Workplace Theology, Ethics and Leadership
|First Residency Dates:||August 11 - 22, 2014|
|Campus:||Hamilton, Boston, Off-site|
|Primary Faculty Mentor:||Dr. David Gill and Dr. Al Erisman|
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Jesus calls us to an adventure in discipleship that is not just 2/1 (two hours, one day a week) - but 24/7. Jesus is Lord of our work and career, Lord of the marketplace - not just Lord of the church and the home. Jesus taught more about money, property, wealth, and leadership than he did about heaven, hell, or may other topics that draw our attention. And our world, our business, and our workplaces are desperately in need of the "salt" and "light" that only faithful, biblically-shaped disciples can bring. Are you read?
At least one-third of our lives is spent preparing for, looking for, or actually doing work (with another third for rest, and the final third for everything else). The Bible speaks from cover to cover about matters of money, work, property, business ethics, organizational leadership, and other workplace topics and concerns. Clearly, Christian faith is not merely or exclusively about correct doctrine, church, family, the afterlife and inner-life. Instead, Jesus Christ is also Lord of the workplace and the marketplace.
Sadly, however, it is a common refrain among Christians in the business and work environment that "My pastor doesn't have any idea what my work life is really like." Many workplace Christians report that in all their years of church attendance they have never heard a positive or helpful sentence about their nine-to-five lives. The secularized workplace itself proceeds with business-as-usual in the absence of much "salt" and "light" from Jesus and Scripture.
As a Doctor of Ministry participant, you will attend one (1) two-week intensive residency and four (4) one-week intensive residencies over three years. Residencies will mix diagnostic tools, case discussions, practical lectures, task force projects, and on-site consultations in a variety of workplace settings. You will also read widely in books and periodicals in both Christian and general market business literature and complete assignments that will contribute to your final thesis-project. A sample reading list for the first residency includes:
- Jim Collins. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't. (New York: HarperBusiness, 2001).
- David W. Gill. It's About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations. (Provo UT: Executive Excellence Publishing, 2008).
- Lee Hardy. The Fabric of this World: Inquiries into Calling, Career Choice, and the Design of Human Work. (Eerdmans, 1990).
- Marianne M. Jennings. The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies...Before It's Too Late. (St. Martin's Press, 2006).
- Scott B. Rae & Kenman L. Wong. Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2nd ed, 2004).
- Max L. Stackhouse, et al, eds. On Moral Business: Classical & Contemporary Resources for Ethics in Economic Life. (Eerdmans, 1995).
- Jeff Van Duzer. Why Business Matters to God (and What Still Needs to Be Fixed). (InterVarsity Press, 2010).
To order these books through Christian Book Distributors, go to: gcts.christianbook.com.
Here is how your studies will transform you and your ministry by fulfilling our general Doctor of Ministry goals in track-specific ways:
- To resource students through a biblically-grounded educational program taught by faculty who are committed to God's word and the application of principles of Scripture to the issues of contemporary culture.
- Right from the first residency, the faculty will focus on the theology and ethics of work and related topics and issues. What does the Word (logos) of God (theos) have to say about work, rest, calling, organizations, purpose, mission, vision, right and wrong, law, organizational ethics, customs, culture, character, stewardship, diligence and other foundational topics? How can these biblical insights be taken into today's workplace and marketplace in faithful, effective, constructive ways? How can pastors and churches better communicate these biblical insights to their workplace members and affirm the value of their daily work?
- The three primary drivers in today's workplace are finance, technology, and globalization. The mentors recognize that we cannot understand today's workplace without sustained attention to these topics. This cohort will visit New York City, from Wall Street to Harlem, to understand finance (and marketing) in real world context and with careful attention to biblical insights and values. The cohort will then travel to Seattle to understand technology (and entrepreneurship) and will tour companies, talk with leaders and intensively study Scripture and the professional literature. The cohort will also go to Honduras to see globalization up close and in context: large scale operations for outsourced labor as well as micro-enterprise development projects. These three week-long residencies will be a transformative educational experience that will give students a deep understanding of today's workplace, both its challenges and its opportunities.
- To form in students a sound foundation of theological and biblical inquiry in their professional doctoral program's specialized track that they are able to integrate into the life of Christian ministry.
- In the final residency, students and mentors will gather on the Hamilton campus to review the two-year study adventure and think forward to their unfolding ministry possibilities and challenges. Students and mentors will focus on leadership in both church and marketplace and explore how Jesus and Scripture guide their approach to serving and leading others.
- "(This track) provides the best program in the world to help us in this task. It is a well-designed and balanced program that includes all the issues needing to be addressed in the workplace. What is the meaning of work? How do we treat money and wealth?...What is the biblical perspective on these topics?" --James Chung, current DMin student
- To provide students with the skill sets and understandings in a specialized area of ministry to such an extent that they can impact their congregation or community more powerfully for God.
- Throughout the program, students will be integrating hands-on experiences in the workplaces with workplace ministry based on local congregations (New York City experience), the business school and business fellowship (Seattle experience), and the parachurch/mission/NGO (Honduras experience).
- "The workplace is a challenging context for ministry -- but it is imperative for the church to boldly close the Sunday-Monday divide. (This track) made me radically change my perspective on work, money, technology, and my personal role in ministry." --Kai Chan, current DMin student
- To create through the cohort model of the program a dimension of Christian community and spiritual nurturing so that students form strong friendships with one another and enter long-term relationships with the scholars who guide the learning experience.
- The heart of the program is six weeks of intensive residential study courses together as an unchanging cohort from start to finish. Students and mentors will meet from Monday to Friday, eating lunch and dinner together, working not just in the classroom, but also in the business district and workplaces of various kinds.
- The composition of the cohort of no more than 24 students is roughly evenly divided between D.Min. students and MAR students who bring significant business and professional experience to the cohort. This deliberate mixing of business-trained with theology-trained members in one cohort is a critical success factor of the program.
- On a monthly basis, there is a required online meeting. Not only will this provide instructional opportunity, but also will help cement the cohort together between residencies.
- "I have developed relationships and connections with my fellow classmates that are rich, enjoyable, and beneficial. It is amazing how quickly you will create bonds and friendships that center around your love of God and desire to serve in His Kingdom." --Joseph Griffin, current DMin student
- To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ's lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
- The purpose of the Workplace Theology, Ethics and Leadership track is to "equip the equippers." Over a three-year period, students will build a robust biblical understanding of the workplace. Students will learn how to preach the workplace lessons of Scripture and encourage and equip people for faithful discipleship in their work.
- "I hear of new initiatives in the faith and work movement every day. Most recently I learned of a network of 12,000 Christian business leaders in China. Men and women who want to stay abreast and join what God is doing in the workplace should consider (this) unique (track)." --Bill Peel, current DMin student
- To cultivate within students through critical reflection and careful research through the residencies and projects an enriched Christian witness in the places of society they are called to serve.
- Students and mentors will dig deeply and widely into Scripture, read the best in both Christian and general market business literature and interact with company executives as well as people working in the trenches.
- As in other D.Min. tracks, there are two individualized projects that will coincide roughly with the time periods allocated to the third and fifth residency weeks.
- To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.
- Mentors and students will take a very close, participatory look at some best practice examples of local congregations that are supporting workplace discipleship, business schools and fellowships that are integrating faith and work, and parachurch and mission agencies that bring biblical values and the Christian gospel to bear on the global marketplace.