A Spiritual Depth for Organizations – Nu Leadership Series

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…”
1 Peter 2:9

Organizations must be able to determine the spiritual needs of their workforce. Due to the turbulent pace of life and ever increasing corporate demands, employees are embracing a new spiritual purpose in the workplace. Many organizations don’t care about individual values unless they become a noticeable problem. However, employees want to be valued and treated with dignity.

In writing the Genesis of Values, author Joas narrates the relationship between social theory and 20th century religion. After conducting his research, Joas himself was transformed to new beliefs in human rights and dignity. What did 9/11 demonstrate in this regard? Obviously, the wickedness of 9/11 events and many deaths before our eyes demonstrated the finitude of our existence. This aftermath has placed corporate values at risk.

Do organizations really understand this value esteemed by their employees? This concept of spirituality falls short of being a call for organized religion. It focuses on the spiritual formation of an individual; therefore, it represents finding deeper truths of life. In a religious sense, it represents a better understanding of divine purpose. Furthermore, spiritual formation is a contemporary expression of both the biblical doctrine and practice of sanctification.

It is a process by which God makes believers more holy. Obviously, secular development and spiritual formation often run counter to each other. Managers want an impersonal workforce while God expects a personal relationship with him and our fellow workers. 1 Peter 2:9 explains, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…” Therefore, it takes an astute leader to balance the secular demands of his organization and understand the spiritual needs of his followers.

References:

Gibson, J., Ivancevich, J., Donnelly, J., & Konopaske, R. (2006). Organizations: Behavior, Structure, Processes. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Joas, H. (2000). The Genesis of Values. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Scharmer, C. (1999). Action is the way in which human beings exist in the world. Conversation with Professor Hans Joas, Freie Universitat, Berlin.

Youth With A Mission (2002). Spiritual Formation in the Workplace: God’s Spirit at Work. Received on September 2, 2006, from http:www.scruples.org/web/articles/Spiritual%20Formation%20at%20Work.htm

© 2006 by Daryl D. Green