Summer Institute
 

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How are we to understand God's design and purpose for work?

Do you ever wonder what your 8am-5pm (and beyond!) job has to do with God's Kingdom purposes? Are you just supposed to grind it out and wait for retirement to do what you really want to do? What voices are you listening to when it comes to how you should think about your work?

Join Cru and Holy Trinity Church this summer for a 6 week journey to explore these questions in community. We'll dive deeper into a theology of work, wrestle through ideas about calling and vocation and provide you with a mentor in your field of work to walk alongside you.

We meet Saturday mornings (10-noon) and Tuesday evenings (7-9pm) in the Loop between June 3-July 15 for instruction, small group interaction and practical application. Thursday evening opportunities exist for dinner and social activities. An important part of the program is a mentoring relationship we’ll help facilitate in your field of work to walk alongside you in your spiritual and professional development.

We’ll have all of our meetings at the Willow Creek Ministry Center at 418 S Wabash. The Jackson Red Line stop is close and there is a paid parking lot and metered street parking if you need to drive. 

Cost is $100 

Have questions? Please email faithandworkchicago@gmail.com for more info.
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The Summer Institute of Faith and Work is produced by Cru and Holy Trinity Church.
 

The Summer Institute of Faith and Work is produced by Cru and Holy Trinity Church.
Images by Bob Vonderau.


What previous participants are saying about the Summer Institute

I have been a teacher at a community college for seven years, and I participated in the Summer Institute for Faith and Work in 2016. I found that this course answered some questions that had been gnawing at me for a while: How do I work as a Christian? Is evangelism the only way to serve God at work? Is the purpose of work merely to make money so I can share it with others? Is my work glorifying to God even though I am not in full time ministry? Discussing these topics with fellow Christians, reading from books on the subject, hearing teachings on the topic, and listening to panelists from different fields describe how they see their professions as advancing God’s kingdom was encouraging and invigorating to me. I felt equipped to return to my place of work confident that I could serve God through working hard and with excellence in my profession, not only through potential evangelism opportunities. I plan to participate again and would encourage anyone to do the same!
[I’ve] really begun to change my perspective of work. Seeing it as a privilege because it’s something God has entrusted with us. Coming out of college, I saw work not really as a punishment, but more obligation. Now I’ve been able to shift my thinking and I’m even more grateful and hopeful when I think about my job and future next steps of my career.
My mentor meeting was AWESOME and she was able to speak directly into my experience…and made me feel normal and like I wasn’t failing. Meeting with her, in conjunction with our worksheet on calling, has really enlightened and added a lot to what I’ve been thinking about regarding my gifts, passions, strengths and opportunities.
I have thought about my job for so long as my mission field that I began ignoring the fact that it is also WORK and worth doing and pursuing with excellence. I’m starting to expand my mindset to include actual performance of the work amidst people who need to know and experience God’s love (and viewing excellence as an additional dimension of worship to and reflection of my Creator).