OVIEDO, Fla. — RTS Orlando is pleased to announce the establishment of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Culture (IFWC). The institute will facilitate the development of a biblically-grounded, God-centered vision for integrating faith and work, both in current students and the wider church.
A significant development in evangelical Christianity over the past several decades is the “faith and work” movement. The main goal of the movement is to help Christians cultivate an integrated approach to their faith and occupations.
Situated amidst a vibrant faith and work community in Central Florida, RTS Orlando is uniquely positioned to engage this conversation. The IFWC has three primary goals. First, to bring the resources of Reformed theology to the faith and work conversation. Second, to provide RTS students, staff, and faculty with the opportunity to learn from leaders in the faith and work movement. Finally, the institute will broaden the application of faith and work principles to underserved communities.
“RTS Orlando seeks to provide the best biblical, theological, and practical training available in order to prepare future pastors for service in Christ’s church. The Institute for Faith, Work, and Culture will help us better fulfill this goal by equipping pastors to apply the rich resources of Reformed faith and practice to issues that Christians face in their various vocations on a daily basis,” said Dr. Scott Swain, RTS Orlando President.
In celebration of the launch of the institute, the Orlando campus will host the inaugural Bavinck Lecture with Dr. James Eglinton on Wednesday, October 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Pamplin Chapel.
Dr. Eglinton is the Meldrum Senior Lecturer in Reformed Theology at the University of Edinburgh and the author of Bavinck: A Critical Biography, which won The Gospel Coalition’s 2020 Book of the Year award for History and Biography. His address will be titled “Worldview, Worldvision, and Workplace.”
For more information about the IFCW or to register for the Bavinck Lecture, visit paideiacenter.com/ifwc.