March 27, 2021
In this first session at our biennial faith, work, and calling conference we discussed work through the lens of the biblical creation narrative, reflecting on our formation, fall, redemption, and consummation of the kingdom. Luke will help us to view ourselves as God’s image-bearers. Together we will consider—God’s mandate for us to work (Genesis 1-2); the ways sin breaks human relationships and distorts our relationship with work; why we need redemption to bring work and calling into perspective; and how God makes all things new in a new heaven and earth.
In this session, we took a journey on the ten myths of work, such as—work is a necessary evil; my work defines my worth; there is only one “right” career path for me; and if I’m serious about my faith, I need to consider doing global missions or pastoral ministry.
In our final session of the day, Luke and Wiley will lead a workshop about the two callings in our lives, discerning vocation, and compiling a wandering map to put the pieces of our calling together with what happens after college. Conference Speakers: Luke Bobo serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Made to Flourish. He brings rich experience to this meeting, having worked 15 years in the marketplace as an engineer before pursuing an M.Div. and Ph.D.. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Seminary and recently spent time as a professor of religious studies at Lindenwood University where he wrote curriculum for a workplace ministry. A visiting instructor of contemporary culture at Covenant Seminary, Luke is also the author of many books on faith and work. Paige Wiley serves as the Engagement Coordinator at Made to Flourish. A recent graduate of Kansas State University where she double majored in Communication Studies and International Studies, Page has a passion for teaching, training, and discipleship. In her work, she is excited to facilitate network member pastors to make real, lasting impacts on communities for the integration of faith, work, and economic wisdom.