-Christianity isn’t the only spiritual force in the workplace.
•There is an overarching faith-at-work movement afoot.
•Some companies are paying for, or are at least allowing, workplace meditation
sessions and Talmudic-study groups and shamanistic healing retreats for employees.
•The nation, however, remains overwhelmingly Christian.
-According to the Gallup polling organization, 42% of Americans consider themselves
evangelical or born again, and the aggressiveness with which some evangelicals are asserting
their faith on the job suggests that the movement’s impact, for better or worse, is going to
come from them.
-Most mainline Christian denominations have been slow to embrace the movement.
•Church leaders either haven’t recognized it as significant or have determined that
since it takes place outside the walls of their institution, it is determined that since it
takes place outside the walls of their institution, it is by definition not of concern to
•Some pastors are out in front of their leaders: they have left their churches to become
work-place ministry consultants or have landed jobs as “corporate chaplain,” spiritual
counsellors hired by companies as a perk for employees.
-There is logic to all of this.
•First came the withering of the mainline Christian denominations and the
proliferation of new, breakaway churches.
•Consumerism took hold.
Many serious Christians today are transient, switching churches and
theologies again and again to suit their changing needs.
•With traditional institutions fragmenting and many people both hungry for spiritual
guidance and spending more time at work than ever, it was perhaps inevitable that the
job site would become a kind of new church.
-One of the movement’s objectives is to give Christians an opportunity to “out” themselves on
the job, to let them express who they are, freely and without feeling persecuted.
-However, the idea of corporations being dominated by a particular religious faith has a hint of
oppressiveness, a “Taliban Inc.” aspect.
•Christian holidays are the only official religious holidays in 99 percent of American
workplaces surveyed by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding.
•Religious-discrimination complaints have increased since 1992 due to the influx of
workers from Asian and African countries and an overall aging of the largely
Christian home-grown workforce, leading to a clash of traditions.
•Some friction may come from the insistence of marketplace Christians on seeing
offices and factories as arenas for evangelism.
-Ripka says that “we use the bank as a front to do full-time ministry.”