, Christian universities, churches, marketplace fellowship groups and ministries, student groups, and interested individuals.

View the 2016 Full Agenda

2014 Summit Organizing Committee

Bill Peel, Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University

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

Al Erisman, Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University

 

2016 Summit Organizing Committee

Bill Peel, Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University

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

Marcus Goodyear, The H.E. Butt Family Foundation

Al Erisman, Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University

Greg Forster, Oikonomia Network, Trinity International University

Mark Roberts, Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary

Eric Welch, National Faith & Work Association 

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