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.
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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.
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.
Bob Walker was 13 years old when he heard R.G. LeTourneau speak about being God’s businessman. It was then and there that Bob felt the call to business. Today, Bob is president of Walker Mowers, but God is the Senior Partner—and has been since Bob’s father started Walker Manufacturing Company on the family farm in Kansas. Since 1980, Walker has focused on designing, developing and producing a line of compact, commercial-grade riding mowers and attachments.
Is the work we do on a daily basis something to be endured or to be celebrated?
God worked to create the universe.
Adam and Eve worked in the garden before the Fall.
That makes work a good gift from God and something to celebrate.
They are in every workplace, people you’d like to avoid like the plague. Journalist Glynn Young who directs the Social News team at a Fortune 500 company and writes for The High Calling reminds us, “We are not called to like everyone we work with. But we are called to love them.” He offers some sage advice and a three-step process for dealing with bosses and fellow employees that remind us that we live in a fallen world.
According to research by Forbes magazine, organizations that give regular thanks to their employees far out perform those that don’t. Read the five best practices the research uncovered.
Taking time at the end of the day to count your blessings is good for the spirit, but it's also good for the body. Research from the Academy of Management Journal shows that workers reported lower stress levels in the evenings after spending a few minutes jotting down positive events at the end of the day and why those things made them feel good. Read more
Good managers understand that building a great workplace environment is not about what they do – the initiatives, the projects, the decisions. Rather, strong workplace cultures are the result of consistently attending to three fundamental relationships: trust (the relationship with one’s manager), pride (the relationship with one’s job), and camaraderie (the relationship between employees). Read more
So what's the secret sauce of successful business? No matter what your business, investing in your people is synonymous with investing in your company’s future. So writes Travis Jarman in his blog at O.C. Tanner.
Research has shown that employees who feel valued have higher job satisfaction and are willing to work longer hours. they also engage in productive relationships with co-workers and supervisors, are motivated to do their best and work towards achieving the company’s goals. The opposite is also true. Another study conducted in 2012 indicated that more than half of all employees intended to search for new jobs because they felt underappreciated and undervalued.
Every episode of the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty ends with the Robertson clan and some friends enjoying a meal together, and someone (usually Phil) praying over the meal. Read about how the family stands up for their faith in Hollywood in this Denison Forum article by James Peel.
One more hour.
It wasn’t that I disliked my job. But after a long day of filing papers at my internship, I was losing my edge. My sense of urgency about my work was dissipating. I felt guilty about it, but also powerless to change.
Jesus’ words to his disciples seemed extremely relevant at that moment:
Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt 26:41).
According to Tim Keller, “the gospel has a deep and vital impact on how we do art, business, government, media, and scholarship. ...
Saying the wrong thing to your boss can do serious damage to your career. Have you ever said, “That just isn’t possible,” to your boss? That’s one of things this Monster.com article tells us never to say to our boss. Interviews with managers surfaced nine phrases we should keep to ourselves even if it’s what we’re thinking. And some of the things bosses don't like to hear may surprise you.
Overworking employees to the point of exhaustion is treating them like cogs in a machine -- not fully human people who need rest and leisure. This article from The Gospel Coalition discusses how to bring the humanizing influence of the gospel to your workplace.
Are you working on the right things? Are you delivering the highest and best use of your talents and skills? Are you meeting expectations of those who are watching and talking about you behind your back? J. B. Wood talks about the importance of self-reflection in your work and asks important questions to help you determine if your work is effective.
What is a company’s corporate social responsibility? Businesses enhance the common good in a number of ways: providing good employment, producing needed goods and services, and creating wealth. “Their potential to do this is so great, in fact, that the prosperity of a modern society can be directly correlated with the presence in the society of this corporate structure,” writes Robert Kennedy.