Workmatters Institute – Digital

work with  purpose  and live on mission.

The Workmatters Institute is a transformational faith and leadership development experience for young professionals who want to integrate their faith and work. Participants will join other like-minded peers in exploring a rich theology of work, learning practical application from live executive speakers, and developing a personal and actionable Faith and Leadership Action Plan. For more than ten years Workmatters has equipped leaders to work with purpose and live on mission through this unique workplace discipleship and career development experience. It is insightful personal growth, deep spiritual growth, and effective leadership growth all in one.

The Workmatters Institute is for anyone who is looking for that next step and looking to grow. The digital institute was particularly beneficial because I was able to meet and learn from people all across the country.

Lauren Kirschblum

Sales Manager, Rausch Coleman Homes

Details & Outcomes.

The Workmatters Institute is not just another Bible study or leadership series. With a new vision for work based in God’s story of renewal and insight from executive speakers to make it practical and actionable, you will be equipped to make an impact for a lifetime.

Who is a good candidate 

While our participants come from a variety of industries and experience life-change in different ways, they have a few things in common:

  • They are hungry to grow spiritually and professionally.
  • They value purposeful work.
  • They are passionate about making an impact on people with their work.
  • They are willing to wrestle with theological concepts and practical ideas.

Course Outcomes

The Workmatters Institute offers a proven strategy to: 

  • Change the way you approach work.
  • Develop new habits that enable long-term growth, both professionally and spiritually.
  • Experience community with other young professionals.
  • Design and create a project that addresses an area of brokenness in your workplace.

Part of Certificate Programs

Workmatters Institute

Course Themes

Professional Development       Spiritual Development    

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WMI course only

Time: 8 weeks

Location: Zoom

Dates: Weekly (Sep 20 – Nov 18, 2021)

Option 1: Mondays, 6:30-8:30 CT

Option 2: Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 CT

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3 hours / week

Reading + Exercises + Class

$299

Your Guides and Speakers

Workmatters draws from executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders from every industry you can imagine, each with a unique faith story and calling to serve Christ in the marketplace. Here are the speakers confirmed for the 2021 Fall Digital experience.

As a participant in the Workmatters Institute – Digital, you will have the opportunity to interact with three of these leaders. You will also be taught and led by either our Workmatters Institute Director or Workmatters Institute co-founder.

Cheryl Bachelder

Cheryl Bachelder

Former CEO of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Biography

Cheryl Bachelder spent 10 years as CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. from 2007 to 2017, leading the brand’s transformation into a top-performing quick-service chain. Cheryl currently serves as a director and interim CEO at Pier 1 Imports, Inc. She also serves as a director of US Foods Holding Corp (USFD) and is an adviser to Procter & Gamble’s franchising venture, Tide Dry Cleaners. Prior to Popeyes, Cheryl spent years as a leader at companies such as Yum! Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble.

Cheryl is the author of, “Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others”—a reflection of her passion for servant leadership as the path to outstanding performance. 

Donnie Smith

Donnie Smith

Former CEO of Tyson Foods

Biography
Donnie was appointed as president and CEO of Tyson Foods in 2009 and continued through 2016. His passion is the hallmark of his tenure at the company, which he joined in 1980.
Currently Donnie is the President, African Sustainable Agriculture Project which is a nonprofit corporation that has been formed to empower farmers and communities in African countries through the creation of sustainable agriculture endeavors. ASAP  seeks to establish agricultural businesses, enable the development agricultural entrepreneurship, and promote and facilitate education in agricultural practices. 
D0nnie is a long-time advocate, speaker and mentor for the Workmatters Institute.
Darrel Harvey

Darrel Harvey

Director, Workmatters Institute

Biography

Darrel Harvey has directed the Workmatters Institute since 2019. Building off of a rich background in church leadership, pastoral ministry, and small business, Darrel is an expert spiritual guide and loves walking with young leaders as they navigate calling and career.

Sue Warnke

Sue Warnke

Sr Director of Content & Communications Experience at Salesforce

Biography

Sue is the Senior Director of Content Experience at Salesforce and part of the founding team of Faithforce, the fastest-growing employee resource group in Salesforce’s history. She is also the founder of Leanership, an organization that advocates for faith inclusion in the workplace and equips people to represent their faith in the real world.

After converting to Christianity in 2017, Sue helped launch faith groups at various companies and has become a sought after speaker and advocate for faith inclusion in the workplace.

