Godly Principles of Conduct in the Workplace
What are Godly principles for the workplace?
Hundreds of books have been written about the workplace: management, relationships, ethics, environment, culture, communications, education, etc. However, very few are dedicated to the kinds of behavior which should be exhibited by Christians. Many of us will spend a majority of the day in our place of employment during the work week, and our conduct in this setting can have a huge impact on those we interact with, our families at home, and ourselves. The principles examined in these discussion aids are often in direct opposition to the workplace behavior principles commonly encouraged in today’s society. Cut-throat competition, demanding bosses, continually changing cultures, acceptance of personal compromise, and the ever-present pressure toward upward mobility are all common in this environment. Standing in contrast to these mainstream workplace principles, Christ’s call to all believers to be “servant leaders” provides a challenge and encouragement to remain constant to biblical principles.
Matthew 20:27, “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:”
By studying biblical principles around several key areas of workplace interaction, our hope is these discussion aids can be used to encourage us to be “above reproach” as asked of us in the Word. By living more fully in line with the Scriptures in this very public arena of the workplace, we have the opportunity to be a witness of God’s principles to those around us.
These discussion aids are intended for small groups but can be used individually or in a mentoring relationship. The individual lessons have been designed to be used separately or in combination with others. Each lesson opens with one verse from Scripture which could be used as a memory verse. It is recommended each member of the group complete the lessons individually and then come to the group prepared to discuss the lesson. We suggest beginning and ending with a prayer offered by one of the attendees. It is our hope each participant may feel the blessings of God as they study. May God be glorified as we strive to live more closely aligned to His Word.
- Respect and Submission
- Maintaining Balance
- Our Witness
To view the discussion aid packet, please click here.
For Further Information:
This document gives biblical guidance on how to maintain appropriate relationships in the workplace. [ACCFS]
This document explains job burnout and gives suggestions on how to avoid it. [ACCFS]