• 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 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 8: The Kingdom of God and Social TransformationLesson 10: Money and the Meaning of Life