The Kern Pastors Network is dedicated to growing the numbers and influence of pastors and churches that are actively integrating faith, work, and economics for ministry that produces human flourishing. Vocational pastoral ministry is a lifelong calling. By God’s grace, Kern Pastors will remain faithful to that calling by becoming, in increasing measure, pastors who… Continue reading Kern Pastors Network
“The Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery” -Deuteronomy 7:8 A new book, “The Locust Effect,” argues that stopping violence against the poor is fundamental to establishing a social order that promotes the common good and human flourishing. This issue is not simply a matter… Continue reading Trafficking and Common Good
“Humanizing Work” was the theme of the Center for Faith & Work’s annual conference this year. During the opening session, Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was mentioned. Maslow, a 20th century American psychologist, studied people’s motivations, eventually developing his infamous hierarchy. His model was comprised of five needs, beginning with basic (physiological) needs before ascending… Continue reading Faith, Economics, and the Working Poor
We’re excited to present you with an opportunity to apply for Acton University 2014. Until March 15, Kern Pastors may apply to attend Acton University in Grand Rapids, Mich. as “Kern Fellows.” Kern Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Pastors with Kern Fellowships receive full scholarships to Acton University, a four-day experience which provides world-class teaching… Continue reading Experience Acton Univ. 2014!
Thank you for your interest in Ministry Opportunities; only registered users — Kern Pastors and Kern Scholars in their final year of seminary — may view this listing. Kern Pastors wishing to advertise ministry positions may submit brief descriptions of the positions, including qualification requirements, links to additional information, contact information, and application deadlines to… Continue reading Ministry Opportunities
I’ve been reading Amy Sherman’s book “Kingdom Calling” and have come across a provocative question: Do you preach “the too-narrow gospel”? The question does not ask if you preach the gospel too narrowly, as in whether you exclude some group of people from the gospel. Instead, it questions if we preach a gospel that is… Continue reading Pastor Post │A Too-Narrow Gospel?
We are excited to announce that consultant Dr. Robert Lupton, author of “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It),” has agreed to work directly with a group of up to 22 Kern Pastors from Sept. 2013 – May 2014. This Compassion Group will meet five times using the Foundation’s video conferencing… Continue reading Compassion Group with Robert Lupton
The Foundation seeks to equip pastors with an understanding of the intersection of faith, work, and economics and empower them to lead their congregations in its active application. In pursuit of this, several opportunities are made available to Kern Pastors in good standing. These include resources, events, and grants to churches. Resources How might pastors… Continue reading GRANTS & PROGRAMS
A majority of Americans can’t find full-time work. And more than two-thirds of those who do have full time employment hate their jobs, or consider themselves disengaged from their duties. These are startling numbers, but they represent an opportunity – and an obligation – for the church to minister to people in both situations. Unemployment… Continue reading Economic Challenges Provide Church with Opportunity