What We Do

The Work with Purpose initiative exists to help the church come to an integrated, kingdom vision of work, vocation, and economics. We serve pastors, students, workers, lay leaders and congregants alike as they come to see work through eyes of faith.


WWP brings a broad slate of speakers to lunch presentations/discussions, public lectures, forums, and our annual conference. Watch our events calendar for what’s coming up next.

100,000 Hours Colloquy

The 100,000 Hours Colloquy student reading group brings motivated seminary students into lively conversation with business and economics students from Bethel University’s MBA program and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Interested students can register online.

Faculty Idea Grants

The Faculty Idea Grant program invites Bethel Seminary professors to develop classroom learning opportunities, ranging from class assignments to entire teaching units. These bring work, vocation,  and economics into dialogue with the classical theological disciplines and contemporary leadership theory. Interested faculty are encouraged to learn more and apply.

Church Partnerships

Our church partners are faith communities in the Twin Cities area who are seeking biblical wisdom on work in an increasingly secular world. We readily confess that we learn as much as we teach when we get together with these communities. It is good—indeed, essential—for a seminary to listen carefully to those living on the “front lines” of ministry and life in our post-Christian world. Out of that learning, we are developing and giving back resources that will help many churches bring to their people a new, kingdom vision of work.

  • City Church - Minneapolis, MN
  • Colonial Church - Edina, MN
  • Freshwater Community Church - St. Bonifacius, MN
  • Grace Church - Eden Prairie, MN
  • The Sanctuary Church - Minneapolis, MN
  • Wooddale Church - Eden Prairie, MN
  • Woodridge Church - Medina, MN

Seminary Course

Bethel Seminary has developed a special full-semester course on theology of work and vocation. The course will first be offered Fall 2013 as part of the seminary’s Christian Thought program, under the capable leadership of Colonial Church Edina senior pastor and Work with Purpose leadership team member Rev. Daniel Harrell. Through personal interaction with key texts and experienced local speakers, as well as a “vocational discernment” weekend retreat, the course offers immersion in a unique combination of business and pastoral leadership wisdom.

Church-Based Course

We are currently creating a pilot course on faith-work integration created in partnership with Christianity Today International. In Fall 2013, we will launch this 6-week course in partner churches in a seminar mode.