How the Church Fails Businesspeople (And What Can Be Done about It)
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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
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Knapp shows how Christian faith is not an obstacle to worldly vocations but, rather, permits the engagement of our spirits with our roles in business, finance, and commerce.
-Stephen B. Young
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RebeccaChicagoAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Fresh Perspective on An Age-Old ProblemNovember 2, 2012RebeccaChicagoAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book offers a fresh perspective on how and why so many of us feel our work lives are neglected by the church. (I know I do!) I never before grasped the theological basis for the church's indifference to discipleship at work, but Knapp analyzes a number of these factors. He also discusses the clergy's tendency to put the work of full-time church workers on a spiritual pedestal far above the careers of the laity. The book includes a fascinating chapter tracing the history of the church's theological confusion about money.
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Submitted: January 05, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. John C. Knapp is founding director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University. Earlier in his career he led an Atlanta-based consultancy in corporate communication. Dr. Knapp frequently speaks to media, public and university audiences across the United States and abroad. His other books include For the Common Good: The Ethics of Leadership in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2007); Leaders on Ethics: Real-World Perspectives on Todays Business Challenges (Praeger, 2007); and The Business of Higher Education (ABC-CLIO, 2009), three volumes examining how universities cope with pressures to strengthen accountability and efficiency. Dr. Knapp earned the M.A. in theological studies at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. in theology and religion at the University of Wales (U.K.).
What was your motivation behind this project? Too often the church often is indifferent to the needs of countless Christians who struggle to make their faith relevant to their daily work. I have become increasingly aware of this phenomenon over the last twenty-five years, first as a consultant to an array of business and professional clients, and more recently as an educator of both business and seminary students. Many believers say the church does little or nothing to equip them for faithful living in the settings where they spend most of their waking hours and productive years. With this book, I hope to inspire ministries that better meet the needs of working people.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? How the Church Fails Businesspeople (and What Can Be Done About It) sheds light on the cultural, historical, theological, and educational influences that have widened the gap between faith and work. Throughout the book, I incorporate real-life anecdotes and examples, many drawn from interviews with 230 Christians actively seeking to bridge their Sunday church and weekday work. These interviews were conducted mostly by working pastors in a doctoral course I taught, and they involved a diversity of respondents, from corporate CEOs and elected officials to barbers and bookkeepers. They included active members of Protestant (nine denominations) and Roman Catholic congregations in all regions of the United States. Their compelling stories and perspectives portray a church that seems preoccupied with the private sphere of life family, health, and individual relationships with God yet disinterested in the spiritual and ethical stresses of weekday work. To be sure, not everyone has experienced the church in this way, and some emerging ministries are effectively challenging older ways of thinking about the relevance of faith to work. But such ministries are most notable as exceptions to the rule. Other readers may simply reject the premise that equipping Christians for the workplace is a responsibility the church should accept or take seriously. Beyond analyzing the problem, the book suggests a tentative theological framework for Christian life in the workplace, and the last chapters look at the recent faith-at-work trend and consider some promising models for ministry. Each chapter includes discussion questions for group study.