100,000 Hours Colloquy

This reading group brings motivated seminary students into lively conversation with business and economics students related to Bethel University’s MBA program and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

The name of the colloquy reflects the fact that the average person will spend 100,000 hours of her or his life at work. Colloquy members think together about how to address these hours with biblical integrity and practical power. Gathering, at a series of Saturday breakfasts, around books such as Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor, Gene Edward Veith’s God at Work, and Amy Sherman’s Kingdom Calling, participants delve into work, vocation, and economics through eyes of faith.

Participation Requirements

Interested students can apply to participate in 1 of 2 sessions in 2013: Spring session (February to May) and Fall session (September to December). Each session of the colloquy will read 4 books together and meet on 7 to 8 Saturdays for a 2-hour breakfast discussion. All books and breakfasts are paid for by the initiative.

Seminary Students - At the end of each session, seminary participants will receive a $400 stipend. This is contingent upon reading all 4 books, attending all breakfasts, and writing an 8-page (2,400-word) paper. At the end of the year, these papers will be judged, with the best awarded a prize and public reading at a Work with Purpose event.

Business & Economics Students - At the end of each session, business and economics participants will receive a $140 stipend. This is contingent upon reading all 4 books and attending all breakfasts (7 or 8 breakfasts, depending on term).

Participants are required to attend all breakfast meetings on the following dates.

Spring 2013 sessions

  • Feb 9
  • Feb 16
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • April 6
  • April 20
  • May 4
  • May 18

Fall 2013 sessions

  • Sept 21
  • Oct 5
  • Oct 19
  • Oct 26
  • Nov 9
  • Nov 23
  • Dec 7

All participants are strongly encouraged to attend all or part of the Work with Purpose conference on Thursday and Friday, Oct 10-11, 2013 if it is possible with their work schedules.

How to Apply

Appy online for the fall session by Tuesday September 10, 2013.

Seminary students must also print and sign the Agreement and Release Form (pdf). Please submit the signed form in one of the following ways:

  • Bethel Campus Mail: Attn: Erin Rupe, PO Box 7060
  • In Person: Dr. Chris Armstrong's Office (Faculty Hall A212)
  • Fax: Attn: Erin Rupe, 651.638.6002
  • Email: Send PDF of signed document to Erin, e-rupe@bethel.edu

Space is limited, so students are encouraged to apply early. You will receive notice of acceptance or hold on or before September 13, 2013.


Contact Erin with any questions about the Colloquy program.