Nazarene Theological Seminary
hosted a dialogue led by Jeff Van Duzer
on January 29 made possible through funding from the Kern Foundation's
The event focused on the interface between Christians and the worlds of business, economics, and culture.
In a morning lecture to the student body and visitors, Van Duzer
laid out a framework for a theology of business, arguing that the ultimate purpose of business is for the expression of God's creative gifting of individuals and the flourishing of communities.
This vision compels the church and its pastoral leaders to treat laypersons in business as co-ministers of the gospel and contributors to the work of the kingdom of God, not only in their personal lives, but in and through their business.
A luncheon following the lecture brought together theology faculty, business faculty, and pastors for follow-up conversation and an opportunity to ask questions of Van Duzer
Practical helps were offered for those living in "the messy middle" between God's ideals and the hard realities of the market.
Van Duzer is the newly appointed provost of Seattle Pacific University.
He previously served as the dean of the School of Business and Economics and as professor of business law and ethics.
For 20 years prior to his
full-time association with the university, he
practiced law in Seattle with an emphasis on finance and natural resources.
writes and speaks frequently in both church and professional settings, offering Christian perspectives on the worlds of business and economics.