Several evangelical leaders in Pittsburgh moved closer to their goal of making their city “as famous for God as it is for steel” by sponsoring the first International Labor-Management Prayer Breakfast last month. More than 1,300 persons—including blue- and white-collar workers, management officials, clergymen, and educators—gathered in the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel to study how Christian principles can solve labor-management conflicts.

For Wayne Alderson, 52, a former steel corporation executive, the prayer breakfast fulfilled a personal dream. Alderson, who calls himself a “rank-and-file United Presbyterian layman,” had worked for four years with United Steel Workers official Francis “Lefty” Scumaci to bring the breakfast to the table.

During a major address in a three-hour Saturday morning session, Alderson outlined his “Value of the Person” concept, explaining that turmoil between labor and management will end only when each side shows love, dignity, and respect for the other.

Evangelical theologian R. C. Sproul laid the biblical foundations for the idea. He described Alderson’s vision of a “work world reformation” as “doing things God’s way, not man’s way, in the marketplace.”

Reid Carpenter, a Pittsburgh area director for Young Life, and John Guest, an Episcopalian pastor, conducted a seminar on “The Work World and Family.” Sproul, Carpenter, and Guest frequently appear across the country with Alderson. Sproul says Alderson is spending more time at Value of the Person seminars. Last spring, fifty-six front-line supervisors at a New Stanton, Pennsylvania, Volkswagon plant learned the “Value of the Person” ...

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