Devoted Living: Work as Worship – 5-7 April 2019
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.