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Gabe Lyons Calls the Church to Integrate Faith and Work

Editors' Note: The Gospel Coalition's Theological Vision for Ministry advocates for the integration of faith and work, because, "The good news of the Bible is not only individual forgiveness but the renewal of the whole creation. . . .  Therefore Christians glorify God not only through the ministry of the Word, but also through their vocations of agriculture, art, business, government, scholarship." Our churches seek to help people "think out the implications of the gospel on how we do carpentry, plumbing, data-entry, nursing, art, business, government, journalism, entertainment, and scholarship," so they will "work with distinctiveness, excellence, and accountability in their trades and professions."

Therefore we commend other Christians seeking to bridge the sacred/secular divide. Owen Strachan recently sat down in New York with Gabe Lyons, the founder of Q---a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. They discussed how Q seeks to help integrate faith and work and what Lyons does on a day-to-day basis.
Q Ideas has contributed in recent years to helping Christians work well to the glory of God in all kinds of different vocations, including fashion, business, and entertainment. What fuels your interest in that topic? How can Christians think well about engaging all of work, not just certain areas that Christians might historically do?
I'm motivated to talk about this because it feels like a lost piece of the Christian story in the last few decades. We've gotten away from affirming and empowering believers who have very different talents and callings outside of being a pastor or a missionary or a church planter. 

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