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 communities for those working in the same fields to mutually encourage one another and learn together how to follow Jesus in the unique circumstances of their shared calling.
Scroll down for a list of vocation-specific resources and communities as well as resources for discerning vocation and understanding vocation in general. 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. If you work in one of the fields below, please take a moment to introduce yourself (and if your field is not yet represented, please let us know what you do at the bottom of the page).
“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.”
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.
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?
The gospel is a story of design and redesign. A universe in which God refers to himself as Creator, Maker, and Author is a universe in which design matters. Whether we work in architecture, in graphic, interior, fashion, experience, or character design, or in any design field of any kind, what does it mean to design in the image of a redemptive Designer? How can we love our neighbor well through the experiences, objects, and media we create for them?
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 mean? 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.
If you work in healthcare, 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 healthcare below.
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?
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.
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?
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.
The following resources that help provide an overall biblical perspective on work and vocation, no matter what your individual calling.
Looking for wisdom about discerning your own vocation? Here are some resources to get you started:
Center for Faith + Work LA
Hollywood Prayer Network
Teaching, panel discussion, and Q&A with leading practitioners in Los Angeles who will help provide context and offer practical insights into the unique challenges of being a Christian healthcare professional in our city and what it can look like to live out the image of God in our work.
Join award-winning author and popular speaker James K.A. Smith for an evening talk, discussion, and time of Q&A to explore how Augustine’s timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life in our complicated 21st-century world.