Workplace (Lyndon Drake)

1. Learning Experience

This Workplace option will help you to assess the value of the workplace in the theology and practice of your ministry.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

Email the facilitator: Lyndon Drake to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spend some time reflecting on your own understanding of the workplace from a theological perspective. Record (journal) any things you feel significant, or ideas you would like to engage with. This is to enable you at the end of this option to assess how far you have travelled through the ten-month period. This is a private document for you unless you choose to share something of the detail in your final reflection or with your coach.

Within the first four months:

Read:

Timothy Keller & Katherine Alsdorf, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (New York: E P Dutton, 2012). Buy online at Book Depository, or borrow from the Carey library.

Explore the Theology of Work Project website – throughout this ten-month period, make this a regular destination to browse the archive and new articles as they are published. Consider ‘liking’ the ToW Facebook page for regular updates in your newsfeed.

Over the next six months:

Visit three members of your congregation in their own workplaces.

Throughout the ten months:

2. Reflection

Use the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection as you read the book – the questions can be used for each chapter, section, or the entire book. Use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your coach, who is to be a dialogue partner as you engage with this material (meet with them at least once every two months), perhaps focus each meeting on a particular chapter, section, or idea.

By 15 November, following the reading, workplace visits, and regular meetings with your coach, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog). Discuss how your Sunday services and pattern of weekly church life will change because of what you now know. Do you intend to change your personal life and/or pastoral ministry as a result of reading the book and engaging with the workplaces of three people from your congregation? Submit this to the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and share it with your coach.

Feel free to email or phone the Facilitator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) thoughts or questions at any time through the ten months.

3. Coach

At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the ten months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over this time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would read the Timothy Keller & Katherine Alsdorf book as well if they haven’t already. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.

Ask your coach to help you assess the value of the workplace in the theology and practice of your ministry, and in making changes over the course of this time in line with your reflection – you might bring a different topic or area from the book each time you meet, as well as your responses to the five questions on the Reflection Guide from each chapter or topic section in the book.

By 15 November:

Submit a 1000 word reflection (or 10 minute vlog) – see details in section 2 above. The facilitator will engage with your written reflection.


Facilitator: Dr Lyndon Drake

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Lyndon runs Vocation, the Carey stream that equips Christians for the workplace. Previously he was a Vice President at Barclays Capital, a large investment bank in London, and studied theology at the University of Oxford. Lyndon is a pastor at the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the facilitator of this Workplace option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 28 February 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 01-02-2018
Event End Date 31-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-03-2018
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