Scott Rae on How Work is Ministry

Biola Professor Speaks on Frank Pastore Radio Show

Feb. 12, 2010 By Jenna Bartlo

Dispelling the myth that work outside full-time ministry is not actually full-time ministry, Scott Rae, chair of the department of philosophy of religion and ethics at Talbot School of Theology, clarified the idea of service on Frank Pastore’s radio show Feb. 11, 2010.

Stating Christians see their work place as a place to impact others, but not necessarily a place where God can impact their spiritual lives, Rae believes that is what Christians are missing.

“The reason we’re not attune to that is we don’t see our work as our ministry…even the work that seems meaningless or doesn’t seem to have purpose is your service to Christ,” said Rae.

Pastore and Rae even discussed the service and ministry of a cocktail waitress, a career that some wouldn’t see as a ministry or having purpose for the Lord.

“People think about ministry in the workplace as praying for their coworkers but the large part of it is service as you are doing your job,” said Rae. “Doing accounting is ministry, doing secretarial work is doing ministry, filmmaking is ministry — all of that is service.”

Listen to Scott Rae and Frank Pastore’s discussion.

The Frank Pastore Show is aired on KKLA 99.5 weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. providing Christian perspectives on current topics.

Scott Rae earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and his Masters in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored six books on ethics and his work has also appeared in academic journals.

Written by Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator. Jenna can be reached at (562) 777-4061 or through email at

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