Introduction to Workplace Ministry


One semester, 2 credit points
Semester 1, 2014


The average Christian spends 100,000 hours in the workplace, but often receives very little teaching about how to apply their faith in their workplace. This unit is especially designed for Christian church workers and chaplains to help to orient them to work themes in the Bible, a basic theology of work, and some ideas for how to minister to Christian workers, and intervene in workplaces.


Week 1:    Introduction to a Theology of Work: focus on the intrinsic good of all work, and concepts of kingdom work; examination of the Fall, and the impact of sin on work
Week 2:    The Gospel and work; how can work and the workplace be redeemed?
Week 3:    Work and marketplace in the Old Testament
Week 4:    Work and marketplace in the New Testament
Week 5:    Church history perspectives on work and marketplace; focus on Luther and Calvin, impact of monasticism and Puritan thought
Week 6:    Macroeconomic context including wealth creation, globalisation, impact of technology
Week 7:    Workplace issues: Ethics and Leadership
Week 8:    Workplace issues: Relationships and Power
Week 9:    Marketplace Ministries: Sermons
Week 10:    Marketplace Ministries: Mentoring and Visitation
Week 11:    Marketplace Ministries: Chaplaincy


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