Author: The Green Room

Ever heard of a “green room”? It’s the room in a theater where actors and speakers can relax when they’re not on stage….talk to each other about what they really think, fix their makeup, get some coffee, and otherwise prepare for their next moment “on.” Well, this blog is the green room for the faith and work movement, where its leaders can kick off their shoes, grab a cup of coffee or a mug of tea, and talk heart-to-heart about where the movement’s come from, where it’s going, what’s working, and what’s not working. We hope you’ll join the conversation.

Seminary Spotlight: Western Seminary

By Adam Christian and Bert Downs, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. In this seminary spotlight, we highlight Western Seminary’s Center for Leadership Development. The CLD is a part of our institution specifically aimed at equipping men and women to thrive as Christians in their workplaces, whether they work in church ministry or elsewhere. A growing library of non-credit resources is available…

Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing

Part two of two. See part one here. Cleaning out my bookshelves, discarding and reorganizing, I came across Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, co-authored by Chris Horst and Peter Greer of Hope International, a mission organization addressing poverty trough microfinance. I had already written about entrepreneurship, and wanted to find what I had missed. I observed that I had missed a…

The Gift of Undivided Attention

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.  Giving someone or something our undivided attention is something that has become increasingly difficult in today’s cultural context where technology and social norms enable and allow us to do so many things at once. It almost feels inefficient to not be in a meeting, while replying to a work messaging notification and keeping abreast…

Stewarding Family and Work

By Phylicia Masonheimer, reprinted from Made to Flourish. “We’re pregnant!” I was 25 years old and working full-time for a university when I got the news. My husband and I were delighted! What could be more exciting? As we set up the nursery, folded tiny clothes, and signed up for birthing classes, I began conversations with my employer to move…

Celebrating Work Liturgically

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. The Book of Common Prayer offers this collect for Labor Day (BCP, p. 261): Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone,…

Review: Why Business Matters to God (And…)

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Jeff Van Duzer served as professor of business law and ethics, dean of the School of Business and Economics, and provost at Seattle Pacific University. SPU has one of the largest and most successful business schools of any Christian college or university. Few faculties have worked harder and more intentionally at pursuing a biblical Christian view of…

Developing Innate Gifts for Leadership

By Gary Hanson; the author invites your feedback at garyhanson71@gmail.com. It is an oft-debated question whether leadership is something one is born with, or something one acquires. Does a leader grow more by acquired skills from the challenges of work experience, or by natural endowments such as genetics, appearance and personality? Do leaders develop in isolation or did they have…

Seminary Spotlight: Moody Theological Seminary

By Sajan Mathews, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The Faith and Work Program at Moody Theological Seminary (MTS) is blessed by the encouragement and full support of the new vice president and dean of the seminary, Winfred Neely. Distinguished Speaker Lectureship on Faith and Work The pandemic has changed our method of hosting the Moody Distinguished Speaker Lectureship on Faith…

Gifted by God for Entrepreneurship

By David Williamson. Part one of two. See part two here. While based in economics and business, the word “entrepreneurship” has come to be applied to people doing innovative, risky work in other areas. Perhaps the second most frequent application of this term is “social entrepreneurship.” It is defined as “the activity of setting up a business, taking on financial…