Workplace Discipleship in a Post-Pandemic World
Public Lecture Workplace Discipleship in a Post-Pandemic WorldApril 24 2021 | 09:30 AM
April 24 2021 | 11:30 AM
Christians find meaning in their everyday work by looking at it as given by a Creator God who is involved in work at all times. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of work, such as the spaces that we inhabit to work from office to home to online, which has affected the boundaries between work and family time. The understanding of essential and non-essential work has been redefined, and for those in the gig economy, there were no more gigs. Because of the pandemic many people have had to change the way they worked, and this has been difficult and stressful.
What is a robust theology of work that Christians can have so that they can meet these challenges? And, whether as employers or employees, how then can Christians be positive witnesses in home, marketplace and church?
Since Christians work in a secular world, with others who have different convictions, how should Christians respond when there is a clash of values? Furthermore, while some Christians in professional jobs may have the luxury of considering how to apply biblical principles in their work, other blue-collar workers or even gig workers may not have such choices. How then can the Church share its values in the places we are put so that others too can have a meaningful view of work?
Isaac Koh was in fulltime Christian ministry for 6 years and then chose to change jobs when the pandemic hit. He spent much of 2020 looking for a job while preparing for his marriage. He is now working from home doing IT support for a local polytechnic.
Bernice Lee is the co-owner of Graceworks, a small publishing and training consultant with a handful of staff. She has had to find new ways of doing their work, which has depended on face-to-face interactions, while holding on to sound Christian principles for work and community life.
Location: Zoom Classroom , own study place
Lecturer : David W. Gill
Dr Gill is a writer and speaker based in Oakland, California. He recently retired from his position as Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics and Director of the Mockler Centre for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts (2010 – 2016). He continues to be involved in education at church and marketplace, combining scripture, ethics with a critical understanding of the world today. He is the author of seven books including a two-volume introduction to Christian Ethics: Becoming Good: Building Moral Character and Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles (InterVarsity, 2000 & 2004) and a general market business ethics book, It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations (Wipf & Stock, 2008/2011).