Want to see the future? It is brighter than you think.
What we believe about tomorrow determines how we live today. As Christians debate how to faithfully engage with our rapidly changing world, our vision of the future has never been more important.
But rather than providing a clear sense of purpose for our lives, popular Christian ideas about the future steal it from us by saying our work in the world, apart from ministry, has no eternal value. Is it any wonder why young adults are less interested in church, or why a culture desperate for meaning and hope dismisses our message?
In Futureville, Skye Jethani offers us a vision-shifting glimpse of the world of tomorrow described in Scripture. He reveals how a biblical vision of the future can transform every person’s work with a sense of purpose and dignity today.
Futureville is a smart, inspiring call to cultivate the order, beauty, and abundance that reflects the heart and vision of God for our world.
When did pastors start acting like CEOs rather than shepherds? Why do people demand churches be entertaining and never boring? Why are there fewer churches today, and why are they more fragile than ever before?
These are some of the questions author Skye Jethani tackles in his latest eBook, How Churches Became Cruise Ships.
Like the popularity of cruise vacations, it is obvious that the shape of the modern church is very attractive to millions of people. If you are content with what the church has become, the benefit of this book for you may be limited to its explanation of recent church history and trends. If, however, you are like the millions of others wrestling with what the church has become, this book will help you identify the cause of your queasiness and provides you with ways to overcome it.
Note from the author: I recommend reading this book in community; Processing your thoughts about the church with others may uncover similar stories, or challenge your assumptions in ways reading alone never could. Ultimately, my hope is that together you will be able to discern where God is calling you—and the entire church—in the days ahead.
How do we grow in our faith? Does it require some secret knowledge, a lab-tested program, or devoting ourselves to the right priest, pastor, or guru? We grow by welcoming God into the everyday challenges of life and facing our sufferings from his perspective and with his grace. For this reason, we should look carefully at Jesus’ suffering as a model for how to respond to injustice and agony to our own lives. With daily readings and prayers, “Singing at Midnight” traces the journey of Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane, to the Cross of Calvary, and finally to the glory of eternity. The Apostle Peter spoke of this path, “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). By looking at how Jesus’ endured and overcame his trials, we can learn to do the same.
Are you tired of drifting? Have you lost the belief in your work? Do you feel uncertain about your future?
God is Waiting to Discuss Your Career!
God said “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life” (Isaiah 55:3a NLT). God works with anyone who comes to Him with their ears wide open and builds their career on what He says. When you change career with God, you:
- Work on God-given assignments
- Create world-changing products and services
- Walk in faith instead of fear
- Make an impact instead of simply making a profit
- Work in the unique way God designed
Based on the parable of the sower, this book shows you how God's Word can grow from tiny seeds into highly productive careers. To bear fruit, you need to hear, understand, and then cling to His message. This book is a forty-day plan to help you convert God's Word into products and services.
Every Christian has a Higher Call, a Higher Cause for Living.
For the first fourteen days, you will engage the most powerful person by asking Him specific questions about your career. God knows what He made you to do. His provision, protection, and promotion follow those who seek His Kingdom first. His thoughts are revealed as you listen to Him speak.
God's Word is the Ultimate Power to Lift Careers out of Aimlessness!
The next nine days help root out weeds from your life. Fear, anxiety, money, temptation, and pleasure can keep you rushing in circles. With the weeds removed, your career can level-up. You are designed to do far more than you could ever imagine.
Fear of Changing Career is the Result of Conflicting Priorities.
In the final seventeen days, a picture of your future career emerges as you ask God for understanding. Then you seek products and services that bring His Word to life. Finally, you knock on doors in a business of your own or in someone else's.
Success is Walking with God into His Promises.
What is the alternative to working on God-given assignments? Secular careers are built on shaky foundations. Gaining more possessions, status or power does not lead to a significant career in God’s Kingdom. As a result, Christians who follow the secular career approach tend to feel like something is permanently wrong. They may even jump from one meaningless endeavor to the next. When you change the world with God, you discover meaning and significance in your work.The way to break out of the secular system starts by asking God for an assignment.
Christians Changing Career are on an Adventure with God!
What if you don't enjoy the work God gives you? In a business calling God uses products and services to change the world. These products and services deliver His life to help people. For example, He may call you to start a restaurant that changes the world with His joy, a website that changes the world with His love, or a secular job that changes the world with His peace. There is nothing more rewarding than working in God's perfect plan.
God is Calling Christians to Change the World with Products and Services!
Whether you are finishing school, in a midlife crisis, or simply need a career change, this book will help you find a career you believe in. It will open your eyes to work in God's Kingdom. You will be captivated by an extraordinary career working for the Creator.
Build Your Next Career on God's Word!
Discipleship with Monday in Mind: How Churches Across the Country Are Helping Their People Connect Faith and Work
How can you help your congregation make the connection between Sunday worship and Monday work?
Most Christians spend the majority of their lives at work, whether as lawyers or construction workers, stay-at-home parents or globe-trotting executives. At Made to Flourish, we believe the gospel’s redemptive power affects every part of life, including how we work. We want to help you encourage and equip your congregation to see how their good work matters to God.
This short book is packed with interviews and examples of creative ways pastors around the country are integrating faith, work, and economics for their congregations and local context. We hope this concise and practical guide will help you take real steps towards affirming the rich theological significance of the daily grind.
Living with God. Living with Gratitude. Living with Faith. Living with Generosity.
These elements form the lifestyle of Whole-Life Generosity which is defined as “an overflowing life released to God for others.”
Written by pastor Skye Jethani and GenerousChurch, take 28 days to explore God’s heart, example, and principles of generosity as a personal or group experience. It’s likely that your perspectives and practices on generosity will change—so that you give more, give joyfully and give gratefully.
What others are saying about GenerousChurch –
“Growing people in whole-life generosity is a profound discipleship ministry. GenerousChurch and their work is helping us change our culture from one of ‘giving to fund a budget’ to ‘giving time, service and resources as an act of worship’.” - Trish Nelson, Executive Pastor, Christ Church Anglican
“We went from struggling to meet budget to celebrating a culture of generosity.” - Bryan Clark, Senior Pastor, Lincoln Berean Church
“Seeing the eyes of my leaders opened to discover their potential for generosity was a blessing to me as a pastor.” - Greg Ealey, Senior Pastor, Paseo Baptist Church