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The mission of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace is to explore and promote biblical Christian ethics, values, and insights for today’s workplaces — and to bring helpful insights and experiences from workplace laity to the church and its leadership. Through its programs and resources the Mockler Center is a bridge between Sunday and Monday, serving both seminary and university, academy and marketplace, church and workplace. Our programs and resources assist both workplace laity and their pastors.
At the Mockler Center we value work of all types and in all fields, whether compensated financially or volunteer, whether for-profit or non-profit, whether in large-scale corporations or sole proprietor businesses. We are interested in church and community-based entrepreneurship of new endeavors … and in salting and lighting older, established businesses. We care about individual workers and their callings and careers… about organizations and companies.. and about the larger economy. We want to heed the warnings of the apostles and prophets about workplace temptation and sin — but still more we want to light a candle with creative, redemptive positive ideas and not be content with “cursing the darkness.”
The Mockler Center pursues its mission and purpose primarily by means of two initiatives:
Dr. Ken Barnes is Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics and Director of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to embarking on a career in the academy, Ken spent more than twenty-five years as a senior international executive for several multi-billion dollar companies doing business on six continents. In addition to his corporate work, Ken has also worked with SME’s (Small and Medium-Size Enterprises) and start-ups and continues to serve as a company director and mentor to young executives.
Dr. Barnes holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theatre from the State University of New York, an M.A.T.S. from Gordon-Conwell, an M.Div. from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, M.Phil. from Kings College, University of London in Church History and Doctrine, and D.Min. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Chaplaincy and Apologetics.
He was also named a Fellow in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). The Society was founded in 1754, and was granted a Royal Charter in 1847. It obtained the right to use the term Royal in its name by King Edward VII in 1908. Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, John Diefenbaker, Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee are some of the notable past and present Fellows.
Dr. Barnes’ main areas of research and teaching are: The Intersections of Theology and Economics / Faith and Work; Christian Apologetics; Old Testament Hermeneutics; Reformed Theology; Reformation History; and Philosophy of Religion (especially the so-called “problem of evil” and the “ontological argument for the existence of God”). He has published numerous papers in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. His publication Spirituality and Business Ethics: Religious Perspectives on Business, Routledge Companion to Business Ethics, is due out this spring. Two forthcoming books include: God and Mammon: Wealth, Virtue and the Redemption of Post-Modern Capitalism, and Light From the Dreaming Spires: Reflections on Ministry to Gen Y.
Svatia Mueller is currently working with Dr. Barnes as Program Manager.
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