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The Gospel at Work Conference

Hosted at Redemption Hill Church

Start: Friday, September 23  •  6:30 PM EST

End: Saturday, September 24  •  12:30 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.


Keynote Speakers

Harold Babb

Harold Babb

28th August 2016

Dr. Babb has a distinguished career, both as an educator and entrepreneur. He successfully co-founded and sold businesses in the health care (emergency centers), investment […]Read More

Bobby Ukrop

Bobby Ukrop

28th August 2016

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, Bobby Ukrop drives the company’s passion and enthusiasm for fresh, delicious food. He began his […]Read More

Rick Collins

Rick Collins

28th August 2016

Rick began his business career with United Parcel Service where he worked for nearly 22 years in Senior Management. The largest portion of Rick’s experience […]Read More

Caleb Crider

Caleb Crider

28th August 2016

Caleb is a missiologist, writer, and teacher. He’s married to Lindsey, and has two children: Jonas and Meredith. Originally from California, Caleb spent 7 years […]Read More


Schedule

Friday, September 23, 2016
5:30pm – 6:30pm Conference Registration
6:30pm – 7:00pm Welcome & Worship
7:00pm – 7:45pm Keynote 1: Greg Gilbert
8:00pm – 8:15pm Break
8:15pm – 9:00pm Keynote 2: David Platt
Saturday, September 24, 2016
7:30am – 8:30am Light Breakfast and Networking
8:30am – 9:20am Breakout 1
9:30am – 10:20am Breakout 2
10:30am – 11:25am TED Talks
11:25am – 12:00pm Keynote #3: Sebastian Traeger
12:00pm – 12:30pm Closing & Prayer


Breakout Sessions

 

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.
Working Yourself to Death: Stress and Anxiety in the 21st Century Workplace
Aaron Hartman, MD | Chronic Anxiety and Stress are quickly becoming the 21st Century Stress Syndrome affecting millions of Americans health, well-being and ability to perform the most basic duties. The Bible is not silent on stress (typically referred to as worry and anxiousness) yet our current culture almost feeds off of this state of chronic stress. Today in America, if you are not stressed and supper busy, you are not living. In this session we will review how exactly stress affects our health, mental functioning, performance of our duties, vocation and ultimately our ability to carry out God’s calling in our lives.
Two Critical Questions Every Leader Must Answer
Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | What is your leadership perspective – and why does it matter? Before we can achieve our God-given potential as Jesus-like leaders, we must answer two paradigm-setting questions: Whose am I? Who am I? The answers to these two questions will provide focus and purpose for leaders who desire to have a more significant impact in the life of others. In this session, we’ll examine the life of Jesus, the greatest Leader role model of all time, and we’ll discover why truly transformational leadership always begins with the heart.
To Work Or Not To Work?
Val Kling | How does God define work? Our contemporary sense of identity—different from our true identity in Christ—seems to depend on our public, paid work. The question, What do you do?, is laden with implication and prompts various emotions in us of pride, insecurity, or alienation. Finding peace and contentment in “staying home,” or in working behind the scenes without pay, challenges our modern constructs of identity. God invites us to take a counter-cultural approach towards work—an approach that trusts that God invests all kinds of work with honor and usefulness.
The Artisan Economy
Caleb Crider | Creatives have long gathered in cities around the world for community, collaboration, and inspiration. The resulting network has led to the emergence of the artisan economy, where careers take a back seat to hobbies and passions. We’ll discuss how participation in the artisan economy can provide Christian creatives the opportunity to build relationships, share the gospel, and make disciples in any city.
The Value of Profit
Rick Collins | Pursuing profit means I’m greedy, right? For many Christians, money feels like a necessary evil. But, Scripture celebrates profit and views it a blessing while warning of the dangers of loving it. This breakout will present a healthy view of profit – the pitfalls to avoid and promises to embrace.
How To Be A Bad Boss
Being a boss can be a tough job. But, the Christian has a guidebook to leadership. In this breakout, we’ll look at principles of godly leadership and contrast that with common traits of a “bad boss.” Whether you are a boss now or serving under a bad one, you’ll find foundational truths to build on.
Panel: Entrepreneurship as a Christian
Moderator: Sebastian Traeger | What does it take to be an entrepreneur? What unique challenges and opportunities does entrepreneurship hold for the Christian? Join us to get answers to these questions and many others…or, to ask your own. Each panelist comes with a diverse entrepreneurial background, from non-profits to for-profits, from technology to education.
Panel: Shepherding Workers
Moderator: Greg Gilbert | Churches are filled with Christians in the workplace. This statement is not profound. But, the reality of that statement is. For church leaders, it’s vital to wrestle with how to apply God’s Word to the worker. This panel will draw from decades of church leadership experience to discuss practical guidance for the church leaders on how to shepherds workers.


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Your conference registration fee includes entry to the conference as well as a complimentary copy of The Gospel At Work (Traeger & Gilbert) and Counter Culture (Platt). Light snacks will be provided on Friday night and coffee and continental breakfast items will be available on Saturday morning.

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Partner With Us

A conference’s success hinges largely upon local churches and individuals partnering with us. If you’re passionate about God and His teachings about our view of work and our role in the workplace, we invite you to help spread the word. Click here to access some promotional materials that will assist you in your efforts. Thank you for your help!

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