As another year comes to an end, it’s easy to hustle through the holidays and focus on plans for the year ahead. While we’re busy looking forward to 2020, we also want to celebrate the work accomplished this year. Here are five things we’re celebrating from 2019:
11,450 Downloads of The Faith & Work Podcast
Following its launch in Fall 2019, The Faith & Work Podcast reached more than 10,000 downloads in 2019. With guests like Michaela O’Donnell Long of Fuller Theological Seminary and Dr. Curt Thompson, The Faith & Work Podcast offers listeners a variety of voices on topics such as calling, science, and culture. The top episodes of 2019 include:
- Common Questions About Work;
- David Brooks and The Second Mountain; and
- Science & Scripture with Dr. Praveen Sethupathy.
1,172 Attendees at Events and Vocational Community Gatherings
In 2019, we fostered conversations around critical issues facing our economy, our churches, and our communities with industry leaders like Jay Jakub, Dr. Ellen Bartling, and Dr. Rick Lindroth. Topics included:
- God, Energy, and the Environment;
- Character Formation in K-12 Education; and
- The Faithful Artist.
22 New Courses at Scatter.org
With the addition of two new staff members and partnerships with ChristianityToday and The Gospel Coalition, our online learning platform made significant strides in 2019. More than 1,000 people engaged with course content from as far away as Mexico City and the Philippines. This year’s most popular courses include:
21 New Fellows from the 2018–19 Class
We wrapped up the third class of the 5280 Fellowship in May and commissioned twenty-one Fellows to leverage their platform with God, through work, for the world. Our most recent class of fellows represented nine home churches and eight industries throughout Denver, including:
- Food & Beverage;
- Information Technology;
- Law; and
153 Donors Supporting the Work of DIFW
We are grateful for the people who financially support the work of Denver Institute. Your generosity is helping to build a network of faithful Christians throughout Denver who are committed to loving God and serving their neighbors through their work.
As we reflect on how God worked through Denver Institute this year, we’re also busy planning next year’s events, courses, podcasts, and the completion of our fourth class of Fellows. We pray that you have a safe and happy Christmas and new year, and we look forward to connecting with you again in 2020.
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This post was published December 18, 2019
Jeff Haanen is a writer and entrepreneur. He founded Denver Institute for Faith & Work, a community of conveners, teachers and learners offering experiences and educational resources on the gospel, work, and community renewal. He is the author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life and an upcoming two-book series on spiritual formation, vocation, and the working class for Intervarsity Press. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Denver and attends Wellspring Church in Englewood, Colorado.