There was a time when pastors routinely visited parishioners at home and also at their farms, stores, shops, and workbenches. But in today’s economy, when does a pastor even ask, “Can I stop by your cubicle?”
However it’s happened, all the research shows that while most churches provide plenty of resources for family life, they undervalue the importance of the workspace, both as a primary context for discipleship and as a catalyst for the church’s mission. Can we afford to ignore such a strategic setting—where Christians spend the majority of their productive hours, and also engage people who desperately need the light of the gospel?
Join the Hendricks Center and experienced ministry leaders for Equipped: Ministry that Works. Understand how equipping believers for the workplace—in addition to the home and the church—produces a robust model of discipleship that transforms lives and ministry.
Timothy Keller is chairman of Redeemer City to City and pastor emeritus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, which he and his wife, Kathy, started in 1989. For over twenty-five years Tim led a diverse congregation of young professionals that grew to a weekly worshipping community of over 6,000 people, meeting at eight services in three different congregations in Manhattan. In May 2017, those three congregations became independent churches, and Tim transitioned out of his senior pastor role to focus on ministry more broadly in New York City and other global cities through the work of City to City, which has helped start over 380 churches in 54 global cities. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and The Meaning of Marriage.
Tom Nelson is president of Made to Flourish and senior pastor of Christ Community Church. Nelson also serves on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He holds a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Nelson is the author of several books, including Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work and The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity.
He and his wife, Liz, have made Kansas City their home since 1988. They have two grown children and a pup named Harley.
Joy is a disciple-making disciple, helping believers embrace their calling as Christ’s ambassadors in the world and the workplace. Much of Joy’s career has focused on startup and high-growth companies, and for 10 years she provided Chief Financial Officer services through her own consulting practice with clients in Washington, D.C. and New York. In 2017, Joy earned two Masters degrees in Christian Education and Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Currently, she’s pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership at DTS. Her emphasis is the integration of faith and work.
Josh Chatraw is the director of New City Fellows and the resident theologian at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to his work in Raleigh, he was the founding director of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement at Liberty University and Associate Professor of Theology and Apologetics. He has completed a PhD in Biblical Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and is the co-author of Apologetics at the Cross and Cultural Engagement. Josh and his wife, Tracy, have two children: Addison and Hudson.
Julius Wong Loi Sing is a professional speaker and theologian. He was a professor in the Graduate School at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. Dr. Julius was born and raised on the island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. After studying at Calvary Bible College and Grace Theological Seminary, he served as a pastor on Curacao and as one of the theologians for the Papiamentu Bible produced by the Bible Society of the Netherlands-Antilles. He has been teaching in the Moody Graduate School for the last 9 years in the areas of Biblical Languages, Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, and Discipleship. He is married to April and they have four children: Nathaniel, Jonathan, Zachary, and Emily.
Greg Forster serves as the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches, and is a visiting assistant professor of faith and culture, at Trinity International University. He has a Ph.D. with distinction in political philosophy from Yale University. He is the author of seven books, including Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It, and the co-editor of four books. He is a senior fellow at EdChoice, has published numerous articles in scholarly and popular periodicals, and contributes regularly to online outlets such as the Gospel Coalition.
During a pause in her career in the business world, Michelle began serving the church as a volunteer. That led to her first staff position in Women’s Ministry. After graduating from DTS with MACE degree, she took the new role of Pastor of Spiritual Growth, then Community Pastor, and now Pastor of Adult Ministries. This is Michelle’s 25th year serving on staff at Bent Tree..
Michelle is passionate about facilitating people taking the next step on their journey with Jesus. It begins with saying “yes” to the Holy Spirit’s nudge!
I lived in 11 different cities growing up before graduating from Stanford University in Political Science. As an MBA from University of Colorado, I served as an executive in banking, commercial printing and paper distribution for 23 years. Married to Margaret since 1973, we have two adult children, five grandkids, and two needy Chihuahuas. I was saved at the age of 31 at a Billy Graham Crusade in Boise, Idaho. We then moved to Colorado where I served our church in small group leadership and men’s ministry. I became an elder for 3 1/2 years, prior to moving to Texas. In 1996, the Lord called me to full-time vocational ministry as a Pastor at Bent Tree Bible. Starting as Administrative Pastor/Men’s Ministry Pastor, i eventually became Executive Pastor, and then was blessed to become Community Pastor in 2007. This role offers me freedom to steward my gifts and pursue my passion for discipleship as I equip and encourage leaders in LifeGroups, Men’s gatherings and Bible Studies, and Faith@Work.
My dream for Bent Tree Bible is that we, as God’s church, fulfill our mission to be used by God as he transforms people into disciples of Christ, here and around the world. May they then make disciples who advance God’s kingdom and share his love in all areas of life: at home, at work, and in our neighborhoods.
This event is specifically designed for ministry leaders and pastors, yet anyone passionate or curious about the faith and work conversation is more than welcome!
Parents with Children
In order to maintain an atmosphere that allows all of our guests to remain focused on the content of the event, we ask that all attendees be over the age of 14. The only exception is nursing infants, for which we will provide a nursing room.
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