For the past nine years, Denver Institute has served a faithful and growing community of believers who are loving God, their neighbors, and society through their work. Even though much has changed over the past decade, our guiding principles and central questions remain the same:
What does it look like to be a Christian in a pluralistic society and workplace, where more people identify as religiously unaffiliated than at any time before?
What are the challenges that we can help address with our non-Christian neighbors in pursuing the common good?
What are the best ways that we can serve and equip Christians in their daily work?
Earlier this summer, we asked our constituents to share about the challenges they face in their work and their ideas for programs, events, and resources that would help them live out their faith through their work. More than 200 people responded, resulting in a 6% margin of error based on the size of our mailing list. Here are a few of the survey highlights.
What are the top work-related stressors you experience at your job?
1. Dealing with people and conflict at work, either co-workers, bosses, or clients (51.02%)
2. Too much work to do, workload is unreasonable (35.37%)
3. Hitting performance goals and deadlines (31.29%)
4. Family/work life balance (28.57%)
5. Projects or plans not going as planned (23.81%)
Do you agree or disagree with the statements below?
- “I want to know and learn more about faith and work.” 94.65% agree
- “I know that my work has meaning or purpose beyond a paycheck.” 96.78% agree
- “I want to meet other people who share my faith in a work context.” 96.26% agree
- “I feel like my colleagues understand my faith.” 60.87% agree; 39.13% disagree
- “I know how my work serves God or my neighbors.” 94.12%
When you think about the types of resources or experiences that help you live out your faith through your work, what would be the most helpful or interesting?
2. Social events with other Christians in my community or profession
3. Networking events with people in my industry
4. Events (live)
5. Books (print)
What is your age?
What is your gender?
What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received?
Which best describes your current industry?
1. Nonprofit/Social Services (16.30%)
2. Business/Finance (14.13%)
3. Pastor/Ministry (13.04%)
4. Education (12.50%)
5. Healthcare (9.78%)
We’re grateful for the feedback on constituents shared, and we’re excited to develop strategies and resources to continue serving our community. Stay tuned later this year for events, online courses, digital resources, and publications to equip you as you integrate your faith and work.
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This post was published July 20, 2021
Dustin previously served as the director of communications for Denver Institute of Faith & Work, with prior communications and marketing experience at the University of Colorado Boulder and Wycliffe Bible Translators. He holds an M.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado Denver and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. He and his family attend Storyline Church in Arvada.