Called To Work began as an annual workplace Christianity and Professional Development conference founded by Elaine Kung, AT&T Director and Jason Browning, a long-time manager at Lucent Technologies, and hosted by Rutgers Community Christian Church in Somerset, NJ. Both were active in their respective corporation’s Christian cultural diversity groups, and they shared a desire to host a Christian-oriented professional development conference for their coworkers and the general public. The inspiration for the name, “Called To Work,” came from Karen Johnson Moy, a management consultant and former White House staff member who delivered the themed keynote address by the same title, “Called To Work” at the ministry kickoff conference in 1996. Moy had observed that many Christians in the workplace felt inferior because they were not in so-called “full-time Christian ministry” like pastors, teachers, and missionaries. Moy was persuaded that, in reality, all Christians have a divine calling and that many are “called to work” in business, non-profits, institutions, and government. In the fall of 2001, after 9/11, Northeast Christians At Work became active in Called To Work.
“The conference was spiritually uplifting and practical. Very timely and useful topics that I can take back to the workplace.”
“Down-to-earth speakers, addressed real-life issues I face every day.”
“Excellent speakers and workshops!”
“An eye-opening experience. The energy is evident and the program is excellent.”
“Excellent topic on integration of Christianity and professionalism.”
“Very meaty. Thank you!”