Note: This article is the latest in a series highlighting resources for theological educators and churches.
“Faith & Co: Business on Purpose” is a video resource created by Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Amy Sherman has called it “the best resource I’ve seen for Christian business leaders.” We hope theological and business educators alike will find it a helpful tool as well.
“Faith & Co” began with the experience of an SPU donor whose life and business practices were deeply changed by a more fully biblical theology of vocation when he was well into his forties. As he puts it: “After working over 40,000 hours to that point in my life, without a deep sense of connection to my faith.” This donor approached SPU about creating a film series and educational offerings focused on telling the stories of people who are living into business as a calling.
SPU’s Center for Integrity in Business and Seattle-based film company, UNTAMED, produced 13 evocative short films featuring inspirational stories of Christian faith-driven business leaders who see their work as participating in God’s work of reconciling all things. The objectives of the films are to inspire and equip Christian business people to approach their work as a calling to serve God and to love their neighbors.
The subjects represent a wide range of industries including high tech, restaurant, automotive sales and repair, consumer electronics and health care. The stories are authentic and include revelations about bankruptcies, attempted suicide and incarceration. Yet the narratives all retain a hopeful orientation toward a timely re-imagination of business as a means to serve the common good.
The films were shot across the U.S. and in Mexico, Ethiopia and Vietnam. They feature the moving cinematography of John Harrison, best known for his work on the short films featuring musician Bono and Pastor Eugene Peterson on the Psalms.
“Faith & Co.” also includes a university-level open online course focusing on the themes and questions raised by the films. It is designed for those who want to deepen their understanding of theologically informed business practices. The course features films, interviews with thought leaders, exercises and readings.
A ten-week study guide to be used in conjunction with the film series is available for small groups, civic gatherings, business seminars and other meetings. The guide is designed to deepen conversation and formation around the theme of business as vessel for grace, hope, and reconciliation.