Faith at Work


Christ Community’s 2022/2023 year-long theme is “Faith at Work.” What we do Monday through Friday (whether paid or unpaid) is important to God. How we do our work is a form of worship. Our work has meaning.

At these 90-minute events, you’ll enjoy a good dinner, take in a specialized presentation regarding your vocation, and meet/converse with people from your church who have similar interests and experiences. Learn more and register.

If you are a business owner, we would like to invite you to the Christ Community Church Business Owners’ Winter Breakfast on Wednesday, March 1, held in the Hub Theater at our St. Charles/South Elgin campus. Learn more here.

In 2022/2023, Christ Community will feature three weekend teachings series on faith and work. Here are the completed series:


The Faith at Work Podcast is an every-other-week conversation about the joy and tensions of faith in our everyday work. Join Christ Community Church pastors Jen Kelly and Cory Shumate as they interview experts and everyday people living out their faith in the work they do.

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Episode 8: When School is your Job – A Conversation with Melanie Mejdrich and Grant Blahnik
Released: January 4, 2023
Pastors Jen Kelly and Cory Shumate are joined by Melanie Mejdrich and Grant Blahnik; two current students! Student Ministries Pastor Josh Haight also joins the group to provide unique insight & statistics found with the students of today! The pastors and students discuss their 2023 resolutions, cheese(!!!), what the high school student experience is like in the 2020s (especially post-pandemic), how students follow the calling of God in a constantly changing world, and much more!

Episode 7: Law, Order, and Faith from a Judge – An Interview with Bob Spence
Released: December 21, 2022
Join Pastors Jen Kelly & Cory “Chief Judge” Shumate as they interview Judge Bob Spence. Bob served as a Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice in Chicago & Springfield. He was a Kane County Circuit Judge who was elected as Chief Judge by his fellow judges. Bob also serves on the board of Administer Justice, a faith-based organization providing free legal services for people who might not be able to afford legal representation. Jen & Cory discuss with Bob what Hollywood gets wrong, lessons learned within the law, and elements of Faith that can be found or integrated within the legal system.

Episode 6: Facing Death Every Day as a Coroner – An Interview with Steve Laker
Released: December 7, 2022
Pastors Jen and Cory welcome Steve Laker, the Deputy Coroner for the Kane County Coroner’s Office. Hear how Steve’s faith helps him stay strong within an emotionally strenuous role of working with the deceased. Jen and Cory also discuss with Steve about how important empathy & compassion are within his field, how rewarding it is to provide closure to grieving families, and how Christ supports him in his toughest days.

Episode 5: How We Image A Working God – An Interview with Pastor Tom Nelson
Released: November 23, 2022
Pastors and hosts Jen Kelly and Cory Shumate interview pastor Tom Nelson. Tom is the president of Made to Flourish, council member for The Gospel Coalition, and has served as the senior pastor at a non-affiliated (yet, wonderfully named) Christ Community Church located in Kansas City. Tom is the author of several books, including Work Matters which helped inspire Cory! Join them as they discuss how God guides us in the workplace, how we worship in ANY job, and much more!

Episode 4: Public, Private, or Homeschool? – An interview with Kate Hertz and Michelle Keenon
Released: November 9, 2022

One of the three top vocations at Christ Community Church is in education. On this episode, Pastors Jen Kelly and Cory Shumate sit down with two of those teachers in the congregation, Kate Hertz and Michelle Keenon. They share their biggest challenges, least favorite school subjects, and what they themselves have learned from the trials of the last two years.

Episode 3 | Redefining Auto Service – An Interview with Kyle Martin
Released: Wednesday, October 26
Christ Community Church Pastors Jen Kelly and Cory Shumate welcome local auto-service shop owner Kyle Martin. Kyle and his wife opened their auto repair business to combine a love of serving people and knowledge in automotive repairs to provide customers with an auto-repair option that is run with integrity and a high value on customers. This is how Kyle puts his faith to work.

Episode 2 | Emergency Room Faith: An Interview with Dr. Lina Abujamra
Released: Wednesday, October 12
Christ Community Church Pastors Jen Kelly and Cory Shumate welcome guest Lina Abujamra, a pediatric ER doctor, now practicing telemedicine, and founder of Living With Power Ministries. Her vision is to bring hope to the world by connecting biblical answers to everyday life and equipping believers to live out their faith in today’s culture. A popular Bible teacher, podcaster, and conference speaker, she is the author of several books including Thrive, Stripped, Resolved and her most recent book, Fractured Faith: Finding Your Way Back to God in an Age of Deconstruction.

Episode 1 | Your Work Matters Way More Than You Think: An Interview with Dr. Mark Roberts
Released: Tuesday, September 27
For the first conversation about the joys and tensions of faith in our everyday work, hosts Jen Kelly and Cory Shumate welcome guest Dr. Mark Roberts, author of eight books and dozens of articles. He is the principal writer of Life for Leaders, the De Pree Center’s daily digital devotion. Mark speaks frequently in churches, conferences, and other settings.