Millennials in the Marketplace

2015 Redeeming Work Conference - Portland

In this 32-minute session from the 2015 Redeeming Work Conference in Portland, Paul Pastor hosts Brandon Rhodes, Kate Harris, and Matthew Kaemingk in a panel discussion about the challenges millennials face in the marketplace today.

Brandon owns and operates Rolling Oasis Grocers. Kate is Executive Director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. Matthew is Director of the Cascade Fellows and Executive Director of the Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture at Fuller Seminary. 

What words would you use to describe work? How might someone of a different generation describe work? How have you had to “calibrate” your expectations of work in your lifetime?
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Brandon said, “My generation [millennials] needs to be able to name what is happening, to give good theological reflection that the American empire is not working.” What answers does the biblical narrative give for our current economy? In what ways is your church resourcing millennials to name what is happening and live with a holistic understanding of work and faith?
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The panelists all agreed that a commitment to community is essential for millennials because it helps them process the purpose of work and discern vocational callings. How has biblical community influenced your approach to work? How has community protected you from making work decisions rooted in a need for security or desire for advancement, rather than wisdom and vocational calling?
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Kate encouraged millennials to practice rootedness where they are, even if where they are seems transient. When have you been in a transient season of life? What did you learn and habits did you form in that season? What does rootedness look like in your life today?
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Matthew encourages millennials in the marketplace with a quote from the Heidelberg Catechism that says, “Your only comfort in life and death is that you are not your own, you were bought and belong to Jesus Christ.” When you feel the temptation to make you work your worth, take heart that it belongs to Jesus and so do you. 

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