Justice for the Common Good

Michael Gerson spoke at Jubilee Professional 2016. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

In an age of political turmoil, what can Christians do?

There is an underlying issue that many feel the American dream has been stolen. This comes at a time when a major economic transition has upended the blue collar economy and family structures have become weaker.

Family, community, and economic challenges are related in complex ways. All are in need of attention and understanding. Christians must stand for human dignity and common good in all of those ways.

I think this emphasis on entrepreneurship, on the proper role of government, and on strong families and communities is the great contribution of reformed Christianity to our common life.

And while it is easy to feel hopeless in times of turmoil, remember that the people regarded as heroes in our country stood for hope and unity, not divisiveness and hatred.

How Parents Can Influence the Faith of Their Teenagers

Dan Dupee spoke at Jubilee Professional 2016. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

About 60% of kids raised in the church leave during the college years. Father of four and author Dan Dupee explores this phenomena in his book “It’s Not Too Late: The Essential Part You Play In Shaping Your Teen’s Faith.” He looks at three opportunities that can help parents continue to be influential to their teen’s faith.

Confront Myths

Teens tend to give off the “I need you but I don’t want to need you” or “I love you but sort of hate you” attitude. In reality, Dan reminds parents that kids are always looking towards their guardians, even during college. Just as Jesus looked to his father, parents matter.

Create Opportunities

Parents make mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes. Dan created a list of way to create opportunities for your children within the messes and mistakes parents make. Even with imperfections that lead to suffering, we experience God’s true and beautiful grace.

Stay With It 

Entrepreneurs constantly experience triumphs and trials, they experiences periods of anger and periods of love for their program, business, or organization. Likewise, a parent’s relationship with their child will go through highs and lows. Even when they make choices that can’t be taken back, they can be forgiven.

Lastly, Dan reminds us that, “Our kids needs us to hang in there with them and invite others into the fray.”

Dan’s book is available at Hearts and Minds Books. Order a copy today!

Bring Beauty To Light In Your Career

Jeremy Casella performed and spoke at Jubilee Professional 2016. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

Work is commonly thought of as something that begins around 8 AM and ends around 5 PM. However, Jeremy Casella has made it his aspiration as a singer, songwriter, and recording artist to contribute career results that make a difference all the time.

Jeremy Casella sees the beauty of our world as the “larger activity” his work contributes to daily. Being an artist allows Jeremy to study the world and remain present, thinking of ways to bring the beauty of the world to light. He studies the work God has done all around him and strives to have records reflecting the beauty.

As with any career, Jeremy struggles. He struggles to create work being not only beautiful but also truly valuable to the community surrounding him. As a Christian, Jeremy has searched to fully understand why God has him where he serves, but he reminds us of the importance of being creative and creating new things no matter where God places us.

Jeremy reminds us how important it is to stay present in our careers and follows with the example of Jesus, who for thirty years served in ministry and remained constantly present to the world he served.

Nobody is a Hero: Finding Balance When Everything You Do is Valuable

Jena Nardella spoke at Jubilee Professional 2016. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

We often believe we should aim to be the superhero our world needs. Yet in this video, Jena Nardella speaks about the importance of loving and caring for the world every single day, rather than saving it.

Both in her career and personal life she found that striving to be a superhero could swallow her whole if she allowed it to. Her temptation as a social entrepreneur was to save the world but discovered her calling was to love and care for her part in it. As her life changed when she got married and had a baby, she learned again that she couldn’t keep up with the pace of her work and fully engage as a wife and a mother.

Jena reminds us not to lose sight of who we are and more importantly, whose we are just because of the depth of work we have taken on. Rather, enjoy the day of Sabbath, create a strong marriage, enjoy parenthood, live a life full of adventure and learning, and always remember, pole pole.

Check out Jena’s website: http://www.JenaLeeNardella.com/.

Is it Better to Work for Government, Non-Profit, or For-Profit?

