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Why The Church at Work conference?
What is the connection between the church and the workplace? For many folks, there doesn’t seem to be any. They see the church they attend on Sunday and the place they work the rest of the week as two different worlds with nothing in common. This is unfortunate given how much Scripture has to say about the importance of our faith impacting every area of our lives — especially our work.
What if…
  • Work was seen as a gift, not a burden?
  • Christians were intentional about seeing even their most mundane work as redemptive?
  • There was biblical wisdom that could speak to the frustrations so many people face in their jobs?
  • God called more than just full-time ministers to their work?
  • Our neighbors saw reflections of Christ in every place a Christ-follower worked or studied?
Our Vision
  • Fostering a growing community of pastors and ministry leaders who see the Gospel as impacting every area of life.
  • Seeing Christians connect the biblical call to work as a vital part of discipleship and mission.
  • Providing resources for churches to grow in their ability to integrate faith and work and a forum for encouraging one another in these efforts.
  • Helping pastors and other ministry leaders equip and send their church to the mission field in their own backyard.
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Dr. Tom Nelson is president of Made to Flourish, a nationwide pastors’ network for the common good, where he provides the overall strategic direction. The author of “Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work,” Nelson is a regular speaker and facilitator on vocation and economics. He is a conference speaker who calls the evangelical community to walk deeply and authentically with God. Nelson graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He lives in Kansas City with his wife Liz, where he serves as the senior pastor of Christ Community Church.
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Steven Garber is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations and educational institutions, he is a teacher of many people in many places. The author of “The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior,” and “Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good,” he is also a contributor to the books, Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace, and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue. He lives with his wife Meg in Virginia.

 What to Expect

The Church at Work is a conference geared specifically toward pastors and ministry leaders who would like to dig deeper into the biblical vision of integrating faith into every aspect of life, including work and vocation.  We are fortunate to have 2 of the leading voices in the country in this growing conversation, Tom Nelson and Steve Garber, as our speakers. Besides hearing from them in our plenary sessions,  we will also have opportunities throughout the conference to interact with one another regarding these topics. We will hear from a variety of professionals who have grown in their understanding of everyday faithfulness, and who see faith and work integration as vital to discipleship and mission.
Schedule Overview
The EFCA pre-conference lunch begins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.  Conference check-in opens at 5 p.m. and the first session begins at 7 p.m. The last session will end at noon on Thursday, March 10.
Session Topics
  • Why faith and work integration is crucial for breaking down the secular/sacred divide (and why we should care);
  • Why faith and work integration is critical for the church in this cultural moment;
  • What biblical, theological and church-historical foundations are essential in equipping the saints for everyday faithfulness;
  • How to read and preach Scripture with a view toward faith and work implications and applications;
  • What the implications of faith and work integration are for the church’s discipleship efforts;
  • What the implications of faith and work integration are for the church’s mission in the world; and
  • Why lay leaders in your church see faith and work integration as so important and what sort of fruit it could be bearing in their lives.
Local Guest Speaker
Dr. Richard Horner is the Executive Director of the Christian Study Center of Gainesville, having served in that position since 2001. He has his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Modern Intellectual History. He has pastored churches and taught as an adjunct lecturer at universities in several states across the nation. He and his wife April have three grown children.
Conference Schedule
Tuesday, March 8
12 p.m. Early registration open
for those attending SEDCON lunch
1 p.m. SEDCON Pre-conference lunch/meeting
5 p.m. Registration opens for all conference attendees
7 p.m. Session 1 (Tom Nelson)
9 p.m. Session ends
Wednesday, March 9
8:15 a.m. Session 2 (Steve Garber)
10:30 a.m. Session 3 (Tom Nelson)
12 p.m. Lunch on grounds is provided and included in your sign-up fee
1:30 p.m. Session 4 (Richard Horner)
3 p.m. Session 5 (Practitioner panel)
4 p.m. Dinner break (Not provided)
7 p.m. Session 6 (Steve Garber)
9 p.m. Session ends
Thursday, March 10
8:15 a.m. Session 7 (Tom Nelson)
9:45 a.m. Coffee/snack break
10 a.m. Session 8 (Steve Garber)
12 p.m. Conference ends
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Suggested Hotels:

Best Western Inn
Call 352-331-3336 or 1-877-464-2378 and mention the block name Church at Work. King: $99 or Two Queens: $109
La Quinta Inn
Call 352-332-6466. The hotel can offer a flat rate of $75 for March 8-9. The fee will increase to $149 for March 10.
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Conference Pricing

Early Bird: Ends December 15
$59/per person

Regular Rate: Ends February 1
$79/per person

Last Call: Ends March 1
$99/per person
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“Your work matters a great deal to God, to others and to our world. There is no ordinary work. The work God has called you to do is extraordinary. Don’t miss out on God’s best by taking an ordinary approach to it.”  | “Would it not make sense that God not only wants to join us in our work but to increasingly conform us into greater Christlikeness while we work?” 
— Tom Nelson, Work Matters
“There is good work to be done by every son of Adam and every daughter of Eve all over the face of the earth. There are flowers to be grown, songs to be sung, bread to be baked, justice to be done, mercy to be shown, beauty to be created, good stories to be told, houses to be built, technologies to be developed, fields to farm, and children to educate.”    
— Steven Garber, Visions of Vocation
“We don’t need our work to provide an identity for us; we already have an identity in Christ. … So where does that leave our work? Simple. It leaves our work liberated from the impossible demand to provide something for us that it was never meant to provide.”    
— Sebastian Traeger, The Gospel at Work
“A job is a vocation only if someone else calls you to do it for them rather than for yourself. And so our work can be a calling only if it is reimagined as a mission of service to something beyond merely our own interests. Thinking of work mainly as a means of self-fulfillment and self-realization slowly crushes a person.” 
— Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor


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