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Marketplace renewal


In order for transformation to take place, change has to come to the marketplace, and marketplace Christians must play a key role.

If we think of worship as something we do on Sunday and work as something we do on Monday, this is not what God designed nor what he desires for our lives. The Hebrew word avodah jointly means work, worship, and service. In some verses the word avodah means work, as in to work in the field and to do common labor. “Then man goes out to his work (avodah), to his labor until evening.” – Psalm 104:23. In other verses, avodah means worship, “This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship (avodah) me.” – Exodus 8:1. “But as for me and my household, we will serve (avodah) the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15. As for me, Joshua says, I will avodah. I will work for, and worship, the Lord. This is a powerful image to think that the word for working in the fields is the same word used for worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Many people spend a great deal of time at work and yet they don’t see how their work intersects with their faith. We might spend 2 hours of our week at the church building or in a small group. This kind of worship is biblical and a vital rhythm in the life of a Christian. But during the other 166 hours of our week, we have just as much potential to worship the God who created us. Our time at church and small group should launch us out into the world—which includes the marketplace—prepared to take the hope of Jesus with us.
 
In the articles in this section, we highlight some of the theology behind this kingdom thinking, stories of and opportunities for marketplace ministers.
 
 
Selfbuild 492
Self-build houses - a win, win, win? 
With the housing shortage increasingly acute, groups and LAs around the UK are looking to community self-build as a potential solution. More ...
Geoff Knott
Start 492
Doing our common business for the love of God 
An event called 'Start:Stop' -enabling working people to start their day by stopping to reflect for 10 minutes. More ...
From a blog by Jonathan Evens, Priest-in-Charge of
Heart 492
Everybody's Business 
How do we as Christians approach the whole business of economic development? (Lord) Rowan Williams reflects on ethics and enterprise. More ...
From a talk by Rowan Williams
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Call for evidence - private rented sector 
Does the private rental sector meet the needs of tenants? Do finance and regulation changes help the sector operate more effectively? More ...
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Change the World Course 
The Evangelical Alliance have created a 4 week 'Change the World' course for small groups. This course is intended for anyone who is interested in playing a role in transforming society, More ...
A small group course from the Evangelical Alliance
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Marketplace vocation
How do we labour? Through the practise of vocation - using our gifts and our talents to contribute, to not only the flourishing for our own lives, but for the world around us. More ...
From a talk by Greg Thompson and Gabe Lyons
TGIM 492
Thank God It's Monday 
How do you take a church focused on the few leaders to a church of the many helping people in the marketplace know Jesus? A pastor's story. More ...
Geoff Knott
Buy Social 492
Buy Social Corporate Challenge 
A Challenge with an aim of getting businesses to spend £1 billion with social enterprises by 2020. Could your company participate? More ...
Geoff Knott
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What is the purpose of business? 
Is it to 'maximise shareholder value' or something else? More ...
From a blog by Hugh Whelchel, Executive Director o
Woodland 492
A community powered by its own renewable energy 
A small town in Austria became a net energy producer—generating more energy from renewables than it uses and this has brought prosperity. More ...
Geoff Knott
Social Progress 492
UK in top 10 countries in world for social progress
The Index of Social Progress measures 160 countries on; Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing and Opportunity. More ...
Geoff Knott
Innovation 492
How could faith-based organisations do good, better? 
Theos report explores different aspects of religious social innovation. Organisations and individuals who are thinking and acting innovatively. More ...
From a report by Theos
pathways 492
Care farms 
Promoting mental and physical health by giving people the opportunity to spend time working on the land. More ...
Geoff Knott
Envisage 492
Preparing for the 100 year life 
Envisage - a social enterprise helping individuals, businesses and community harness benefits of an ageing society and change way we transition into later life. More ...
Geoff Knott
worklife 492
Work.Life 
A new Bible study resource from Navigators UK celebrates work as a crucial part of the life for which we were made. More ...
A Navigator Bible study about faith and work
SE 492
Changing the World, A Young Person's Guide to Social Entrepreneurship
UnLtd have published a guide covering the stages involved in setting up a social venture. More ...
From a guide by UnLtd
wellness 492
Better lives, better businesses 
A sustainable social enterprise focused on improving the well-being of employees in local organisations? More ...
Geoff Knott
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Men's Sheds 
A place where men feel at home and pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. Considerable health benefits. More ...
Geoff Knott
Happiness 2 492
Does increasing income make you happier?
Occupations like publicans and members of the clergy, which have similar income levels, seem to have very different levels of wellbeing. More ...
Geoff Knott
Halftime 492
I feel like God’s called me to the mission field, which is here in this office
A dental practice but with an added dimension. “It’s restoration of lives.”  More ...
From an article by The Halftime Institute
Weifield 492
Business transforming a community
Electrical contractors, the Weifield Group are making a lasting impact on their community by giving ex-offenders and drug addicts a second chance. More ...
From a video by the American Enterprise Institute
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Five ways church leaders can teach that work matters 
Communicating implicitly that they value the connection between faith and work as well as the validity of various callings. More ...
From a blog by Dr. Art Lindsley, Institute for Fai
Kammock 492
Kammock - moving people beyond a product into a deeper experience  
Encouraging and using adventure very strategically to help produce something greater in people - humility, curiosity and wonder. More ...
Geoff Knott
MacGregor 492
Rev. William MacGregor - champion of the poor
Sought to improve the lives of the poor in Tamworth in many ways and paid a price. More ...
Geoff Knott
Resilient Business 492
The Resilient Business 
How do we move from individually living out Christian values at work to embedding a Christian ethos at the heart of our organisations? More ...
From a publication by the Jubilee Centre
Pay Compare 492
Pay Compare - helping make pay ratio reporting common practice 
The pay ratio enables employees, shareholders, consumers see how serious a company or organisation is about fair pay and equality. More ...
Geoff Knott
Theology 492
The Theology of Work Bible Commentary 
A free, online resource that explores what the Bible says about faith and work, book by book through the Bible. More ...
Geoff Knott
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More than hair
Whatever you do, wherever your work takes you, God has uniquely equipped you to serve and to meet people at their point of need. More ...
From an article from The High Calling
business 492
Everyone’s Business: Making Business Work for All 
A CSJ report looking at what changes might be needed to help businesses increase the societal impact of their activities alongside their commercial returns. More ...
From a report by The Centre for Social Justice
Ed Moy 492
The effect of purpose at work
Ed Moy connected the everyday work of the U.S. Mint to a larger narrative and experienced a dramatic turnaround in employee morale. More ...
From a blog by The Gospel Coalition
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Hans Hauge
Hans Hauge was born in 1771 in southeastern Norway into a farming family. Despite only having a primary school education, he read the Bible and devotional books daily. In April 1796, he was ploughing a field when.. More ...
From material from Hauge Institute
spotlight 492
Commissioning people for the workplace
Recognising and commissioning people for the work they do during the week is a powerful message that their work matters not just to them but to fellow Christians and, above all, to God himself. More ...
From an article by The Mockler Center
Tutor 492
Tutoring for disadvantaged students
In the last year alone, 10% of all state-educated 11 – 16 year olds in England and Wales, about 280,000 students, were tutored. One quarter said they had received private tuition at some point in their schooling. More ...
From a report by Sutton Trust
greenleaf 492
Servant leadership
Jesus demonstrated servant leadership. How does this apply to leadership in an organisation? Robert Greenleaf articulated this based on his experience in business. More ...
Geoff Knott
ethics 492
Change incentives to reward ethical behaviour?
Existing incentive schemes can lead to bad behaviour. What if the incentive scheme in your company was changed to reward encourage good and deter bad behaviour? More ...
Geoff Knott
The eating place 492
Café where diners pay what they can
The Eating Place in Coventry doesn’t have prices on its menu. Coventry City Mission began the scheme in their café as a pilot project about a year ago to help people suffering from loneliness or poverty. More ...
Geoff Knott
True 492
Quaker values and innovation
What were the ethics and values that Quakers brought to business in the 18th and 19th centuries which brought them so much success? More ...
From Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury
Paranaque 492
Paranaque City transformation
In recent years, this city has been transformed, as the leaders have declared Paranaque a city dedicated to God. A major breakthrough occurred when permission was given to Christians to hold daily prayer meetings right in the heart of the City Hall. More ...
From Transform Our World
Dallas Willard 492
Finding God in Business 
Business is a primary arrangement on God's part for people to love one another and serve one another. If God wasn't in 'business', it wouldn't even be there. More ...
A talk by Dr Dallas Willard
Employment 492
Ten good reasons to hire ex-offenders
"I find the staff we’ve recruited from prisons are among the best colleagues we’ve got. We see this as a great way of not only helping people but of getting people to work for us." More ...
Geoff Knott
Jesse Boot 492
Boots the Chemist
A High Street name founded by a family of faith with the motive of bringing affordable medicines to the poor - breaking monopolies and transforming healthcare. More ...
Geoff Knott
Purpose 492
Purpose businesses - redesigning business for social impact
Recently there has been a Kickstarter campaign for designing 'The Purpose Hotel'. It was oversubscribed. The concept is based on guests, who use the hotel, 'changing the world while you sleep'. More ...
Geoff Knott
ThisTimeTomorrow 492
This time tomorrow
Churches in the Diocese of London are creating This Time Tomorrow slots in their services to encourage congregations to pray for their church family not just on a Sunday, but on Monday, Tuesday and every other day of the week. More ...
from an article Diocese of London
Better Way 492
A sign that read: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.” 
This month will be the first anniversary of Albuquerque’s There’s a Better Way program, which hires street people for day jobs tidying up the city in partnership with a local charity, St Martin's, that serves the homeless population. More ...
Geoff Knott
Justice 492
Justice - practically living it out
Richard Gough, General Secretary at the Diocese of London challenges us to think about justice as consumers, in the context of business and with our assets. More ...
