• 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 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
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