What areas of your life do you long to see reconciled and made new? By asking the deeper questions, The Chalmers Center helps people wrestle with problems with work as a whole. Their training courses are there to help with restoring work to its a place of glorifying God and helping others.
It's not often that an article intrigues me the way Anthony Bradley's recent piece in Fathom did. His major point of many of us not having a complete view of the Gospel and restoration of God's Kingdom has very real ramifications for us as entrepreneurs, even though at face level this is a post about racial reconciliation in the Church.
Please enjoy some of the great content from our friends at Theology of Work, originally published on their website. TOW Project resources are meant to be both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical. In this article, they discuss both Biblical examples and practical ways for believers to experience deeper rest.
As per our normal routine, here is a Monday video to start off your day (or provide some entertainment depending on when you’re watching this…). This song was written and sung by our friend Richard Barley, “facilitator or auditory experiences”, and recorded at CornerstoneSF during their “arts night”. He said he wrote it “as a conversation with a handful of scriptures in mind”. See if you can hear them?
One of our listeners from Northern California asked the question, “How do I deal with burned relationships with former founders, employees, or colleagues, who are also Christians?”
As Faith Driven Entrepreneurs, we of course all try to keep Christ and scripture at the center of our work. When conflict arises, what framework can we look at to help us process conflict and reach a Godly resolution?
A "restful buying experience."
Few American consumers would ever think to describe mattress shopping this way. In fact, if you have been mattress shopping recently, restful is probably the last word that comes to mind.
"This is one of the sleaziest industries in the world," says business owner Ethan Rietema. "Customers are treated so poorly. Stores beat you up, trying to get as much money as they can, but they couldn't care less if you get the right bed."
Rietema and Steve Van Diest, both former campus ministers, are bringing rest—and integrity—back to a business largely devoid of it.
Faith-and-work content consistently beats the drum of affirming that marketplace vocations are as important to God as professional ministry. That message is crucial, as resources like this one give those of us with non-church giftings the confidence to pursue our callings. But we can’t stop there. Even if all believers in the marketplace one day know that our vocations matter, we still need to understand why. Otherwise we may run successful businesses guilt-free, but miss the motivation and focus that come from knowing our place in God’s story.
In this beautifully produced 10 minute video, we see the story of the Marsh Collective, a business in Opelika Alabama that’s able to rise from the ashes (or the hangman’s noose as this story goes), to a thriving, 100 person company.