Chris Armstrong: We are here to help students integrate their faith into their vocational journeys. We often work behind the scenes with faculty and are beginning to contribute to curriculum.
Ben Norquist: Opus is at Wheaton to help students catch a vision for meaningful work for their lives. We accomplish this primarily through working with those who work with students.
Ben: We’re bringing current conversations on theology of work and vocational discernment into the culture of the College to help students think beyond making a living to making a life.
Chris: Protestants have historically recognized two kinds of vocation: general and particular. All Christians share the same general calling: to faith in Christ. Since Christ came to fulfill the Law, we may consider this general Gospel calling to include all that God has commanded—for example, to be fruitful and multiply, to be a good steward, to obey the Ten Commandments, to love God and neighbor. What we usually mean by the word “vocation” in the college setting, however, is our particular vocations. These include our jobs, careers, and family and civic roles—really anywhere we find ourselves in relationships with others. For Christians, all these particular ways we serve others—in the process both “making a living” and “making a life”—both reflect and help to fulfill our general, Gospel calling. Each of our particular vocations is just as truly kingdom work as are the vocations of the preacher or evangelist. And when we submit these particular vocations to our general calling as Christians, we become fruitful in whole new ways—and our identity as workers falls into proper, subordinate relationship to our ultimate source of identity, in Christ.