​Her personal mission is to make faith practical by offering real-world strategies.

Sheerah Davis

Sheerah Davis

Global HR Lead at dentsu Sports International

Biography

Sheerah is an experienced HR leader with an interest in helping businesses succeed by tying business strategy with results through the effective management of people and processes.

She has over 20 years of experience across various industries including PR, advertising and marketing, healthcare, and distribution. Sheerah enjoys solving problems, building long-lasting relationships and strengthening fun and positive workplace cultures. 

Sheerah is passionate about investing in young leaders and is also a Workmatters Institute mentor.

Ben Kirksey

Ben Kirksey

COO, Workmatters; Co-Founder of Workmatters Institute

Biography

Ben helped found the Workmatters Institute in 2010 and joined the Workmatters team in 2013 to fully run and grow the program. Today he serves as COO, leading all daily operations of the ministry. He is passionate about helping people develop and flourish, discovering the good works that God has prepared for them (Eph. 2:10). 

What You’ll Learn

Every session in the 8-week Workmatters Institute-Digital experience features live facilitation and teaching from our expert Workmatters staff, live executive speakers, and group discussion with like-minded peer community. See below a more detailed outline of what you’ll learn and experience, and feel free to reach out to Darrel Harvey, Workmatters Institute Director, for more information (dharvey@workmatters.org). 

Week 1: THE FULL STORY OF GOD

Key questions to answer in this session:

  1. Why are stories important?
  2. What are the components of a full story?
  3. Why is it crucial that we work with the full story of God?

 Class Flow
  • Mindfulness
  • Small group discussion on articles provided
  • Teaching
  • Group Processing
  • Teaching
  • Personal Reflection
  • Wrap-up
Assignment
  1. The Prayer of Examen is outlined in the Workmatters Institute Guide. Choose at least two days to incorporate this practice into your devotional routine.
  2. Read the article on pages 30-33 of your Workmatters Institute Guide, “God’s Story and My Work,” and be prepared to discuss.
  3. Do the reflection questions on pages 34-35 in your the Workmatters Institute Guide.
Practical Application

Our lives are often driven by half stories – narratives that we are not even aware of. Half stories also leave room for other competing half stories that fall short of God’s glorious full story.

The Examen is organized to slow us down and in the presence of the Holy Spirit, probe the stories and modes that sit beneath the surface. It helps cultivate a posture that says, “Open my eyes. Show me what you see and do in me what you want to do.”

Week 2: GOD'S STORY AND YOUR WORK

Key questions to answer in this session:

  1. What is God’s intent for my work?
  2. What is currently misaligned with the Kingdom of God?
  3. How does the gospel address the fallen nature of work?

Class Flow
  • Mindfulness
  • Small group discussion of the article provided and reflection quesions
  • Teaching
  • Group processing
  • Teaching
  • Small group application conversation
  • Teaching
  • Personal reflection
  • Wrap-up

Assignment
  1. Read the article on pages 42-44 of the Workmatters Institute Guide, and be prepared to discuss.
  2. Respond to the reflection questions on page 46 of the Workmatters Institute Guide.
  3. Practice your Daily Liturgy paying attention to your experience and noting what changes you may need to make.
Practical Application

God has purpose for your work.

The virtues of work that we see in the Garden of Eden are present in your work.

The fall has misaligned our work with the Kingdom of God.

 

Week 3: GOD'S STORY AND THE MARKETPLACE

Key questions to answer in this session:

  1. How should the Lord’s Prayer be answered (“thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”) through your industry?
  2. Which half stories are shaping your industry and workplace?
  3. How can I develop a vision for how my industry will function in Jesus intent to renew all things?
Class Flow
  •  Mindfulness
  • Small group discussion of the article provided and reflection questions
  • Teaching
  • Group processing
  • Teaching
  • Large group discussion
  • Teaching
  • Personal reflection
  • Wrap-up

Assignment
  1. Continue to practice your daily liturgy.
  2. Pay attention to the level of connection to God that you experience throughout the day.
  3. Prepare a response to this statement: I would be more effective, and the organization would be more successful if there was more or less of ___________.
Practical Application

God has ordained seven spheres of culture, each with its own unique and distinct responsibility toward human flourishing.

Just as individuals are drawn to half stories, so are industries.

It is critical that we understand where the culture – and our industry – aligns with God’s story and where it breaks.

