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Disciples in the Marketplace: Episode 5 - My Work is My Witness

By David Teel

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This video-based, small-group series highlights everyday disciples who are “disciples in the marketplace.” In each streaming video episode and the accompanying group discussion guide, ordinary people share how faith impacts their work life, and vice versa.

Episode Five: 'My Work is My Witness'

Award-winning photojournalist and layperson Jack Corn (the descendant of Wesleyan preachers) shows us that discipleship is memory-making work that happens when witnesses see, share, and shed light on overlooked and forgotten people in need of grace. This kind of testimony sees, says, and sheds "daily light"[1] on life by bearing witness in a way that gathers others to see and help. Illuminating the unique needs and beauty of underserved people and places, we discover the reality that “there are better stories being told these days, some old, some new … [and] sometimes they are deeply unsettling, but they swing.”[2] Showing, telling, and gathering others to help is the “meta” (the New Testament word for “with”) work of grace and the gift of accompaniment, where love comes close as what’s needed most.

[1] This is literally what the word "photojournalist" means.

[2] Stephen D. Crites, “Myth, Story, History” in Seminar on Parable, Myth, and Language (1967), 72.

David C. Teel is Director of Laity and Spiritual Leadership at Discipleship Ministries and a writer, editor, and Christian educator in Nashville, Tennessee. He studied at Vanderbilt Divinity School, serving United Methodist Churches since 1997.

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