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Course 406 - Theology of Work

SKU: CVC 406

CVC 406: Theology of Work (3 credits)

This eight-week course is offered during the Fall 1 Term (beginning each Aug.)

This course uncovers new ways of seeing all work as vocation, all days as mission, all business as sacred, and all Christians as missionaries. Through case studies, Lausanne documents, Biblical insights, and historical experiences, this course is basic to understanding the whole mission of the Church to the whole world, including through the systems and structures of cities and societies. It faces the issues of evil that perverts our work ethic and context, and gives the hope of redemption not only of individuals, but also of our workplaces, seeking transformation both within and beyond our workaday contexts.

Professor: Dr. Richard Nongard

Learning Objectives for this Course

Week One

  • To see the deficiencies of current “folk” theology pertaining to the role of lay Christianity
  •  To understand the relevance of this study for the world today
  • To highlight examples of theological case studies as practical alternatives in mission today
  • To explore new possibilities of theological perspectives of mission and service

Week Two

  • To think theologically about vocation
  • To see the role of all persons of the Godhead at work in both past and present
  • To give equal priority to the creative mandate as to the redemptive mandate
  • To see the role of work both individually and collectively through the Word

Week Three

  • To understand the meaning of “ministry” in the broadest sense
  • To see that “work” is done in tandem with God, not apart from Him
  • To recognize the complementary and communitarian nature of work
  • To nurture creative efforts and tasks born of prophetic imagination
  • To ennoble the work of all people, not just the powerful

Week Four

  • To see “Work” as adding value to any context
  • To understand the interplay of systems with the urban environment
  • To grabble with the concept of systemic evil and its antidotes
  • To acquaint oneself with redemptive models of ingathered community
  • To acquaint oneself with redemptive models of dispersed community, into the systems

Week Five

  • To know case studies about redemptive work in the course of Christian history
  • To value the work of the “lay” equally with that of professional Christians
  • To understand that all people are called to minister
  • To think ethically and consequentially about each work context and act accordingly
  • To nurture personal disciplines in the workaday world
  • To recognize and attain appropriate stages of personal growth
  • To be a Christian in ministry 24/7

Week Six

  • To understand the mutually supportive roles of both church and workplace
  • To take on the mantle of leadership as spiritual discipline
  • To think and act creatively for transformative purposes
  • To doggedly persist, throughout life to implement change

Week Seven

The Unique Possibilities of STEM Workers

  • The gifting of STEM workers
  • Their role as entrepreneurs
  • The relationships between entrepreneurs and prophets
  • The role of leadership
  • Stewardship, Values and Beauty

This week is to allow students to submit late assignments and complete their final exams that close at the end of the eighth week.

Week Eight

Completing the Task

  • The Reward of the Master’s Joy
  • Finishing Well
  • The End of the Story

This week is to allow students to submit late assignments and complete their final exams that close at the end of the eighth week.



  Course Materials & Tuition:


Tuition  $600.00
Keller, T.  Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Reprint edition.). Riverhead Trade (2014). 336 pages.   ISBN #978-1594632822 $9.99 (Kindle version)
Hoffman, R., & Casnocha, B. (2012). The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. .  New York: Crown Business. 272 pages. ISBN: 9780307888907 $11.84

Rath, T. (2007). StrengthsFinder 2.0.  (1 edition.). New York: Gallup Press. 183 pages ISBN: 9781595620156   Note: you must purchase a new book as only new books come with the code to complete the StrengthsFinder test. If you have already completed the Strength Finder Inventory, then you do not need to complete it again.

Course Total  $637.01


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