Faith at Work: Does My Work Matter to God?
An Introduction to the Theology of Work
Many of us spend most of our waking hours at work, and for many, work is a big part of our identity. But, does God care about our work life? Does the Church have anything to contribute to what makes our work meaningful, successful or rewarding? How do we think about our identity in our work in light of our identity in Christ?
When what we do and why we do it come together, there is real power. God made us in his image to create and to love, just as he does. Our work is a key part of that.
What if a new perspective on your work gave you more energy, meaning and satisfaction?
Hundreds have been exploring the intersection of faith and work over the last 3 years through the Cascade Fellows program, and have found new meaning, purpose and depth to their work. Come explore the conversation with us at our one-day overview event and see for yourself!
- Spiritual practices in the workplace
- What the Bible has to say about work
- The Church and Work
- Vocation and Calling
Cost is $50 and there are two identical days to choose from:
March 11th, 9am-3pm at Bethany Community Church
9-10:15am The Bible’s Story and Our Work, Matthew Kaemingk
10:30-11:10 am Vocation and Calling, Al Erisman
11:15-11:50 pm Spiritual Practices at Work, Shannon Vandewarker
11:50-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-1:20 pm The Vocational Reformation of the Church, Uli Chi
1:25-2 pm The Church and Our Work, Steve Aeschbacher
2-3 pm Panel Discussion: Showing Grace and Hospitality at Work; Finding Wonder, Heartbreak, and Hope in Our Work
About Our Presenters
Shannon Vandewarker is the Program Coordinator for Cascade Fellows. She believes that if God meets us anywhere, it’s right smack dab in the middle of our ordinary lives. Shannon is mom to Declan and Koen, and wife to Dan, a pastor. A transplant from San Diego, she speaks and writes on the topic of finding God in the ordinary, and loves living in rainy Seattle. She holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University and an MDiv from Bethel Seminary.
Uli Chi has lived and worked in the intersection between business, the academy and the church. He has had the privilege of serving as past Board Chair of Regent College in Vancouver, BC, as Vice Chair of the Board of the Max De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Seminary, and as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University. He has also been involved in all aspects of local church leadership, including as a member of the adult ministries team’s teaching faculty at John Knox Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Al Erisman is the Executive in Residence and the past Director for the Center for Integrity in Business in the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He is on the board of the Theology of Work Project and is a contributor to this project. He and his wife, Nancy, also spearheaded the founding of KIROS for Christians working in Business. He is the author of The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith and Calling from the Life of Joseph. In April 2001, Al completed a 32-year career at The Boeing Company, where for the last 10 years he was Director of R&D for computing and mathematics.
Matthew Kaemingk is the Director of Cascade Fellows and the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture in Seattle. He earned an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary along with doctoral degrees in Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and Systematic Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. Matthew teaches courses at Fuller Seminary Northwest in theology, ethics, and culture. Matthew lives in Lynnwood, WA with his wife Heather, their three sons Calvin, Kees, and Cademan, and a dog named Henry.
Steve Aeschbacher served as a trial lawyer for 30 years, first with a firm in Salt Lake City and then in-house at Microsoft, where he focused on antitrust and commercial disputes. He handled many high-stakes cases, including taking several private antitrust trials to judgment in favor of Microsoft. Steve is now in the process of becoming a pastor and is seeking a call. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and Fuller Theological Seminary. Steve is an alum and past leader of the Cascade Fellows program. He also attended the Center for Faith and Work’s intensive ministry training. Steve lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Alice, and daughters, Annie and Gracie.