Tag: Dallas Summit

Looking Forward to the 2018 Faith at Work Summit: An Interview with Al Erisman

The purpose of the Faith@Work Summit is to gather active participants and leaders in the faith at work 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 2018 Faith at Work Summit, held in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare on October 11th-13th, is now open for registration! Early registration is…

Rethinking Urban Poverty: A Video from the 2016 Dallas Faith at Work Summit

The purpose of the Faith@Work Summit is to gather active participants and leaders in the faith at work 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 2018 Faith at Work Summit, held in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare on October 11th-13th, is now open for registration! Early registration is now available at $239 per ticket, so be sure to purchase soon. 

Chris Brooks and Evangel Ministries have been faithfully seeking to address issues of urban poverty in the city of Detroit since 1998. In this talk from the 2016 Dallas Faith@Work Summit, Brooks shares some of the insights they have gleaned in efforts to bring a holistic understanding of gospel and vocation to bring restorative waters to an “urban desert.”

Check out this 15-minute video to learn how Brooks envisions seeing occupations not merely as means toward a paycheck, but as a “vocation” that can be utilized to fulfill God’s command to love neighbors in need. Multi-generational poverty in communities is a real problem demanding multi-sectored, interdisciplinary solutions. Rather than pitting social justice against gospel concerns, Brooks lays out a vision where “solving social problems is not a violation of the gospel, but actually a fulfillment of it.”

 

The Servant from ServiceMaster: Al Erisman Tribute to Bill Pollard at 2016 Dallas Faith at Work Summit

The purpose of the Faith@Work Summit is to gather active participants and leaders in the faith at work 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 next Summit will be in Chicago on Oct. 11-13, 2018. Go to fwsummit.org to sign up for updates and to learn more about the Summit. Register for the Summit here!

William “Bill” Pollard joined ServiceMaster in 1977 and has served not once but twice as its chief executive officer. During his leadership of the company, ServiceMaster was recognized by Fortune magazine as the No.1 service company among the Fortune 500, and also was included in its list of most admired companies and achieved market leadership in each of its markets and substantial growth in shareholder value.

He is the author of several books including: The Soul of the Firm, The Heart of a Business Ethic and Serving Two Masters? Reflections on God and Profit. In April 2004, he received the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Business Ethics at Notre Dame.

Albert M. (Al) Erisman is the Executive in Residence and the past Director for the Center for Integrity in Business in the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He teaches business ethics and business and technology both at the undergraduate and the graduate level. He is also executive editor of Ethix magazine.  In April 2001, Dr. Erisman completed a 32 year career at The Boeing Company.

Vocational Faithfulness as Public Discipleship: A Video from the 2016 Faith at Work Dallas Summit

The purpose of the Faith@Work Summit is to gather active participants and leaders in the faith at work 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 next Summit will be in Chicago on Oct. 11-13, 2018. Go to fwsummit.org to sign up for updates and to learn more about the Summit. Register for the Summit here!

Vocational faithfulness is not only about individual character but also about applying a biblical-theological lens to the work of the institution in which one labors. (“Institution” here refers to the social sector in which the organization where one works is situated.) We are called to image-bearing in our vocational sectors, which involves practices of both personal discipleship (e.g., prayer, functional dependency on the Spirit) and public discipleship (in love, advancing justice and shalom for the common good).

The public expression of vocational image-bearing is at least threefold:

  • Cultivating within the vocational sector all its creational intent and possibilities; aligning it with what it “was meant to be” in God’s original design
  • Restoring the sector to righteousness (“set-right-ness”) where it has been corrupted
  • Imagining the work of this sector in “the age to come” and offering a foretaste of those future Kingdom realities now

REFLECT & RESPOND

1. Most vocational expressions of public discipleship have focused on white-collar professionals. In what ways can/do blue-collar workers bear Christ’s image for the common good?

2. One way of “going deeper” in vocational faithfulness is the progression from individual to institutional thinking. What other shifts or progressions mark a “2.0” understanding of “faithful presence” in various vocational sectors?

Dr. Amy L. Sherman, a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, was named by Christianity Today in 2012 as one of the 50 evangelical women most influencing the American church and culture. She’s the author of six books and over 80 articles in periodicals including First Things, The Public Interest, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture. Her most recent book is Kingdom Calling. You can read a reflection on her talk at TGR here.

Why Work, Indeed: Tribute to Dorothy Sayers from the 2016 Dallas Faith at Work Summit

Bronze statue of Dorothy L. Sayers, by John Doubleday. Located on Newland Street, Witham, England.

The purpose of the Faith@Work Summit is to gather active participants and leaders in the faith at work 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 next Summit will be in Chicago on Oct. 11-13, 2018. Go to fwsummit.org to sign up for updates and to learn more about the Summit.

Dorothy Sayers’ “Why Work” is often cited as a crucial faith and work movement text. Below, Mark Greene gives a moving tribute to Sayers’ life and writings at the 2016 meeting in Dallas.

P.S. Soon we hope to have a review of the book The Artist and the Trinity by Christine Fletcher on Sayers’ theology of work posted here at TGR!

 

Image: Wikipedia.

All Videos from the Boston and Dallas Faith at Work Summits Now Available on YouTube

The purpose of the Summit is to gather active participants and leaders in the Faith@Work Movement from every industry sector to learn from each other and work together to extend Christ’s transforming presence in workplaces around the world.  You can check the videos from past Summits out in one convenient place: here.  Search for a certain speaker or topic, or use the pre-arranged playlists to look at them divided up by Summit. Follow links there to the YouTube channels of Summit sponsors as well.

The next Summit will be in Chicago on Oct. 11-13, 2018. Go to fwsummit.org to sign up for updates and to learn more about the Summit. We’ve already featured a few past Summit talks on TGR by Will Messenger, Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Cheryl Broetje, Denise Daniels, and David Gill.

As the Chicago meeting draws closer we’ll be featuring more videos from past Summits here, and why not start with this tribute to faith and work pioneer Howard E. Butt, Jr., by Mark Roberts from Boston 2014?  Butt (1927-2016) contributed mightily to the founding of retreat center Laity Lodge and faith and work website The High Calling: you can read more about that here and read his obituary here. Enjoy Mark’s tribute.