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Marketplace Ministry Resources
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God and Work - Theology of work - Marketplace Ministry 101 by John Fryters
Book Description: 
This is a curriculum of Theology of Work and Marketplace Ministry developed by Dr. John Fryters for the Indigenous People.
ISBN # 9781626970267

This book is free to download.  Comments from those who download would be appreciated.  Pastor John Fryters can be reached at campus@inet2000.com

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Bono on Capitalism with a Conscience by Rodolpho Carrasco
This article was published in Prism Magazine, August 12, 2013

'In June, U2 frontman Bono made ripples across evangelical America with aninterview with Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly. In the interview Bono affirmed his Christian faith, reciting a stream of biblical quotes along with his own commentary and applications to daily life. At one point he clearly stated, “I believe that Jesus was the Son of God.”'...

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Christian Investors Get Patient With Their Capital by Rodolpho Carrasco

and Rob Moll

This is an article published in Forbes, Nov. 2012.
"Christian investment vehicles have always struggled. When the FaithShares ETF launched in December 2009, it was to significant press. The founders rang the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and the Christian and secular press covered their launch. The funds allowed retail investors to put money into stocks based on the recommendations of their denominations. Baptists could avoid liquor while Methodists could avoid gambling profits. However, 18 months after the high-profile launch, FaithShares went defunct..."
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Theology of Work Resources
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Joy at Work Bible Study Companion by Brad Smith
Joy at Work Bible Study Companion
Book Description: 

Back in the Garden, work was fun. Yet, in today’s fallen world, joy and work are rarely used in the same sentence. But God really does intend for us to find joy in our work. Join Raymond Bakke, Brad Smith, and Bill Hendricks as they explore what the Bible says about the purpose of business and our right to a joyful workplace. No matter where you spend those 50 or 60 hours during the week—whether it’s in business, government, or the nonprofit sector; in church, at home, or anywhere else—God intends for you to find joy in your work. This 10-week study accompanies Joy at Work, a book by Dennis W. Bakke, co-founder and CEO of AES, a worldwide energy giant with 40,000 employees in 31 countries. Shaped by his faith, Bakke recounts his quest to create the most fun workplace ever—using principles established in the Garden. This study provides the biblical map that he used as he charted and led that journey. Starting with the Genesis record of creation and moving through Revelation, this Bible study supplements Joy at Work with: Biblical readings that unveil the principles behind each chapter in Joy at Work A synthesis of theological principles Reflective questions to prepare readers for small-group discussion Questions for small-group discussion Guidelines for immediate and long-term application for business and nonprofit leaders at all levels of corporations and organizations. The Joy at Work experience has the power to profoundly change your workplace and your life.

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Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun on the Job by Dennis Bakke
Book Description: 

Imagine a company where people love coming to work and are highly productive on a daily basis. Imagine a company whose top executives, in a quest to create the most "fun" workplace ever, obliterate labor-management divisions and push decision-making responsibility down to the plant floor. Could such a company compete in today's bottom-line corporate world? Could it even turn a profit? Well, imagine no more.

In Joy at Work, Dennis W. Bakke tells the true story of this extraordinary company--and how, as its co-founder and longtime CEO, he challenged the business establishment with revolutionary ideas that could remake America's organizations. It is the story of AES, whose business model and operating ethos -"let's have fun"-were conceived during a 90-minute car ride from Annapolis, Maryland, to Washington, D.C. In the next two decades, it became a worldwide energy giant with 40,000 employees in 31 countries and revenues of $8.6 billion. It's a remarkable tale told by a remarkable man: Bakke, a farm boy who was shaped by his religious faith, his years at Harvard Business School, and his experience working for the Federal Energy Administration. He rejects workplace drudgery as a noxious remnant of the Industrial Revolution. He believes work should be fun, and at AES he set out to prove it could be. Bakke sought not the empty "fun" of the Friday beer blast but the joy of a workplace where every person, from custodian to CEO, has the power to use his or her God-given talents free of needless corporate bureaucracy.

In Joy at Work, Bakke tells how he helped create a company where every decision made at the top was lamented as a lost chance to delegate responsibility--and where all employees were encouraged to take the "game-winning shot," even when it wasn't a slam-dunk. Perhaps Bakke's most radical stand was his struggle to break the stranglehold of "creating shareholder value" on the corporate mind-set and replace it with more timeless values: integrity, fairness, social responsibility, and a sense of fun.

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Questions of Business Life by Richard Higginson
Questions of Business Life by Richard Higginson
Book Description: 

Many important questions of life concern business. But too often they are left unanswered. Richard Higginson concentrates on the tough and complex issues that confront business people in their everyday circumstances. Practical, plausible and definitely thought-provoking, Questions of Business Life explores the interconnection between faith, values and business practice to offer the Christian alternative of 'doing business'.

What is the Christian perspective on business and business issues, such as the ethics of marketing, tackling corruption or sustainable development? How can we incorporate faith in business, and what does it mean for the Christian to 'do' business corporately, globally and individually?

Based on seminars run by the Ridley Hall Foundation, this shows that Christianity does have a constructive contribution to make in today's commercial and industrial world. Practical, plausible and definitely thought-provoking, Questions of Business Life explores the interconnections between faith, values and practice to offer the Christian alternative to doing business. 

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Organizational Culture and Change by R. Paul Stevens
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Culture is a dimension not only in the life of countries and ethnic groups but also in organizations. Every organization has a corporate “feeling” or environment that communicates to new and old members what is important and what is permitted. This is true of businesses, small groups, clubs, churches, nonprofit and parachurch organizations. The minute a person walks into the meeting room, the store, the office or the sanctuary, he or she picks up a nonverbal message that is more powerful than such mottoes as “The customer is number one”; “We exist to give extraordinary service”; “This is a friendly, family church.” Culture turns out to be profoundly influential in determining behavior, expressing values and enabling or preventing change.

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The Biblical Doctrine of Work by Alan Richardson
The Biblical Doctrine of Work by Alan Richardson
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Theology of Work - Practical Applications (English) by John Fryters
Theology of Work Practical Application Cover
Book Description: 

An effective fast track method to develop micro-businesses or cooperatives in the developing work.

This book is a curriculum developed by Dr. John Fryters combining Theology of work with business & finance training and small micro loans provision. It is also available in Spanish.

This book is free to download.  Comments from those who download would be appreciated.  Pastor John Fryters can be reached at campus@inet2000.com

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The Abolation of the Laity: Vocation, Work and MInistry in Biblical Perspective by R. Paul Stevens
The Abolition of the Laity by Dr. R. Paul Stevens
Book Description: 

"HOW THEN SHALL WE LIVE?

The church is a people without laity or clergy, summoned and equipped by God for the life of the world. The triad of theological virtues (faith, hope and love) appears so often in the New Testament, sometimes together and often singly, that we cannot miss their central significance.1 They are what makes the Christian "tick." For example Paul says, "We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess 1.2-3). Vocation, work and ministry can be pleasing to God not because of its religious character (or even its public character in advancing the Kingdom) but because it is done with faith, hope and love (Col 3:23-24; 1 Cor 15:58; Eph 6:5-8)."

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