Washington, D.C.


The Gospel at Work Conference

Hosted by Covenant Life Church

Start: Saturday, January 31  •  9:00 AM EST

End: Saturday, January 31  •  5:00 PM EST

Most people spend at least 80,000 hours of their lives working. Wouldn’t you like to know how to worship God with that time?

The Gospel at Work conference will help you think biblically about your work. Speakers will provide practical wisdom on how to approach the challenges you face in the workplace and offer insight into God’s concern for your work.

You’ll also meet godly men and women from a variety of industries for a series of very practical discussions on topics like career planning as Christians, leading in the workplace and business as a mission field.

If you wrestle with questions about your work, or if you care about someone who does, this conference is for you.


Jamie Leach

Jamie Leach

12th November 2014

Jamie Leach is the Head of School, High School and Middle School Principal, and Guidance Director at Covenant Life School. Jamie graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University […]Read More

Gabrielle Jackson

Gabrielle Jackson

5th November 2014

Gabrielle Jackson is the author of 5 Millennial Myths: the handbook for managing and motivating Millennials. Gabrielle builds relationships in the Christian business community as […]Read More

Max Anderson

Max Anderson

1st November 2014

Max Anderson is the CEO of Stagecoach Ventures, a private investment and advisory firm dedicated to building companies and media properties that support the common […]Read More

Pat Ennis

Pat Ennis

14th October 2014

Pat Ennis is President of Ennis Consulting & Conciliation, LLC. He has management experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors including past roles of […]Read More

Hugh Whelchel

Hugh Whelchel

13th October 2012

Hugh Whelchel is executive director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, a Christian research organization committed to advancing biblical and economic principles that […]Read More


Saturday, January 31, 2015
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome
9:15am – 10:00am Keynote 1
10:00am – 10:45am Keynote 2
11:00am – 12:00am Breakout 1
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Networking
1:00pm – 2:00pm Breakout 2
2:30pm – 3:45pm TED Talks
3:45pm – 4:45pm Keynote 3
4:45pm – 5:00pm Closing Encouragement



9Marks Pre-Conference: Pastoring Christians for the Workplace
How can church leaders better equip their people for the workplace? A sizable percentage of church members spend over forty hours a week on the job–in the board room, on the sales team, at the law firm. And they need help knowing how to work for Jesus there. How can you help them, pastor? To help answer that question, the Gospel at Work in partnership with 9Marks is offering a pre-conference specifically geared for church leaders: “Pastoring Christians for the Workplace.”

Part 1 | Part 2


The Gospel, Work and Social Justice
Thabiti Anyabwile | The New Testament insists that if a man does not work he shall not eat. The Bible also makes it clear that failing to take care of one’s household is a denial of the faith. These clear passages raise significant challenges to communities of high rates of unemployment and incarceration. What is the church’s role, if any, in ensuring that the gospel works itself out in the lives of families in such communities?
Persecution in the Workplace
Garrett Kell | Jesus promised that if we follow Him, we will face persecution (John 15:20). This hostility is felt in every arena of our lives, and increasingly, in the workplace. The pressure to remain silent about our convictions and to conform to the convictions of others forces us to wrestle with difficult questions. When should I push back on company polices and when should I comply? How can I respectfully resist pressure that calls me to compromise my faithfulness to Jesus? How can I honor my employer who calls me to dishonor my Lord? How can I find strength to follow Jesus, even it costs me my job? In this session, we will draw principles from the book of 1 Peter to help us faithfully endure persecution in the workplace.

Breakout Sessions

Business as Missions: Luncheon
“Jonathan” | JD Greear has said “I am convinced that the next wave of missions is going to happen on the wings of business.” For those provoked by this thought, “Johnathan” will be a hosting a lunch to share the latest thinking in this arena.
Working Across Generations: Understanding and Motivating the Millennial Generation
Gabrielle Jackson | Meet the Millennials, the next generation of social change agents ready to change the world! The first real Global Generation, they are curious, creative and cause-driven. But many churches and companies alike are missing out on maximizing the creativity and drive of the next-generation by not understanding what makes these twenty-somethings tick and stick. To fully leverage the power of an effective multi-generational workplace, leaders and managers of all generations must have the Millennial mind demystified. In this session you will learn from a Millennial: (1) What motivates and inspires this next generation at work and in life? (2) How to build meaningful and fulfilling relationships with the Millennials in your life. (3) Techniques to communicating the Gospel with today’s twenty-somethings.
Business as Missions
“Jonathan” | Have you considered how God can use your skills and experience for
missions? One of the biggest needs in unreached cities is for Christians
to engage in the marketplace. Come and learn how you can take your job
and business overseas. We will discuss case studies and share how you can
take practical next steps.
Practical Workplace Evangelism
Ashok Nachnani | As cultural opposition toward Christianity grows, what is its effect on your evangelism at work? Are you more faithful or more fearful? What does it look like to be an active evangelist in the workplace? Ashok Nachnani – who himself became a Christian in large part through the witness of a co-worker – will help you think through some very practical approaches to sharing the gospel with colleagues and cultivating a more faithful workplace witness.
How to Choose a Job: A Christian’s Guide To Career Planning
Sebastian Traeger | Should Christians ‘plan’ their careers or trust in God to open doors? Is it a trade-off? What are the priorities you should consider when making a job change? By applying biblical wisdom, Sebastian Traeger helps us learn to trust God with our futures by making God-honoring, practical, and grounded plans.
The Gospel and the Gift of Creative Block
Matt Wahl | Creative block is often viewed as a negative obstacle. However, when viewed through the lens of the Gospel, lessons can be learned and God’s hand can be seen.
Can I Be Frank? What the Gospel Has to Say About Feedback
Max Anderson | Why is feedback is one of those things that everyone wants and no one gets? It’s hard to get feedback, and for some of us it’s even harder to give it. Some of the most successful organizations in the world have harnessed the power of feedback to successfully develop products and to develop leaders. This breakout offers practical advice about how to build better relationships and corporate cultures where honest, direct feedback is life-giving. Max shows how bringing the gospel to bear on this aspect of work frees us from fears of conflict and from arrogance of judgment, enabling us to finally be honest with each other.
Resist Isolation – Get Sound Judgment
Pat Ennis | Proverbs 18:1 tells us that the man who isolates himself seeks his own desire and breaks out against all sound judgment. This verse should get our attention as we are challenged with countless decisions at work that demand sound judgment. Pat will help us in considering the enemies of sound judgment, the warning signs and dangers of isolation, and God’s plan for community.
Stewardship Redeemed
Hugh Whelchel | God has given us dominion over this earth and called us to steward his creation in accordance with his original purpose. Being good stewards of God’s creation means more than just financial stewardship. It means making wise choices about how we spend our time and how we use our God-given gifts, talents, and abilities throughout each and every day of our lives. One of the biggest arenas for practicing good stewardship is our work. Hugh Whelchel will illustrate how to embrace biblical stewardship by understanding the importance of work and integrating it into everything you do.
Don’t Wait till “You Grow Up”, Live the Life You’re Called to Now!
Aaron S. Huie & Jamie Leach| The lack of focus, direction, and passion in our culture sincerely has become a massive problem that is hindering the potential within America’s youth. Join us in addressing this issue by stepping above what is average, exploring your full potential, and finding out how you can live the life you are meant to live now, no matter how young you are!



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