[Podcast] Expert Insights: The Theology of Work

Theology of Work

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From the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, we’re excited to bring you EXPERT INSIGHTS, a series bringing together Christian leaders – from across the theological spectrum and from a variety of professions – to share their expertise on leadership topics, all through the lens of faith.

On today's show, how our work affords us the opportunity to live our faith regardless of our profession.

What we cover:

  • What does it mean to live our faith at work? What is the theological basis for work?
  • The concept that all work is good if it’s motivated by our love for Christ
  • Leadership in the context of faith
  • The concept of ‘vocation’ and what God is uniquely calling us to do

Paul Posoli

Theology of Work

Paul Posoli is the President of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, which provides a college preparatory education and work-study program to approximately 540 students of limited economic resources.

Before taking the role at Cristo Rey Jesuit, Paul spent 20 years as a leader in the energy industry; he served as President of Bear Stearns’ energy trading business, President of Calpine Energy Services, and most recently as Managing Director of JPMorgan’s Global Commodities Group.   Paul came to Houston to join Enron Capital & Trade Resources from Chicago, where he received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.   He began his career as a CPA at Coopers & Lybrand after receiving his BBA from the University of Miami.

Paul serves on the advisory board of Orion Energy Partners, a credit oriented private equity firm focused on energy.  He is also a member of the President’s Council for the University of Miami.

Al Erisman

Theology of Work

Albert M. (Al) Erisman is the Executive in Residence at the Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government and Economics, and the past Director for the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University (SPU).  He teaches business ethics and business and technology subjects at SPU and also edits Ethix magazine (www.ethix.org).

In April 2001 Al completed a 32 year career at The Boeing Company, where for the last 10 years he was Director of R&D for computing and mathematics.  In this capacity, he managed a staff of 250-300 scientists with the objective of bringing new technology to Boeing's processes and products.  He was selected as one of 11 inaugural Senior Technical Fellows of The Boeing Company in 1990.  He has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Iowa State University.

Al has been on numerous boards for science and technology including projects for the National Academy.  He is also a board member for several startup companies.  He has a passion for issues related to faith and work and serves on the board of advisors for Theology of Work project and Kiros, a Christians in Business organization in the Seattle area.

Al has been married to Nancy for 48 years and they have four children and nine grandchildren.  They attend Westminster Chapel in Bellevue.

Larry Osborne

Theology of Work

Larry Osborne is a pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, CA.   Under his leadership the church has grown from 128 to over 13,000 on a weekend.

Larry has a passion for leadership, spiritual formation and discipleship.  As a nationally recognized trainer of leaders and pastors, and church planters, he travels extensively, speaking at conferences and mentoring events.

North Coast Church has been acclaimed as one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Known for pioneering the concepts of sermon-based small groups, pastoral teaching teams, and video venues, its fingerprints are found on churches throughout the world.

Larry's leadership books include: Lead Like A Shepherd, Sticky Church, Sticky Teams, Sticky Leaders, Mission Creep, and The Unity Factor. 

Larry's discipleship books include:  Thriving in Babylon, Accidental Pharisees, A Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God, Lead Like a Shepherd, and 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe.

Larry holds both a Master of Divinity and Doctorate degree from Talbot Theological Seminary.  He and his wife, Nancy, live in Oceanside, CA. They have three married children and an increasing number of grandchildren.

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