Courtesy of our friends at the Theology of Work project, here are some of the internet’s best small group resources on topics around work and calling. If you’re looking for a place to start with your small group, here’s a great place to begin. For more information, visit the Theology of Work website.
These 1-hour topical studies are free to use with any group. Each comes with scripture, commentary, and thought-provoking questions.
These targeted small group curriculums have been written for specific populations. Use them in similar groups, or adapt them for different groups.
In the Jesus and Your Job video teaching series, New Testament scholar Sean McDonough explains the link between modern occupations and Jesus' ministry. Each week he is joined by a panel of Christian professionals who answer the question: Where is Jesus in your job?
These short reflections on Bible characters can be read and discussed in a half-hour meeting.
Find more ideas about the work of Bible characters in the book Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture. Each chapter is a the story of a different person and his or her work.
You could also structure a multi-week study around one Bible character. See for example the book The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith, and Calling from the Life of Joseph.
Choose a TOW Bible Study and buy copies for your group.
The Bible and Your Work Study Series: Biblical Book Studies
The Bible and Your Work Study Series: Topical Studies
Read and discuss the TOW Bible Commentary on any book of the Bible, one passage at a time.
Genesis / Exodus / Leviticus / Numbers / Deuteronomy / Joshua / Judges / Ruth / 1 Samuel / 2 Samuel / 1 Kings / 2 Kings / 1 Chronicles / 2 Chronicles / Ezra / Nehemiah / Esther / Job / Psalms / Proverbs / Ecclesiastes / Song of Songs / Isaiah / Jeremiah / Lamentations / Ezekiel / Daniel / Hosea / Joel / Amos / Obadiah / Jonah / Micah / Nahum / Habakkuk / Zephaniah / Haggai / Zechariah / Malachi
Matthew / Mark / Luke / John / Acts / Romans / 1 Corinthians / 2 Corinthians / Galatians / Ephesians / Philippians / Colossians / 1 Thessalonians / 2 Thessalonians / 1 Timothy / 2 Timothy / Titus / Philemon / Hebrews / James / 1 Peter / 2 Peter / 1 John / 2 John / 3 John / Jude / Revelation
Here are some ideas on introducing your group to the basic principles of faith-work-integration.
Discuss a book on faith and work:
Watch an introductory video series about work:
Both children and adults need to work, whether that work is paid (like a paper route) or unpaid (like folding the laundry). But for many adults and children, work has become a dirty word. Work means things that we don't want to do. We may even think God doesn't care about our work, only about praying or reading the Bible. But a look at the Bible reveals the opposite. God Himself is a worker. He has designed us for work. And God values our work deeply. Work is a good thing! When children and their parents learn about God's plan for work, their daily activities take on a new meaning and holiness.
This 12 lesson curriculum is a free resource designed to teach children to see work through God's perspective.
For each lesson the curriculum includes
Feel free to use this material in your Sunday school program, in your church youth group, or in your own home.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1: GOD IS A WORKER
2: A PARTNER, NOT A ROBOT
3: WHAT WORK IS GOD UP TO?
4: MASTERPIECES ARE NOT FOR THE CLOSET
5: FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
6: I'VE GOD WORK TO DO
7: 3 INGREDIENTS FOR WORKING WITH GOD
8: WORK THAT MATTERS
9: GOD IN OUR MONDAY TO SUNDAY
10: SALT AND LIGHT
11: TURNING UP THE WATTAGE
12: WORK REWARDS
For more information and resources, visit the Theology of Work website.
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