Workmatters Institute – Young Professionals

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 has encouraged me to get back in the office and see people face to face and notice the small, “in-between” moments that Jesus might be calling me to love others in.

Lauren Purtle

Dayspring, Associate Art Director, WMI Young Professionals 2023

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:

  • Establish a compelling personal vision for work.
  • Develop new habits that enable long-term growth, both professionally and spiritually.
  • Experience community with other young professionals.
  • Master a framework to initiate change.

Part of Certificate Programs

Workmatters Institute

Course Themes

Professional Development       Spiritual Development

Time: 10 weeks

Location: Zoom

Spring dates coming soon

March 2024


2-3 hours / week

Reading + Exercises + Class


What You’ll Learn

Every session in the 10-week Workmatters Institute experience features live facilitation and teaching from our expert Workmatters staff, insights from executive speakers, and group discussion with like-minded peer community. Feel free to reach out to Darrel Harvey, Workmatters Institute Director, for more information (dharvey@workmatters.org).

Participants will:

  • Understand how their actual work fits into the Christian worldview.
  • Take practical steps to live out their faith at work.
  • Leave with a strategy and passion to initiate redemptive change in their workplace.
  • Be equipped to transform their workplace.

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. Below are some previous speakers, click the link at the bottom to view all previous speakers.

As a participant in the Workmatters Institute, you will have the opportunity to hear from leaders like these. You will also be taught and led by either our Workmatters Institute Director or Workmatters Institute co-founder.

Cheryl Bachelder

Cheryl Bachelder

Board Member, Chick-Fil-A, US Foods

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

CEO and President, Foster Farms

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.
Donnie is a long-time advocate, speaker and mentor for the Workmatters Institute.
Darrel Harvey

Darrel Harvey

Director, Workmatters Institute

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


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

Chief People Officer, Merkle Americas

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

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 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

Social Media Marketing Manager, Happy Egg

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

Senior Order Fulfillment Manager, Safe Foods

Apply/Next Steps

Need some more information? Schedule a short consultation with our Institute Directo to learn more about the Workmatters Institute experience