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The Need for Faith and Work Equipping and Training

  • Sharlene G. BuszkaEmail author
  • Timothy Ewest
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment book series (PSTWSP)

Abstract

Previous chapters have established that there is an interactive relationship between religious beliefs, organizations, and culture; that the meaning of work is complex and nuanced; and that God created us in His image to be like him and work with him to care for the created order. It has also been shown that, while there may be challenges to integrating faith and work, there are numerous benefits. When Christians engage in work, some of this work is accomplished within the context of the gathered church, such as spreading the gospel and caring for the less fortunate. Yet, even more of this is work is performed in the scattered church that is in the outside marketplace. However, because of sin and the brokenness of the world, working in a way that serves and honors God does not always come naturally. In some cases, those Christians who wish to integrate their faith in the workplace are not supported or are even stymied by organizations and their leaders. This is in spite of the legal protection provided against religious discrimination in the United States, and the substantial evidence provided in Chap.  6 that it can be very beneficial when faith and spirituality are part of the workplace culture. Others have commented on the existence of a Sunday-Monday gap between what the church provides its followers and what is needed during the rest of the week (Miller, 2007; Nash, 2001).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Daemen CollegeAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Houston Baptist UniversityHoustonUSA

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