Spirituality at Work

CD regards Spirituality in the Workplace as being not just about spiritual activities such as prayer and Bible Study, nor just the demonstration in isolation of principles such as forgiveness, but also about the integration of our beliefs and values into how we do things - into our professional excellence. Our understanding of Spirituality in the Workplace therefore resonates closely with our views about Christian organisational identity.

Some Christian organisations may be professionally excellent but at the same time they may have lost sight of their spiritual roots and passion. Examples are:

Other organisations are very spiritually passionate but not professionally excellent, for example where there is such a strong focus on the spiritual that the organisation loses touch with people issues.

Both aspects - spiritual passion and professional excellence - are needed.

In our view an organisation's spirituality can be enhanced by the spiritual activities it encourages and enables. In the same way that an individual Christian may pray, read the Bible and attend times of worship with others in order to maintain their "personal" spiritual life, these are also important 'enablers' for retaining the "corporate" spiritual life of a Christian organisation.

Spiritual activities within the workplace may include such things as prayer, Bible Study, having a chapel or quiet room, running Alpha or 'Christianity explored' courses for staff to access. While important, just having spiritual activities like these will not make an organisation distinctively Christian. They are an important part of the life of the organisation, but the results of such spiritual activities need to impact on the way the organisation is led, the work that is done, and relationships within the organisation.

An example is how some organisations use prayer and devotional times in the workplace. One purpose of corporate times of prayer could be to really seek God and hear from him - to find guidance and direction for the work. Whilst we acknowledge that the act of prayer does impact and change situations, we have found that a conscious connecting and integrating of the outcomes into the relevant part of the organisation can further increase impact. CD's research suggests that many organisations have seen a need for help in this area, and have experienced profound impact after workshops focusing on listening to God.

There is a wealth of practical experience within the CD community concerning Christian Spirituality in the workplace. We hope to expand this area on the site in the future.