Topic outline

  • Welcome to Marketplace Ministry!

    Professor Paul Stevens -- Contact Person: registrar@imtglobal.org

    Thank you for joining this course, Marketplace Ministry. This is an important study both for people in pastoral ministry (since they are empowering most of the people of God to live and work in the world Monday to Saturday as full-time servants of God in the workplace and home), but also for people whose primary arena of service is in a societal occupation.  For myself (Paul) this is heart-beat stuff. I have been teaching, modeling, writing and advocating on this for over fifty years. I have tried to implement this as a pastor, as a student counselor with IVCF, as a carpenter and business person (construction industry), as a theological professor and more recently as a self-employed consultant and seminar leader.

    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.

  • Lesson 1: Work and the Meaning of Human Enterprise

    Professor Paul Stevens

    Welcome to Week One. This is the beginning of an important journey of integrating faith and work in the marketplace.  In this first study we will introduce what is marketplace ministry and marketplace theology—understanding human enterprise from the perspective of God’s presence and purpose. We will do a case study and begin to learn how to exegete a situation theologically. Finally, I will point you to a brief introduction on a theology of work (especially for those who have not yet taken a theology of work overview course.)               

    A Village Market-place in Kenya

    Market-places are where goods, services, values, ideas and news are exchanged and shared

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 1, select and download mp3 files 4324A1, 4324A3 - 4324A7.  

    Assignment Checklist:

    1. Listen to lectures A1, A3 -A7
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Start reading the book chosen from the required readings list
    4. Read over the course project options and have in mind which one you would like to attempt. 
  • Lesson 2: Pressures, Powers and Empowerment in the Workplace

    Professor Paul Stevens

    Congratulations on completing week one. You are now into the rhythm of the course. This week we plunge into two key issues in the marketplace: resistance (the powers and empowerment) and motivation for work and enterprise.

    A Virtual Company:   Technology as a “Power”

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 2, select and download mp3 files 4324B1 - 4324B7.

    Assignment Checklist:

    1. Listen to lecture B1-B7
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
    Last modified: Sunday, 28 May 2017, 4:19 PM
  • Lesson 3: Leadership for Servants

    Guest Speaker: Walter Wright

    You are a leader. Yes, everyone has influence with others whether a small number or large. The leader is really a helmsperson, steering the ship. “Servant Leadership” is a common phrase today though few people seem to understand what it means. Welcome to a really invigorating session with Dr. Walter Wright, former president of Regent College, as he explains “Leadership for Servants.” 

    The leader is really a helmsperson.

     

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 3, select and download mp3 files 4324C1 - 4324C7.

    Assignment Checklist:

    1. Listen to lecture C1-C7
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
  • Lesson 4: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises

    Guest Speaker: Rick Goossen

    Have you ever thought that Christians should be the most creative and innovative people on earth? The reason could be our personal connection with the ongoing creativity of God. So in this session, I team up with the co-author of our book on Entrepreneurial Leadership, Dr. Richard Goossen, to explore innovation in the marketplace and social entrepreneurship in the world. Dr. Richard Goossen is Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Organization and an advisor in Covenant Family Wealth Advisors. There will be three parts to the teaching: (1) Defining entrepreneurship and explaining why it is so critical for businesses, not-for-profits and churches (Goossen). (2) Then I will do some theological reflection on the biblical sources of innovation and creativity. (3) The third part is again with Goossen and he will open up the theme of social entrepreneurship and will show how enterprise and not aid is the best way to address social problems and help the marginalized.

    The first quick oil change facility in Eastern Europe started by Entrepreneurial Christians, employing people coming out of the drug scene.

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 4, select and download mp3 files 4324D1 to 4324D6.

    Assignment Checklist:

    1. Listen to lecture D1-D6
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
  • Lesson 5: Leadership, Motivation and Engaging in the Global Village

    Professor Paul Stevens

    It was a Canadian back in the 1960’s who invented the term “global village.” Marshall McLuhan foresaw that technology would shrink the world into one communication network so we would know what is going on in places far away just as if we were in a small village. That has indeed become true for this class with BGU. We are a borderless university. So even small businesses today are doing business globally, accessing materials or products from far-away places or marketing their services or products to other countries.  The people who service our virtual university are an example of this, as most of them live and work in Florida and the Caribbean. So we are going to do a case study (a true story with the names changed) to get into issues of globalization. But first we will take one more look at the “why,” with motivation and what we experience in organizational cultures that makes us want to work and enjoy our efforts, and of course the reverse.

     

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 5, select and download mp3 files 4324E1 to 4324E6.

    Assignment Check List:

    1. Listen to lecture E1-E6
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
  • Lesson 6: Ethics for Marketplace Ministers

    Professor Paul Stevens

    Congratulations on getting to the middle of the course. I sincerely hope that you are not only enjoying the various dimensions of individual and communal learning but finding some tools and practical strategies for being full time ministers in the marketplace. This week is no exception as so many of the issues people face in working in the world are ethical. In this week’s theme we are following fairly closely chapter 8 “Cultivating Integrity” in Doing God’s Business. But we are also going consider what it means to do business East and West, North and South as there are so many strange “virtues” in other cultures.

    Dr. Clive Lim, Singapore and Toronto, Canada, Real Estate Investment

     

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 6, select and download mp3 files 4324F1 to 4324F6.

