Bravely Living Your Faith at Work: The 7 Pillars

by | May 11, 2015

What would we be capable of if we knew we had nothing to fear? And if we could be truly brave…what would we do?

The Braves Ones was the focus of Leadercast Live last Friday, May 8. Thousands of leaders around the world tuned in for an incredible day of leadership insight and inspiration. The day offered a multifaceted approach to thinking about bravery and leadership.

At WorkMatters we have been thinking about how to tie the concept of The Brave Ones to the idea of faith and work integration.

Integrating your faith and work can feel overwhelming, complex or even a little scary. Once you muster up the courage to begin the faith at work journey, it can be hard to know where to begin. We can be brave, but need to know what to do.

One of the Leadercast speakers, Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver, recalled an insight he learned through one of his teammates, a sniper, in a deployment to Afghanistan:

“Limit your field of view and you will see more. Deconstruct the whole into manageable parts.”

The same is true of our faith at work.

If we look at the entire scope of faith and work at once then we can have a hard time identifying how to integrate them. But if we break down our field of view into smaller components then we can more easily identify specific opportunities to begin the hard and personal work of faith and work integration.

Over the next few weeks we will be deconstructing faith at work into manageable parts. The framework we have developed is called the 7 Pillars of Faith and Work. Starting with our recent eBook and this series of blog posts, we hope that these 7 Pillars can provide helpful structure to your faith and work journey:

  • Love – loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:37-39)
  • Integrity – having the wisdom and courage to do what is right every time (Proverbs 10:9)
  • Excellence – working with all your heart (Colossians 3:23)
  • Influence – being intentional with the impact you have on others at work (Matthew 5:16)
  • Serve – leading strongly through serving others with humility (Matthew 20:28)
  • Calling – aligning your gifts, skills and experience with your vocation (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Balance – pursuing sustainable work/life equilibrium (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Our hope and prayer is that as you spend time evaluating your life and work through each of these strategic pillars that you will see specific opportunities that you might have missed before. That habits will be formed or broken, that relationships would be healed and strengthened, that your leadership would be emboldened and that your life at work would more clearly reflect Jesus.

We have nothing to fear. Jesus is our security and confidence and has already freed us from any condemnation now and forever. In him we can be brave. And by his spirit we can know how to integrate our faith and work. We look forward to helping you on the journey.

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Ben Kirksey

Ben Kirksey is the Chief Operating Officer for Workmatters. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (2006, Economics and Political Science), and alumnus of Teach for America. He realized a passion for integrating faith and work while at Northstar Partnering Group (now Field Agent™) and subsequently co-founded the Workmatters Institute in 2010.