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Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, October 23
6:45 — 8:30 PM

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Child care is available for infants, toddlers and young children.


Breakout Groups

october Theme: “How can i balance work and life?”

  1. Am I so focused on work that other parts of my life suffer? Are my priorities balanced well?

  2. Do I use work as an excuse to shortchange other areas of life, like faith, or family?

  3. How can I find the right balance between my work and the rest of life?

  4. Is there an optimal balance between work and life, or am I always going to struggle with back and forth?

 

If you have a question about Breakout Groups, you can email Josh Sinkgraven.


workshop: september 2019

Took place at Grace Presbyterian Church on September 18, 2019.

We asked the following questions of our panel:

  1. How strongly is my sense of identity connected to my work? If my work changed, how would that affect my sense of self?

  2. What parts of my work are fulfilling? How could I change the parts that are unfulfilling? Can I be content with the unfulfilling parts?

  3. Does my work change or transform the world? Does it need to? What are the small ways (or large ones) where my work makes a difference?

  4. Do I sometimes expect too much from my work? Are there other areas of life that suffer because of my focus on fulfillment through work? 


Workshop: august 2019

Took place at Grace Presbyterian Church on August 14, 2019.

We asked the following questions of our panel:

  1. How do I know what work is right for me? Is it just a question of what pays the most?

  2. How do I know whether to stay at a difficult job? When is it the right time to go?

  3. When I have to make tough choices, how can I be sure which option is best?

  4. How should I respond to bad decisions made by bosses, clients, others?


Workshop: july 2019

Took place at Grace Presbyterian Church on July 24, 2019.

We asked the following questions of our panel:

  1. How does my work shape or form the raw material of creation?

  2. What is the “structure” of my work? What are the ways I can tell if I’m doing the work well?

  3. What truths does my work tell? What lies is my work tempted to tell?

  4. What benefit do my fellow human beings enjoy from my work?

Additional Resource

During the session, we reviewed this 2013 presentation by Rev. Tim Keller titled “Redefining Work”:


Workshop: June 2019

Took place at Grace Presbyterian Church on June 19, 2019.

We asked the following questions of our panel:

  1. How do you judge the value of your work? How do others see your work? Are these judgements accurate?

  2. What are some ways that your work promotes the well-being and wholeness of others?

  3. What parts of your work seem meaningful? What parts seem pointless?

  4. How could you serve others better through your work? What obstacles stand in your path?


Seminar: Theology of Work

Took place at Grace Presbyterian Church on June 5, 2019.

Work is what you were made for. You are made in God’s image to rule over creation. You rule through cultivation, forming the world to flourish. (Work is not a necessary evil. Work is about more than just paying the bills.) Everybody works. Your work is defined by vocation, not compensation. You have a particular calling. You have gifts to share. Your work doesn’t have to transform culture, only contribute to it. Good work is inherently dignified and valuable. God is glorified through ordinary excellence. Good work glorifies God and serves others. Sin makes work hard, but grace restores work. The curse makes everything hard. Sloth and theft corrupt work. Sanctification comes through hard work. Grace equips you to give. Your task is to discern the God-given structure of your calling, find the right direction, to serve others and promote their flourishing.


A Prayer for Our Work

ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly Father, who declares your glory and shows forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth;

DELIVER US, WE BESEECH YOU, in our several callings, from the service of mammon, that we may do the work which you give us to do, in truth, in beauty, and in righteousness, with singleness of heart as your servants, and to the benefit of our fellow human beings;

FOR THE SAKE OF HIM who came among us as one who serves, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer

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