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Two Pastors on Leading by Giftedness and Stewarding Diversity
Kizombo Kalumbula and Artie M. Lindsay Sr. helped found a church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, modeled on leading by giftedness. Gradually Tabernacle Community Church realized that their natural diversity was a gift from God meant to be stewarded during “such a time as this” in American culture.
Conversation | April 11, 2023
Kizombo Kalumbula and Artie M. Lindsay Sr. on Work and Worship
Valuing diversity in worship includes but goes beyond multiethnic considerations. It also means helping people of different ages, abilities, and vocations see themselves as living out their part to usher in God’s shalom. Two pastors offer practical insights for congregations interested in work and worship.
Conversation | March 27, 2023
Kevin Secundino on Knowing You’re Not Alone
Participating in Calvin University’s Ministry Leadership Cohort and doing a summer ministry internship at his church taught one pre-med student a lot about God’s promises. You can apply some of what he learned to your own congregation.
Conversation | December 05, 2022
Developing Leaders Every Pastor Wants in the Congregation
Calvin University’s Ministry Leadership Cohort offers pathways for students of all majors who want to live out their faith in all of life. This practical program helps them learn how to build community, love the church, and practice leadership no matter where they eventually work, worship, and serve.
Feature Story | November 28, 2022
Two Pastors on Christian Worship in Politically Divided Times
Many preachers and congregations claim that politics have no place in their worship. But pastors Meg Jenista Kuykendall and Katie Ritsema-Roelofs say that addressing public issues in worship is essential for congregations to become to Christlike communities.
Conversation | June 09, 2021
Dileep Athaide on the Coronavirus and Port Chaplaincy
Pope Francis has said, "Without the people of the sea, many parts of the world would starve." Though seafarers aboard ships are essential workers, few people think of them. But port chaplains do. Your church can include seafarers and port chaplains in congregational prayers.
Conversation | May 12, 2021
Christine McAteer on the Coronavirus and Bus Chaplaincy
During the COVID-19 pandemic, bus drivers and other public transport workers have been praised as essential workers. Yet they remain largely invisible to those with the option to travel by private automobile. Your church can include bus drivers and other essential workers in congregational prayers.
Conversation | May 12, 2021
Matthew Kaemingk and Cory B. Willson on Work and Worship
Many of us feel guilty for thinking about work during gathered worship. We don’t see a connection between what we do in worship and what we do at work. But a new book on work and worship describes biblical worship practices that help workers reclaim their place in the priesthood of all believers.
Conversation | December 03, 2020
Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy
We warmly encourage you to engage the book chapter content by posting your insights and wisdom on this page and to read and reflect on the responses posted by others. We look forward to being a global learning community.
Book Excerpt | December 02, 2020
A Fresh Look at Designing Worship for Workers
There is a deep division between worship and work in the modern world. What can worship leaders do about it? Join this conversation.
Video | October 28, 2020
Isaac Wardell on Rethinking Calling and Vocation
Not everyone feels called to their job or experiences it as way to use their gifts to accomplish great things for God. There is a more satisfying way to think about how God calls each of us.
Conversation | April 18, 2018
Isaac Wardell on Bringing Work into Worship
Daily work, paid and unpaid, consumes our lives, energy, and minds—even when we are in church. Here are ways to plan worship so people see themselves and their work as instruments of God.
Conversation | April 18, 2018
Bringing the Workplace into Church: Luke Bobo
Luke Bobo explains the pastoral importance of establishing the bridge between our work experience on weekdays and our worship on Sundays.
Video | March 23, 2017
Designing Worship from the Bottom Up: Practical Ethnographic Tools for Worship Leaders
The “Faith and Work” movement has become popular in many churches in North America in recent years. Many have sought to bridge the gap between Sunday worship and Monday work by showing how Christian liturgy and theology affect how we approach our weekday work. But our weekday work also affects how we inhabit Sunday worship in profound ways, and those who lead and craft liturgies do well to be attentive to this reality.
Video | March 07, 2017
Here Are My Hands: A Practical Workshop on Affirming Vocation in Weekly Worship Practices
Isaac Wardell, Bruce Benedict, and Laura Fanucci provide some very practical first steps for congregations with a desire to address vocation in worship.
Audio | February 23, 2017
A Roundtable on Connecting Sunday’s Worship to Monday’s Work
Six pastors and scholars share ideas to help congregations authentically practice God’s vision of shalom in worship and at work.
Conversation | August 23, 2016
Work, Worship, and Mission: Overlooked First Steps of Missional Ministry
There is a lot of talk about missional communities in North American churches today. These important conversations are helpful as we think about the church’s witness to society.
Audio | April 21, 2016
Connecting Sunday's Worship to Monday's Work
“Faith and Work” has recently become a major theme of Christian renewal in congregations across North America and beyond.
Video | April 18, 2016
Cory Willson on Inhabiting the Liturgy
Maybe you feel like a bad Christian when you catch yourself thinking about work or weekday concerns during corporate worship. But doing so can help you worship more deeply and faithfully.
Conversation | March 21, 2016