• 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 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
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