Do you see your work as a calling?
It’s crucial to reclaim and reframe this word, navigating between the distortions of spiritual dualism and the idolatry of work. We are called by one God, responding through our many callings as we labour for shalom and salvation. Beyond detached commands, however, we need a fresh sense of how God is at work in the world through humanity’s journey across the biblical acts of Creation, Fall, Israel, Jesus, Church, and the New Creation. God’s labour is all-encompassing, taking in providential, revelatory, justice, redemptive, compassionate and creative work, that all may flourish. Locating our efforts within God’s labour impels us each to “toil with all His energy that He powerfully works within me” (Col 1:29).
After starting out as a high school teacher, Dave moved into Christian youth work, engaging and equipping teens to live and share their faith in a post-Christendom context. Dave has previously pastored at Kenmore Baptist Church and has lectured part-time at Malyon since 2009 in the area of worldview, evangelism and apologetics. As Director of Malyon Traverse, he is passionate to see the reconnection of Church and culture, faith and everyday life. Dave is also a PhD candidate in Practical Theology, studying the place of sacred texts in secular education.