    Assignment Check List:

    1. Listen to lecture F1-F6
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
  • Lesson 7: Calling and Mission

    Guest Speaker: David Hataj

    Everyone has a story and the amazing thing is, that when we hear someone else’s story we reflect on our own. David Hataj is the President of Edgerton Gear, a business he took over from his father. As he retells his experience we invite you to reflect on your own. 

     

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 7, select and download mp3 files 4324G1 to 4324G7.

    Assignment Check List:

    1. Listen to lecture G1-G7
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
    4. Keep in mind the book report and course project that is due by the end of the course
  • Lesson 8: The Kingdom of God and Social Transformation

    Professor Paul Stevens

    We come this week into the heart of what Jesus came to preach, to do and to embody: the kingdom of God. It is a crucial perspective. Most of the evangelical church preaches the gospel of soul salvation. Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom of God (which of course includes soul salvation). But it is more. And it is the heart of our ministry in the church and in a societal occupation. In the gospels Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God (or, as in Matthew, the kingdom of heaven)  about 144 times. It was his first message and his last on earth. If we are going to follow Jesus whether in church work or world work we had better get this one straight. This is what we will attempt to do this week. This week’s study has three parts: (1) exploring what the Bible says about the kingdom of God and its implications for work and business; (2) Doing a case study that explores one practical dimension of this—“Banking on the Future”; (3) examining a theology and spirituality of social transformation.

    Jesus said the kingdom of God is like fire cast on earth, light penetrating the darkness and yeast folded into dough. 

     

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 8, select and download mp3 files 4324H1 to 4324H5.

    Assignment Check List:

    1. Listen to lecture H1-H5
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
    4. Keep in mind the book report and course project that is due by the end of the course
  • Lesson 9: Business as Mission

    Professor Paul Stevens

    Last week we explored the critical New Testament perspective on the kingdom of God. This week we look at one specific dimension of kingdom work: business.  One of the recurring themes of this course is the break-down of the sacred-secular dualism that has so deeply been ingrained in the life of the church worldwide. This week’s theme brings this to a head by considering how business is not only a “mission field,” that is, a location for witness, but how business can be part of God’s mission in the world.

    A Missionary Going to Work

     

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 9, select and download mp3 files 4324I1 to 4324I6.

    Assignment Check List:

    1. Listen to lecture I1-I6
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
    4. Keep in mind the book report and course project that is due by the end of the course
  • Lesson 10: Money and the Meaning of Life

    Guest Speaker: Ross Allan

    One of the things rarely discussed in Christian contexts is the meaning and use of money. But it is a critical component of everyday life and central to human enterprise in the world. What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word “money”? It is extraordinary how we add modifiers to the word “money”: “dirty money,” “money talks,” “the Almighty dollar.” In this study we first of all attend a lecture by Ross Allan, a financial planner and insurance agent), Allan Financial (www.allanfinancial.com), who has tried to find a “jubilee” (Lev 25) way of sharing the proceeds of selling insurance with his clients. We then consider two biblical approaches to money and the meaning of life, the first over-viewing what the Bible says about money and the second considering a specific parable, “The Rich Fool.”

    Please listen to audio lesson J1 - J8

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 10, select and download mp3 files 4324J1 to 4324J8.

    Assignment Checklist:

    1. Listen to lecture J1-J8
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
    4. Keep in mind the book report and course project that is due by the end of the course
  • Lesson 11: Empowering the Church for Transformational Mission

    Professor Paul Stevens

    As a member of the people of God you are gathered on Sunday for worship and fellowship but dispersed during the week into amazing workplaces, often where professional pastor and missionaries cannot go. So whether you are a pastor or a member of the congregation it is critical to understand how to be salt and light in your workplace. The church is much more than a building on the corner. 

    Kevin Peters oversees helicopter maintenance

     

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 11, select and download mp3 files 4324K1 to 4324K6.

    Assignment Checklist:

    1. Listen to lecture K1-K6
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard
    3. Continue reading the book chosen from the required readings list
    4. Keep in mind the book report and course project that is due by the end of the course
  • Lesson 12: (Final Lesson) The Spirituality of Kingdom Work in the World

    Professor Paul Stevens

    This is our last week of formal learning together, though there will still be work to do! We bring this study to a conclusion with an emphasis on spirituality, something rarely connected with the rough and tough world of business. There is a complete online course on this entitled, “Taking Your Soul to Work.” In this session we are not repeating what is in that course but opening up the possibility that human enterprise is a place where we can worship God, know God and grow spiritually. Alan Richardson says, “The sense of futility and frustration in the heart of man, who wants to find blessing in his work but cannot achieve it by his own skill or strength, will perchance drive him to seek for the one who saves from sin and redeems the whole of human life, including the lives of men as workers, so that they are preserved from the wretchedness and destructiveness of so much of the work that is done by human hands.” (The Biblical Doctrine of Work, 27)

    Enjoy and grow!

    Honoring God through work as artists

    Note: Besides doing large sculptures Jaroslav Sickova (above) teaches therapeutic art in the university in Slovakia and did so as a Christian through the Communist period.

     

    To listen to the audio for Lesson 12, select and download mp3 files 4324L1 to 4324L2.

    Assignment Checklist:

    1. Listen to lecture L1-L2
    2. Write a journal entry on the lecture material heard and enter your completed journal in the Dropbox provided. 
    3. Write a book report on the book chosen from the readings list and enter it in the Dropbox provided. 
    4. Complete a course project listed in the options listed under Course Requirements and enter it in the Dropbox provided
    Assignments: 3