The Oikonomia Network is a learning community of theological educators and evangelical seminaries helping pastors equip people for whole-life discipleship, fruitful work and economic wisdom.
The network affects classes with attendance of over 4,000 students and extracurricular activities with attendance of over 16,000 students annually. Learn more about what our partner schools are doing to transform theological education!
Our name is derived from the Greek term used in the New Testament to refer to discipleship responsibilities (“stewardship”) and also the management of business and the city’s public treasury (“economics”). This name embodies our conviction that discipleship to Christ leads us to value human flourishing and work to serve the common good of all our communities. See our Student Outcome Goals below for more on our purpose and vision.
The national office of the Oikonomia Network is located at the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University. Contact us to learn more!
Student Outcome Goals for Theological Education
Bearing God’s Image
Because God made us in his image – reflecting his attributes, relational, and with stewardship responsibility – and he redeems us to bear his image in Christ, we affirm:
- Discipleship toward maturity in Christ by the Spirit in all of life
- Serving the common good of all our communities (family, church, workplace, neighborhood, city, country, etc.)
ON OUTCOME 1: Pastors, Christian leaders and local churches prioritize helping people live integrated lives wholly centered on discipleship to Christ, not limiting “mission” and “ministry” to church activities.
ON OUTCOME 2: Pastors, Christian leaders and local churches prioritize helping people live as stewards of God’s world, responsible to work with integrity for its flourishing – individually and collaboratively in communities.
Because we are witnesses – through what we are, what we say and what we do – that God became human in Jesus Christ and redeemed us by his death and resurrection, we affirm:
- Manifesting (proclaiming and practicing) God’s holy love and loving holiness as found in Christ, contextualized to all our communities
- Working for justice and mercy as prophets, priests and kings under Christ
ON OUTCOME 3: Pastors, Christian leaders and local churches prioritize helping people discern and support systems and practices that promote value creation while challenging systems and practices that extract value from others or borrow it from the future instead of creating it.
ON OUTCOME 4: Pastors, Christian leaders and local churches prioritize helping people recognize the poor, the marginalized and the culturally different as fellow stewards whose work is equally important in God’s plan, cultivating trust and economic opportunity rather than division and dependency.
Because the Great Commandment and the Great Commission call us to be fruitful by the Spirit – in intimacy with God and neighbor, Christlike character and productive contribution – we affirm:
- Working for authentic (image-bearing) human flourishing in all our communities, with a hopeful realism about what is possible now
- Patiently and humbly awaiting the restoration of all things
ON OUTCOME 5: Pastors, Christian leaders and local churches prioritize helping people find meaning and fulfillment in callings outside the walls of the church that create value for others, provide for their households and help communities and economies flourish.
ON OUTCOME 6: Pastors, Christian leaders and local churches prioritize helping people take responsible action, individually and as communities – energetically pursuing justice, mercy and flourishing while recognizing the complex challenges and limitations we face in the present age.