Making a profit is seen as morally good and honorable in the Bible, but God had a lot more in mind for business than making money.
Learning Library for the Workplace
Use this growing collection of articles and resources to help you live an influential life as a Christian in the workplace.
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Workplace Grace is for people who do not have the gift if evangelism, yet want to make a spiritual impact on the people around them.
Winner of Christianity Today and Silver Medallion book awards, Workplace Grace describes how evangelism is a process and helps readers understand how they can move people toward new life in Christ.
By: Jim Wood
Thoughts about work and heaven don’t often mingle in the average person’s mind. Not so with Jim Wood. In the spirit of his outstanding blog, The Shrinking Camel, Wood penned a remarkable picture of everyday faith at work. No spiritual platitudes allowed here, only real, honest thoughts about the struggles, joys, confusion, and hope to be discovered as a follower of Jesus takes work and faith seriously—at the same time. Jim’s honesty and wisdom will encourage and enliven your faith for the adventure of living your faith at work between Sundays.
"If work is to find its right place in the world, it is the duty of the Church to see to it that the work serves God, and that the worker serves the work."
Bill Peel, Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Work at LeTourneau University, speaks to the student body at LeTourneau about closing the gap between Sunday faith and Monday work. Watch Bill's presentation.
Diane Paddison spoke to the LeTourneau student body about how faith impacts her work. Diane Paddison has held several executive positions for corporations, including Chief Operating Officer for two Fortune 500 companies, Trammell Crow (now CB Richard Ellis) and ProLogis. Diane's passion for mentoring women inspired her to found 4wordwomen.org, a national nonprofit designed to connect, lead, and support young professional Christian women to fulfill their God-given potential. Watch Diane's presentation and interview
The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity exists to envision and equip Christians and their churches for whole-life missionary discipleship in the world. We seek to serve them with biblical frameworks, practical resources, training and models so that they flourish as followers of Jesus and grow as whole-life disciplemaking communities. We have featured a few of LICC's videos on faith and work.
Chuck Colson discussing how our work matters to God.
"With so many in society hoping to retire early and defer work whenever possible, we might mistakenly believe that work is bad. As scholar Lester DeKoster reminds us, we are meant to work." Colson Center YouTube
Women building careers in a man’s business world find inspiration – and a healthy dose of practical wisdom – in Diane Paddison’s climb to the top of the commercial real estate industry.
As former COO of two Fortune 500 companies, Paddison’s success as a woman in a male-dominated industry defies the odds.
What does trash removal have to do with God's work? Thom Ranier tells the story of one company, and their dedication to calling.
The story of the HIV-positive baby who was cured has been all over the news. Dr. Hannah Gay, the physician who oversaw treatment of the baby at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is a Christian. Read the rest of the story about how faith guides and motivates this exceptional doctor.
Are you called to your work? Even though we talk about vocation—the Latin derivative of calling—does God really call people to “secular” work? When Christians talk about “calling,” we usually think about calling to a particular type of ministry of religious work. However, since all work is important to God, it makes sense to ask what work God wants us to do. In this extensive article, the Theology of Work project explores what the Bible says about our calling.
Trust is the relational and emotional capital on which business runs. According to this excellent article in Forbes, leaders who listen well build trust and breed loyalty. Unfortunately, less than 2% of all professionals have had any formal training in listening skills and techniques. Here are six practices that will help you be a better listener and leader.
What would you add to this list?
"As it turns out, some people will lie and cheat in business!" So says negotiation expert Deepak Malhotra. That’s no surprise. Lying is native to the human condition according to the Bible. But, if you want to know when someone is being less than truthful, check out this article in Harvard Business Review. According to research findings, telltale signs may include complex sentences, an excessive use of third-person pronouns and an increase in profanity.
Can God use entrepreneurship and business to lift people out of poverty and addiction. Two successful young film-industry professionals, a producer and a director, believe it is and started the Neighborhood Film Company. By creating a model of family relationships between professionals and apprentices, NFCo pours time and money into the development and support of their employees in the context of real work. Read their story and be inspired.
What critical factor is the single strongest predictor of group effectiveness? It isn't having stable team membership and the right number of people; nor having strong leadership with a vision that is clear, challenging, and meaningful; nor having well-defined roles and responsibilities. It isn't appropriate rewards, recognition, and resources. The number one key to team effectiveness is ...
Are you demonstrating leadership in your role no matter where you are on the totem pole? This Harvard Business Review article says you can be a leader right where you are. Read insights that will help you go far.
What suggestions do you have for those who want to "move up"?
Keep your promises, ask for feedback and dress to influence are a few ways Mark Sanborn in Entrepreneur.com recommends training yourself to be a great leader.
What would you add to his list?
Do you ever wonder if your job is really important? Workplace MOJO explains why you shouldn't use the word “just” when explaining your job. At the Center for Faith & Work we believe that both you and your work have inherent value, meaning and purpose. Think through the points of this article from a Christian worldview.
How does your work fulfill God’s purpose for you?
“Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.”- Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Workplace MOJO explains how employees need to know that their work is helping others, and sometimes that means making the connection for them.
Jennifer Dukes Lee writes in The High Calling about how over-commitment (“over-yessing) forced her to leave a job she loved to put her story on hold.
How do you “over-yessed” yourself?
By Jason Karpf
Motivational speaking--and related activities such as life coaching and performance training--is a vibrant industry as organizations and individuals seek new paths to productivity, prosperity and fulfillment. One man stands out as a giant in the field: Zig Ziglar, renowned speaker, trainer and author for half a century.
Are there tasks you hate to do? What would you change in order to boost your satisfaction and effectiveness? In this article from Harvard Business Review, discover how you might redefine unpleasant parts of your work.
High-octane professionals report they’re dialing down the intensity of their workweeks with positive results. But don't confuse reducing hours with reducing the difficulty of the problems you're working on. The happiest people are dedicated to dealing with the most difficult problems.