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The purpose of this project is to outline a context-specific discipleship program to equip the people of Houston’s First Presbyterian Church (FPC) for missionary engagement in the workplace through the study of Reformed doctrinal and theological foundations that emphasize vocational significance, personal transformation, and contextualized expressions of gospel-informed cultural renewal. FPC is a congregation historically known for its entrepreneurial members and ministries. This project is presented in three parts.

Part One examines the local context of FPC and the uniqueness of the church’s ethos. Particular attention is given to the socioeconomic and demographic makeup of the neighborhoods closest to the church and a broad look at the changing face of the city. This section also describes the core values and theological convictions of the congregation, including an aggressive vision and strategy in support of ministry in the marketplace.

Part Two engages the biblical and theological content most relevant to developing a theology of faith and work as a means of discipleship. The discussion examines key Reformation theologians who viewed work as an agent of transformation and sanctification and a means to engage God’s providential purposes. The theological inquiry also explores the notion of worldview, utilizing biblical narrative to outline themes of creation/fall/redemption/restoration as the basis for faithful cultural engagement. This culminates in a synthesis to examine both “why” and “how” disciples integrate faith and work.

In order to develop a faith and work ministry at FPC, a ten-week learning cohort was created. This initiative has served as a test of the new model by allowing participants to explore the following: biblical foundations, theological themes, personal transformation, and practical ministry expressions.

The cohort has provided the shared language and basis upon which to develop industry-specific vocational networks (guilds) in order to imagine and implement gospel-informed cultural renewal throughout Houston and beyond.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Bolsinger, Tod

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Discipleship, Missional Ecclesiology, Faith and Work, Theology of Work, Theology of Vocation, Cultural Renewal, Cultural Engagement, Formation, Work, Vocation, Presbyterian, Reformed Missiology, Houston, Worldview, Reformed Worldview


Christianity | Civic and Community Engagement | Missions and World Christianity | Work, Economy and Organizations


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