The FOR Campaign is Denver Institute’s five-year vision campaign for the future of work & workers, church, and cities.

We are for workers.
We are for churches.
We are for cities.

Why We Exist

Society lacks a compelling purpose and vision for work.

What We Want

We see a future where every person’s work brings hope and life to their city.

What Will Be: Hope and Life

Hope. Life. These words are full of meaning for daily work, humanity, and Jesus.


Work, from the beginning, was always about life. When God made humanity in his image, he did so as a worker himself who had brought life from chaos. His first words to humanity were to continue his work, cultivating creation to be the fruitful, life-giving world God intended. 


When humanity rebelled against their Creator, the relationship between work and life changed. Work was still meant to bring life, but now it was harder, less fruitful, and had the possibility of producing death and decay. 

Now, the life of the world feels at risk. Hope for our work to bring life is lost. 

This is why Jesus made his purpose clear in John 6:51 when he said he came to offer himself “for the life of the world.” What did he mean by life? He makes another statement about life just a few chapters later in John 10:10 that helps us understand what he meant. He came to give “life to the full.” The fullness of life is what God intended from the beginning and what he promises in the end. 

Flourishing, shalom, the reconciliation of all things, bringing heaven to earth, redemption, the new Jerusalem, and thriving - what do they all have in common? Other than being words typically used in the faith and work movement, they all describe “life to the full.” 

In Christ, there is hope for the world and there is hope for work to bring life to the world.

Those in Christ follow Jesus’ lead in offering their lives “for the life of the world” so that every life can experience the kind of life Jesus came to bring, “life to the full.” 

When they do so, it gives society the most compelling vision and purpose for work imaginable.

What We Do: Mission and Core Practices

So, we prepare people to serve God and others in their daily work so that workplaces and cities are transformed.

We do that by convening Christian workers for relationships, cultivating in them a renewed imagination for work, and catalyzing them toward redemptive action in their workplace, industry, profession, or city.

In 5 years, we expect:

100,000

people to affirm their daily work as essential to God's work in the world

20,000

Christians to foster relationships in their workplaces

50

leading voices across 5 industries creating practical, actionable content for their peers

100

faith and work organizations to be learning from one another for the good of their city

3

city issues to change positively in Denver because private and social sector leaders worked together

25

churches

&

10

businesses

to have integrated God's view of work into their philosophy and strategy

What Is and What Can Be

We do that by convening Christian workers for relationships, cultivating in them a renewed imagination for work, and catalyzing them toward redemptive action in their workplace, industry, profession, or city.

An anemic vision of work will persist without accessible and excellent vocational discipleship.
We will cultivate vocational discipleship opportunities to cultivate a deeper understanding of God's purpose for work.
100,000 people affirm their daily work as essential to God's work in the world
Theological thinking about work is divided from its faithful practice.
We will share practices for faithful work by platforming practitioners actively integrating their faith in their specific industry or profession.
50 leading voices across 5 industries creating practical, actionable content for their peers.
Isolation and loneliness is increasing in the workplace.
We will convene and connect Christians, emphasizing relationship building for personal and professional development.
20,000 Christians who foster relationships in their workplaces.
Local churches need an integrated theology of work with their philosophy of ministry, & businesses need an integrated theology of work with their business strategy and culture.
We will serve churches and businesses and support an integrated and practical theology of work in these organizations through 1 week, 3 month, and 12 month consulting engagements.
25 churches and 10 businesses have integrated God's view into their philosoply and strategy.
Marketplace, church, and nonprofit leaders rarely solve city needs together.
We will convene leaders from all sectors and catalyze redemptive action in service of our city.
3 city issues change positively in Denver because private and social sector leaders worked together.

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