Most Christians spend the great majority of their waking hours at work. And, most Christians do not work in “full-time ministry,” to use a common but misleading phrase. So one of the greatest practical – and theological – challenges for most Christians is integrating their faith and their work. This is part of the human search for purpose.
In his integrative and accessible book on work, Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller mentions a wide variety of ‘streams’ that influence most discussions of faith and work. They are:
- The way to serve God at work is to further social justice in the world.
- The way to serve God at work is to be personally honest and evangelize your colleagues.
- The way to serve God at work is just to do skillful, excellent work.
- The way to serve God at work is to create beauty.
- The way to serve God at work is to work from a Christian motivation to glorify God, seeking to engage and influence culture to that end.
- The way to serve God at work is to work with a grateful, joyful, gospel-changed heart through all the ups and downs.
- The way to serve God at work is to do whatever gives you the greatest joy and passion.
- The way to serve God at work is to make as much money as you can, so that you can be as generous as you can.
To what extent are these sentiments complementary or actually opposed to one another? That is a difficult question, for there is at least a measure of biblical warrant for every one of them. And the difficulty lies not merely in the plethora of theological commitments and cultural factors involved, but also in how they operate in different ways depending on the field or type of work. Christian ethics, motives, identity, witness, and worldview shape our work in very different ways depending on the form of the work (Kindle 211-222).
This page is the hub of our “Faith and Work Resource Center.”
For now, our main feature is a collection of personal stories from Christians involved in different vocations. Each story explains how they integrate their faith with their work. The three goals of collecting these stories are that:
- You will be encouraged by reading the stories of other Christians,
- That others will be encouraged by your story, and
- Christians will gain new ideas for how faith and work can be integrated!
We encourage you to read these stories about how other Christians have integrated their faith and their work.
Books on Faith and Work:
If you’d like to read some books on the integration of faith and work, I have some recommendations for you. You can find them on the “Best Books” page in the “Determine Your Purpose: Vocation” section.
Articles on Faith and Work: