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Theology of Work &
Personal Calling
in the STEM Professions
Andrew Sears
President
City Vision
Goals of this Course (Cheat Sheet)
1. Understand a Theology of Work and communicate how that
applies toward their own life...
Outline of Course
 Weeks 1-3: Theology of Work
 Weeks 4-5: Tools for Identity and Calling
 Week 6: Calling in the New E...
Final Project
 30-35 Pages (64% of grade)
 Work on it each week
 Summary: Demonstrate achievement of course
objectives
...
Personal
Vocation
Christian Vocation:
Love God, Love
Others
Human Vocation:
Co-Creators
Human, Christian & Personal Vocati...
- Frederick Buechner
Four Questions of Personal Vocation
Calling
What are you good at?
Does the world need?What do you enjoy?
Will the world pa...
Dimensions of Christian Vocation
From The Other Six Days. R. Paul Stevens
What’s Unique about Calling of
Tech Christians?
Strengths of STEM Christians
• Problem solvers
• Logic and analysis, Rational/methodical
• Marketable: in demand
• Improvi...
Tech
Christians
Globally
Tech
Christians
in U.S.
Tech in
Christian
Orgs
Tech
Christians
Serving
the Poor
(1,000’s)
• 77,50...
Jesus
Christian Social Sector
AGRM, CCDA, Salvation Army,
Teen Challenge, UYWI, World Vision
Job Boards
Internships.com
Si...
Technology and Ministry Resources
 Online & Digital Ministry & Evangelism
◦ Mobile Ministry Forum
◦ Azuza’s Connected Sum...
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Theology of Work and Personal Calling in the STEM Professions Introduction

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Theology of Work and Personal Calling in the STEM Professions Introduction

  1. 1. Theology of Work & Personal Calling in the STEM Professions Andrew Sears President City Vision
  2. 2. Goals of this Course (Cheat Sheet) 1. Understand a Theology of Work and communicate how that applies toward their own life and calling. 2. Utilize tools to be able to identify, reflect on and articulate what their calling or vocation might be and how it might be leveraged for God. 3. Understand and be able to articulate their unique identity as a technologist/innovator and the unique role played by technologists/innovators in the Body of Christ and how to communicate that through their personal brand and life strategy. 4. Understand the unique issues facing Christians in technological and innovative fields and how to manage their career in the current marketplace. 5. Create a synthesis of the above understandings into a reflective life plan that shows a mature reflection and vision of your life calling as well as a plan to grow and achieve that vision.
  3. 3. Outline of Course  Weeks 1-3: Theology of Work  Weeks 4-5: Tools for Identity and Calling  Week 6: Calling in the New Economy  Week 7: Case Studies of Christians in Technology  Week 8: Submit Final Project
  4. 4. Final Project  30-35 Pages (64% of grade)  Work on it each week  Summary: Demonstrate achievement of course objectives 1. Apply Theology of Work to yourself 2. Reflection: Your Story as it Applies to your Calling 3. Tools on Identity & Calling 4. Startup Of You Personal Business Plan
  5. 5. Personal Vocation Christian Vocation: Love God, Love Others Human Vocation: Co-Creators Human, Christian & Personal Vocation
  6. 6. - Frederick Buechner
  7. 7. Four Questions of Personal Vocation Calling What are you good at? Does the world need?What do you enjoy? Will the world pay? Internal Motivation (deep gladness) External Motivation (world’s deep hunger) Status Meaning Status without Meaning • Empty success • Corporate drone Meaning without Status • Financially unsustainable • Starving volunteer Internal • Underemployed • Starving artist External Motivation • Burnout • Joyless worker
  8. 8. Dimensions of Christian Vocation From The Other Six Days. R. Paul Stevens
  9. 9. What’s Unique about Calling of Tech Christians?
  10. 10. Strengths of STEM Christians • Problem solvers • Logic and analysis, Rational/methodical • Marketable: in demand • Improvise creatively • High income/ financially stable • Well educated • Objective/data driven • Meritocracy • Innovation/Efficiency • Collaborative Open • High leverage Weaknesses of STEM Christians • Analysis paralysis • Lower emotional IQ/out of touch w/emotions • Perfectionism • Lack of communication/interpersonal • Public speaking/shyness • Isolated (personally, society) • Risk adverse • Distant from end use/Unknown whether you are helping others/One part of many • Arrogance of rationality • Out of touch with pop culture Opportunities for STEM Christians • Tent Makers • Natural missionaries to STEM fields • People leadership in tech field • Create stuff that helps those in need • Magnify reach of other Christians Threats/Challenges to STEM Christians • Faith in rationality/logic/numbers • Attacked for faith • Legalism • Working for wealth • Limited work in STEM for direct ministry • Isolation: from gadgets • Addiction to gadgets • Loneliness • More frequent Crisis of faith • Instant gratification/impatience
  11. 11. Tech Christians Globally Tech Christians in U.S. Tech in Christian Orgs Tech Christians Serving the Poor (1,000’s) • 77,500 full-time IT staff • $12.5 Billion IT Budget • 6.3 million Christians in STEM jobs (71% in computing) • 50-100 million Christians in STEM jobs Size and Scope of Christians in Technology
  12. 12. Jesus Christian Social Sector AGRM, CCDA, Salvation Army, Teen Challenge, UYWI, World Vision Job Boards Internships.com Simply Hired Christian Higher Ed for Justice Bakke U, UCC, Eastern, Fuller Azuza, Acton, NetInstitute, Christian ABE Open Education Straighterline.com, MOOCs, EdX Coursera, Udacity Nonprofit Recruiting AllforGood, Idealist VolunteerMatch, Guidestar, FB Causes Tech & Missions ICCM, Lightsys, MAF, GEM, EMI, WIN, OB VisionSynergy, AIBI Wycliffe IT, CheckItOut Tech & Ministry Internet Evangelism Day, Mobile Ministry Forum, YouVersion, ABS, Cru MSTSM Program Tech-Justice Sector Jesus Tech Sector Jesus Justice Sector City Vision College ChristianVolunteering City Vision Internships Tech Christian Colleges AccessED, ACU, Calvin, Taylor, Baylor Biola, Olivet, Fuller, Wheaton, Liberty Christian Technologists Christians Engineering Society, Intervarsity Faculty, Cru Faculty ISCAST, Code for the Kingdom Christians in Tech (FB & LinkedIn) Vision: Use Technology to Recruit & Educate Christians to Serve the Poor Christian Recruiting MeetTheNeed, ChristianJobs ShortTermMissions, Missions Christian Media Christianity Today, Publishers, Radio & TV Tech Philanthropy Google Grants, LinkedIn Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft Open Source Drupal, Moodle Church Tech & IT LifeChurch, Menlo Park Saddleback, Willow Creek Christian Recovery NACR, Celebrate Recovery Urban Internships Mission Year Churches of the Poor Christian Higher Ed In Developing Countries Low Cost Online Training Lynda.com, Skillshare, Pluralsight Parachurch IT Cru, Intervarsity Open Data/Content Wikipedia, Open Gov’t, Semantic Web Christian Funders Foundations, Individuals Secular Funders Foundations, Individuals, Government, Corporations
  13. 13. Technology and Ministry Resources  Online & Digital Ministry & Evangelism ◦ Mobile Ministry Forum ◦ Azuza’s Connected Summits ◦ Biola Digital Conference  Christian Media Ecology ◦ Gordon’s The Promise and Challenge of Technology Conference ◦ Seattle Pacific’s Digital Society Conference ◦ Baylor’s Technology and Human Flourishing Conference  Technology & Missions ◦ International Conference on Computing and Mission  Christian Tech Volunteering ◦ ChristianVolunteering.org ◦ Lightsys  Education and Computer Centers ◦ Greater Europe Mission, SIM International, Missionary Aviation Fellowship  Engineering ◦ Engineering Ministries International

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