Religion in the workplace

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Summer Staff at Cross Timbers Mission Adventure Camp in Davis, Oklahoma

Author
Jason E Langley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the summer staff of CrossTimbers MIssion Adventure Camp in Davis, Oklahoma. In the first phase, the project director administrated a survey to former summer staff and incoming staff. From the gathered data, he developed a spiritual formation profile. IN phase two, the project director researched the area of spiritual formation to discover core practices. He then compiled a report of best practices for spiriutal formation. The project director began phase three by constructing a strategy deelopment plan. Then he assembled a strategy team. Utilizing the profile data and best practice report, the strategy team developed a spiritula formation strategy for summer staff. In the final phase, the project director presented the strategy to the leadership of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for approval.

Equipping Selected Members of Fayette First Baptist Church, Fayette, Alabama, with Marketplace Ministry Skills

Author
Scott Gregory Davis
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip selected members of Fayette First Baptist Church, Fayette, Alabama, with marketplace ministry skills in Fayette County, Alabama. The project director will research ministry and the faith at work movement to develop a series of training sessions to equip selected members of Fayette First Baptist Chuch with marketplace minstry skills. In addition to researching other case studies and implimentations of market minstry skills, this project will impliment training sessions, which will allow selected members of Fayette First Baptist Church to develop and incorporate such ministry skills into their workplace.

Christian identity influences at the workplace discovering behaviors of African American women

Author
Marlene Vernicia Fuller
Abstract
The project discovered the extent to which Christian identity influences the workplace behaviors of a group of African American women. The online questionnaire invited Christian African American women to respond to questions about themselves, internal and external to the workplace, and their challenges. The results discovered that the challenges faced are not unique to Christian African American women, but are relevant to all African American women. However, responses indicate that the resolution for addressing these challenges should be shaped by Christian values and ethics as defined by her Christ-identity.

How to help a Christian executive integrate his theology into his work

Author
Michael R Stewart
Abstract
This thesis project will develop a program to help Christian executives integrate their faith into their work. Many Christians struggle with how to serve the Lord and use the resources of the Christian faith in their employment. They feel that what they do at their work is not nearly as important in God's eyes as what is done on Sunday mornings at church. This project consists of eight modules that will be used to help Christian executives have a comprehensive theology of work and leadership. The project design is for a one hour appointment for eight weeks and this material will be communicated regarding a theology of work, ethics, and leadership through personal coaching and counseling and reading of books, articles, and Scripture passages and how these shape the integration of faith into the workplace.

A working faith: examining the Christian faith at work

Author
James E Motes
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to help undergraduate business and human resource managerial students develop and articulate in their own words a biblical-Christian model of work and redemptive leadership. Undergraduate students who are majoring in business and human resources may not be sufficiently challenged by a biblical-Christian perspective with respect to the definition of work and the resulting redemptive-leadership perspective that could be applied in the workplace. This thesis-project addresses realistic workplace issues from both biblical and theological perspectives, illustrates workable solutions based on the thesis-research findings, and evaluates these processes in the classroom.

Using a narrative pathway paradigm to develop case studies of Christians in the marketplace for a small group curriculum

Author
David K Lau
Abstract
This project-thesis explores the use of personal stories from Christians in the marketplace to create pedagogical case studies for small groups. Through action research and narrative inquiry, critical events in the workplace journeys of individuals are heard, recorded, and evaluated in test groups. Results show that as the storytellers gained new insight through recalling and reflecting on workplace episodes, test groups found their stories effective in stimulating meaningful dialog on work. From this project, a narrative pathway paradigm has emerged to identify, record and disseminate workplace testimonies as a small group curriculum. This helps congregations see daily work as ministry in the name of Jesus as they strive to live out their missional identity.

Reharmonizing Babel: a sacred and creative cultural journey

Author
Beatrice N Moreaux
Abstract
The main purpose of this study was to identify and examine causes of conflict on the locked brain injury unit of a hospital in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. A qualitative methodology using observation, narratives, face-to-face interviews, and a survey was employed. The findings suggest systemic and organizational issues concerning policies and procedures which include a neglect and lack of positive rewards, reduced staffing and high turnover rates, differing approaches to care planning, constant policy changes, lost leadership, and staff refusal to float. This project recommends creating a sacred space which provides opportunity for the creation of harmony.

Doing good work: using Deming's system of profound knowledge (SoPK) to explore how cognitive dissonance and self-justification influence our work

Author
Paul Aganski
Abstract
Cognitive dissonance and self-justification in the secular, pluralistic marketplace influence every worker's work. The tenets of capitalist economics as practiced in the marketplace are typically accepted as normative for all. This thesis-project presents a viable alternative business model for doing good work that focuses on the system of work. It shows how spiritual transformation is necessary to escape from the psychological influences of cognitive dissonance and self-justification. It provides data that show business people are open to being transformed. It suggests a methodology for fostering this spiritual transformation.

Coaching as discipleship: exploring the values and practices of principle-based coaching in the game of football

Author
Steven D Wright
Abstract
Exploratory reserach was conducted to generate a descriptive summary of the coaching philosophies within the sport of football. A literature review and survey revealed two primary philosophies coaches have employed: principle- and performance-based. The researcher investigated the principle-based approach, primarily because of the values these coaches shared. The principle-oriented group contained a subset that articulated a biblical focus. A series of interviews was conducted to discover what connection biblically-based coaches might have with the leadership of Christ. The results suggested that coaching could function as a form of discipleship. This led to an exegetical investigation of the Gospel of Matthew. The result was the identification of a set of values and practices that helped Christian coaches better connect their faith with their profession. This research formed the foundation for a biblical approach to Christian coaching, understood as an expression of disciple building.

God's plan for our work: a series of topical sermons exploring how daily work can be shaped to the dimensions of faith

Author
Merritt J Nielson
Abstract
God's plan for our work provides preaching and teaching resources for pastors and lay leaders who want to help parishioners integrate as seamlessly as possible their world of work with their life of faith. Following up on responses from leaders at denominational conferences, the thesis research and the sermon series address from a Wesleyan theological perspective the problem of a work life disconnected from one's worship. It explores the biblical view of human work as a core concern of Christian discipleship, suggests how our own work mirrors God's creative work, and offers possibilities for shaping one's occupation in vocational ways.
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