from the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University and The High Calling
|Labor Day Sunday in a Box
If you are looking for one download that includes everything, this is it. You don't have to register. You don't have to pay. Just take what you need to encourage the people in your church that their work matters to God. You'll find 6 different sets of sermon notes, 6 weeks of small group curriculum, a commissioning service, a list of suggested hymns and praise songs, prayers for people in the workplace, and bulletin inserts.
|6 Sermon Outlines on Faith & Work
Our hat’s are off to pastors! Ministry is tough work, and we hope to help you with this marvelous opportunity to touch a raw nerve of those bedraggled folks who shuffle into pews Sunday after Sunday, searching to make sense out of an unpredictable present and a frightful future. Stress in the workplace is real, and people need your help.
|6 Weeks of Small Group Bible Study
“Making Mondays Meaningful: 6 Ways to Glorify God and Serve Others Through Your Work” will help you close the gap between Sunday faith and Monday work. Small groups, classes, or individuals will explore the significance of work with respect to economics, ethics, relationships, evangelism, service to society, and the intrinsic value of work.
|Commissioning Service for Christians in the Workplace
Many churches host special services to commission people who serve God through the church. What about people who serve God through their professions outside of the church? We’ve adapted a commissioning service for elders and deacons into a set of questions that will empower the people of your church to view their daily work as a mission from God.
|Praise Song and Hymn Suggestions
Your church may love the old hymns accompanied by an organ or praise songs with a full rock band. Either way, we’ve compiled a list of 14 hymns and praise songs that will help people think about faith and work as they worship together through music.
|Prayers to Encourage People in Their Daily Work
Nothing we do as Christians is more powerful than prayer. That’s why Bill Peel of the Center for Faith & Work has helped us put together these prayers for the workplace based on Scripture. We encourage you to share these prayers with the people of your congregation—as a way to gather together in worship or as a tool for private study and meditation.
We have two options for bulletin inserts: for those planning to have a special faith and work service for Labor Day weekend, and for those planning to start a small group study about faith work. Either way, get the word out with one of these simple bulletin inserts. Help your church remember they walk into their place of work every day and enter the most strategic mission field of the 21st Century—the workplace.
The High Calling and the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University are not the only organizations helping Christians integrate their faith and work. Below is a list of additional resources and organizations that may be helpful to you.
|Faith and Work Annotated Book List
Over the past several decades, many publishers have released books designed to help leaders and pastors think through the integration of faith and work. We picked the best books on the topics of theology of work, calling and vocation, leadership, business and ethics, practical application, prayer, and engaging culture.
|Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University
In January 2011, LeTourneau University created the Center for Faith and Work to equip, connect and mobilize Christians to live out their faith in the workplace. Visit their website to learn more about their services to the workplace, church and campus.
|Free Downloadable Videos from The High Calling
Few mediums are as powerful and concise as video. On our Vimeo channel, you can download anything we have put there—from short films to short animations to interviews with business executives and pastors on the issue of faith and work. Most of the videos are also available for reuse under creative commons.
|Even More Videos to Stream from The High Calling
On our YouTube channel, we have even more videos available. If you see something there that you would like to download, just contact us and we’ll make it available. Everything on our YouTube channel is available for reuse under creative commons.
|On Call in Culture Check-in Team
Are you ready to encourage others to be On Call in Culture by sharing what God has you doing in your work, home or hobbies? Join the Check In Team and you will receive an email once a week with a reminder to Check In on facebook or twitter and share how you are responding to God’s call that day.
|Resources from Redeemer's Center for Faith and Work
Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work is the cultural renewal arm of the Redeemer movement in New York City, founded to equip, connect, and mobilize their church community in its professional and industry spheres toward gospel-centered transformation for the common good.
|The Theology of Work Project
The Theology of Work Project exists to develop and distribute materials about what the Bible and other resources of the Christian faith can contribute to non-church work, workers, and workplaces. At present their scholars and practitioners have many Biblical articles and Key Topic articles available.
|Help Us Spread the Word on Facebook!
Invite your Christian friends on Facebook to celebrate the gift of work with their church on Labor Day Sunday, September 2, 2012. Your church can take a stand on Labor Day Sunday--whether you simply lead a prayer during church that celebrates work or use all of the free resources to assemble a special commissioning service for Christians in the workplace.
Lately at The High Calling, we’ve noticed an increasing disconnect between the local church and career business people in the workplace. Too many of these believers simply stopped going to church.
Why? Working people often feel like they live dual lives—one at work and one outside of work. The church can help people bridge this gap between faith and work. “A majority of pastors say they want to help their members integrate faith and work,” says Bill Peel of the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University, but many of these pastors are already overwhelmed. In fact, less than half of churchgoing, employed Christians “strongly agree” that their church helps them live out faith at work.
That’s why The High Calling and the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University have partnered to create free resources to help churches—from downloadable videos to small group curriculum to sermon outlines and ongoing ministry support.
Your church can take a stand on Labor Day Sunday--whether you simply lead a prayer during church that celebrates work or use all of the free resources below to assemble a special commissioning service for Christians in the workplace.
Join this Facebook event and commit to helping your church integrate faith and work. Then, invite your Christian friends to celebrate the gift of work with their church on Labor Day weekend this September.
Make this Labor Day service count... Because God Cares about what happens on Monday.
We're almost ready! We have been working hard with The Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University to prepare all of our Labor Day Sunday materials for you to celebrate work with your church on September 2, 2012. Come back on August 15, 2012, to find these free resources.
In addition to the resources specifically designed for Labor Day weekend, we offer many more free resources to help people integrate their faith and work:
If you already have something planned for your church this Labor Day, no problem! These resources can be used anytime to help you and your church learn about how good work glorifies God.
Is there one of our streaming videos that you want to download? No problem! Just let us know and we’ll load it to our Vimeo channel where everything is available for free under a Creative Commons license.
To learn more, click through this slideshow from the webinar with Bill Peel and Marcus Goodyear. The first half explains the incredible need facing Christians and churches today, based on Bill Peel's research. The second half explains what we are doing together to help your church meet this need.
TheHighCalling.org seeks to create opportunities for Christian leaders to encounter God through new media tools for the transformation of daily life, work, and our world. Christian leaders are in all aspects and activities of daily life—including home, community, leisure, as well as occupation.
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