Employment practice (Internal Professional Excellence)

CD believe organisations will achieve greater excellence and impact in achieving their mission if the core and inside of the organisation is strong. This is about integrating values and Christian identity into excellent internal policy and practice, especially concerning people and organisational management and leadership.

CD recommends a range of resources that can assist in achieving internal professional excellence especially in employment. For these you should go to "further help"

CD has developed some resources especially for Christian organisations and churches which enable them to simultaneously progress in the areas of professional excellence and Christian identity. If you are interested in these, click on Distinctives and Aspire.

One aspect of ensuring excellent internal professional practice is to make certain that you are working within the law. In some countries there is specific legislation regarding the employment of people of a specific faith. For information on lawfully recruiting Christians in the United Kingdom go to Legal.

HR or personnel professionals working in the Christian sector may like to link in with the UK HR Network, which provides opportunities for sharing expertise, support and encouragement and learning from each other. For more information email the .

Some research findings

CD's experience and research correlates with a significant study of the Christian Mission sector in 2003. REMAP II covered 22 countries, 600 mission agencies, and 40,000 long term cross cultural missionaries. The results demonstrated that retention rates are significantly associated with organisations having excellent internal professional practices.

Detailed results are in the book "Worthkeeping". The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) writes, "The whole idea of Worth Keeping is to look for best practice in missionary retention. In this book, we present that best practice very positively and constructively, but we also seek to help you discern between bad and good. Indeed, going a stage further, we need the courage to choose to go for the best; rather than to simply accept what may already be okay, even good. May we have the courage to review, examine and react upon our current practice. Let us retain, renew and protect best practice where it already exists." To find out more then go to http://www.theimtn.org/resources/index.php?main_page=product_book_info&products_id=251.