Marketplace Ministry: The Ethics, Spirituality and Theology of Enterprise (Continuing Study Resource)
Developed by R. Paul Stevens
Adapted by/ Licensed to Vocatio Creation Ltd
Release Date Feb 2008
Format Integrated learning VCD (x1) with complete study guide
Language English
Video Run Time Approx. 12 hours
List Price

HK$1800.00 (non-credit option)
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Special Price HK$1,600.00 (non-credit option) (please enquire at 2144-4900 or for our group rate)
Purpose of the Course
This course will help people develop a biblical foundation for their life in the marketplace whether they are in leadership or not. Integrating values into everyday life, developing governing commitments, developing a framework for ethical decision-making and discovering spiritual disciplines for the marketplace are themes that will be explored. Participants will gain transferable concepts and ideas that can help them make a difference in the work world.
Who Would Benefit from This Course?
This course is designed for people in the marketplace understood most widely, as those who are involved in the exchange of gifts, talents, resources and ideas. Business and professional people will find the course helping them to understand ¡§how come¡¨ and ¡§why¡¨ even more than ¡§how to.¡¨ Those involved in the not-for-profit sector will find help in understanding the scope of mission, motivation and shape of social entrepreneurship ¡V enterprises dedicated to providing superior social value to clients. Pastors and religious leaders will gain perspectives and strategies for empowering the whole people of God for their service full-time in the world, which is where most church members spend the majority of their waking hours.
Educational Outcomes
  1. Understanding the place of work, business, professional life and enterprise in the purpose of God
  2. Ethical guidelines and perspectives for facing challenging workplace situations
  3. Spiritual disciplines appropriate for marketplace and civic involvement
  4. Skill in dealing with concrete situations through case studies in order to respond in a Christian way
  5. Grappling with resistance in the workplace
  6. Developing ministry and service in the marketplace as part of the ministry of the church in the world
Course Outline
Section 1: Introduction
1.1 Four Approaches to Integrating Faith and Work
1.2 What on Earth Are We Here For
1.3 Kingdom Ministry and Kingdom Witness
Section 2: Mysticism (Spirituality) 2.1 Marketplace Spirituality
2.2 Case Study: A Voice in the Wilderness
2.3 Vocational Holiness
Section 3: Morality (Ethics) 3.1 Spiritual Sources for Ethical Decision-Making (including Case Study: The Raise)
3.2 Professionalism and Integrity in the Workplace
Section 4: Meaning (Theology)  4.1 Eschatology and Enterprise
4.2 Case Study: Banking on the Future
4.3 Resistance ¡V Principalities and Powers
Section 5: Methodology (Practice) 5.1 A Living Case Study on Tentmaking ¡V Dr. Tan Lai Yong (Guest Speaker)
5.2Empowering the Church for Marketplace Ministry5.3 Work-Life Balance or a Juggling Act?
The Self-Learning Process
The learning process involves:
1. Listening to and watching the video which has voice, outlines and all the powerpoint slides and illustrations (except for those removed due to copyright reasons). The video of the professor is in a small box upper left, the outline bottom left and the large screen displays the powerpoint slides. The disc may only be run on a computer, but not on a CD player or a DVD player. As you listen to and watch the video, feel free to pause and engage with the questions, resources and case studies supplied with the Study Guide. There is a pause button on the screen that will allow you to stop anywhere. You may also move or return to any topic or slide by clicking on the outline or the Previous/Next/Rewind/Fast Forward buttons on the screen.
2. Reading the textbook Doing God¡¦s Business: Meaning and Motivation for the Marketplace (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006) in sync with the sections of the course. A number of additional readings are listed in the Study Guide.
3. Doing theological reflection through engaging with the reflection/discussion questions, case studies and articles contained in the Study Guide.
Note: This continuing study resource may be used for academic credit purpose. Please contact the course administrator at Vocatio Creation ( for academic requirements and cost details.
About R. Paul Stevens
R. Paul Stevens is Professor Emeritus of Marketplace Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, BC. Paul has been a pastor for 20 years, a student counselor with IVCF and a businessperson (Habitat Woodcraft). From 1999 until 2005 Paul was the David J. Brown Family Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College. His mission is to empower ordinary people to integrate their faith and life from Monday to Sunday. He does this through teaching, coaching, advocating and writing. His publications include Liberating the Laity, The Other Six Days, Down-to-Earth Spirituality, and Doing God¡¦s Business.