For most of us, work is our single biggest time commitment every week, which means our jobs are the main context in which we love God and love others, and the primary way we serve our city. Vocation is important.
IKON creates ongoing vocation-specific groups and resources, providing those working in the same field with a space where they can mutually encourage one another and learn together how to follow Jesus in the unique circumstances of their distinct vocation. As we do, we also get the opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives on Los Angeles culture.
Scroll down for a selection of vocation-related resources and a list of current IKON communities. If you work in one of those groups’ fields, please take a moment to introduce yourself. Each group is unique, gathers between 2-6 times a year in a variety of formats, and is led by people working in that vocation.
“Let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.”
IKON Healthcare begins in 2019! If you work in healthcare or a related field, please take a moment to introduce yourself so we can let you know more about the community as it approaches.
IKON Design begins in 2019! If you work in graphic design, user experience, fashion design, interior design, architecture, etcetera, please take a moment to introduce yourself so we can let you know more about the community as it approaches.
If you work as an actor or in a related field, please take a moment to introduce yourself so we can invite you to our next gathering.
In the meantime, check out the various resources for exploring the intersection of faith and acting below. You may also find the resources under Creativity and the Arts helpful.
If you work in music or a related field, please take a moment to introduce yourself so we can invite you to our next gathering.
In the meantime, check out the various resources for exploring the intersection of faith and music below. You may also find the resources under Creativity and the Arts helpful.
If you work as a writer or in a related field, please take a moment to introduce yourself so we can invite you to our next gathering.
In the meantime, check out the various resources for exploring the intersection of faith and writing below. You may also find the resources under Creativity and the Arts helpful.
➤ Creativity and the Arts
Whether we work as artists or not, we’re all created in the image of a creating God. Part of being human, therefore, is being creative. How does this biblical understanding of creativity differ from the prevailing view? How does this concept of every-human creativity affect our relationship to the arts, both as creators and consumers?
You may also find the resources under Acting, Music, and Writing helpful.
Food is an absolute necessity for all life on earth, and the table is one of the primary spaces where people foster culture and community. But how often do we actually think about what we eat and how we eat it? What does a meal actually signify? The profound significance of food is a theme woven throughout the Bible, from the opening pages of Genesis to the closing vision of Revelation. The resources below invite us to consider what the Bible says about the gift of sustenance, and how that affects our lives, whether we are casual cooks, professional restauranteurs, or simply lovers of food.
How do we pursue justice in just ways? What are the unique spiritual challenges and opportunities faced by those called to the field of law? What is the legal profession’s impact on the common good?
In the midst of a culture confused about its ideals and foundations, what is the right way to lead? What does it mean, not just to be an effective leader, but to be a good one?
In the beginning God said “Let there be light,” and we’ve been trying to capture that light ever since. From news reports and billboard advertisements to Christmas cards and selfies, photography has become one of the most powerful storytelling tools in the world. But what stories are we telling, and how do they affect us? How do we live in a culture increasingly defined by images? What does the Christina faith have to say about the lenses with which we frame the world?
Sports are profoundly ingrained in our nations culture, economy, and identity. In fact, few areas of modern life hold more sway over how we pass time, spend money, set priorities, and form relationships. So are sports merely about playing a game, or have they become something more powerful? What does the Christian faith have to say about such topics as physical discipline, competition, and winning and losing?
Computers, smartphones, and social media saturate our daily loves, yet we rarely reflect on how they shape the world. The incredible technological thresholds crossed in the last decade have brought not only new opportunities, but also new questions. What should we avoid and what should we embrace? Does the Christian faith give us guidance on how to live in a digital age?
Want an overall biblical perspective on work and vocation, no matter what your calling?
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Work is not separate from our lives of faith, but an integral part of them and a crucial way that God blesses his world. Through our work, each of us is given various levels of influence, resources, wealth, power, and skills. What does it mean to steward these well as the good gifts from God they are and leverage them for God’s good purposes in Los Angeles?