Adopting an Entrepreneurial Posture: Vocational Formation amidst a Changing Landscape of Work

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The purpose of this dissertation is to interpret an emerging social reality for the church. The emerging social reality is that the economic context and thus the nature of work have changed so that there are more independent workers. Ranging from freelancers to entrepreneurs, these workers must adopt an entrepreneurial posture. Therefore, the church, which engages in vocational formation, must now include an emphasis on an entrepreneurial posture. This dissertation interprets this shifting economic context by working through a practical theology method, specifically the method outlined by Richard Osmer. Working through Osmer’s method, the dissertation describes the shifting economic context and interprets how globalization and accelerated technology influence this shift. Then, the dissertation outlines normative theology on vocation as well as an original research project on the practices of Christian entrepreneurs in order to develop theological underpinnings of an entrepreneurial posture. Finally, the dissertation offers a pragmatic approach for change—an entrepreneurial formation method intended for congregational leaders and Christian educators so that they might lead others in adopting an entrepreneurial posture for a changing world of work.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (PhD in Theology)

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Cormode, Scott

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Mission of the church, Practical Theology, Vocation, Globalization, Christianity and culture, Christian sociology


Missions and World Christianity


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