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Repurposing Business Foundations

Lay a foundation for discovering your work as worship, your career as a calling, and your business as ministry.
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Last updated 8/2015
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Course Overview

This course will help you explore the connection between your work and God's work from the beginning of time through today. It will lay a foundation for discovering your work as worship, your career as a calling, and your business as ministry. You will feel good about your work as you get the connection between your labor and God's work. Barriers between the so-called "secular" and "sacred" will begin to crumble.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 15 lectures and and approximately an hours worth of content!
  • A fresh perspective of Business as Ministry
  • Exposure to thought provoking and challenging questions
  • The breaking down of false dichotomies between the "secular" and "sacred"
  • New and fresh motivation at work as you begin to see it as a form of worship
  • The opportunity to further explore this topic of Business and Missions in greater detail

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who works
  • Those struggling to find motivation, purpose and meaning at work
  • Christians who are wrestling with how to integrate their faith with their work in meaningful and practical ways.
  • Anyone who wants to know more about Marketplace ministry or Business as Missions.
Who is the target audience?
  • Those seeking greater purpose at work
  • People wanting to make the connection between their careers and their callings
  • Business owners who want their companies to stand for more than just "the bottom line"
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  • All you need is a curiosity about whether God + business mix
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:09:46
1 Lecture 01:49

An introduction to the Lecturer Brett Johnson, and the organization (The Institute) that is providing this course.

Provides some insight into the philosophy and approach towards Business as Missions, and the integration of life.

Preview 01:49
History of God and Business
5 Lectures 18:54

An overview of work from pre-fall through to the New Testament

Preview 01:55

Discussion Questions

God and Business - From pre-fall through the Old Testament
2 questions

The history of business and ministry post New Testament, tracing the spread of the early church through the Nestorians and others. We discuss the change in the concept of the business/ministry connection after the reformation.

Preview 02:09

God and Business - From New Testament to Early church
3 questions

The story of Zinzendorf, the Moravians, and their role in the spread of the gospel through business and missions.

Preview 05:26

God and Business - The Moravians
3 questions

William Carey is often called the father of modern missions. We discuss his impact and approach towards fulfilling the great commission.

God and Business - William Carey

God and Business - William Carey
4 questions

There have been other Business as Missions movements after William Carey. We discuss some of them, and many unexpected well known businesses who had Christian roots

God and Business - Post Carey, the era of modern missions

God and Business - Post Carey, the era of modern missions
2 questions
Business is Ministry
4 Lectures 18:13

We discuss what the biblical description of work is, cover some instances of work in scripture, and explore the notion that God has a business before exploring the possible connection between what you do for work and what God does.

Preview 04:37

What is work?
3 questions

We discuss the purpose of business, the different aspects of God's glory, and how business might then reflect God's glory.

The glory of God

The glory of God
3 questions

We investigate the concept of dichotomy and fragmentation, and how this is contrary to biblical truth. This concept has permeated even Christian culture. How has it affected our perception of work?

The Effects of Dichotomy

The effects of dichotomy
2 questions

We close this lesson by discussing the definition of ministry, covering the commonly held views, and the mixed messages coming from many pulpits.

What is Ministry?

What is ministry?
3 questions
Repurposing Business
3 Lectures 16:11

We have a mandate to make disciples. We are also made for a purpose. How do we integrate this with business? Does this inform the purpose of business?

The purpose of Business

The purpose of Business
4 questions

Foundationally, what does scripture say about business? We discuss this question, and the role of business in society

Foundational Principles of Business

Foundational principles of Business
2 questions

What do we do? What do we believe? What can we provide you with in order to help you discover your call and repurpose business? This module covers all these questions as it provides you with an overview of Repurposing Business training.

Repurposing Business Training

Repurposing Business Training
2 questions
The Other 90%
3 Lectures 13:58

Many businesses were started by believers, with very kingdom focused purposes. We talk about some of these businesses and how some might now need to be repurposed as a segue into conversation about what current businesses might require repurposing, and dreaming about the impact that could have.

Businesses with christian roots

Businesses with Christian roots
3 questions

Consider business as a mission field. If we're to effectively reach this field for God, we need to repurpose “the other 90%” of companies who are not yet doing business God's way. Many companies already have an unconscious desire to do good, to have a noble purpose. How might we encourage such businesses and repurpose them for the Kingdom?

The other 90% of Businesses

The other 90% of Businesses
2 questions

There are some key characteristics of a Kingdom business. Imagine what church at work might look like. We discuss these topics in this module as we conclude

Kingdom Business

Kingdom Business
3 questions
What's Next?
1 Lecture 00:39
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About the Instructor
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Mobilizing & training the next generation of world changers.

Brett Johnson is the founder of The Institute for Innovation, Integration & Impact, Inc, which is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Passionate about the abolition of dichotomy­—eradicating the false barriers between facets of life, Brett is particularly interested in removing the barrier between the so-called secular and sacred. A chartered accountant, writer, father and social entrepreneur, Brett is dedicated to societal transformation through business and leadership development. Brett has over thirty years of experience with leading public accounting and management consulting firms. He and the team at The Institute have repurposed hundreds of corporations, working extensively with executive groups within businesses, NGOs and international charities, helping them dream new futures, and align around a common purpose. A South African native, Brett has lived in Silicon Valley with his family for over 25 years. Brett has authored six or seven books.

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