Devoted Living: Work as Worship – 5-7 April 2019
- This Page: Distinctives, Background, Format & Schedule
- Speaker, Interviewer and Interviewee Biographies
- WWW – Work as Worship Workshop
Vision: to provide a top-quality leadership retreat that puts faith in business
Purpose: to inspire and resource Christian business leaders for the sake of a better world
Priorities: to listen, learn and grow in an informal, supportive and relational environment
Values: respect, diversity, vulnerability, and the stimulation of innovative thought and action that both conserves and disrupts.
These distinctives are offered with two nights away from the pressures of ordinary life in beautiful and evocative surroundings that have been shaped by the work and worship and previous generations.
Seldom do hard-working professionals get time, and a place like this, to unwind and re-charge amongst other motivated leaders and purpose-driven entrepreneurs.
Pressure can make us divisive in more ways than one. It can make us fractious in our relationships but it can also make us separate our working lives from our worshipping lives. Faced with competing loyalties, we decide that worship is fine for an hour or two on Sunday but it’s not a suitable activity in the rest of our lives, which is dedicated to work.
Therein lies the path to disintegration, diminished purpose, half-heartedness, stress, and burnout.
Surely we are called to something better. But where can we catch a vision for it? And what practical difference would it make? Can anyone demonstrate to us a wholeness of being and doing that will help us shape our workplaces, churches, companies, leisure activities, families, and relationships?
Welcome to the Faith in Business Cambridge Leadership Retreat!
This event is neither an academic symposium nor a business conference. There will be no lectures, keynote addresses, celebrities, data projections, motions, declarations, or papers.
Instead of attenders or delegates, we will have participants; instead of addressing ‘issues’, we will re-imagine working life; instead of conferring as an end, we will aim to provoke one another to good thoughts and deeds; instead of networking we will build meaningful relationships; instead of Q&A we will have discussion and deep learning; instead of ‘proceedings’ we will have action points.
We will invest for tangible return. We will retreat in order to advance!
We will do so based on a bold assumption. The only way for human beings to fully flourish and lead fruitful lives is to adopt this simple but profound truth: their whole lives matter to God.
This means every aspect of every day has an equal opportunity to constitute worship. Even the mundane parts of our work can express devotion to God. Work as worship is about devotional – or devoted – living.
This truth cannot be fully grasped at the mere intellectual level. It involves not just our minds but our wills and emotions. That is the implication of the commandment Jesus singles out as the greatest commandment – to love God ‘with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength’.
That is one reason why this leadership retreat will include heart-felt gathered worship. Such worship is indispensable to living out the full gospel during the working week. It facilitates work as worship, in part because it has a deep character-forming role. Although this truth is lost in secular attempts to promote ethics in business, it forms the bedrock of this retreat.
Against this background, we’re delighted that Sam and Sara Hargreaves will be joining us. These gifted young singer-songwriters have a wealth of experience leading collective worship in a variety of settings and styles. They do so in a way that embodies and models whole-life discipleship. Check out their biography.
We’re also thrilled that our ‘whole-life preacher’ for 2019 will be Paul Valler. The Sunday sermon has been one of the high-points of our residential events over the years and is typically published in Faith in Business Quarterly. Paul is uniquely qualified to deliver what promises to be a memorable and impactful message. You can check out Paul’s bio.
Most of our time will be spent in deep listening, deep learning and deep sharing in the company of some exceptional business thinkers and leaders. They represent a wide range of backgrounds and economic sectors yet are united in their commitment to do business for the glory of God. We will learn from their big ideas but also from the practical strategies they use to realize them. They will share insight and inspiration that has been honed from failure as much as from success.
To speak in this way demands openness and vulnerability – it is no easy task. Although their interviews and talks will be short (like TED-talks), they will be hard talks because they are heart-talks. Indeed, the content of each HEART-talk will be Hands-on (practical), Ethical, Authentic, Relational and Transformative. This reflects their purpose: to help their listeners become the leaders they were designed to be – the kind of leaders people love to follow.
We will be releasing a full list of speakers in due course but some of their details have been posted. Read the biographies of the speakers.
Some of our time will also be spent in prayer. In addition to corporate prayer, participants will be able to use a Prayer Zone for private prayer. At certain specified times, they will also be able to pray with two leaders who have agreed to act as prayer-partners. Any issue or challenge for which participants would value prayer can be shared (briefly and confidentially) with the prayer-partners. But it will be a particularly suitable opportunity for prayer focused on work. As ‘secular’ work (especially in business) is rarely included in Christian prayer, this represents a rare opportunity!
A full schedule will be available upon arrival but the basic shape is as follows:
- 5.30 pm Registration, meet & greet, Prayer Zone opens.
- 7.00 pm Supper
- 8.00 pm Session One
- 8.00 am Breakfast
- 8.30 am Morning Prayer & Worship
- 9.00 am Session Two
- 10.45 am Morning coffee
- 11.15 am Session Three
- 1.00 pm Lunch
- 1.45 pm Session Four
- 2.00 pm Free time or workshop
- 4.00 pm Afternoon tea
- 4.30 pm Session Five
- 6.30 pm Supper
- 7.30 pm Session Six
- 8.30 am Breakfast
- 9.00 am Session Seven
- 10.30 am Morning coffee
- 11.00 am Session Eight
- 12.20 pm Session Nine
- 1.00 pm Lunch & depart, Prayer Zone closes
As this is not a formal or celebrity event, there are no clothing requirements: smart, business casual, or casual are all perfectly acceptable.
Invest in positive change!
We are already experiencing strong demand for this event. Due as much to its relational and interactive nature, as to the size of the venue, the retreat has restricted capacity. For this reason, participants must book early to avoid disappointment. Reservations are made via Trybooking, an online events service, via the ‘Book now’ link above.
We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge in April!