DIFW Women & Vocation Initiative

by Jeff Haanen

At Denver Institute for Faith & Work (DIFW), we believe God calls all women to work by inviting us into his mission of cultivating and caring for our world. This call is rooted in our identity as his image bearers and extends to every Christian, regardless of gender, life stage, or role. Yet, in Christian circles, conversations rarely address this call to work (whether inside or outside the home) or support women as they serve the world through their vocations.

The Women & Vocation Initiative at DIFW offers a robust, biblically-based perspective of work that empowers women to fully embrace their gifts within the opportunities—and constraints—of their unique lives.

How do we do this?

Quarterly Events
DIFW hosts gatherings of women across the metro area addressing topics as diverse as spiritual formation for busy women, navigating the tensions between motherhood, calling and identity, or serving our communities through entrepreneurship.

  • Next event: “Ambition: Living with Drive and Devotion,” Friday, March 10, 2-8 p.m.
    Many women have a complicated relationship with ambition. It’s not something we talk about often or when we do it’s framed as an undesirable attribute. But what if God intends us to be holy and ambitious?Rather than diminishing our desires, it’s time to recover ambition for God’s glory and others’ good. Join us March 10 for a gathering of Colorado women passionate about stepping forward, taking risks, and expanding God’s Kingdom. Whether you work in the marketplace, home, or community, this event will help you clarify your calling and steward the resources God has entrusted to you. Details and tickets will be available soon at denverinstitute.org.
  • Past Events: For a sample of past Women & Vocation events through DIFW, see our list of resources here

Speaking to Your Congregation
Joanna Meyer directs DIFW’s Women & Vocation Initiative and is available to speak at seminars, retreats, or Christian education events. Whether you need someone to deliver a structured message or facilitate a workshop, her warm, engaging style and depth of insight will encourage your people. Areas of expertise include:

  • Women, Work & Calling – A biblical and historical look at the issues that have shaped our understanding of “women’s work” and a challenge to embrace the scope of God’s call.
  • Igniting Your Vocational Imagination – What does it mean to be called? Learn to clarify your calling and identify ways your work can become a place of worship and service.
  • Creativity and Constraint – We live in a time of tremendous opportunity for women, yet marriage, family, and careers often make conflicting demands upon our time. Learn how these constraints can encourage creativity and deepen our understanding of the gospel.

Consulting with Church Leaders
We’d love to think with you about ways to address the needs of women through the life and programs of your particular church.

Contact Joanna Meyer to meet and talk more.

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Jeff Haanen

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.