ACT Monograph Series: Transforming Vocation, edited by David Benson, Kara Martin, Andrew Sloane
There has been an explosion of publishing in the faith-work movement in the last twenty years. Work is increasingly seen as the new frontier for Christian mission. However, the church and theological colleges have failed to keep up with the interest among, and needs of, workplace Christians. This book is the urgent corrective that is needed, moving past Theology of Work 101 to much deeper encounters with God’s word as it relates to daily work. These twelve academic papers look at work through three different lenses: the workplace, the church, and theological education. It is prefaced by Mark Greene from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, reflecting on what work, church, and theological education would look like if there was no sacred-secular divide. In the concluding remarks, the editors imagine a future where each domain is transformed by the gospel, working dynamically together for the life of the world. While academic in terms of depth of thinking, quality of research, and referencing of crucial sources for further exploration, this book is never dry. Rather, it’s life-giving and provocative for every vocation, asking fundamental questions of the reader: What is the work that God is calling you to do? How can the gospel transform your work? And how well-positioned are churches and colleges to be at the forefront of transforming vocation?
With contributions from: Mark Greene James Pietsch, Peter White, Peter Docherty, Gordon Preece, Keith Mitchell, David Fagg, Ian Hussey, Colin Noble, Andrew Matthews, Sarah Bacaller, Samuel Curkpatrick, Maggie Kappelhoff.
About the editors:
David Benson directs Culture and Discipleship at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (licc.org.uk). Formerly he lectured in practical theology, worldviews, apologetics, evangelism and faith-work integration at Malyon Theological College, Brisbane, Queensland.
Kara Martin is a lecturer in leadership at Alphacrucis College in Sydney.
Andrew Sloane is Director of Research and Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian thought at Morling College, Sydney.