The Work of Waiting for Work

By Kelli Sallman, reprinted from Made to Flourish. Record layoffs. Seclusion. Loss. In three weeks, Americans filed more than 30 million unemployment claims and more are coming. Shelter-in-place rules, age, illness, and the broad loss of livelihoods have stripped away roles and outlets for talents that help form self-identity and purposeful work. For many in our communities, the world has become a…

Showing Up – For Such a Time as This

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Much of the world is sharing the experience of “sheltering in place” to “flatten the curve” in the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us are dealing, simultaneously, with an unfamiliar cascade of emotions. Who would imagine looking to Harvard Business Review for guidance? So Scott Berinato’s recent HBR article was a surprising gift. “We feel the world has changed,…

COVID-19: Five Ways Your Church Can Respond

By Laura Haley, reprinted from The Chalmers Center. We’re all reeling from the changes the world has experienced almost overnight from the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to the very real dangers the disease itself poses, the upending of our economic, social, and educational systems is taking a toll on us all. Even church services have been forced to move online,…

“We Stay at Work for You, Please Stay at Home for Us”

By Emma Matheson, reprinted from Ethos Engage.Mail. The author is a registered nurse with emergency specialization. She is also in her final year of a Master of Ministry degree at Morling College and a resident church planter at Earlwood Baptist Church, Sydney. The world we now live in is a dramatically different place to what it was a month ago.…

Finding Our True Calling When Unemployed (and When Employed)

By Alan Stanley, excerpted from Workship. When my eldest two boys were young, they were given life-sized dolls of Bert and Ernie – from the television program Sesame Street – for Christmas. When opening their presents, what captivated them was not Bert and Ernie, but two small bags of balloons. Hmmm, what to get excited about, Bert and Ernie, or…

Seminary Spotlight: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

By Kenneth Barnes, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. These are exciting times at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the merger between Gordon Divinity School and Conwell School of Theology. The merger was the brainchild of Billy Graham, John Harold Ockenga and J. Howard Pew. The stated aim was to “establish within a strong evangelical framework, an independent,…