Events / January 24, 2023

Webinar: Faith, Work, and Giving

Work is an expression of worship when done unto His purposes and for His glory.

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This webinar has been postponed until April 2023.

Our work was never intended to be transactional; it was designed to be transformative. Since the beginning of creation, God has invited us to co-labor with him in all he has created. And Scripture evidences–even before the Fall–we were called to work for his glory. But what was God’s original intention for our work? And even more, what does his divine design for our work mean for us today?

In this webinar, we consider how our work expresses worship when done for his purposes and his glory. We will discuss a biblical framework of vocation and work. We will consider how our work extends beyond our weekday occupation and to all aspects of our ministry and life.

Faith and Work: Giving

Throughout church history, faithful Christian leaders have worked within dynamic communities to establish justice, mercy, and shalom for the common good. They labored for the sake of the gospel, and their endeavors produced lasting fruit. History tells of their generosity in establishing community centers; preventative health care, rehabilitation, and counseling facilities; schools; hospitals; libraries; orphanages; and many other common-good amenities. As followers of Christ, we recognize our Matthew 5:16 call to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a world in need of his love and generosity. In this Faith and Work Webinar, we will discuss how our finances, time, and other gifts can be generously stewarded for God's kingdom purposes. We also consider how we can equip others to do the same. 

About This Webinar:

Date: January 24, 2023

Time: 11:30AM-12:30PM CST

Cost: Free registration

Food for Thought:

1. How is our vocation different than our profession?

2. What does Scripture say about God’s goodness and grace associated with all forms of work?

3. In what ways is our work and ministry a means of generosity toward human flourishing?

Presenters

Lauren McAfee

Philanthropy: Hobby Lobby, Museum of the Bible

Lauren Green McAfee works at the Hobby Lobby corporate office and is the author of Only One Life (Zondervan, 2018), Not What You Think (Zondervan, 2019), and Legacy Study (B&H, 2019). She is a speaker, connector, and coffee enthusiast and is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethics and Public Policy with Dr. Russell Moore as her supervisor.

Prior to her role with Hobby Lobby, Lauren worked for her father, Steve Green, as he founded the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. During her time at the Museum, she served as Curator, Artifact Collection Manager, and Director of Community Engagement. 

 Lauren has a Master of Arts in pastoral counseling and theological studies, as well as a Master of Theology. She enjoys serving as board chair for Stand for Life and as a member of the board of directors for Christianity Today. Lauren and her husband, Michael, live in Oklahoma City and enjoy reading and traveling. Together they have one daughter, Zion, through the miracle of adoption. 

David Wills

President Emeritus of the National Christian Foundation

David came to faith at the first event ever held in Texas Stadium when he was ten years old. His parents wanted to hear Johnny Cash, the opening act for a guy named Billy Graham, who was having a crusade there that night.

David and Chris have been married for over 30 years! They grew up in the same neighborhood in Wichita Falls, Texas, and have known each other since they were kids. Speaking of kids, they have nine of them, including two daughters-in-law! Plus one grandchild!

David serves as President Emeritus of the National Christian Foundation (NCF) and joined NCF in 1998 as its first President. NCF celebrated its 40th year in 2022 and has become the world’s largest Christian grant-making foundation, serving over 30,000 families. In the first six months of 2022, NCF made over 150,000 grants of over $1 billion to thousands of churches, ministries, and charitable organizations.

David has business and law degrees from Baylor University, a master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and to a Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the Said School of Business at Oxford University. His education mirrors his passions: business, law, and theology. David has co-authored two books, Investing in God’s Business and Family.Money.

He serves on multiple boards, including Barnhart Crane & Rigging; Kingdom Companies Group; American Bible Society; The IF:Gathering; The River Foundation; ECFA; The Impact Foundation; Trust Bridge Global Foundation; and Generous Giving, which he co-founded.

David and Chris, live in China Spring TX, a suburb of Crawford, TX, which is a suburb of Waco, TX.

Facilitator

Christina Crenshaw

Cultural Engagement and Leadership​ Associate at​ The Hendricks Center

Dr. Christina Crenshaw has twenty years experience as a professor, researcher, writer, and a faith and justice advocate. She holds a PhD in Education with an emphasis in English from Baylor University. As a Lecturer at Baylor University, she taught Faith and Writing, Vocational Leadership, and Human Trafficking Awareness courses. As an Assistant Professor at California Baptist University, she served in a dual department position teaching English and Education courses. Christina has also held staff leadership positions. She served as the Director of Baylor’s Leadership Minor and as the Program Director for Truett Seminary’s Faith and Sports Ministry. Prior to her experience in higher education, she taught high school students in both public and private schools. Christina also has extensive work in anti-human trafficking efforts. She has published and presented her work on human trafficking prevention curriculum in peerreviewed journals and at academic conferences. 

Currently, Christina serves as an Associate for Cultural Engagement and Leadership at Dallas Theology Seminary’s Hendricks Center. She also holds a Fellowship with Southwestern Seminary’s Land Center and Independent Women’s Forum. In these roles, she contributes to efforts and discussions on the intersections of the Church, vocation, leadership, and cultural engagement.