Asbury, which joined the network in May 2013, has created an Office of Work and Economics in the Wesleyan Tradition to offer mentored field placements, coursework, research and seminars on work, economics, and culture; produce and disseminate scholarly work; offer learning opportunities to churches and others in regions across the country; and produce online multimedia resources.
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At AGTS, which joined the network in January 2012, faculty are leading educational efforts to ensure students learn how discipleship can be advanced by integrating faith with work and the economy. This includes new course development, integration in existing courses, and publication of journal-quality student papers. AGTS is also developing a discipleship curriculum in partnership with national denominational officials that integrates faithful approaches to work and the economy.
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APU, which joined the network in January 2012, has conducted colloquia, luncheons, and other activities to enrich faculty and students in its theological school. It has also hosted an all-faculty retreat on work and economics with presentations from APU faculty and national speakers, including theologian Darrell Cosden.
Bethel joined the network in July 2012. Under the leadership of a steering committee including theological and business faculty, its “Work with Purpose” initiative sponsors a series of faculty and student opportunities, a course co-taught by the two schools, and several online and print content-generation initiatives designed to reach a wider audience. The program has also sponsored a conference featuring national speakers, including Steve Garber, Amy Sherman and Will Messenger.
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Biola’s theology school has adopted a number of faculty development and student outreach initiatives designed to help future pastors connect faith to work and the marketplace, including a faculty retreat in September 2011 featuring Wayne Grudem, Dallas Willard, Bill Pollard and other national speakers. A series of “Preaching 9 to 5” events led by Biola faculty have also brought the topic to the community.
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Affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, Criswell College joined the ON in Fall of 2017. In addition to undergraduate programs, it offers the M.Div. and several other theological master’s degrees. Many in the ON community know Joe Wooddell, Criswell’s vice president of advancement and a professor of philosophy. Wooddell is one of several Criswell faculty who have led ON-associated initiatives, such as a documentary video series for students.
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Covenant Theological Seminary joined the ON in the Fall of 2017. When the ON formally began in 2010 with small projects at ten schools, Covenant was among that inaugural class. This year, president Mark Dalbey was one of the ON’s inaugural individual faculty partners. A number of ON leaders, such as steering committee member Donald Guthrie (himself a former Covenant faculty member and a participant in its original ON project) and ON director Greg Forster have had opportunities to partner with Covenant around issues of vocation, whole-life discipleship and economics.
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The Hendricks Center for Cultural Engagement at Dallas, which joined the network in May 2013, is conducting a major conference on faith, work, and economics featuring Scott Rae, Tom Nelson, Bill Pollard, and other national speakers. The center is also producing learning opportunities for students, podcasts, and other content.
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Fuller Theological Seminary joined the network in September 2016. Fuller has been committed to the conversation surrounding faith, vocation and economic wisdom since the founding of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership over twenty years ago. A leader in making vocation a part of theological education, in 2013 the faculty voted to make vocation a central pillar of the school’s new curriculum, which now includes four core courses on vocation required of all students.
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GCTS joined the network in July 2012. The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace plans to hold a national conference on faith and work, and offers a course at Gordon-Conwell’s downtown campus in which students learn how churches can support entrepreneurs to incubate new small businesses that create jobs and bring flourishing to the community. GCTS has also held an all-faculty retreat on work and economics, and is developing a student curriculum that integrates personal and church-level financial stewardship with an understanding of work and public economic flourishing.
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GRTS joined the network in August 2013 after several years of undertaking smaller projects in the area of work and economics. These earlier projects included a chapel series, a community event, a discipleship curriculum designed in partnership with local churches, and a social ethics course developed for the school’s urban cohort program. GRTS is now designing a systematic series of student learning opportunities, following a plan over four years and built around the central themes of the Economic Wisdom Project.
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IWU joined the network in February 2013. It has held faculty development and public events co-sponsored with the Acton Institute, centered on a “primer” on Wesleyan approaches to work and economics written by IWU President David Wright. It is also holding curricular integration seminars, student internships, and on-campus lectures and events. In addition to Acton, the program also partners with IWU’s Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning.
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LABI College (the oldest Hispanic Bible college in the United States) and Latin American Theological Seminary joined the network in December of 2016. LABI/LATS have launched the Dr. Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership to assist Latino pastors and leaders integrate faith in the workplace, advance Christ’s mission to reduce poverty, and provide an educational framework and resources on faith and work, and economic issues. LAB/LATS is also launching a six-month series of courses culminating in a certificate.
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Moody joined the network in February 2013. Its program includes curricular development creating new focus tracks on work and economics in several ministry degree programs, developed in both live and distance learning formats. It is also adopting a topic-based approach to its required Bible software classes that incorporates the Economic Wisdom Project. The seminary also held an all-faculty retreat featuring national speakers, including David Gill, as well as development opportunities, on-campus events and programming at its national pastors conference.
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SPU joined the network in October 2012. Its just-launched seminary is partnering with its business school (a national leader on the theology of business) to train future pastors to connect theology with work and the economy. SPU has held a major event co-sponsored with the Acton Institute, featuring national speakers including Bob Doll, David Wright, and Chris Armstrong; it is also providing students with curricular and extracurricular learning opportunities.
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SFS’s Redeeming Work Project is helping Christian leaders connect Sunday and Monday by thinking about work theologically. Economic aspects are integrated into seminary life through special speakers, a faculty curricular review, and an entrepreneurial component to missions, among other things. The course Faith, Business, and Money is team-taught by 11 faculty. SFS joined the network in October 2012.
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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary joined the network in 2013. It will be hosting a faculty retreat, developing on-site and digital learning courses as well as other student learning opportunities, holding conferences dedicated to faith, work, and economics, and publishing church curricular materials.
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Southern Baptist Theological Seminary joined the network in 2013. It will be hosting a series of events for regional and national leaders, holding a faculty retreat, and creating several different student learning opportunities.
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The Land Center for Cultural Engagement at SWBTS, which joined the network in January 2012, hosts a series of national conferences for faculty and denominational leaders on work and economics. In addition to a general annual conference for national leaders, specific conference topics include urban economics, seminary curriculum integration, and business as mission. The center also provides a variety of learning opportunities for students.
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TEDS joined the network in July 2012. A combined steering committee of theological and business faculty lead an initiative to connect theological education to work and the economy. The initiative includes annual all-faculty retreats; the first retreat featured national speakers including Bob Lupton, Scott Rae, and Darrell Cosden. It also includes events for faculty, students and the public, as well as the development of a new ministry leadership track.
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Western Seminary joined the network in February 2013. It is developing a complete digital curriculum for a distance learning program on work and economics. Western also focused on this topic at a faculty retreat and provides other faculty learning opportunities, and is working with local churches to develop models of how pastors and church communities can integrate faith with work and economics.
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