Degreed theologian(s) and/or ordained minister(s) sought for a mission of possible immense importance to “Everything Must Change” and “Working with God for the Salvation of the world.” Specifically, to research the unexamined theological question, “Should Christian members of the engineering profession be an intentional, collective, “salt and light” influence within it in order to better ascertain and advance God’s will on earth in and through the engineering profession and its Christian members?” and document the result in an approximately 15-20 page paper, for publication as a chapter of a book or in a peer-reviewed journal.
If the conclusion is “yes, they should,” then play an active role in making it so by serving on the Board and/or Board of advisors to the Affiliation of Christian Engineers, with responsibilities to seek endorsements for its existence and purpose from Christian religious leaders and influence makers, in a “mega-tent” way – including Orthodox, Catholic, Reformed, Baptist, Mainline, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Anabaptist, etc. Be a prophetic voice, as necessary, to ensure the Affiliation of Christian Engineers provides benefits to all the following: 1) its members, 2) the engineering profession, 3) the Church, and 4) the common good.
Caution: The engineering profession is complicit with and/or enables much institutional evil around the world. Evil hates light. Expect persecution – particularly in your career - if we start to make an impact. Expect members of the Affiliation of Christian Engineers, particularly in Countries in which institutional corruption is more rampant, to “suffer for righteousness’ sake” in their jobs and profession, if not life or liberty. This will not be easy, count the cost.
Compensation: If our conclusion is that status quo – no organized Christian influence in engineering profession – is acceptable, then the compensation will be co-authorship of the published paper. If our conclusion is that stats quo is no longer appropriate then those who commit themselves to being “Founding Members” of the Affiliation of Christian Engineers, devoted to the task of bringing to viability – which should be 500,000 or more members worldwide - can name their terms as the law allows, because a viable Affiliation of Christian Engineers should generate 8-12 million dollars/year in revenue with 3-5 million being excess revenue to be distributed in various ways, including fairly compensating its Founding Members who incurred risk in creating it and bringing it to viability. The Affiliation of Christian Engineers is incorporated as a non-profit (but not a 501(c) non-profit, membership dues are paid with after-tax dollars, they are not tax-deductible donations).
Next Steps For Those Interested: Ask questions, play devil’s advocate, humbly ask God to reveal His will to you. Uncertain? Half-hearted? Don’t. The opportunity requires proactive, self-starting, independent producers - risk takers and entrepreneurs for growing God’s kingdom, who believe God has prepared and called them to this specific task.
Joe Carson, PE President, Affiliation of Christian Engineers