Faith in the Workplace

The Advantage of Christian Principles in Business

By: Greg Modd

Working with Christian business owners as a Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) professional offers a unique and enriching experience. Integrating faith and business, especially in Christian-led companies, brings a distinctive set of values and ethics to the workplace, which can be incredibly advantageous. Ephesians 4:12 NIV to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Ethical Foundation Matthew 7:24-27 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Christianity’s emphasis on integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior aligns with the core principles of sound business practices. Christian business owners often prioritize ethical decision-making, creating a transparent and trustworthy environment. This moral grounding fosters a positive company culture and builds a strong reputation with clients and partners.

Leadership and Compassion: Philippians 2:3-4 NIV 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Christian teachings emphasize servant leadership and compassion. Working with Christian business owners often means witnessing leaders who prioritize the well-being of their employees, leading by example, and making decisions that consider the impact on all stakeholders. This approach can lead to higher levels of employee satisfaction and loyalty.

Strong Community and Support: Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Christian-owned businesses frequently cultivate a sense of community within the organization and in their external dealings. This communal approach can lead to enhanced teamwork, a supportive work environment, and a network of mutual support that extends beyond the workplace.

Conflict Resolution and Forgiveness: Matthew 18:15-17 NIV 15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

Christian principles encourage forgiveness and constructive conflict resolution. This can translate to healthier ways of dealing with disputes and disagreements in a business setting, leading to a more harmonious work environment. It’s the ole ‘3 strikes, you’re out’ rule. Verbal counseling, written counseling, final written warning, if the behavior or performance isn’t improved, they’ve decided to no longer work at the company. 

Purpose-Driven Work Colossians 3:23-24 NIV 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Many Christian business owners operate with a sense of purpose that goes beyond profit. This purpose-driven approach can inspire employees and create a more meaningful work environment where people feel part of something bigger than themselves.

Diversity and Inclusion: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NIV 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Christianity, at its core, teaches love and respect for all. Christian business owners who embrace these teachings often strive for inclusive and diverse workplaces, recognizing the value and dignity of every individual. Everyone is a loved child of God. 

Working with Christian business owners as an HRO offers a unique blend of ethical integrity, compassionate leadership, community, and purpose-driven business. These elements create a positive work environment and contribute to the business’s success and sustainability. In such settings, faith becomes more than a personal belief; it transforms into a powerful tool for creating a thriving, ethical, and supportive workplace.