All human labour is ministry which honours God, Dutch Protestants affirm: The Church of England Newspaper, November 22, 2012 November 26, 2012Posted by geoconger in Protestantse Kerk in Nederland.
Tags: doctrine of work, Netherlands, theology
The General Synod of the Protestant Church of the Netherlands has asked Dutch Christians to reflect on the theology of work – the place of human labour in relation to the created order.
In a discussion paper released to the Protestantse Kerk in Nederland’s (PKN) 2000 congregations at the close of the 8-10 synod meeting, the PKN said an examination of “Christian tradition and the Bible in particular” was the best way of understanding the man’s place in the economy.
The discussion paper, “We and our work” was centered round four propositions that drew upon the church’s Reformed and Lutheran heritage:
1) We don’t live from our work but from God’s work. Our work does matter indeed, however it isn’t the final reality. Our salvation doesn’t depend on it. 2) All human work, whether paid for or not, primarily is ministry and a contribution to the well-being of other people. 3) The laborer is worthy of his/her hire, no more and no less. and 4) Working is working together and requires working together.
Founded in 2004, the PKN was formed by the merger of the Dutch Reformed Church, the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and counts approximately 10 per cent of the country’s population as active members.
First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.