• 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 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 7: Calling and MissionLesson 9: Business as Mission