This week in chapel, Dr. Doug Fagerstrom, emphasized that the Gospel is the sum essence of the person, the work and the words of Christ Jesus. As disciples of Christ Jesus, we are purposed to demonstrate who Christ is. Many individuals in the work place are longing to be known and to be heard. The Scripture Isaiah 6: 8 says, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” We are to give ourselves up to be used by God for His purposes not our own.

We are reminded by the words of Eugene Peterson that “the number one job, the number one responsibility of ministers is to point people to Jesus.” In whatever season of life, in the experiences we have and with the skills we bring to ministry, we are called to bring Jesus to others. Listen to the full sermon below.


Dr. Douglas Fagerstrom serves as the president and CEO of Marketplace Ministries. Marketplace Ministries has over 1,500 chaplains and serves over 800 corporations in nearly 3,800 company work sites in 48 states, Canada and Mexico. He has 31 years of pastoral experience, including two nationally celebrated mega-churches in the Midwest. He served as president of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and senior vice president of Converge Worldwide.

Doug and his wife Donna enjoy spending time with family, traveling, writing and equipping others and growing in ministry together. They have one daughter and son-in-law who serve as professionals in ministry vocation, and they have two granddaughters who bring them great joy.