From CapitalMass
CIPD 492
Mental health in the workplace 
The importance of supporting people’s mental health at work has slowly but surely gained recognition in the UK over the past few years, and with very good reason. Here are the key findings of a survey of 2000 employees by CIPD. More ...
From a report by CIPD
Alan Scott 492
Present your life before God as an offering
Alan Scott, a leader of Causeway Coast Vineyard Church in Coleraine, North Ireland gave a talk on Romans12 at the Catalyst Festival in May 2016 on Christianity in the Marketplace. More ...
Geoff Knott
Work as worship 492
What is Work as Worship?
A helpful 3 min video from RightNow Ministries exploring how working in the marketplace with our God-given skills can be an act of worship. Many people spend a great deal of time at work and yet they don’t see how their work intersects with their faith. More ...
Geoff Knott
Bless 492
When you bless those who curse you
You may have seen or experienced anger, mockery, opposition by those who disagree with you or perceive you as a threat. You will have seen such behaviour in society concerning local and national issues, using all sorts of media. How can Christians More ...
Transform Our World
Dan Price 492
The CEO who cut his pay to give his staff a £50,000 minimum wage 
A challenging story from the USA about Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments who earned $1.1M pa and decided to reduce it so that all workers in the company could earn a minimum salary of $70,000pa More ...
Geoff Knott
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Executive Toolbox
Executive Toolbox run by LICC is a programme for Christian workplace leaders, which is uniquely structured to help you have a significant impact on the way you work, the people you work with and the organisations you work in. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Linking CEO pay to rates of lowest paid staff? 
Some time back, I attended a workshop on inequality. One of the questions that intrigued me was, 'What should be the ratio of the CEO's pay in a company and the lowest paid workers?' More ...
Geoff Knott
Catalyst 492
Advancing the Kingdom in the workplace
A 3 minute video from Catalyst. Three Christians in the workplace tell of their ministry in the marketplace. Daniel, an entrepreneur from the world of fashion, Dawn, a nurse and Danny, a children's worker. More ...
Geoff Knott
Workplace 492
Social action in the workplace
"What is it about... spending so many hours of my life here? If it's only about trying to find the very rare occasion to talk about faith, well, something is wasted. What I had to learn is God's calling for me here. More ...
Geoff Knott
Cyrus and James Clark
Cyrus and James Clark
Clarks Shoes started in 1825 as a business making sheepskin rugs and slippers. Their sheepskin slipper, named the ‘Brown Petersburg’, was a huge success. Within years of its unveiling, its unique design graced feet the length and breadth of the country More ...
Geoff Knott
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Transforming work - small group resource
"The primary action of the church in the world is the action of its members in their daily work." Leslie Newbigin. How can a church equip its congregation for the majority of the time they spend interacting with the majority of the unchurched world? More ...
Geoff Knott
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Impact franchises
If you are a business person and want to run your own business, why not consider an impact franchise? Impact franchises are commercial franchises that have social impact beyond that of job creation. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Foodbank involvement - changing local businesses?
I was having a conversation with a church leader some time back about social enterprise. He then went on to talk about the difficulty with financially sustaining some ‘community franchises’ More ...
Geoff Knott
Sir John Laing
Sir John Laing
The story of John Laing of Laing Construction. From the early days, John Laing was concerned for the well-being of his employees. Although he expected much from his staff, he also worked consistently to see an improvement in their conditions. More ...
Geoff Knott
Brian Burton 492a
Transformation and explosive church growth in Thailand
Led by Pastor Brian Burton from the UK, the Phuket Christian Centre (PCC) has been the catalyst for many great works of God in Phuket, on the Thai mainland, and even in neighbouring Myanmar. More ...
Adapted blog from Int. Transformation Network
Joseph Rowntree
Joseph Rowntree
By 1900 the Rowntree company had become one of Britain's most famous firms, both for its commercial success and in the field of industrial welfare. Rowntree was an influential social reformer as well as a businessman. He realised that old-fashioned More ...
Geoff Knott
Sentul City 492
Transformation Sentul City Indonesia - Eliminating Systemic Poverty
Business leaders implement biblically based social entrepreneurship to eliminate systemic poverty by reclaiming land, employing squatters, building schools, and launching More ...
Geoff Knott
Sir Titus Salt
Sir Titus Salt
Sir Titus Salt was a successful 19th Century businessman who helped improve conditions for his workers, building a model factory and village. Influenced by his Congregationalist faith he brought a social conscience to capitalism at a time when many More ...
Geoff Knott
Transformation Newark NJ 492
Transformation Newark NJ - Prayer walking the marketplace
Prayer is mobilized to cover Newark, NJ, USA street by street. Violence decreases and quality of life increases. More ...
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Reaching the marketplace - a Luke 10 model
The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them More ...
Geoff Knott
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Transformation
A few years ago I read a book that has had a deep effect on me as a business person. The book 'Transformation' by Ed Silvoso tells us that 'Transformation begins with you!' More ...
Geoff Knott
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