A major focus of Leadership Journal's editorial team recently has been the role of churches in integrating faith and work in the vocations of their members. We've been confident that the topic—the focus of our "Redeeming Work" live event series and many recent and soon-to-publish pieces—is vitally important.
But it's always nice to have a little validation.
A recent Baylor University study investigated the link between church attendance and job satisfaction. The findings were interesting and nuanced: while church attendance did bring a marked increase in job satisfaction, the data suggests that both frequent attendance, and attendance at a church that tied faith and work closely together, were what brought impact. Yes, talking about vocation seems to be the secret ingredient here.
"What seemed to make the difference, researchers found, was frequent attendance at a church that stressed a merge of faith and work," reports Terry Goodrich at the APB News Religious Herald.
These results highlight the importance of churches that are actively helping their congregants integrate their faith and work. The study found that "a congregation that emphasizes integrating their faith at work" was the common thread between churchgoing, full-time workers who reported higher job satisfaction, higher job commitment, and a higher readiness to self-identity as entrepreneurial.
A church's willingness to address the integration of faith and work impacts how its members approach their work and do their jobs.
The bottom line? You need to consider the dramatic impact that your ministry's concept of vocation can have on the life and work of your church members. Your words and posture about calling make a difference.
For a few recent resources on faith and vocation, catch:
- "Power to the People" by Tom Nelson
- VIDEO: "Three Reasons Why Faith and Work Conversations Matter" by Amy Sherman.
- "The Silence Between the Notes" by Skye Jethani
Stay tuned to Leadership Journal for more great reads on churches and vocation, and be sure to sign up for a Redeeming Work event near you in 2014/15.
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