Jim Stout and Katie Tarara were interviewed by Kathy Emmons at Jubilee Professional 2016. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

How do you measure the meaning of your daily work? Does your work encourage human flourishing? Does it make a difference?

There are three types of agencies in the world that make it their mission to improve people’s lives: government, nonprofit, and for-profit. Does one of these agencies have a higher calling? Jim Stout and Katie Tarara discuss their transition from one agency to another. Their jobs changed, but their faith remained the focal point of their journey.

Jubilee Professional educates Christians on how to integrate faith and work. God’s path for each of us is unique and diverse. There is no “right” job when it comes to living out God’s calling; you can do it anywhere.

If your calling leads you to transition agencies, don’t focus on the differences. Focus on your high calling to serve God wherever you are.

How to Overcome the Three Challenges Christian Professionals Face

Dr. David Lewis spoke at Jubilee Professional 2016. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

Have you ever found yourself debating with others whether you must choose between evolution and creationism? This is one of many challenges Dr. David Lewis has faced as a biomedical scientist.

Sometimes, we are made to think that we must choose between belief in creation and acceptance of the theory of evolution, or simply, amongst religion and science. In the video below, Dr. David Lewis takes our audience through the story of his scientific career as a Christian who strives to apply God to all areas of his life.

Dr. Lewis addresses the three overarching challenges of being a Christian professional by looking at them through the lens of the Gospel and using examples from his own personal career path.

Challenge of Self

Ambition is great, as long as it is not selfish ambition. Allow God to teach you how to value of the success of others in the workplace.

Challenge of Anxiety

In the bible, we discover God’s responsibility for orchestrating the events on Earth. Dr. Lewis explains to us the importance of keeping faith in God rather than reality.

Challenge of Vision

Allow your knowledge of the glory of the Lord to speak through your work and actions in the work place.

 

 

The Role of the Local Church in Urban Economic Renewal

Chris Brooks spoke at Jubilee Professional 2016. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

Pastor Christopher W. Brooks.

Pastor Chris Brooks is integrating entrepreneurship into his church in Detroit. But what does entrepreneurship have to do with the church?

Why should we concern ourselves with the question of urban economic warfare?

The Moral Mandate:

“But seek the welfare of the city, where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7

The Monetary Motivation:

The Shifting Demographic realities facing our nation, require that any institution who wishes to remain viable and relevant take seriously the need for communities, which have a high percentage of ethnic minorities, to be reached and resourced.

An Entrepreneurial Mindset: Not Just for the Entrepreneur

When you hear the term “entrepreneur,” thoughts of starting a business, or designing a new technology may come to mind.

While it’s true that those are the actions of entrepreneurs, the idea of having an entrepreneurial mindset applies to everyone—including you, your coworkers, and even your pastor.

Having an entrepreneurial mindset doesn’t require you to run a startup company, it simply involves having innovative thoughts, and acting upon those thoughts. A person with an entrepreneurial mindset looks at their surroundings, and asks, what is it going to take to make this better, or how can I come up with ways to add value here? Then they pursue the necessary avenues to meet that need.

This mindset can be brought into any context, but it’s more than just about creating value—it’s also about valuing people.

As we make decisions throughout the day to create value, our world-view is a filter for those decisions; there is an ethic that guides a definition of the value we are looking to create. A biblical worldview calls us to value people as we work to create flourishing in the places we work, serve, and play.

Valuing people translates into recognizing the strengths and giftedness in oneself and others, which not only facilitates a solution to a problem, let’s say, but also contributes to human flourishing as a whole.

What does an entrepreneurial mindset look like in the arts? Working in the middle of a large corporation? As a retail manager? Leading a church?

Join 400 others who care about these questions and explore more about what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset at Jubilee Professional on Friday, February 19th in Pittsburgh.

Jubilee Professional is an annual gathering of marketplace, church, and nonprofit leaders who want to explore the profound connectedness of faith, work, art, and enterprise.

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