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?
What is the target audience?
An overview of work from pre-fall through to the New Testament
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.
The story of Zinzendorf, the Moravians, and their role in the spread of the gospel through business and missions.
William Carey is often called the father of modern missions. We discuss his impact and approach towards fulfilling the great commission.
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
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.
We discuss the purpose of business, the different aspects of God's glory, and how business might then reflect God's glory.
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?
We close this lesson by discussing the definition of ministry, covering the commonly held views, and the mixed messages coming from many pulpits.
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?
Foundationally, what does scripture say about business? We discuss this question, and the role of business in society
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.
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.
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?
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
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.