MIN101: Vocation, Calling & Purpose of Work

Course Description

This course will help students to understand the purpose of work and a Christian understanding of vocation. Students will reflect on their life story to gain a better understanding of their unique identity and purpose in their vocation. Students will also conduct research on various career paths and set up meetings with mentors and others to provide input into their vocational discernment process. They will also refine their understanding of calling or vocation might be and how it fits into God’s purposes and a Christian worldview. They will then create a synthesis of the above understandings into a reflective life plan.  

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how your life story, personality and personal identity inform your vocation and calling.
  2. Conduct market research to develop three different potential career paths.
  3. Set up meetings with mentors and networking contacts to provide input into your career and life plan.
  4. Identify the ways that Christians’ worldviews toward work can be distorted and to develop a discipleship and spiritual formation plan to restore them.
  5. Develop a career strategy using business tools like personal SWOT analysis and personal branding.
  6. Create a synthesis combining who you are with what you believe into a personal career and life plan.


Course Materials & Tuition:

Keller, T.  Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Reprint edition.). Riverhead Trade (2014). 336 pages.   ISBN: 978-1594632822$9.99 (Kindle version)
Hoffman, R., & Casnocha, B. (2012). The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. .  New York: Crown Business. 272 pages. ISBN: 978-0307888907$11.84
Total Cost of Course$821.83