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Kingdom Perspective is defined by engaging life through a biblical worldview, which includes discipleship and evangelism. Kingdom perspective must include a theology of work, which should inform our character and drive for competence. Kingdom Perspective classes include: Theology of Work and Calling, Sharing Christ at Work, Becoming a Transformation Catalyst, Christian Marketplace Ethics and Biblical Business Practices & Business As Missions. Classes are held one evening per week. The class format is book study discussion, typically over supper, supplemented by speakers or mentors. Participants discuss the topic and how/if it applies to daily work life. 

          Course Descriptions

Duration: Five modules or terms over nine months. Models average 8 weeks.

Meet: Wednesday 6:00-9:00 over supper for class and Monday morning 7:30-9:00 for coffee and breakfast for Character & Leadership Transformation study. Class starts September 22nd at the WAM House.

Method: Book study discussion, typically over supper, supplemented by speakers or mentors. Participants will discuss topic and how/if it applies to daily work life. The students should not only be able to discuss the book, but know how to cross reference to the bible for supporting passages on key topics. Expect an average of 6-10 pages of reading per day with one one page typed journal entry on personal reflections on the reading or a recent work experience every other week.

Module 1: Discovering Our Calling & God's Thoughts on Work
Module 2: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work
Module 3: Transformation Catalysts Transforming the World Next Door & Around the Globe
Module 4: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace
Module 5: Business As Mission & Biblical Business


Module 1: Discovering Our Calling & God's Thoughts on Work


Students should understand: 1) Primary Calling; 2) Secondary Calling; 3) Be equipped to discover their individual secondary calling and grasp a better understanding of themselves.


Theology of Work:

Students should understand:

1) How God views work and how that should transfer to our attitude of work. Seven Building Blocks of Theology of Work are: 1. God works. 2. As God's image-bearers, God calls us to be subduers and rulers. 3. The fall frustrated all of our labors. 4. God is transforming us into the image of His Son. 5. God calls us to our vocations. 6. God commands that we work quietly and honestly in order to provide for ourselves and others. 7. God calls us to work unto His glory.

2) How to identify the dichotomy of the sacred/secular divide, its impact on a missional mindset, and how to address the resulting challenges and opportunities.

Primary Texts:  Focus 3 Materials by Tim Kight, Your Work Matters To God, by Sherman and Hendricks 

Before September 22: To aid in the study of discovering calling, you will need to take the on-line assessment Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. If you have taken a SHAPE assessment within the past couple of years, you will need to bring that to class as well. If not, one will be ordered for you once you begin the program.


Module 2: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work

Participants should understand how to take evangelism out of the religious box and weave it into your life at work. To be able to answer tough questions about the Christian worldview commonly asked in the workplace. 

1) the evangelism process and styles of evangelism;
2) Five Essentials for spiritual influence in the workplace;
3) understanding common objections and how to counter them

4) understanding and overcoming strongholds in the workplace.

Primary Texts: Going Public with Your Faith, Peel & Larimore. The Reason for God, Tim Keller.  

Role playing and dvds will be used to enhance learning.


Module 3: Transformation Catalysts Transforming the World Next Door & Around the Globe

Participants should understand:

Personal transformation (your 20 square feet) precedes community transformation. Steps for both.

Biblical perspective on transformation: Kingdom mentality. Creation, Corruption, Redemption, Restoration.

Tools for marketplace transformation: community/neighborhoods, cities, nations.

Measuring transformation. How harvesting, executing justice and revolutionizing systems transforms. The authority behind transformation. Core principles of transformation. Hindrances to community transformation. Building collaboration and synergy for transformation.

Primary Materials: Transformation, Os Hillman; God is At Work, Ken Eldred; Why Work: Called to Make a Difference, Olsen & Olsen.


Module 4: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace  
Participants should understand:

  • the three divine characteristics that have a direct bearing on ethical decision-making: holiness, justice and love.
  • the false exits for ethical decision-making, which are Dual Morality, Law and Agency.
  • nuances and implications of honesty & deception, concealment & disclosure, employer-employee relations
  • tools for handling dilemmas in the workplace concerning sexual issues, employee issues, customer interactions, employee-boss relations, and a general ethical dilemma decision-making tool.

Primary Text: Just Business:Christian Ethics for the Marketplace, Alexander Hill. 

Supplemental Reading: Integrity at Work, Geisler & Douglass

 Online WAM House class with Os Hillman in 2011

Module 5: Business As Mission & Biblical Business
(Saturday one-day intensive)

If you ever think you will work for a business and perhaps move into a managerial role or have a desire to influence a business owner to think biblically about how they run their business, this class is for you. 

Participants should understand:

  • Definition of BAM
  • Kingdom Business Models & Methods
  • BAM basic beliefs and biblical roots 
  • How to do BAM
  • Personal prerequisites to doing BAM
  • An understanding and foundation of key principles from the bible applied in business

Primary Text:
 Business As Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Business As Missions, Neal Johnson. 

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