Faith, Work, and Economics
Everyone is affected by the economy, yet Christian leaders are often unable to articulate a biblically informed and culturally appropriate response to issues that arise in the marketplace. The FWE cohort is composed of high impact Christian leaders who are poised to empower churches to understand and address FWE issues in their churches, communities, and world. To address these issues, the cohort will learn from various perspectives to include: biblical, theological, missiological, business, ethical, vocational, and church planting literature.
In order to provide a robust learning opportunity, Asbury’s Doctor of Ministry Program is partnering with Steve Garber from the Washington Institute as well as Asbury University’s Howard Dayton School of Business. Participants in this cohort will:
- Explore biblical and theological foundations regarding the integration of faith with economics, poverty, wealth, and generosity.
- Learn from creative, faithful practitioners who are impacting their communities for good.
- Gain missional awareness of how your calling, capacity, community and context (especially denominational, work, and cultural contexts) can be leveraged for strategic impact.
- Produce a Ministry Transformation Project (dissertation).
Dr. Jay Moon is the Director of the Office of Faith, Work, and Economics on Asbury’s Kentucky campus. He has taught a wide range of courses including social entrepreneurship, intercultural studies, evangelism, church planting, cross-cultural discipleship, community development, and practical intercultural ministry. He and his family (wife, Pam, and four children) were missionaries for 13 years with SIM, focusing specifically on church planting and water development among the Builsa people of Ghana, West Africa for nine years. He has published numerous articles and two books African Proverbs Reveal Christianity in Culture (2009) and Ordinary Missionary: A Narrative Approach to Introducing World Missions (2012). He has been a keynote speaker for a wide variety of seminars and conferences focusing on missions, church planting, entrepreneurship, oral learning, and other related issues. Besides his African experience, Jay has been involved in numerous innovative missional enterprises, including ministries to Native Americans, urban “at risk” neighborhoods, and a church-plant with Embrace UMC (Lexington, KY).
The Rev. Dr. Tapiwa N. Mucherera is Director of the Office of Faith, Work, and Economics on Asbury’s Orlando campus. He also oversees the MA in Counseling program in the Florida campus. Hailing from Zimbabwe with his wife (Bertha) and three children, he is an ordained United Methodist minister in full connection with the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference and an affiliate member of the Florida United Methodist Annual conference. He has served churches in Zimbabwe, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, and Kentucky. He has authored numerous articles and three books: Glimmers of Hope (2013); Pastoral Care from a Third World Perspective, (2001, 2005); and Meet Me at the Palaver (2009). He is passionate about doing workshops with pastors on self-care, and seminars on marriage and family issues. He also has a heart for ministering and supporting those orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemics especially in Africa, and Zimbabwe in particular.