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Learning How to Work in the Presence of God

Thursday 15th April 2021

When we think of the encountering the presence of God, we usually think of a church, or a retreat, or being in nature. We rarely consider what it means to encounter God in our place of work. However, an upcoming conference will challenge our ideas about where we can connect with God.

The Transforming Vocation Conference: Working in the Presence of God will consider the issues around how Christian faith intersects with everyday work. It will bring together theologians, Christians in the workplace and church leaders to both receive teaching, and to join in conversation.

“We are excited at this opportunity of theologians, faithful workers and church leaders considering issues of vocation, work, and equipping workplace Christians,” explains conference organiser Kara Martin.

“However, this will not just be a time of receiving presentations, but also of conversation, learning how theological colleges and churches better equip Christians for the workplace.”

The theme of the conference is Working in the Presence of God, based on the book by the main speakers, Denise Daniels and Shannon Vandewarker. They will lead participants to ponder how spiritual practices can enhance our ordinary working, as well as addressing the biblical background, and opportunities for churches when considering how to work in the presence of God.

There will be panels of workers, church leaders and theologians, and also ten research papers presented at the conference canvassing issues as diverse as vocation, biblical concepts for working in the presence of God and the universal basic income.

“We have had several faith and work conferences which focus on the ‘Oh wow’ moment, when Christians realise that God cares about their ordinary work,” says Kara. “This conference will be much more about the ‘So how’, learning what it means to go deeper in our understanding of how our work fits into God’s story.”

The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to engage at the highest level in theological and practical reflection on the nature of work, the changing cultural and economic landscape in which we now operate as workers, and how churches and their leaders can more effectively equip their members to think well and live faithfully as workplace Christians.

The conference will be held at Morling College in Sydney, as well as hubs in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, and online.

The conference will be held from 15–17 July.  For more information and to register, click here.

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