WORK = AN ALTAR OF WORSHIP

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During the summer I teach an interesting MBA course titled Integrating Faith & Business. It is much different than the typical business course and one of the ways our MBA degree is distinctively different from other MBA degrees.

During a recent class session we had an exciting discussion regarding the deeper significance of a person’s work. Work is not just secular. It is an altar of worship. I am not the only scholar who has recognized this, but this theme has become an important part of my teaching business students.

This recent class session created an unbelievable dynamic discussion. It helped some students see for the first time that work is not just work for money. It is something bigger for society and for God.

I handed out a sheet of paper with the following information and questions:

Given a list of occupations, discuss how God is at work through human effort in each one. (If you prefer, divide up the list among your group members, give an assignment to each group member to present a proposal for a few of these and then group members respond to the proposals.)

    • Bank manager
    • Factory assembly line worker
    • Building maintenance worker (heating, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing)
    • Off-shore oil pump operator
    • Investment banker
    • Accounts payable clerk
    • Transit bus driver
    • Air traffic controller
    • Member of the House of Representatives or Senate
    • Chef
    • Registered Nurse
    • Urban police officer
    • Farmer in subSahara Africa
    • Coal miner
    • Tour guide for families on vacation

What other occupations would make an interesting conversation about God at work through human effort?

What is the sacred dimension of your current work, even if your work only part time is a full time student, volunteer, or if you work at home (but not for pay).

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