“The Hebrew root word for ‘work’ is also the root word for ‘service’, particularly service to God in worship. By combining the two English words, ‘work’ and ‘worship’, I hope to challenge people to integrate their faith and work. Work does not just refer to what is done in paid employment. I believe God sees work as any purposeful activity requiring focus and effort. It could be housework, schoolwork, caring for children or parents, study, paid work, voluntary work, etc.” — Kara Martin
In her book, Kara explores the biblical view of work, provides six spiritual disciplines to integrate faith and work, shares practical wisdom on how to make a difference in the workplace, and offers ideas to help churches better equip their congregations to live out their faith at work.
Workship is short-listed as the Australian Christian Book of the Year 2017 by SparkLit.
Introduction: Work as Worship
Introduction to Section 1: A Biblical View of Work
Chapter 1: Work as a Gift
Chapter 2: Work as a Good Thing
Chapter 3: Working as Cursed
Chapter 4: Who Redeems Work?
Chapter 5: Righteous Working
Chapter 6: Eternal Work
Introduction to Section 2: Spiritual Disciplines for Work
Chapter 7: Holy Working
Chapter 8: Gospel Working
Chapter 9: Prayerful Working
Chapter 10: Incarnational Working
Chapter 11: Spirit-Empowered Working
Chapter 12: Social Justice Working
Introduction to Section 3: Practical Wisdom for Working
Chapter 13: Vocation
Chapter 14: Work and Identity
Chapter 15: Working Relationships
Chapter 16: Kingdom Business
Introduction to the Appendices: Applying Spiritual Disciplines for Work
Appendix 1: Spiritual Disciplines of Working Questionnaire
Appendix 2: The Spiritual Disciplines and Fruitfulness on the Frontline
“This is an immensely helpful book. If you've heard that work for the Christian is just a place to do evangelism, or make money to support real Christian ministry, then read this book and think again. I feel blessed as a preacher, teacher and pastor by this book, but more importantly, I feel blessed as a worker for having read it.”
— Richard Condie, Bishop of Tasmania
In Workship, Kara Martin applies Romans 12:1–2 to the whole of life and particularly to our attitudes and habits in the workplace. To biblical principles, Martin brings stories and practical examples to show both the realities of the workplace and possible Christian responses. Workship is an accessible and helpful workbook for individual and group study. It is also a profitable read for pastors who need to understand the challenges facing those to whom they preach.