Episode 70: Workplace - Curious Spaces?
Release Date March 3, 2014
Melinda Schmidt and a panel – employed and self-employed – talk about workplace happiness and, sometimes, survival!
We asked our panel if they can be their "true self" on the job. Can you?
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Book Resource: Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it?
Tim Keller, pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God, has taught and counseled students, young professionals and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than twenty years. Now he puts his insights into a book for readers everywhere, giving biblical perspectives on such pressing questions as:
- What is the purpose of work?
- How can I find meaning and serve customers in a cutthroat, bottom line-oriented workplace?
- How can I use my skills in a vocation that has meaning and purpose?
- Can I stay true to my values and still advance in my field?
- How do I make the difficult choices that must be made in the course of a successful career?
With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest. Read more...
In This Episode
Andrew is the founder and CEO of Demo Duck and Video Brewery, where he builds handcrafted explainer videos. He's a graduate of Wheaton College (2002) and attends Village Church of Oak Park. He lives in Oak Park with his wife Hannah and son Caleb.
Unity Ostercamp works for Moody Bible Institute in the Practical Christian Ministries Department, serving students and planning special events. She has worked full time for MBI since 1997 and enjoys the relationships she builds with the students there. She lives in Chicago with her husband Matthew.
Lori is the senior producer, social media/event coordinator and occasional co-host for the award-winning national radio program, Midday Connection. Lori is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and is currently studying counseling and spiritual direction. Her interests include art (looking at it and creating it), music, literature, humanitarian aid efforts, gardening, coffee, traveling, thinking, learning and spending time with her husband and their three feisty cats.
David leads a management consulting practice that he founded in 1978. His boutique firm has served a wide range of non-profit organizations as they set strategic direction, identify needed innovations and build capacity for greater impact. Recent clients include the Central Territory of The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army of Kent County (Michigan), SIL, American Bible Society, Willow Creek Association, Summit Ministries, a number of mega-churches as well as other para-church enterprises.
Skye is an author, speaker, editor and pastor. He serves as the senior editor of Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today International. He has also been in newspapers around the country, contributing on issues of faith, culture and the church.
Melinda is a visionary who appreciates observing how the complexities of culture and faith influence one another. Her core words are freedom, orderliness, twirling, beauty and seed-planting ideas. For her, life is good when she is free to muse, express and—frankly—eat pizza or her homemade blueberry pie.