Expertise: Practical Theology
Kara Martin has written two books on faith and work integration which address a gap in the market: between good theologies of work without practical experience, or good practical books without deep theological foundations. Drawing on 30 years of experience in corporate and not-for-profit roles in TV journalism, human resources, business analysis, lecturing, policy formation and advocacy—as well as her theological studies, leadership and lecturing—her books provide a biblical foundation, practical wisdom and advise churches on how to equip workplace Christians. Both books were shortlisted for Australian Christian Book of the Year: Workship: How to Use your Work to Worship God and Workship 2: How to Flourish at Work (Singapore: Graceworks, 2018).
She has a role in consulting with churches on building faith–work ministries, and advising theological colleges about integrating faith–work into their curriculum and activities. She has worked in that capacity in Singapore, Melbourne, and Sydney; as well as through the Karam Fellowship/Oikonomia Network as a Board member. She helps run a biannual three-day faith–work research conference called Transforming Vocation, coaches social entrepreneurs and emerging leaders with Seed (seed.org.au), and mentors Masters students for Regent College, Vancouver.
Her latest work focuses on integration and faith–work connection, as individuals and also with organizations, including the forthcoming Keeping Faith: How Christian organizations can stay true to the way of Jesus. She is married with two adult children whom she has successfully married off, and runs a handyman business with her husband in her spare time.
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