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 ABOUT KPN

KPN Staff

Fred Oaks is responsible for the development of a thriving, nationwide network of Kern Pastors expressed primarily through regional groups. He oversees the Foundation’s grant-making to churches, ensuring that project outcomes are clearly defined, measurable, and aligned with the Foundation’s mission. He also manages relationships with the Foundation’s partners in the Kern Scholars Initiative to… Continue reading KPN Staff

A Day with Tom Nelson

Kern Pastors in Minnesota are invited to spend Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 with pastor Tom Nelson. Bethel Seminary professor Chris Armstrong will also be presenting. This event will assume a basic understanding of the biblical and theological basis for the integration of faith, work, and economics, and seeks to answer some of the following questions: What prompted… Continue reading A Day with Tom Nelson

Mission: Work

Work is the primary arena of Kingdom purpose and discipleship for most adults, as God planned it. So how can workers and their pastors respond to the mission of our work? Hosted by the Work with Purpose initiative of Bethel Seminary, this mini-conference raises up a vision for the great Kingdom value and potential of… Continue reading Mission: Work

KPN Resources

Drew Cleveland There’s a lot of talk these days about justice, inequality, the rich, the poor, the 99 percent, the 1 percent, the 47 percent, Big Banks, Big Government, etc. How do we think well (and biblically!) about such topics? This post won’t give you the answer, but it may provide a…

“Theological Malpractice”

Faith & Flourishing – with Tom Nelson In this thought-provoking video, Pastor Tom Nelson, author of “Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work,” discusses the need for Christian leaders to see faith and work as integrated. In an interview with Pastor Mel Lawrenz, Nelson describes how God convicted him of fostering a dualism between… Continue reading “Theological Malpractice”

Hope in Suffering

On my very first job I said thank you and please,  They made me scrub a parking lot down on my knees,  Then I got fired for being scared of bees,  And they only give me fifty cents an hour.                             –… Continue reading Hope in Suffering

Blessing Entrepreneurs

Pastors who bless the entrepreneurs in their congregations help promote the common good and enhance the quality of life in their communities. Few pastors extend this blessing, however, perhaps because of what one researcher calls, “uneasiness with economic matters in institutions that emphasize putting others first.” This is ironic, because successful entrepreneurs often have a… Continue reading Blessing Entrepreneurs

The City Rejoices

Acton University (AU) provided an intensive, life-long learning opportunity to explore the implications of an integrated approach to faith, work, and economics in the life of one’s local church. As a ecumenical think-tank, the Acton Institute draws from a variety of Christian traditions  to consider issues (theology to economics, public policy to sociology, and more)… Continue reading The City Rejoices

Book Highlights

Lots of people, especially pastors, have summer reading lists. They look for recommendations from friends and family alike, creating lists that probably include a variety of mystery or fantasy novels, biographies, non-fiction histories, Christian living or devotional texts, business or leadership books, etc. Yet most people aren’t reading about what they do all day, or… Continue reading Book Highlights