Week 4: IDENTIFYING BROKENNESS IN & AROUND ME

Key questions to answer in this session:

  1. Where do I have an opportunity to make a difference?
  2. What is keeping me from doing that?
  3. What will I commit to doing?

Class Flow
  • Mindfulness
  • Small group discussion
  • The impact of our instincts
  • From complaint to commitment
  • Partner processing
  • Crafting an empowerment and value statement
  • Partner processing
  • Getting to root causes
  • Identifying competing commitments
  • Group processing
  • Completing our Faith & Leadership Roadmap

Assignment
  1. Read the article provided in the Workmatters Intitute Guide and be prepared to discuss.
  2. Do the devotionals and reflection questions for next week’s topics.
  3. Get to know our Executive Speaker for next week and prepare 2-3 questions to ask. 
Practical Application

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Week 5: EXECUTIVE SPEAKER

One of the great values of the Wormatters Institute is having access to world class leaders. These leaders share their personal faith stories, give us insight on their vocational journey, address one of the 7 Pillars of Faith & Work, and they field questions with wisdom and transparency.


Class Flow
  • Mindfulness
  • Small group discussion
  • Executive Speaker Presentation
  • Q & A

Assignment
  1. Read the article provided in the Workmatters Intitute Guide and be prepared to discuss.
  2. Do the devotionals and reflection questions for next week’s topics.
  3. Get to know our Executive Speaker for next week and prepare 2-3 questions to ask.

 

Week 6: EXECUTIVE SPEAKER

One of the great values of the Wormatters Institute is having access to world class leaders. These leaders share their personal faith stories, give us insight on their vocational journey, address one of the 7 Pillars of Faith & Work, and they field questions with wisdom and transparency.


Class Flow
  • Mindfulness
  • Small group discussion
  • Executive Speaker Presentation
  • Q & A

Assignment
  1. Read the article provided in the Workmatters Intitute Guide and be prepared to discuss.
  2. Do the devotionals and reflection questions for next week’s topics.
  3. Get to know our Executive Speaker for next week and prepare 2-3 questions to ask.

 

Week 7: EXECUTIVE SPEAKER

One of the great values of the Wormatters Institute is having access to world class leaders. These leaders share their personal faith stories, give us insight on their vocational journey, address one of the 7 Pillars of Faith & Work, and they field questions with wisdom and transparency.


Class Flow
  • Mindfulness
  • Small group discussion
  • Executive Speaker Presentation
  • Q & A

Assignment

Prepare for your Faith & Leadership Action Plan Presentation. 

  • Create your presentation in Power Point. This will keep you on topic and on time.
  • The Workmatters Institute Director is available if you would like to walk through your presentation before next week. 

 

Week 8: FAITH & LEADERSHIP ACTION PLAN PRESENTATIONS

Tonight is the highlight of our time together. Each participant is given 5-7 minutes to present their Faith & Leadership Action Plan:

  1. Define the brokenness you feel called to address.
  2. Reimagine what it looks like for this brokenness to be renewed in God’s Kingdom.
  3. Plan for action – What steps are necessary to carry out your plan?
  4. What personal habits and practices will you have to commit to in order to pursue your plan?

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What Participants Are Saying

One of the coolest things about the Workmatters Institute digital experience was getting to know people from all around the country who are seeking to glorify the Lord in their work.

Patricia Rothmeyer

Account Manager, Field Agent

The Workmatters Institute brought to light the idea that work was created by God and it was good. Through the institute I was able to grow a deeper understanding that work was created not to be a curse, but an act of worship.

Trevor Gies

Senior Marketing Manager, Cobb-Vantress

Learning to see work as part of God’s plan for the world really impacted how I come in to work every day. I highly recommend the Workmatters Institute for anyone looking for meaning and purpose in their work (with the added bonus of networking with other young professionals and making lasting, meaningful friendships)!

Lauren Sova

Customer Experience Representative, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

WMI helps resolve the tension for those that feel stuck between ambition and purpose and don’t know how to connect the two.

Dwayne Houston

National Account Executive, Procter & Gamble

My experience with the Workmatters Institute was second to none. My entire attitude at work changed and I learned how to appreciate the small wins. Through the digital institute, I met so many wonderful people and it was amazing to hear their stories.

Brittney Johnson

Order Fulfillment Manager, Safe Foods

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