The Collaborative exists to reframe, restore, and redeem our understanding of what happens at the intersection of faith and work.
Reframe how we think about work. Restore the biblical definition of why we work. Redeem, by God’s grace, our efforts to see our communities renewed through our work.
The Collaborative is about doubling down as the Church to do our part to "put his whole world right", and yet recognizing we do so at the Lord’s invitation, reliant upon His leading and transformation along the way. This is what Paul means in 1 Corinthians 3:9 when he writes, "By our labor, we co-labor with God..."
Co-labor, Collaborative, get it?
“…when Christians work in the world, they either assimilate into their culture and support the status quo or they will be agents of change.” - Tim Keller
your work matters.
The church and American culture are one and the same when it comes to our shared view of work. We may differ slightly on how a paycheck is spent, but work is generally viewed as transactional - the means to a living wage — rather than a mechanism for transforming society. But transform it does. Technology work transforms communication. Artwork unearths deep questions about truth and beauty. Policy work reframes social interaction. Entrepreneurial work disrupts the marketplace. On the surface of these great movements, our daily work can seem small and cog-like in the larger scheme of things.
But we were not designed to be mere cogs.
We were designed to work with purpose: a redemptive purpose which infuses our skills, gifts and professions with dignity and meaning. The Collaborative moves people to reconsider our relationship with work, to erase the divide between faith and everything else, and to look at the greater significance of work in our lives.
We deepen people’s Biblical understanding of work and equip them to create a thriving culture.
Part of a 50-year initiative to promote the common good in Orlando, The Collaborative has been purposefully designed to help people connect the dots between work and faith. Strategically developed to equip workers to think beyond the paycheck and find deeper meaning in the place they spend most of their waking hours: their job.
Teaching the principles of how faith and work can be integrated, The Collaborative helps people make better day-to-day decisions, to more directly affect cultural and economic renewal in Orlando.
how we do it.
- We work for cultural renewal, together. (We call it co-laboring.)
- We learn in community.
- We offer substantive content, thoughtfully curated.
- We ask different questions about our work - why, what, how.
- We focus on teaching instead of telling...with technology as a tool, not a totem.
- We believe the Father leads, we know Christ redeems, and we rejoice the Holy Spirit forms.
We equip humans to understand work in the biblical tradition; to serve professions and industries; to derive personal satisfaction from vocation and calling. We connect said humans to strengthen work within a particular fields and industries; to develop cross-sector partnerships in order to address complex social problems. And we mobilize even more humans to provide clear and consistent calls to action; to engage as agents of change for the good of the city; and to contribute to the greater faith & work movement.
"...but every day that we find ourselves able to work and serve others in the world, we can do this much: Bear the image and restore the image in the world, making the most of whatever is given us today. That is all, and that is more than enough." -Andy Crouch
The Collaborative is the culture-shaping workforce in Orlando, Florida.
Part of a 50-year initiative to promote the common good in Orlando, The Collaborative has been purposefully designed to help individuals erase the divide between faith and everything else. We embrace the wonder of God using our work to refine us personally, while at the same time fostering cultural, economic and spiritual renewal. Learn More.
Our vision is a culturally and economically renewed city living out faith through work. Our mission is to redeem the purpose of work by restoring and renewing Christ-centered individuals in their vocations.
We under gird our work with the core values of being Christ-centered, collaborative, integrative, & redemptive.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.956.5827.
The Collaborative offices are located at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, in Downtown Orlando. Events, seminars, field trips, and anthropological digs ;) occur across the city.
106 East Church Street
Orlando, FL 32801