Biblical resources for whole-life stewardship

At the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, we’re passionate about equipping churches to teach Christians about the biblical meaning of work and whole-life stewardship.

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For Pastors

Our aim is to come alongside you with the tools you need to speak into people’s entire lives, including their work. The best way to get connected to IFWE is to start by subscribing to our blog. Theologians, economists, pastors, and others post encouraging content every day, and we will deliver it to your inbox on a daily or weekly basis. We also recommend the following books on faith, work and economics.

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How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work

Whether your church consists of Millennials or Gen Xers, many may be concerned not only about finding a job but finding a meaningful job. Boomers are looking for ways to leave a more lasting legacy. IFWE executive director Hugh Whelchel helps Christians of all ages in his book, "How Then Should We Work?" by explaining the eternal significance of all work within the grand, Biblical story of God’s mission. A companion six-week discussion guide is available in leader and participant versions, as well as a digital download.

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For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty

With 14 essays from top theologians, economists, historians and practitioners, "For the Least of These" book and companion study guide provide readers with a biblical response to poverty and present the case that markets and trade are the world’s best hope to alleviating it. A companion study guide is available in print and digital versions.

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For Lay Leaders and Families

At IFWE, we often hear from individuals who are passionate about introducing their pastor, family, or church to our content. The books mentioned above can be used as teaching content or shared with pastors. We encourage you to explore our bookstore. In addition, our blog contains some practical ideas on how churches can affirm all work.

The more we learn about God’s word, we see how it applies to our whole lives – not just our church and work lives, but our home life too. While our primary focus at IFWE is on speaking to how whole-life stewardship applies to your work, our content is helpful for families teaching children about their calling.

IFWE is currently developing curriculum for homeschool parents and others around the ideas of calling and economics. We encourage you to explore our books and discussion guides with children who are high school age or older.