Faith, Work, And Worship


Winter 2018

Psalm 86:11 talks about having an “undivided heart,” but many of us have far more experience with fragmented and disintegrated hearts than with undivided ones. We know that we should be authentic worshipers, engage in the activities of a life of faith, and do good work. We recognize that everyone worships someone or something, although opinions abound on how that should look or sound. We think we have an idea of what a life of faith is “supposed” to look like, whether we are living up to that or not. We all work, whether that work is valued by others or not, whether we value it ourselves or not, whether we are remunerated or not, and whether we think we are fulfilling a calling or vocation in this work or not. As reflective believers, we may admit that our lives—and the lives of those that we work with or are ministering to—are highly fragmented and disintegrated instead of being “undivided.” What would it look like to be wholehearted and thoroughly integrated believers? This course will provide the opportunity to investigate and evaluate these three core areas of Faith, Work, and Worship, to address challenges and explore opportunities for meaningful integration in our lives and in how we might research, redesign, model, and teach it.



My goal is that you will be able to

  • explain succinctly your theology of worship, your understanding of the life of faith, and your theology of work in the space of three distinctive “elevator stories”; and
  • create meaningful ways to communicate this to people within your circle of influence.



My goal is that you will

  • evaluate how worship has shaped your life of faith, and how it has influenced your view of
  • construct a new approach to worship, faith, and work with potential to reshape your own life and your meaningful engagement with those to whom you are called to minister, teach, and do life.



My goal is that you will

  • explore your relationships between the three areas (faith, work, and worship);
  • examine the effectiveness of their integration in your own life and place(s) of ministry / work
  • design and implement a new plan for your life and ministry that will bring these together in new ways to more effectively model / coach / train / teach others to do the same.