Launching Our Newest Initiative: The Collaborative for Cultural and Economic Renewal
Today, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando is pleased to announce the launch of our newest ministry initiative, The Collaborative for Cultural + Economic Renewal.
The average person will spend almost 100,000 hours at work during their lifetime, according to the US Census. Most Americans spend more time working this week, and doing things related to work, than sleeping, eating, or caring for our families.
Work is a huge part of our lives, but it continues to be a challenging place for the church to engage. Many Christians speak of a disconnect between their work life and their faith, even among spiritually mature believers.
For the past 3 years, First Pres has been exploring the connection between faith and work and the role of the church. Our team, including both staff and volunteer leadership, have attended conferences in New York and Princeton, consulted with Tim Keller’s church, Redeemer Presbyterian, secured financial underwriting, sought counsel from other faith and work ministries, and prayed through how to engage. By the time we began our ARISE AND BUILD Capital Campaign in 2014, we concluded that First Pres needed to make a significant commitment to faith, work, and economic renewal in our city.
It is at this intersection of faith and work that the church needs to re-engage, to help people understand that work matters to God, because he designed us to work. 1 Corinthians 3 verse 9 tells us “By our labor, we co-labor with God...” That work actually has a larger purpose in redeeming the culture in which we live. We co-labor with God.
“What if we let the Gospel shape and inform, not 'How we do our jobs,' but 'what restorative opportunities may be possible through our jobs?' Not, 'how does God use you at work,' but 'how does He use you through your work?' " - Michael Kelley, First Pres member
After three years of work and many hours of prayer and planning, we are so grateful and excited to launch The Collaborative.
The Collaborative is part of a 50 year initiative to equip working people to connect the dots between faith and work, to move beyond the paycheck, to understand the deeper meaning and purpose of their work and to leverage it for cultural and economic renewal.
We’ll engage our church, city and community at many levels: offering classes and lunch & learns; creating vocational guilds for individuals to come alongside peers from their industry, offering the Gotham Fellowship, a 9-month intensive, masters-level program for spiritually mature disciples. On October 13, The Collaborative will host Q Commons, a 2 hour live event to help us engage our cultural moment.
Our church family’s generosity to the ARISE AND BUILD campaign has helped launch this ministry, which will shape our community for years to come. We pray you’ll look at ways to participate and collaborate with us, and begin to see your work as God sees it.
We invite you to explore and learn more on The Collaborative website: