This course introduces a person to understand what work means, why we are designed and called to work, why work is hard and why the marketplace is something that fits God’s design for interdependence of human beings on earth, in spite of all the problems caused by sin, both personal and structural. So one purpose of undertaking this course is to see how the time we spend working and engaging in enterprise is actually ministry to our neighbor (whether seen or not seen) and can be, surprisingly, a ministry to God.
What we are going to do in this course is to explore what is the meaning, motivation and practice of marketplace activity from God`s perspective drawing heavily on Scripture. Behind this it is the conviction that all of God`s people are engaged in “full-time ministry" and doing Kingdom of God work, not just pastors and missionaries. In this course we are considering “marketplace” in a broad way, yes primarily business and economic life, but in all kinds of enterprise and exchange, whether profitable or not-for-profit, including teaching, professions, the trades and homemaking.