About

The mission of the Mockler Center is to explore and promote biblical 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 serving seminary and university, academy and marketplace, church and society.

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 three initiatives:

1. Seminars & Conferences:

From two hours to a week in length, the Center’s seminars and conferences bring together international thought-leaders and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines to explore what the Bible has to say about business ethics, health and well-being, civics, economics, education, law, and social justice. These events are meant to be intellectually stimulating, spiritually refreshing, and immanently practical.

2. Seminary Courses & Programs:

Semester length or intensive, group or individualized, we offer accredited courses in workplace theology, business and professional ethics, leadership, economic justice, Christian apologetics, and other topics consistent with our re-defined mission and the expertise of our Fellows. We will also be developing online “Master Classes” on a wide variety of issues relating to faith and ethics in the public square, including those devoted particularly to the unique role of pastors as “ambassadors” of the gospel in society. Perhaps the cornerstone academic offering is the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) track in Workplace Theology and Ethical Leadership, co-taught by Australian scholar and researcher, Dr. Lindsay McMillan. This unique program focuses on the technical, biblical/theological, moral/ethical, and pastoral issues associated with the future of work, the future of finance, and the future of globalization. In partnership with our personal and professional contacts at Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, The House of Lords, the Church of England, Melbourne Business School and others, the program is the only one of its kind in the world.

Watch a short video to hear more about the D.Min program.

3. Livestreams: 

As mentioned, we have hosted several online events on a wide variety of topics to equip people with the resources to respond to current events with facts and faith. We invite you to view our previous livestreams and to preview upcoming events.

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Center Leadership

The Director: Ken Barnes

Dr. Ken Barnes is the Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics and the Director of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Public Square at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Barnes spent many 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.

Professor Barnes’s fellowships include: the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture (Regent’s Park College, Oxford), IFES (Leuven, Belgium), Ridley College (Melbourne, Australia), and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Professor Barnes’s main areas of research and teaching are the intersections of theology and economics and faith at work. He has published numerous papers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. His recent book projects include Light From the Dreaming Spires: Reflections on Ministry to Gen Y (Resource Publishing, 2017), Redeeming Capitalism(Eerdmans, 2018), and “Religion and Business Ethics: Religious Perspectives on Business” in Routledge Companion to Business Ethics (Routledge, 2018).

Learn more about Dr. Barnes or view his CV.

Svatia Mueller is currently working with Dr. Barnes as Program Manager.

 


The Associate Director: Sara Minard

Dr. Minard brings an incredible range of expertise and experience to her role as Associate Director of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Public Square at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. As a socio-economist, educatorresearcher, writer, and consultant, her work focuses on advancing equitable, sustainable solutions to reduce extreme poverty, protect the environment, empower women and girls, redefine finance and investing, and promote economics as a discipline anchored in human capabilities.  

Dr. Minard earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Sciences Po, Paris under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on the topic of social entrepreneurship in the informal economy in Senegal. She is the Founder and CEO of Manarine, LLC, an international consulting firm working at the intersection of impact management and measurement, ESG and impact investing, economics, faith, social justice, and sustainable development. Dr. Minardalso teaches anaward-winning course (Aspen Institute) on impact investing and social finance as Adjunct Professor of Practice at Babson College’s Lewis Institute and serves as Senior Consultant for Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Minard previously served as the Executive Professor at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, the Lecturer-in-Discipline in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, a socio-economist at the OECD in Paris, and an international development consultant for companies, NGO’s and governments across the globe.  

After serving in the US Peace Corps in Senegal, Dr. Minard co-founded a community-driven sustainable aquaculture business which ran for seven years. She speaks fluent French and Wolof, practices and teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation, and is a member of her church’s worship team. She recently moved from Cambridge, MA to help steward her fifth-generation family farm in New Jersey where she also enjoys spending time with her two dogs and cooking recipes from around the world.  

 

For more information about the Mockler Center, its programs
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