Integrating Faith & Work
‘The Hebrew root for work (avad) is also the root for service, particularly serving God in worship. I believe the two activities are meant to be integrated. Our work should be done in a way that honours God, which serves God and others, that worships God. By combining the two English words: work and worship, I hope to challenge people to integrate their faith and work.’ - Kara Martin
We were excited to welcome Kara Martin as the keynote speaker at this year’s EdComm Dinner. Kara will explore the topic of "Integrating Faith and Work", and how all work is God’s work when our orientation is toward knowing God and serving others.
When we teach from a perspective of knowing God, rather than merely knowing about God, work becomes a heart exercise, rather than a cognitive one. Work is a gift from God of which we are stewards over and we have a responsibility to love that work, do the best we can at it, and offer it back to God as a form of worship. Kara will help us to understand the spiritual disciplines and practical wisdom required to assist us to rise to the challenge of integrating faith with our everyday work.
Guests were also addressed by the Right Reverend Chris Edwards, as well as members of three schools who demonstrated how they are actively integrating faith in their unique school contexts:
- Rouse Hill Anglican College (Mr Peter Fowler - Principal)
- Meriden – An Anglican School for Girls (Rev Clayton Moss - Chaplain)
- Trades Norwest Anglican Senior College (Mrs Gaynor MacKinnon - Principal)
Keynote Speaker: Dr Kara Martin
Kara Martin is the author of Workship: How to use your work to worship God (shortlisted Australian Christian Book of the Year 2017), and Workship 2: How to flourish at work. She is also Project Leader with Seed, and lecturer with Mary Andrews College. She was formerly Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. Kara has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. She was Director of the School of Christian Studies for three years and has lectured with the Brisbane School of Theology, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute and Wesley Institute. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations.
Further Reading for Teacher Identified Professional Learning
Below you will find a number of readings that Dr Kara Martin identified as further reading. These readings will give you further insight into the content of the evening and will be valuable to inform your thinking.
1. Martin, K. (2017). Workship: How to use your work to worship God. Singapore: Graceworks. [Chapter 2: Work as a good thing].
2. Martin, K. (2018). Workship 2: How to flourish at work. Singapore: Graceworks. [Chapter 7: Handling bullying and conflict].
3. McMillan, L. (2017), Industry Insights. Melbourne: Reventure.
4. Thomson, R.A., Daniels, D., and Ecklund, E.H. (October, 2018), Preliminary Themes from Focus Groups on Faith in the Workplace held in Three American Cities. Paper presented at the Faith at Work Summit, Chicago, Il, USA. Retrieved from https://oikonomianetwork.org/wpcontent/uploads/2018/10/RTDDEE2430598432602.pdf